Venture Capital Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 11/26/2018
SIC Codes: 6799
NAICS Codes: 523910
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Companies in this industry invest capital in new business ventures. Major venture capital firms include Accel Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, and Sequoia Capital (all based in the US), as well as Amadeus Capital Partners (UK), Carmel Ventures (Israel), Globis Capital Partners (Japan), Singulariteam (Israel), and Nexus Venture Partners (India).

Globally, venture capital investment totaled $127 billion in 2016. The US is the global center for venture capital, followed by Asia and Europe. Investments by venture capitalists in China rose to a record $31 billion in 2016, according to KPMG's Venture Pulse. India and Israel are other growing markets for venture capital.

The US venture capital industry includes about 900 firms that had about $333 billion under management in 2016, up from $315 billion in 2015, according to the 2017 National Venture Capital Association Yearbook. Activity in the US venture capital industry decreased in 2016 from a record 2015, but still marked the second-highest total since 2005. In 2016, about $69 billion was invested in 7,751 companies.


Demand is driven primarily by the pace of technological innovation and the number of companies created to commercialize new technologies. The profitability of individual companies depends on successfully choosing and managing a portfolio of investments. Large firms have advantages in attracting capital, developing expertise in multiple technology markets, and funding large deals. Small companies can compete effectively by concentrating ...

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