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Venture Pulse: Q2’18 Global analysis of venture funding

Venture Pulse: Q2’18 Global analysis of venture funding

Quarterly global report on VC trends published by KPMG Enterprise

Sunil Mistry

Audit Partner, Enterprise and TMT

KPMG in Canada


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​According to Venture Pulse: Q2'18 Global analysis of venture funding, Venture capital (VC) investment hit a new record high in Q2'18, reaching nearly US$69.8 billion* across 3,108 deals in Q2. While VC deal volume continued to decline, the median deal size globally remained well above last year's totals across all deal stages, reaching $1.4 million (YTD) for angel and seed stage rounds, $7 million (YTD) for early stage rounds, and $13.5 million (YTD) for late-stage rounds.

In this quarter's edition of the Venture Pulse Report, we examine Q2'18 VC market trends, including:

  • The implications of the plateau in seed and angel stage deals in the U.S.;
  • The major focus on artificial intelligence by both governments and investors;
  • The strengthening IPO market globally and the shifting rationale for holding IPO exits; and 
  • The evolution and rising prominence of agtech.

Canadian VC continues to be strong relative to historical figures

Despite a slowing tally of completed venture financings, VC invested within Canada remained strong at $748 million through the end of Q2. That said, on a quarterly basis, VC activity remains somewhat more muted within the country. This reality remains in marked contrast to narratives around thriving Canadian entrepreneurship, but it may take some time for startups' founding and grassroots support from government agencies to translate into completed VC rounds.

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