Useful Stats: Venture Capital Investment Dollars, Deals by State, 2009-2014

U.S. venture capital investment hit $48.3 billion in 2014, its highest level since 2000, according to data from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Investments jumped 61 percent over the previous year in terms of dollars. Deals were up as well, but by a more modest 4 percent to 4,356 deals in 2014, indicating the growth of deal size and the presence of a number of “megadeals.” NVCA also noted that investments were dispersed throughout the country, with 160 U.S. metros receiving some venture capital.

Startups Look Beyond Money When Selecting VC-Backing

As competition increases within the venture capital industry to fund the next Google or Uber, the most highly desirable startups often have multiple investment offers and must decide upon the best. There are several factors that can affect evaluation of potential equity investors. For many startups, the decision may focus solely on the terms of the deal. However, there may be many more factors – outside of financial considerations – that impact the startup’s evaluation process.

NY Launches $50M Innovation Venture Capital Fund

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund (NYSIVC or The Fund), a $50 million fund that is expected to leverage at least $100 million in private capital to support early stage companies in high growth areas such as advanced materials, clean technology, life sciences/biotechnology, and information technology.

Around the World in TBED

Around the world, national governments are working to cultivate their innovation economies and increase their global competiveness by creating and increasing support for government-led initiatives. Leaders of advanced economies recognize that their positions as global leaders face a murky future due to the emergence of new economies. In turn, officials from emerging economies realize that supporting innovation is necessary for their economies to continue their rapid growth. In 2014, governments from both advanced and emerging economies searched for methods that would help their high growth-firms transform their economy and increase their global competiveness. One of the global trends of 2014 was the emergence of government-backed, privately managed venture capital initiatives.

SEC Small Business Forum Focuses on Secondary Market Liquidity, Accredited Investor Definition

On November 20, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) held its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. During the daylong event, panelists focused on two important issues – secondary market liquidity for securities of small businesses and the potential revision of accredited investor definition. The SEC has posted both the panelists’ presentations and an archived webcast of the morning session. Presentations from the SEC and the Angel Capital Association (ACA) provide up-to-date statistics and infographics on the potential economic impacts of revising the accredited investor definition, including current share of angel group deals by U.S. region and number of individual/households who would qualify under proposed increase in the threshold for accreditation. 

Universities Re-imagine Alumni Engagement With Angel Networks, Crowdfunding

Over the last several years, universities have been forced to reimagine ways that they engage with alumni beyond the traditional method of fundraising via alumni donations. These universities and their alumni associations want to increase alumni involvement and facilitate interactions between their high-achieving alumni, faculty, and students. Over this same time span, many universities have increased the size and scope of their entrepreneurship curricula and degree programs. These two trends have started to merge as there has been a rise in the number of alumni angel networks that connect the talents and capital of alumni with faculty and students looking to launch an entrepreneurial venture.

SEC Small Business Forum to Tackle Accredited Investor Definition, SEC Strategic Plan 2014-18 Released

On November 20, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) will hold its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation in Washington, D.C. The forum will include a morning panel session and four afternoon breakout groups. During the morning panel, the SEC panel will kick off the event by tackling several topics including the hot-button issue of defining accredited investor. In the afternoon, attendees can register to attend one of four topic-specific breakout groups:

MI Gov Snyder Signs Law to Create Secondary Markets for Crowdfunded Securities

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a new law (HB 5273) that will allow for the creation of secondary markets through which intrastate crowdfunded securities can be listed, sold and resold. Under the new securities exemption, broker-dealers interested in establishing an exchange (online or in person) must apply and be registered with the state as well as follow rules of operation laid out in the legislation. They also must take steps to ensure that both businesses and investors are protected from fraud and are located in the state. The bill is intended to complement legislation passed earlier this year that will allow Michigan businesses to raise up to $2 million from non-accredited Michigan investors (Read related Digest Article). The creation of secondary markets provides a solution to one of the primary issues stalling intrastate crowdfunding across the country, a lack of liquidity due to the difficulty of connecting buyers with sellers. Read the bill…

Universities, Public-Private Partners Launch Commercialization Funds in IN, LA, PA, WA

Purdue University, the University City Science Center, and Washington State University announced the creation of new investment funds to support the growth of university-affiliated startups in their respective communities. These three recently announced commercialization funds all share a common trend – they will be managed or assisted in the management process via public-private partnerships. In Baton Rouge, LA, the Research Park Corporation also announced the creation of a fund to assist Louisiana State University researchers compete for commercialization funding from the university.

VC Funding Declines in Q3 2014, Reports Examine VC Trends in OH, OR, PA

In Q3 2014, venture capital (VC) investments in the U.S. dropped by 30 percent from Q2 totals, according a new report from CB Insights. Q3 VC deal levels also dropped by 10 percent from Q2 totals. The severe drop, however, can be attributed to Q2 being the most successful VC quarter since Q1 2001. The good news is that the first three quarters of 2014 saw the U.S. VC investment total reach $33.75 billion – an increase of 59 percent compared to the first nine months of last year.


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