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

vantages: customers with capital and a clear path to revenue. Corporations are sitting on a lot of cash, some of which will be spent on upgrades and new technologies, and startups targeting the enterprise often have a revenue strategy from the outset, which makes them attractive investment options."

Investment in the Consumer Services industry dropped 20% as 100 deals raised $560 million. The industry is driven by the Consumer Information Services sector, which includes social Web and other Internet companies. Consumer Information Services companies raised $495 million for 83 deals, a 15% drop in capital invested from the same period last year.

IT Industry Boosted by Software

The Information Technology (IT) industry garnered the largest proportion of deals and dollars in the most recent quarter. In IT, 232 deals raised $1.8 billion, a 35% jump in capital invested from the third quarter of 2009. Investment in the Software sector spiked 67% as 159 deals raised $1 billion.

Healthcare Investment Soft

Healthcare companies raised $1.7 billion for 164 deals in the third quarter, an 11% drop in capital raised from the same period last year. Investment in the Biopharmaceuticals sector fell 7% to $854 million for 73 deals and investment in the Medical Devices sector fell 26% to $621 million for 59 deals.

Renewables Drive Investment in Energy Industry

The Energy & Utilities industry garnered $359 million for 21 deals during the third quarter. Deal activity increased by two, while capital invested slipped 28%. The Renewable Energy sector continued to drive the Energy industry's total as 16 deals raised $221 million in the third quarter.

Early-Stage Companies Claim Larger Proportion of Deals, Dollars

Seed- and first-rounds accounted for 34% of deals and 20% of capital invested during the most recent quarter, up from the same period last year when early-stage rounds claimed 31% of deal
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