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Infographic – Q3 2021 Venture Funds Continue Banner Year

Q3 2021 venture funds

Click on image for full-size view (CB Insights)

23 Oct. 2021. Venture investors worldwide continue to look past the pandemic as investments in start-up enterprises rose to new levels in the U.S., Asia, and elsewhere. Data compiled by technology market intelligence company CB Insights (registration required) show venture investors are placing more capital overall and per transaction this year, with the third quarter of 2021 eclipsing the first two record-setting quarters.

In the July to September 2021 period, venture investments totaled $158.2 billion worldwide, gains of nearly $30 billion and $7 billion respectively over the first and second quarters, both quarters setting dollar volume records. Likewise, the number of venture deals rose to 9,363 in the latest quarter, another three-month record surpassing the roughly 7,000 and 8,000 deals in the first and second quarters. So far this year, with one quarter yet to go, venture investors placed $437.7 billion, well exceeding the $284.2 billion invested for all of 2020 and $286 billion invested in 2018, the highest annual investment total.

U.S. and Asia leading the way

Venture investments in U.S. companies reached $72.3 billion in the third quarter of 2021, up from $70.3 billion in the second quarter. And investments in Asian companies, particularly China and India, rose to $50.2 billion in Q3, a sharp increase from nearly $40 billion in the previous quarter. While still at historically high levels, investment totals for the third quarter fell somewhat in Europe, Latin America, and Canada after setting records in the previous quarter.

From July through September, the U.S. led Asia in dollars invested in Q3, but Asia jumped ahead of the U.S. in number of deals. In the quarter, Asia recorded 3,815 venture deals or 41 percent of all transactions, while the U.S. had 3,210 or 34 percent. Europe and other regions divided the remaining 25 percent of venture deals.

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