A Global Look at Venture Capital Activity in 2013

A Global Look at Venture Capital Activity in 2013


In PitchBook’s recent datagraphic, they take a look at global venture capital activity in 2013, including fundraising, deals/valuations and exits.

Looking at VC fundraising over the past 10 years, there was a steady increase in capital raised from 2003 to 2007, and then a sharp decline going into the 2008 recession. After 2009, capital began to slowly increase and then decreased again between 2011 and 2012—however, still nowhere near the amount of capital that was raised at peak, prior to the recession.

Pre-money valuations rose across the board in 2013, with an overall rise from $15.2 million in 2012 to $16.9 million in 2013. The biggest increases, though, were in Series C (a $14-million increase) and in Series D+ (a $13-million increase).

The most active VC investors were 500 Startups, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Intel Capital and Y Combinator.

North America had 594 exits in total in 2013, and outside of the U.S., 2 of the top 5 exits occurred in Finland and Israel. The 2013 exit count by sector shows that the majority of exits took place within the software industry at 300, followed by commercial services at 109.

 2013 vc funding


  • 73 first time #VC funds closed in 2013 Tweet this
  • At $1.1 billion, Greylock XIV was the 2013 top #VC fund closing Tweet this
  • 2013 most active VC investors: 500 Startups, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Y Combinator Tweet this
  • 2013 saw the most IPOs since 2007 Tweet this
  • #VC exits decreased from 868 in 2012 to 797 in 2013 Tweet this

About the author: Megan Maneval

Megan is a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration. She has completed internships in business and communications, and was the copy editor for the university student-run paper. Currently at AlleyWatch, Megan plans to pursue a career in copyediting.

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