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10 Largest Seed Rounds in NYC History

10 Largest Seed Rounds in NYC History

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Armed with some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the 10 largest seed rounds of all time in NYC. I have included some additional information as well, such as year of funding, industry, investors in the round, and current status of the company, to further the analysis. In order to maintain a focus on conventional tech startups, pharmaceutical and biotech companies were removed from the data.

Quick Findings:

  • 50% of the 10 largest seed rounds in NYC history place in 2013 and 2014 Tweet this
  • First Round was involved in 3 of top 10 seed fundings in NYC history Tweet this
  • The largest seed round in NYC history is in the enterprise space Tweet this 
  • The company that was funded first (2003) went public 4 years after funding.
  • 1 of these companies was acquired. Two IPO’ed and one of these two was later acquired once public.
  • All of the companies are still operational in some capacity, although one is on deathwatch. This company happened to raise the most amount of capital of any in the group.



About the author: Reza Chowdhury

Reza Chowdhury, a serial entrepreneur, offers more than 15 years experience in emerging technology.  He is currently the founder and CEO of AlleyWatch, the largest entity focused on the advancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York.   Reza is also the founder of New York Startup Lab,which brings technology and knowledge-based solutions to the entrepreneurial community, with a specific focus on early stage companies.

  • Brett King


    Moven raised $4.5m as seed, and just completed $8m Series A here in NYC. Curious why we didn’t make the grade?

    Brett King

  • Reza Chowdhury

    @brett_king:disqus Your seed is classified as two separate rounds according to the data that I used to produce this report. A seed round in 2012 and another in 2013.