Numbers on the global enterprise slowdown •

by Ana Lopez

An overview of deal volume, number of deals, exits and other key metrics for 2022

“Tell me something I don’t know,” was my first reaction when messages about venture capital in 2022 hit my inbox this month. It’s pretty obvious by now that there was a delay, so what’s the point of whining about it as we head into a new year?

The point is, as often with data, we can now confirm what was just intuition until the fourth quarter actually closed: There were fewer exits and venture deals in 2022 than in 2021.

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If we had to remember just one fact, it would be the drop in capital invested in startups last year. According to CB Insights, whose State of Venture report is one of our sources today, total venture capital funding in 2022 was $415.1 billion, down 35% from 2021.

According to the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor Report, the number of deals was more stable, with the estimated number of deals for 2022 approaching the 2021 figure. But looking at quarterly data shows that the fourth quarter had the lowest number of deals of 2022, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for 2023.

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