Value of venture capital investment in the U.S. 2019, by industry

Venture capital investments amounted to 10.1 billion U.S. dollars in the internet industry in the United States, as of third quarter 2019. Other leading VC sectors in terms of investment were healthcare and mobile and telecommunications.

What is venture capital?

Public companies can access financial markets through stock exchanges, but private firms do not have that opportunity. They must instead seek private equity funding. Venture capital is a subset of private equity which focuses on relatively small firms perceived to have high growth potential. These investments can be quite risky, as many of the firms are not yet established and have a higher risk of failing. However, the industry relies on blockbusters that generate massive returns through explosive growth.

Firms that get private equity funding

Startup funding can come from a variety of sources, from family and friends to professional “accelerators” or “incubators” that mentor fledgling companies. Many of these companies remain small, but a few have achieved high valuations. Called “unicorns” because they were so rare, startup companies valued over one billion U.S. dollars have become more common.

Value of venture capital investment in the United States in 3rd quarter 2019, by industry

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Release date

October 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

Q3 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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