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Annual Venture Investment Dollars Increase 22% Over Prior Year, According to the MoneyTree Report

January 26, 2012 Comments off

Annual Venture Investment Dollars Increase 22% Over Prior Year, According to the MoneyTree Report (PDF)
Source: Pricewaterhouse Coopers and National Venture Capital Association

Venture capitalists invested $28.4 billion in 3,673 deals in 2011, an increase of 22 percent in dollars and a 4 percent rise in deals over the prior year, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters. The amount of venture dollars invested in 2011 represents the third highest annual investment total in the past ten years. Investments in the fourth quarter of 2011 totaled $6.6 billion in 844 deals, a 10 percent decrease in dollars and an 11 percent decrease in deals from the third quarter of 2011 when $7.3 billion went into 953 deals.

Double-digit increases in investment dollars in 2011 were spread across a number of industries, including the Clean Technology and Internet-Specific sectors. Investment dollars also increased across every stage of development category, with the exception of a 48 percent decrease in Seed Stage investments. First-time financings rose in 2011 compared to the prior year, however, fourth quarter investing did show a decline in both first-time dollars and deals when compared to Q3 2011.

+ Download Q11995-Q4 2011 Historical Trend Data Spreadsheets for the U.S. and for Select Regions

Detailed Company & VC Firm listings for Q4 2011 will be posted on January 30, 2012

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