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Infographic – Some Good Corporate Venture Fund News

Bar chart: Corporate venture funding by quarter, 2019-2023

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

12 Aug. 2023. Since the start of 2021, most news has been gloomy about venture investments, but a report last week suggests corporate venture capital funding worldwide is picking up. According to technology intelligence company CB Insights (registration required), venture capital funds managed by large corporations increased both in the total dollars invested in tech start-ups and number of deals in the second quarter of 2023.

Data from CB Insights show corporate venture capital funds invested $14.6 billion in tech start-up companies worldwide from April through June 2023, a gain of four percent from the first quarter of the year, the first quarterly gain since the third quarter of 2021. And the number of global deals by corporate venture funds also increased but by a smaller one percent, to 906 in the second quarter, the first rise since Q1 2022.

But before we celebrate too much, gains in corporate venture investing were uneven in Q2 2023. Total corporate venture fund dollars invested in U.S. start-ups fell 11 percent to $7.3 billion, the lowest quarterly total the third quarter of 2019. And the median size of corporate venture deals is also down so far in 2023 to $8.4 million, from $10 million for all of 2022. The smaller-size deals are felt across all company-round stages, from early to late-stage investments.

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