Amount of venture capital funds raised in the U.S. 2016-2019

In the second quarter of 2019, venture capital funds in the United States raised a total of 15.5 billion U.S. dollars. This is slightly lower than the previous quarter, continuing the trend in declining venture capital investments since a peak in the fourth quarter of 2018.

What is venture capital?

Venture capital is a way for small businesses and startups to raise funds. During the early stages of business, capital access is difficult. Venture capital investors and firms are willing to take risks on unknown or undeveloped businesses in exchange for equity. This backing is more common in some industries, particularly in the technology sector.

Size of the industry

There are thousands of venture capital deals each year in the United States, and the value of venture capital investment is in the tens of billions of dollars annually. The size of these deals depends on a variety of factors. Seed companies, or companies in their infancy, receive the smallest deals. The median deal size increases as the companies are more established.

Amount of venture capital funds raised in the United States from 3rd quarter 2016 to 3rd quarter 2019

Amount raised in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

Q3 2016 to Q3 2019

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