Venture Capital firms have become more ubiquitous the past few years in financial circles. Particularly from the fintech industry, whereby challenger startup companies make the news through their seed funding round figures, backed by some of the world’s largest VC companies.

The past ten years since the financial crisis has seen a fairly large boom in the VC market. Much of the attention can be seen coming from the United States, which dominates globally in terms of investment deals, with finances being shared amongst upcoming businesses of all kinds. In the Bay Area where some of the world’s most well-known tech companies are founded, venture capital funding is rife, and software has become the most sought-after area for investment. That’s not to say that Europe, APAC and Africa aren’t building out their own VC ecosystems however, with record numbers of investments being made around the globe.

To get a more holistic understanding of the venture capital world, here are some of the most pertinent facts and figures touching upon the main talking points of the past few years to present.

Basic facts

1. Ten years ago, deals ranged between $10 million and $25 million in the US; now there is a trend of $50 million plus deals getting a greater share of total investment. – Pitchbook Click To Tweet

2. 2008 saw global annual VC investment of $53 billion. There has been a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17% in the past decade. – Toptal Click To Tweet

3. In 2018, seed activity from all deals sank to a record low of 25%. Late stage deals swelled to record highs and total annual VC funding globally rose to $207 billion. – TechCrunch Click To Tweet

4. The sector has grown by 12.1% annually since the financial crisis, and the amount of capital raised per year has grown by 100% over the decade. – Toptal Click To Tweet

5. Corporate Venture Capitals were involved in over 20% of all venture capital deals in 2018. - Toptal Click To Tweet

6. 72% of sovereign wealth funds invest directly in VC deals, with commitments doubling each year. – Toptal Click To Tweet

Regional statistics

7. Companies in the Americas dominate globally in terms of VC deals; investments received totalled $136 billion in 2018. – Nexitventures Click To Tweet

8. Companies in the APAC region raised funding actively and grew to over $90 billion last year. – Nexitventures Click To Tweet

9. In Q1 of 2018, the Bay Area, Boston and New York accounted for over 70% of total capital invested in the US. - Pitchbook Click To Tweet

10. VCs tend to invest in their home market, and 50% of deals in the US are made in the investors’ home state. – Toptal Click To Tweet

11. VC funding for blockchain companies in North America totals around $447 million - Statista Click To Tweet

12. The West Coast of the US saw less than 40% of the total deal count, and New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes region totalled 38.6% together. – Pitchbook Click To Tweet

13. Companies in Europe received just over $24 billion in funding, the global share of European VC sunk to under 10% of global investment. – Nexitventures Click To Tweet

14. VC investment in Europe totalled $24 billion in 2018; in Q4 the largest deals were spread across the UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Denmark and Israel. – Crunchbase Click To Tweet

15. The CEO of Softbank in Japan, Masayoshi Son, meets personally with the founder of every team he invests in, dealing with around 44 deals a year. – Toptal Click To Tweet

16. In 2018, the number of VC deals in Africa doubled to 457, totalling $725.6 million invested across the continent. The top ten deals accounted for 61% of the total raised. – Toptal Click To Tweet

17. 25 African based VC funds launched last year, doubling the investor base in one year. Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are the biggest markets for VC opportunities. – Toptal Click To Tweet


18. Following two demographic studies of founders in startups, businesses with women of colour CEOs receive less than 1% of all VC funding each year. – DigitalUndivided/ProjectDiane:Latinx studies Click To Tweet

19. Over the past decade, Latinx women-led startips raised only 0.32% of VC fundings and black women only raised 0.0006% - Girlboss Click To Tweet

20. Nearly 60% of VCs believe women and minority-owned businesses get “about the right amount of capital”, 20% believe they get “more capital than they deserve” – Morgan Stanley Survey Click To Tweet

21. Black women account for 1% and Asian women make up 6% of the VC industry, Latinx represent 0%, whilst 58% of VCs are white men. – Girlboss Click To Tweet

22. A survey of 223 VCs in the UK suggests 24% of the workforce is non-white. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

23. In 2019, women now make up 30% of VC personnel, up from 27% in 2017. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

24. Women comprise 20% of investment roles, a 2% improvement from 2017. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

25. Only 13% of VC firms’ investment committee members are female, based on a survey of 146 members from 58 firms. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

26. In 2017, 26% of junior investment professionals are women. That figure now stands at 37%. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

27. 63% of all firms have no senior women in investment teams. All male investment teams has fallen from 48% to 37% in two years. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

28. 96% of VC professionals have a university education, and 28% went to a Russell Group university in the UK. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

29. 33% of personnel in the VC industry graduated from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Stanford or a business school. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

30. Most VCs have experience in consulting (20%), general finance (18%) or investment banking (12%). – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

31. Only around 4% have experience in technology companies such as Apple or Google. – Diversity VC Click To Tweet

Companies and industries

32. Tiger Global Management was the most frequent lead investor in 2019’s Q2 early and late stage deals. – Crunchbase Click To Tweet

33. Ant Financial, based in Hangzhou, China, recorded a record $14 billion raise in Q2 2018. – KPMG Click To Tweet

34. Ant Financial, based in Hangzhou, China, recorded a record $14 billion raise in Q2 2018. – KPMG Click To Tweet

35. The lowest startup failure rate of surveyed industries were the finance, insurance and real estate sectors with 42%. Which is nearly one every two startups. – Failory Click To Tweet

36. 216 gaming companies have received venture capital investment worldwide to date. – Statista Click To Tweet

37. 33.7% ($3 billion) of capital invested in early-stage companies in Q2 were healthcare startups. – NVCA Click To Tweet

38. There were almost 150 funding rounds with a valuation of $1 billion or more with Ant Financial and Juul as the leaders, the latter valued at $12.8 billion. – Nexitventures Click To Tweet

39. The software sector led the way in deals, with over 3,700 in 2018, and pharma and biotech was second with 720. The software sector saw a record level of capital in 2018 at $46.8 billion. – Nexitventures Click To Tweet

40. This trend has decelerated slightly in 2019, with around 30% of total US VC deals going to software companies. I claimed more than a third of total value the year prior. - Nexitventures Click To Tweet

41. In 2018, over $23 billion was invested across 1,308 deal in life science startups – a record number. - Nexitventures Click To Tweet

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