Progress Ventures Q1 2018 Newsletter

The start of 2018 kicked off with carried-over momentum from a highly active 2017 in the US venture capital ecosystem, during which time the pace of investment reached a decade-high of over $82B in deployed capital. Already, 2018 is on track to continue the trends we have seen over the last several quarters, with $28.2B invested across a total of 1,683 deals in Q1 2018 according to the latest Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor report. The total capital invested in the first quarter of 2018 is the highest seen since the mid-2000’s – a 33% increase over 4Q2017 and a 67% YOY increase over 1Q2017. About a quarter of these capitalizations came from unicorn investments (about $7.2B) but illustrates this growing trend seems to be here to stay: higher valuations across fewer total deals.