These regions have the most inbound venture capital |


Venture capital investment set records in 2021. Data from the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor shows that venture capitalists invested $341.5 billion in U.S. companies, more than double the amount of 2020, which was also a banner year for venture capital.

Investment in US startups is mostly concentrated in 10 regions. ScOp analyzed data from PitchBook to dig deeper into venture capital investment trends in these areas during the first half, or first half, of 2022 and the years leading up to it. These 10 regions are Combined Statistical Areas as defined by the Census Bureau, with the exception of Greater Austin (which is a Metropolitan Statistical Area).

Transaction sizes and valuations have increased rapidly. In a roundup of 2021 data, PitchBook analyst Cameron Stanfill said inbound investment from venture capitalists and other non-traditional investors was driving the growth. Deals have also moved faster through virtual meetings, with companies raising funds more often through accelerated due diligence.

2022 hasn’t been as explosive so far, but venture capital activity still outpaces years before 2021. Startups raised $144.2 billion as of June 30, compared to $158.2 billion dollars raised in the first half of 2021. This still marks a huge increase. more than $75 billion raised in the first half of 2020 and $75.4 billion in the first half of 2019.

Seed-stage investments were particularly strong in the second quarter of 2022, according to the Venture Monitor report summary. Later-stage companies have had to lower their expectations amid stock market declines, which affects their ability to go public or price-determine private funding rounds.


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