NVCA Applauds Congress for Making Permanent the Internet Tax Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the conference report to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, which includes language to make permanent the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA).

“We applaud lawmakers from both parties and both chambers for taking this important step to resolve once and for all the question of whether access to the Internet can be taxed.  (more…)

U.S Venture Capital Investment Spanned 133 MSAs in 2015

Boston, MA Breaks into Top Three, Overtaking San Jose, CA

WASHINGTON, DC – With the entrepreneurial ecosystem expanding from coast to coast, venture investors deployed capital to 3,662 companies located in 133 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in 2015, according to the MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters. (more…)

NVCA Appoints Jeff Farrah to Vice President of Government Affairs and Promotes Jessica Straus to Vice President of Development

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today announced the appointment of Jeff Farrah as Vice President of Government Affairs and the promotion of Jessica Straus to Vice President of Development effective immediately.  Farrah comes to NVCA from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where he served as Counsel.  Straus assumes her new position at NVCA after serving most recently as Director of Strategic Initiatives for NVCA. (more…)

Corporate Venture Investment to Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Hits Fifteen Year High in 2015

Corporate Venture Groups Participated in One Fifth of All Deals and Provided 40 Percent of Investment in Industrial/Energy Companies

WASHINGTON, DC – Corporate venture groups deployed over $7.5 billion in 905 deals to high-growth startups in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in 2015, accounting for 13 percent of all venture capital dollars invested for the year and 21 percent of all deals, according to the MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.  For the fourth quarter, corporate venture capital investment totaled $1.2 billion in 199 deals, representing 10.3 percent of dollars invested and 21 percent of deals for the quarter.

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$58.8 Billion in Venture Capital Invested Across U.S. in 2015, According to the MoneyTree Report

$11.3 Billion in Venture Capital Deployed to Startup Ecosystem in Fourth Quarter 2015 Makes Second Highest Full Year Total Since 1995

WASHINGTON, DC – The venture capital ecosystem deployed $58.8 billion across the United States in 2015, marking the second highest full year total in the last 20 years, according to the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. For the fourth quarter of 2015, venture capitalists invested $11.3 billion into 962 deals, down 32 percent in dollars and 16 percent in deals compared with the third quarter when $16.6 billion was invested in 1,149 deals. The fourth quarter also marks the eighth consecutive quarter of more than $10 billion of venture capital invested in a single quarter, but also represents the smallest amount invested since the third quarter of 2014. (more…)

Venture Capitalists Raise $5 Billion in Fourth Quarter, $28 Billion for Year

Strong Fundraising Pace from 2014 Continues in 2015

NEW YORK, NY – U.S. venture capital firms raised $5.0 billion for 46 funds during the fourth quarter of 2015, a nine percent increase by dollar commitments from the third quarter and a 25 percent decrease in number of funds raised, according to the Fundraising Report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  Venture capital dollar commitments during full year 2015 totaled $28.2 billion, down nine percent compared to full year 2014 but much higher than the $17.7 billion and $19.9 billion raised in 2013 and 2012 respectively and higher than the yearly average of $20.32 billion since 2006. (more…)

Seventy-Seven Venture-Backed Companies Went Public in 2015

Fourth Quarter IPO Volume Up Slightly from Previous Quarter

NEW YORK, NY – Seventy-seven venture-backed initial public offerings (IPOs) raised $9.4 billion in 2015, marking a 40 percent decline in dollars raised compared to 2014, according to the Exit Poll Report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  For the fourth quarter, 16 venture-backed IPOs raised $2.2 billion, an 18 percent increase compared to the total dollars raised during the previous three-month period and up slightly compared to the number of offerings listed during the third quarter of 2015.  Ninety-one venture-backed M&A deals were reported in the fourth quarter, 26 of which had an aggregate deal value of $3.6 billion, decreasing 48 percent compared to the third quarter of this year.  For full year 2015, 372 M&A transactions were reported, with 84 deals combining for a disclosed value of $16.3 billion, the slowest full year period for venture-backed M&A since 2009. (more…)

NVCA Cheers Provisions Included in Spending and Tax Package that Benefit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today issued the following statement after Congress passed the combined omnibus spending and tax extender package which includes a two-year suspension of the medical device tax and permanence for the 100% exclusion from capital gains taxes for Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS).

“Since its inception, the medical device tax has been a massive drain on medical device innovation, but has been particularly acute to venture-backed medical device startups due to the imposition of the tax regardless of whether they make a profit or not,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. (more…)

Maryam Haque Named Vice President of Research for NVCA

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today announced the appointment of Maryam Haque as Vice President of Research effective immediately.  Haque comes to NVCA from EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets, where she served most recently as Senior Director of Research. (more…)

Corporate Venture Participation Jumps to Over One Fifth of All Venture Deals in Third Quarter

Corporate Venture Accounts for Half of all Funding for Energy Startups in 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Corporate venture groups deployed $2.3 billion in 240 deals to the startup ecosystem during the third quarter of 2015, accounting for 14.1% of all venture capital dollars invested and 21.5% of all deals, according to the MoneyTree Report™ from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provide by Thomson Reuters.  Through the first three quarters, a combined 181 corporate venture groups participated in 20.5% of all deals and accounted for 13.6% of the total venture dollars deployed to startups in 2015.    (more…)