The biggest spenders keep spending. However, they are spending slightly less overall in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the second half of 2021.
That’s an overview of the latest counts of the largest and most active global investors in startups. While there is no dramatic pullback, the deal count and top round count indicate that its funding activity peaked in Q4 and has been trending down in 2022.
Still, the firms that have dominated the rankings of the largest and most active startup investors in recent quarters continue to top our lists. They include known players. world tiger, SoftBank Vision Fund Y information partners.
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Using data from Crunchbase, we ranked investors based on three different criteria: Largest Lead Investors, Most Active Early-Stage Lead Investors, and Most Active Early-Stage Lead Investors. Below, we discuss the results for each of these categories in more detail.
Major Major Investors
First, we’ll see who apparently spent the most. To do this, we ranked the companies that were leading investors1 in four or more first-quarter rounds with the highest combined dollar value.
The main investors are listed below:
No big surprises at the top: It’s the status quo to see Tiger Global and SoftBank Vision Fund in the top two. However, while SoftBank took the No. 1 spot for 2021, it appears that Tiger has jumped ahead in 2022.
Tiger’s biggest lead round was a $768 million Series E for getirthe Istanbul-based on-demand delivery service, followed by a $530 million Series D for the Paris-based online bank how much and a $273 million Series C for the French wholesale market ankorstore.
For SoftBank, meanwhile, the biggest main round of the quarter was a $425 million Series E for the California-based online ethnic grocery provider. Weee!followed by a $400 million Series C for crypto platform FTX.
Rounding out the top four, we see two more “usual suspects”: Insight Partners and Andreessen-Horowitzwhich also top the perennial charts among the most active investors.
Extra-active in the early stage
With the conspicuous absence of SoftBank, the top ranks of the most active Series A and B core investors closely resemble those of the largest core investors. Things differ a lot further down the list, as you can see below:
One standout detail is how far apart Tiger Global and Insight are from the rest of the pack. It’s also worth noting that if we put together all the Sequoia Capital funds that invest in Series A and Series B, they would rank #3.
Several companies have really been ramping up early-stage investment activity in recent quarters. This includes north pond companiesa Maryland-based life sciences investor, Animoca Brandsa Hong Kong-based digital entertainment giant and octopus companiesan early-stage investor focused on Europe.
Super active in the seed
It takes a lot of smaller, riskier seed deals to pave the way for really big rounds. That’s one of the reasons to keep a close eye on the most active investors in the early stages of a startup’s formation.
For Q1, AND Combiner it once again topped the list of active seed investors by a wide margin, with at least 86 investments disclosed. We present the top 11 below:
The number of initial rounds revealed is not as obvious an indicator of overall activity as in other stages, since many transactions are still secret. However, one trend we have seen is that seed offerings in general are getting bigger. Whereas in the past seed deals rarely went above seven digits, now rounds of $10 million and above are quite common.
The data contained in this report comes directly from Crunchbase and is based on reported data. The reported data is as of April 6, 2022.
Note that data lags are more pronounced in the early stages of company activity, with seed funding amounts increasing significantly after the end of a quarter/year.
All financing values are in US dollars unless otherwise noted. Crunchbase converts foreign currencies to US dollars at the prevailing spot rate as of the date financing rounds, acquisitions, initial public offerings and other financial events are reported. Even if those events were added to Crunchbase long after the event was announced, foreign currency transactions are converted to the historical spot price.
Glossary of financing terms
Seed and Angel consists of seed, pre-seed, and angel rounds. Crunchbase also includes venture rounds of unknown series, equity crowdfunding and convertible notes at $3 million (USD or USD equivalent based on conversion) or less.
The initial stage consists of Series A and Series B rounds, as well as other types of rounds. Crunchbase includes unknown series venture rounds, corporate venture and other rounds greater than $3 million, and those less than or equal to $15 million.
The late stage consists of Series C, Series D, Series E, and the later lettered risk rounds that follow “Series [Letter]denomination agreement. Risk rounds of unknown series, corporate risk and other rounds of more than $15 million are also included.
The tech growth is a private equity round raised by a company that previously raised a “venture” round. (Basically any round of the stages defined above.)
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