A Mint article by Snigdha Sengupta (@getsnigdha) quotes Venture Intelligence data on VC investments for the 9 month period ending Sep 2016:
Other excerpts from the article:
- "... the key takeaway from the past nine months is that investment levels in each quarter have settled in the $300-400 million range, which is closer to the normal for the early-stage investment market than was the case last year."
- "Series A capital, typically the first institutional capital into a start-up that needs to take its product or service to market, has been particularly hard to come by for entrepreneurs ... Series A investments plunged 47.8% in terms of the number of deals struck and 55% in terms of the amount of capital deployed"
- With momentum of Seed investments matching 2015 levels combined with the 50% fall in Series A investments "this presents an opportunity (for VCs) to pick and choose from the best assets at more reasonable entry valuations than was available last year."
- Between January and September this year, venture capital firms closed 54 exit deals worth $1.4 billion. That represents a 25.5% increase in the number of deals and a marginal 1.1% rise in the value of deals.