Worldwide venture capital funding hits all time high of $288 billion in just 6 months

Most of the funding went into late-stage companies.


Carl Adrian

9 Jul, 2021

Worldwide venture capital funding hits all time high of $288 billion in just 6 months | BEAMSTART News

Venture capital funding is hitting an all time high, doubling from last year's figures.

In the first half of 2021, worldwide venture capital funding totalled to over $288 billion in investments, according to Crunchbase.

Key Highlights

  • Venture capital funding for the first half of this year has more than doubled from the previous year's.
  • A total of $288 billion was invested in just the first 6 months of 2021.
  • Last year's funding stood at $110 billion during the same period.

Why It Matters

  • A large amount of the funding went into late-stage companies, totalling close to $200 billion.
  • At present, more than 1,600 companies across the globe have raised late-stage funding so far.
  • 250 new companies have become "unicorns" (valued at over $1 billion) in the 6 month period, as compared to only 161 new unicorns for the whole of 2020. 
  • More than half of these new unicorn companies are headquartered in the United States.

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