Slideshow: Ten Largest U.S. VC Deals for Q1: CORRECTED

As we previously reported, VCs are increasingly doing bigger deals. More evidence of this appears in today’s Q1 MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.

The report, which tracks investment in U.S.-based startups, shows that four American companies raised rounds of more than $100 million in the first quarter, including two that each raised $200 million or more. And the “going big” trend doesn’t apply only to expansion or late stage rounds. Of the top 10 largest rounds tracked by MoneyTree in Q1, four were for early stage companies.

(CORRECTION: Note that the description for Alta Devices in the slideshow has been corrected. The company is focused on improving the production economics of high efficiency solar PV applications. -Ed.)

Watch our slideshow to see who made the top 10.

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[slide title=”10: Appsense”]

Appsense
Location:
New York
Amount: $70.00M
Stage: Later Stage
Description: Provides user virtualization solutions for enterprises.
Investors: Goldman, Sachs & Co.

[slide title=”9: Alta Devices”]

Alta Devices Inc.
Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
Amount: $72.00M
Stage: Early Stage
Description: Provides biotechnology research services. Focused on improving the production economics of high efficiency solar PV applications.

Investors: August Capital Management, Crosslink Capital, Dow Chemical Company, Duff Ackerman & Goodrich LLC, Energy Technology Ventures, Good Energies AG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Presidio STX , Technology Partners, Undisclosed Investor and AIMCo

CORRECTED AND UPDATED: Company description was corrected. Also, AIMCo was added to the list of investors, per Alta Device’s request.

[slide title=”8: Fulcrum BioEnergy”]

Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc.
Location: Pleasanton, Calif.
Amount: $75.00M
Stage: Early Stage
Description: Develops owns and operates facilities for converting municipal solid waste and other waste products to a renewable transportation fuel.
Investors: Undisclosed Investor (Company’s $14 million Series B round in 2008 was funded by Rustic Canyon Partners and US Renewables Group HoldCo III LLC, according to Thomson Reuters.)

[slide title=”7: Coda Automotive”]

Coda Automotive Inc.
Location: Santa Monica, Calif.
Amount: $76.40
Stage: Early Stage
Description: Manufactures electric vehicles.
Investors: Aeris Capital AG, Angeleno Group LLC, Riverstone LLC, Undisclosed Investor

[slide title=”6: Beyond Oblivion”]

Beyond Oblivion Inc.
Location: New York
Amount: $77.00M
Stage: Early Stage
Description: Provides digital music Service.
Investors: Allen & Co., two undisclosed investors

[slide title=”5: SoloPower”]

SoloPower Inc.
Location: San Jose, Calif.
Amount: $78.58M
Stage: Expansion
Description: Manufactures thin-film solar cells.
Investors: Convexa AS, Crosslink Capital, Hudson Capital Management

[slide title=”4: Tabula”]

Tabula Inc.
Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
Amount: $108.00M
Stage: Later Stage
Description: Manufactures semiconductors for general-purpose chip.
Investors: Balderton Capital Management (U.K.) LLP, Benchmark Capital, Crosslink Capital, Duff Ackerman & Goodrich LLC, Greylock Partners, Integral Capital Partners, New Enterprise Associates

[slide title=”3: Fisker Automotive”]

Fisker Automotive Inc.
Location: Irvine, Calif.
Amount: $111.92M
Stage: Later Stage
Description: Designs and manufactures electric vehicles.
Investors: Advanced Equities Capital Partners LLC, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates Inc., Palo Alto Investors

[slide title=”2: Plastic Logic”]

Plastic Logic Ltd.
Location: Mountain View, Calif.
Amount: $200.00M
Stage: Later Stage
Description: Develops plastic circuits for mass applications.
Investors: Oak Investment Partners, Undisclosed Investor

[slide title=”1: BrightSource”]

BrightSource Energy Inc.
Location: Oakland, Calif.
Amount: $201.69M
Stage: Later Stage
Description: Develops utility-scale solar power plants.
Investors: Chevron Technology Ventures, DBL Investors, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, VantagePoint Capital Partners, two undisclosed investors

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