New VCs globally making first-time investments reaches record levels in 2016
There were 107 new corporate VC units globally that made their first investment in 2016.
Venture capitalist (VC) which are so integral to the start-up ecosystem has seen a small growth in 2016. However, the growth in new VCs making first-time investments has reached record levels in 2016. There were 107 new corporate VC units globally that made their first investment in 2016, according to a CB Insights report.
Source: CB Insights
This comes as good news for start-ups around the world as they do not have to depend on the large VCs which have been their only hope for receiving any investment. Some of the new VCs who made their investment for the first investment in 2016 include Baidu Ventures and Sony Innovation Fund.
In Q3 2016, 204 corporate VCs actively invested which was the most since 2012. On average, 195 Corporate VCs invested per quarter in 2016. By comparison, 182 CVCs actively invested per quarter on average 2015.
Since Q3’14, there have been over 160 corporate VCs completing deals each quarter, investing across a range of industries including fintech, digital health, AI, food and beverage, and much more, said the report.
Source: CB Insights
In Q4 2016 there were 193 active corporate VC investors globally, which had dropped from Q3 which stood at 204 VCs. In Q1 the active VC investors stood at 197 and had dropped to 186 in Q2.
While the growth in active VCs had seen a large jump from 2014 to 2015, in 2016 the growth in active VCs was marginal.
Some of the most active corporate active investors in 2016 include Intel Capital, Google Ventures, Saleseforce Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Cisco Ventures, GE Ventures and Bloomberg Beta.
In 2015, Intel Capital was the most active CVC investor with investments in companies like iZettle and Docusign, among others. Google Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures rounded out the 2nd and 3rd spots.