Venture Capitalists have invested more money into US based companies during 2014 than in any year since 2000, according to a report published by CBInsigths. The companies collected a USD 47.3 billion in 3,617 separate investments throughout the year, a 62 percent increase compared with the nearly USD 30 billion raised in 3,354 deals during 2013.
Growth in Seed Investment
2014 saw total 976 seed VC deals since 2009 at USD 1.33 billion. Seed VC deal sizes continued their increase with the average hitting USD 1.9 million and the median at USD 1.7 million up from 25 percent and 30 percent versus the same quarter a year ago.
2014 saw the highest number of seed VC deals with 976 financings since 2009. Since 2011, 4 of the 5 most active quarters for seed deals occurred in 2014. Seed VC funding hitting a quarterly high of USD 390 million in Q4,2014.
Top 20 most active venture capital investors in 2014
New Enterprise Associates topped all venture investors by company deals in 2014. Andreessen Horowitz, which was ranked 1st by deal count in 2013, again ranked in the top 2, followed by fellow KPCB which ranked 5th in 2013.
Investments in Mobility
In Q4’14, VC funding to the mobile sector topped USD 3 billion due to large sized funding raised by Uber, Snapchat, Instacart, and Square. Overall VC funding to the mobile sector was up 109 percent versus 2013 driven by these mega-deals. Deal volume was up only 10%.
Early stage investments at the Seed and Series A stage made up 70 percent of VC deals in the mobile sector while, late-stage mega-deals saw 58 percent of funding going to Series D+ stages.
It is evident that the VC industry in US is flourishing with the growth shown in both the amount of funding and the number of companies getting invested. While mobile startups made a small share of the total companies which got invested, in comparison with the previous years, they are showing a rising trend.
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