2014 was a huge year for venture capital funding in the United States. According to CB Insights, $47.3 billion was invested in 3,617 deals, a huge 62% increase vs. 2013. This infographic shows the top 10 exits of 2014, which in total brought in over $48.5 billion.
Research firm PitchBook reviewed its venture-capital database of more than 13,000 founders and ranked each school by the number of graduates who went on to launch venture-backed companies over five years ending August 2014. It also calculated the total number of startups founded by a college’s alumni and total capital raised from each institution.
Check out the top 50 undergraduate colleges churning out VC-backed entrepreneurs and innovators.
Here is a top 25 ranking of corporate VCs in the U.S. since the start of 2013 to May 30, 2014, based on data from PitchBook. The rise of corporate VCs in the early-stage means that, in addition to tracking traditional venture firms and angel investors, startups must keep a closer eye on the most active corporate VCs for funding opportunities.
CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports venture capital firms had their strongest fundraising Q1 since 2007.
The rise in venture capital funding in 2013 is proving that the industry still has legs despite hitting a post-recession trough in 2009. Venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of 7 percent in dollars and a 4 percent increase in deals over the prior year, according to the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree™ Report.
PrivCo has released its 2014 Private Tech Company M&A Research Report. The report included a Top 10 Ranking for private tech acquisitions, with Silicon Valley ranking as the #1 metro area with 281 private tech company acquisitions in 2013. Ranked just behind it were New York (Ranked #2) & San Diego (Ranked #3). Interestingly, up-and-coming tech hubs like Chicago, Austin, and Atlanta are challenging traditional leaders like Boston, which fell to the ninth spot on this years report, despite being Ranked #3 in last year’s Top 10 U.S. Cities For Private Tech M&A.
In the first quarter of 2014, software companies also received three times the number of deals of the next closest industry category, Media & Entertainment. 46% or 126 software deals were completed in Q1, compared to 40 in Media & Entertainment. Biotechnology companies were third with 8% or 22 deals. The following graphic provides a comparison of deals by industry for Q1, 2014.
Here is the list of the top 25 most active corporate VCs since the start of 2012:
Interestingly the top 10 most active investors participated in more than 40% of the VC deals during this period. Google Ventures and Intel Capital combined to participate in more than 1/5 of all corporate venture capital deals, which is pretty staggering.