The State of U.S. Early-Stage Venture and Startups
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The year started strong in early-stage investment, but the afterglow of 2021’s historic market faded as investors and startups navigated an uncertain economy. Yet, major dry powder shows an appetite for fresh innovation.
The downward trend continues in the third quarter. What appeared to be a corrective shift earlier this year now shows signs of a sharper turn.
To kick off 2022, early-stage venture showed signs that last year’s positive activity wasn’t over yet. Despite concerns about inflation, global conflict and other obstacles, Q1 data describes general persistence.
Startups made history in 2021. High valuations, share price increases and other growth indicators point to the unique position startups held throughout the year. As spending and fundraising rise, founders and investors may encounter new challenges in 2022.
Early stage venture has been on a historic run over the past nine months. But the surge was unlikely to last forever. Even so, the results of 3Q21 are much stronger when compared to the years prior.
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