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VC Funds Continue to Dry Up

According to a report earlier this week by the National Venture Capital Association, 2010 saw venture capital fundraising drop for the fourth consecutive year. During that time, the number of funds has shrunk from 235 to 157 while funds raised have dropped more than 61% (from $31.9 billion to $12.3 billion).

on January 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Energy Innovation Summit to Highlight ARPA-E Research Projects
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently announced that the inaugural "ARPA-EEnergy Innovation Summit" will take place March 1-3, 2010 at the GaylordNational Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, DC.  The event willserve as a forum for members of the scientific and research communities,investors, technology... [More]
on January 11, 2010
Category:  Energy 
VC Outlook for 2010 and Beyond
2010 will see a gradual increase in investment levels and exit transactions according to Venture View 2010, the annual year-end survey by the National Venture Capital Association. Sixty-three percent of all respondents expect venture investment dollar levels to remain the same or increase from 2009.... [More]
on January 04, 2010
Regulate Venture Capitalists?
A discussion on regulating venture capitalists is building up as new legislative proposals in Congress would require private pools of investment capital to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The objectives of such legislation are to protect the public from abuses and... [More]
on September 02, 2009
Category:  General 
Rebound in VC Cleantech Investment
In the second quarter of 2009, VC investment in cleantech companies reached $572 million, an increase of 73% in terms of capital, with 48 financing rounds, a 100% increase in number of transactions compared to the first quarter of this year, according to an Ernst... [More]
on August 05, 2009
Category:  General 
Perspectives on IPOs
Entrepreneurs making a decision about obtaining angel versus venture financing should consider a new research finding that there are substantial differences in how angel investors and venture capitalists approach initial public offerings (IPOs).The Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) presented... [More]
on July 27, 2009
NAS Study on SBIR Adds Hope for the VC Industry
As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program approaches, evidence is mounting on both sides of the debate that has been pushing the decision about the future of SBIR back since March. This time, a new study supports the... [More]
on May 29, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Plan for Saving Capital Markets
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has recently released its recommendations to restore liquidity in the American VC industry and create a vibrant IPO environment once the overall economy stabilizes. The NVCA’s recommendations rest on four pillars: ecosystem partners, enhanced liquidity paths, tax incentives, and... [More]
on May 08, 2009
A Tough Quarter for Venture Capitalists
The latest data from the National Venture Capital Association show that venture capitalists have had a tough 2009 so far. Forty VC funds raised only $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, representing one of the slowest quarters in recent years. Even worse news... [More]
on May 04, 2009
Category:  General 
Cleantech VC Funding Takes Temporary Hit
The venture capital industry is not immune from the current economic downturn. It appears that VCs, like many of us, have paused to assess the impact on their portfolio companies.The first quarter of the year saw a drop in venture capital investment. The level of... [More]
on April 20, 2009
Category:  General 

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