2018 sees record high investments of US$225 billion

2018 sees record high investments of US$225 billion

Q4’18 global venture capital investment sees second strongest quarter ever



Mads Raahede

Head of Advisory and Partner

KPMG in Denmark


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The final quarter of 2018 saw nearly US$64 billion* in VC investment globally, led by a $12.8 billion funding round to US-based e-cigarette manufacturer Juul. The VC deal, second only to the $14 billion raised by China’s Ant Financial in Q2’18, helped propel annual VC investment globally from $175 billion in 2017 to a massive $255 billion in 2018.

While every region identified in the report —the US, Americas, Asia and Europe — saw a record high level of annual VC investment during 2018, the total number of VC deals globally declined to a 6 year low of 15,299 deals during the year, compared to 17,314 in 2017 and a peak high of 20,172 in 2015. The drop in quarterly deal volume was even more stark, with the 3,048 deals seen in Q4’18 the lowest number in 25 quarters since Q3’12.

In this quarter’s edition of the Venture Pulse Report, we examine both annual and quarterly VC market results, and explore a variety of global and regional trends, including:

  • An increase in the number of unicorn births

  • The ongoing breadth of transportation investments

  • The increasing opportunities in emerging markets, including Latin America

  • The growth of AI investment in all regions of the world.

See full report for details.

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