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Global annual VC investment shatters records, says KPMG report

Venture capital investment remained close to record levels with the swift pace of Q4 2021, capping off what has been a banner year for the global venture capital market.

According to the Q4’21 edition of Venture Pulse – a quarterly report published by KPMG Private Enterprise on VC trends in key jurisdictions around the world, the quarter witnessed near-record highs for total venture capital investment, corporate venture capital investment, exits and global fundraising.

Global quarterly venture capital investment surpassed the USD150 billion mark in consecutive quarters this year, reaching USD171 billion across 8,710 deals during Q4 2021 – only slightly below the previous high of USD180 billion on 9,953 deals achieved in Q3’21.

Nine USD1 billion+ megadeals by companies in the US and Asia helped drive the surge – contributing over USD13.5 billion to the quarterly global investment total – including funding rounds of USD2.5 billion raise by Jakarta-based J&T Express, USD1.8 billion by US-based Commonwealth Fusion Systems and USD1.5 billion by US-based Gopuff and China-based Regor Therapeutics respectively.

Global VC investment rose from USD347 billion across 31,623 deals in 2020 to a record USD671 billion across 38,644 deals in 2021 – with a dramatic increase in valuations and deal sizes across all jurisdictions and stages of investment.

The Americas led VC investment in Q4 2021, with USD95.2 billion contributing to the Americas overall USD361 billion record total VC investment in 2021, with the US accounting for USD330 billion, including USD88 billion in the final quarter of the year: a new quarterly high. VC investment in Europe also rose from USD54 billion across 8,968 deals in 2020 to USD123 billion across 9,710 deals in 2021. The Asia-Pacific region saw USD181 billion in VC investment across 10,498 deals in 2021 – compared to USD116 billion on 8,385 deals in 2020.

VC investment is expected to remain robust in Q1’22 throughout most regions, with less developed VC markets, such as Africa and the Middle East, expected to attract more attention from VC investors. Fintech will likely remain one of the hottest areas of investment, in addition to B2B services, healthtech, cybersecurity, and AI solutions across sectors.

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