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Venture Pulse: Q2 2018 Global analysis of venture funding

Venture Pulse Report – Q2 2018

KPMG Enterprise’s Global Network for Innovative Startups launched the Q2 2018 edition of the Venture Pulse report. The report analyses the latest global trends in venture capital investment data and provides insights from both a global and regional perspective.

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This edition of the quarterly series provides in-depth analysis on venture capital investments across North America, EMA and ASPAC and will cover a range of issues such as financing and deal sizes, unicorns, industry highlights and corporate investment.

A record-shattering $14 billion raise by Ant Financial in China, in addition to $1 billion+ mega-rounds to Weltmeister, Pinduoduo, Faraday Future, and Manbang Group helped propel VC investment in Asia and the Americas.

Locally, Australian venture capital invested in Australia hit a record US$630 million in the 2017/18 financial year. Over Q2, US$209.09 million of startup investment was recorded in Australia. The number of deals, at 27, is down from 31 in the previous quarter, when investment totalled US$169.8 million.

Australia's top raises included SafetyCulture, Powerwrap, Clinical Genomics, Certa Therapeutics, Brighte, Athena and Propeller Aerobotics.

This edition of Venture Pulse looks at these deals and other global and regional trends, including:

  • The rise in Chinese investment which saw the largest VC funding round ever.
  • Artificial intelligence technologies experiencing rapid investment growth.
  • The evolution and rising prominence of agtech and the opportunity this poses for Australia.

Read the full report for details.

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