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U.S. Venture Investment in 2010 Tracks Ahead of Last Year
Date:10/25/2010

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture investors put $5.5 billion into 662 deals for U.S.-based companies during the third quarter of 2010, a 5% drop in investment but a 2% increase in deals from the same period last year, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Despite the investment drop during the most recent quarter, $18 billion was put into 2,016 deals during the first three quarters of 2010, a 10% increase in both investment and deal activity over the same period last year.

"The uptick in venture investment through the first three quarters reflects the fact that the fund-raising and liquidity markets are also improving," said Jessica Canning, global research director for Dow Jones VentureSource. "With more cash on hand and with exits freeing up capital slated for their portfolio companies, deal making is picking up."

The median deal size for the third quarter was $5 million, on par with the same period last year.

Angels and Venture Firms Do More Deals Together

During the first three quarters of the year, 68 deals that raised $282 million were funded by both angel groups and venture capital firms. This is an uptick from the same period last year when 59 co-investment deals raised $236 million.

"As venture capitalists scout younger companies, especially in the consumer and Internet spaces, we are seeing them tap into and co-invest with angel groups," said Ms. Canning.  

Investors Gravitate to Business Technologies

The Business and Financial Services industry had a strong quarter as 121 deals raised $841 million, up from 103 deals that raised $708 million during the same period last year. Within this industry, the Web-heavy Support Services sector, which includes advertising platforms, data management services and online marketplaces, saw a 56% increase in investment as 94 deals raised $667 million.

Scott Austin, editor of Dow Jones VentureWire, said: "Enterprise startups have two ad
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