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Many of the worlds fastest growing companies came from VC investments

Since 2006, the number of deals and the capital raised have been growing exponentially, reaching a total of $164 billion invested across 11,651 deals in 2020 alone.

Venture capital investments over time

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Capital Invested ($B)
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Deal/Company Count
$180
$160
$140
$120
$100
$80
$60
$40
$20
$10
$29.7
$38.1
$37.2
$27.5
$31.8
$45.2
$41.5
$48.2
$73.8
$85.1
$80.9
$87.3
$142.6
$139.5
$164.0
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
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Source: NVCA, 2021. “NVCA 2021 Yearbook”, with underlying data provided by Pitchbook. Analysis period 2002-2020. The chart as displayed includes the total capital raised for each year in the VC asset class and the number of investments made by VC funds.

Many of the worlds fastest growing companies came from VC investments

Since 2006, the number of deals and the capital raised have been growing exponentially, reaching a total of $164 billion invested across 11,651 deals in 2020 alone.

Venture capital investments over time

waterfall icon
Capital Invested ($B)
lineup-icon
Deal/Company Count
$180
$160
$140
$120
$100
$80
$60
$40
$20
$10
$29.7
$38.1
$37.2
$27.5
$31.8
$45.2
$41.5
$48.2
$73.8
$85.1
$80.9
$87.3
$142.6
$139.5
$164.0
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Source: NVCA, 2021. “NVCA 2021 Yearbook”, with underlying data provided by Pitchbook. Analysis period 2002-2020. The chart as displayed includes the total capital raised for each year in the VC asset class and the number of investments made by VC funds.

Venture investments historically offered better risk-adjusted returns

Since 1984, venture funds have exhibited comparable risk to some public and private equity investments, while potentially offering better returns.

Risk and return across different asset classes

Inflation
Investment Grade Bonds
Non-U.S.
Equities
Commodities
Small Cap
Equities
REITs
Large Cap Equities
Mid Cap Equities
Venture Capital
Buyout Funds
Treasury Bonds
Treasury Bills
Source: Morgan Stanley (2020), “Public to Private Equity in the United States: A Long-Term Look”. Past performance does not ensure future results and expected risk, returns, or other projections may not  reflect future performance. All asset classes correspond to the period 1984-2015, except for venture capital funds, which reflect the period 1984-2013, representing the most recent data available at the time of the study publication.

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