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Venture Pulse: Q2 Global analysis of venture funding

Venture Pulse: Q2 Global analysis of venture funding

Report shows VC-backed companies haul in US$32 billion across 1,819 deals globally in Q2 2015 driven by mega financing and rise of non-traditional investors.

Dennis Fortnum

Former Global Chairman, KPMG Private Enterprise

KPMG in Canada


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KPMG Private Enterprise’s Global Network for Innovative Startups is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of the ‘KPMG and CB Insights Venture Pulse Report’ – the first in a quarterly series designed to bring cutting edge information and analysis of key trends related to the state of venture capital investment globally. This initiative was jointly-created through a partnership with CB Insights - the ‘go to’ name for insights related to venture capital investment.

It’s an interesting time to be in the venture capital market, with high returns for investors who get it right. The goal of this report is to provide the reader with more than investment statistics, it will highlight what’s driving certain trends and provide some foresight into what might be coming down the road.

According to the report, Venture capital (VC)-backed companies raised more than US$32 billion in Q2 2015 across 1,819 deals, bringing the total raised by VC-backed companies globally to a staggering $59.8 billion for the first half of 2015. The surge in funding in Q2 represents a 49 percent increase over the first two quarters of 2014.

In addition, this report will also share insights on a number of key questions, including:

  • Why is Unicorn investing on the rise?
  • Why does corporate investing continue to be strong, particularly in Asia?
  • What is prompting the funding spike in Europe?
  • Why is Asia seeing a VC investment boom?

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