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US Venture Capital Activity Set a Trifecta of Major Records in 2021

Fundraising tops $100 billion in a record year for venture capital

[PitchBook] The VC industry has logged another remarkable year in the record books, despite the ongoing pandemic and growing adversities such as economy-wide supply chain woes and labor shortages.

The Q4 2021 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, sponsored by Insperity, depicts how the frenetic pace of dealmaking, exits and fundraising in 2021 toppled previous records, even as the pandemic’s future trajectory remains unknown.

Highlights include:

  • US VC-backed companies collected nearly $330 billion in 2021—roughly double the previous record of $166.6 billion raised in 2020.

  • Nontraditional investors such as corporate VC funds, hedge funds, PE firms and sovereign wealth funds participated in nearly 77% of total annual deal value.

  • Exits were a huge part of 2021's story, with more than $774 billion in annual exit value created by VC-backed companies that either went public or were acquired.

  • Early-stage VC deal activity in 2021 nearly doubled the prior record, eclipsing $80B for the first time ever.

For more information on Pitchbook.


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