Overall venture capital (VC) investment dropped from record heights of US$71 billion* in Q4’18 to $53 billion in Q1’19, due to a decline in Chinese investment, among other factors. While US and European investment remained relatively robust quarter over quarter, Chinese VC fell from $10.1 billion in Q4’18 to $5.8 billion in Q1’19, as megadeals took a pause, according to the Q1’19 edition of KPMG Enterprise’s Venture Pulse report.
Globally, VC deal volume declined for the fourth consecutive quarter with only 2,657 deals – representing the lowest number in 31 quarters – since Q2’11. The continued decline in deal volume was felt in every region but was particularly pronounced in Europe – which saw deal volume drop from 882 deals in Q4’18 to 487 deals in Q1’19.
Key Q1 ’19 Global Highlights
Key highlights from India
Commenting on the report findings, Nitish Poddar, Partner, and National Leader – Private Equity, KPMG in India said, “Edtech has the potential to become a truly breakout sector in India. The sector has evolved from companies simply offering online digital classes to providing access to both online and offline tutorial offerings, to now offering even more innovative options. With no clear leader in the space, many companies are competing to develop content and raise funding rounds. It is anyone’s game –which will make the next few quarters very critical.”
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