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Venture Pulse: Q3’18 Global analysis of venture funding

Venture Pulse: Q3’18 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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KPMG Venture Pulse Q3 2018

Global venture capital (VC) investment reached a new annual investment high this quarter — confirming 2018 as a massive year for the VC market globally with three months of investment still to go. While total VC investment dropped quarter over quarter, the decline was not surprising given Q2'18 results were buoyed by the massive $14 billion deal by Ant Financial.

The IPO market globally now appears wide-open, helping to spur ongoing interest in the VC market. More than 20 unicorn companies globally have issued IPOs already in 2018 — far exceeding totals over the past two years. Post-IPO results have been relatively strong for most companies — a trend spurring excitement for potential high-profile exits expected heading into 2019.

In this edition of Venture Pulse, we look at these and a number of other global and regional trends, including:

  • The massive strength of the VC markets in the US and Asia;
  • The resurgence in the number of new unicorn companies;
  • Growing VC investor interest in the co-working space;
  • The ongoing attraction of food-delivery options to VC investors; and
  • The focus on investments and partnering in autotech and urban mobility.

Canadian VC remains robust despite an off quarter

Canada's VC market continues to perform well and investment in Canadian companies has been strong so far this year, with late-stage deals also leading the way. However, the total number and value of deals declined in Q3 2018. Despite the slowing tally, Canada's health and biotech sectors are growing quickly, and the clean tech, agritech and cannabis sectors are also on the rise. Health and biotech will likely continue to be big hits among Canadian investors, in addition to artificial intelligence.

Canadian VC volume has remained resilient – powered by a strong economy, talented workforce and government support for innovation.

Download the full report to read more.

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