Venture capitalists are already surpassing last year’s investments in terms of dollars and are increasingly interested in later stage companies, according to a new report by PwC/NVCA MoneyTree based on data from Thomson Reuters.
The report says VCs have invested $33 billion dollars this year, compared to last year’s total investment of $30 billion — and there’s still another whole quarter to account for.
Much of this year’s investments went towards software startups, which took home a little more than a third of the $9.9 billion invested in quarter three, the report shows. The media industry followed, with $1.8 billion invested, a 23 percent increase from the previous quarter. Investment in life science trailed behind, with $1.1 billion invested in 110 deals.
While Q3 showed investment was down from the previous quarter for seed and expansion level companies, there was some investment growth in later stage companies. Investment in later stage companies increased 3 percent to $3.3 billion. “This is the largest quarterly total of dollars invested in later stage companies since Q3 2007,” the report notes.
Though expansion stage companies saw the largest investment of $3.4 billion, it still saw less investment than last quarter.
The slight increase in investment for later stage companies may mark the beginning of a shift. Early stage investments took less investment this quarter than their later stage counterparts and were down 22% from the quarter before. It shows that VCs may be beginning to put more faith in later stage companies than fledgling startups.
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