Venture Capital fundraising of $5 bln represents slow fourth quarter

Venture capitalists in the United States raised just $5 billion in fourth quarter of last year, a second quarter in a row of slow fundraising, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters. The soft quarter will help keep a lid on overfunding in the industry.

Still, VCs raised $28.2 billion for all of 2014. That total is down 9 percent from the previous year, but still the second strongest performance in eight years.

The number of new funds raised was down 25 percent last year.


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 since 2006.


Year/Quarter Number of Funds Venture Capital ($M)
2006 236 31,107.6
2007 235 29,993.7
2008 214 25,054.9
2009 162 16,103.8
2010 176 13,283.6
2011 192 19,080.5
2012 218 19,904.9
2013 209 17,753.4
2014 271 31,094.4
2015 235 28,151.7
4Q’14 85 6,205.6
1Q’15 69 7,537.8
2Q’15 81 11,081.7
3Q’15 61 4,562.5
4Q’15 46 4,974.1


Source: Thomson Reuters and National Venture Capital Association

*Fund commitments closed across multiple quarters are represented as one fund in the annual totals

“Building on the strong pace set last year, 2015 emerged another strong fundraising year for the industry.  In the last two years alone, close to $60 billion has been raised for deployment to the entrepreneurial ecosystem to help build and grow the next generation of great American companies,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA.  “Overall, the fundraising environment is quite healthy.  It’s been encouraging to see such a diverse mix of fund sizes in recent quarters, which demonstrates to us that the fundraising environment is becoming a lot more favorable for firms of all shapes and sizes.”

There were 26 follow-on funds and 20 new funds raised during the fourth quarter of 2015. The number of new funds raised during 2015 marks a 25 percent decrease from the number of first-time funds raised during 2014.  The number of follow-on funds raised during the year fell five percent compared to a year ago.

The largest new fund reporting commitments during the fourth quarter of 2015 was from

Washington, DC-based Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund, L.P., which raised $90 million for the firm’s inaugural fund.  A “new” fund is defined as the first fund at a newly established firm, although the general partners of that firm may have previous experience investing in venture capital.


Year/Quarter No. of New No. of Follow-on Total
2010 51 125 176
2011 60 132 192
2012 73 145 218
2013 66 143 209
2014 106 165 271
2015 79 156 235
1Q’14 34 39 73
2Q’14 24 61 85
3Q’14 28 44 72
4Q’14 30 55 85
1Q’15 21 48 69
2Q’15 33 48 81
3Q’15 15 46 61
4Q’15 20 26 46


Source: Thomson Reuters and National Venture Capital Association

Total commitments to U.S. venture funds in the fourth quarter of 2015 was led by Tiger Global Private Investment Partners X, which raised $2.5 billion in the largest fundraising commitment of the fourth quarter and the second largest fundraising during 2015.  Trinity Ventures XII, L.P. raised $400 million during the fourth quarter and USVP XI raised $300 million.


The Thomson Reuters/National Venture Capital Association sample includes U.S.-based venture capital funds.  Classifications are based on the headquarter location of the fund, not the location of venture capital firm.   The sample excludes fund of funds.

Effective November 1, 2010, Thomson Reuters venture capital fund data has been updated in order to provide more consistent and relevant categories for searching and reporting.  As a result of these changes, there may be shifts in historical fundraising statistics as a result of movements of funds between primary market & nation samples and/or between fund stage categories.


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