KPMG Enterprise’s Global Network for Innovative Startups launched the Q2’18 edition of the Venture Pulse Report. The report analyses the latest global trends in venture capital investment data and provides insights from both a global and regional perspective. This edition of the quarterly series provides in-depth analysis on venture capital investments across North America, EMA and ASPAC and will cover a range of issues such as financing and deal sizes, unicorns, industry highlights and corporate investment.
A record-shattering $14 billion raise by Ant Financial in China, in addition to $1 billion+ mega-rounds to Weltmeister, Pinduoduo, Faraday Future, and Manbang Group helped propel VC investment in Asia and the Americas. While VC investment in Europe remained far behind the other regions, a rebound in investment in the UK helped to keep European investment relatively strong quarter-over-quarter.
In this edition of Venture Pulse, we look at these and other global and regional trends, including:
- The implications of the plateau in seed and angel stage deals in the US
- The major focus on artificial intelligence by both governments and investors
- The strengthening IPO market globally and the shifting rationale for holding IPO exits
- The evolution and rising prominence of agtech