Venture capital worldwide - Statistics & Facts

Venture capital is the term used to call the financial resources provided by investors to startup firms and small businesses that show potential for long-term growth. It has become a very important source of capital for entrepreneurs, who often have problems with financing their needs through risk-averse banks. Venture capital investments incorporate a high level of risk as only some of the VC companies develop into successful and highly profitable businesses. In Q4 2017, the leading venture capital backed companies worldwide were Didi Chuxing and Meituan-Dianping, both based in Beijing, China.

Most investment into venture backed companies was made in the Americas, but the Asia Pacific market has been growing steadily since 2013. This trend looks set to continue as the economies in that region develop, especially in India and China. In 2017, the value of venture capital funding into blockchain companies in Asia amounted to 111 million U.S. dollars, up from 45 million U.S. dollars two years earlier.

The size of venture capital deals globally has been increasing throughout all three stages - angel/seed, early and late. Seed capital refers to the first round of funding, which is used to cover initial operating expenses and often comes from the founders' own personal assets. VC companies can also be supported by so called angel investors - wealthy individuals who invest smaller amounts of money and at an early stage. 500 Startups, an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator based in California, assisted in 51 angel/seed stage deals in 2017.

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