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Infographic – Venture Funds More Than Double in 2021

Venture deals and dollars, Q4 2021

Click on image for full size view (CB Insights)

15 Jan. 2021. Venture funding worldwide rose sharply in 2021, with investment dollars climbing to nearly $621 billion, more than twice the total invested in 2020. As technology research company CB Insights notes in its 2021 State of Venture Report (registration required), the number of global venture deals also rose in 2021 by 31 percent to more than 34,600.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, investment dollars worldwide also hit a record, reaching $176.4 billion, while 9,077 deals were recorded in the quarter, a small decline from the record 9,599 transactions in the previous quarter. Also in the fourth quarter, companies in the U.S. attracted the most investment dollars, nearly $93 billion, with Asian companies raising $52.6 billion, and European enterprises drawing $22.1 billion.

For number of venture deals, however, Asian companies accounted for nearly 3,300 or 36 percent of the total transactions worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2021. Deals with U.S. companies reached nearly 3,200 in the quarter or 35 percent, with European companies registering 1,841 deals or 20 percent.

One reason for the sharp rise in investment dollars is the increase in deal size last year. CB Insights says the average venture deal in 2021 rose to $25 million from $16 million in 2020. Moreover, the median deal size in 2021 was $5 million, with half of all transactions exceeding that amount, up from $3 million the previous year.

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