Startup Funding In 2015

Updated data for The Americas, EMEA, and APAC

Being the meticulous types that we are, we wanted to update you all on our most recent data concerning 2015 funding in The Americas, EMEA, and APAC*. Over the next few days we’ll share with you data, infographics, and insight regarding these region’s overall investing, funding rounds, the companies who landed major deals, and which industries saw the most action.

When we last discussed the topic of overall regional funding, we reported a 2015 Q4 decline yet, a healthy overall 2015 for each region. Selfishly, we preferred to see much more funding invested in EMEA. Here’s the updated data:

Reviewing our latest updates, The Americas continue to remain the powerhouse in total funding. With a heaping $78bn invested in 2015, the U.S. dominated region has seen a +40.7% increase since 2014. Can this trend continue? Where is the ceiling? We’re anxiously observing Q1 of 2016 to see if there are any early trends which may provide insight towards answering these questions. If you have any thoughts regarding these questions, please post them in the comment section below.

Next, we turn our sights towards EMEA. A slow but steady approach seems to be the recent trend. Pocketing $15.3bn in total funding, are we witnessing an overall conservative approach to investment or are funds leaving EMEA for elsewhere? These are questions we’re keeping a watchful eye on. However, the +40.8% growth in funding since 2014 has all the signs of encouraging behavior.

Lastly, APAC are hitting full stride into a steep up curve. With a whopping +88.7% jump in funding from 2014 to 2015, they’re looking to close the gap on The Americas. However, with total funding equalling $27bn, they still find themselves quite a distance behind. But startup investing is a marathon, not a sprint so, we’re on the edge of our seat waiting to see if this spike gets sharper.

Overall, we’re not surprised The Americas is leading in total volume of funding. Yet, we do find it very thought provoking The Americas and EMEA are growing at a similar rate while there’s a boom of growth in APAC, achieving over double the growth rate of the aforementioned regions. Will APAC eventually be the funding leader? We’d love to hear your take on this as well as the additional questions above.

With all that said, to quote a previous article of ours, “it’s a bit silly to treat startup funding as a regional race. Each company raises money on its own merits, and sets up its HQ wherever it makes sense for its business. Is a European startup with VC-demanded headquarters in Redwood City, CA, an American company? Yeah, but no, but yeah, but still.” These regional updates still assist in identifying concentrations of funding wealth and investment-worthy tech entrepreneurship. Stay tuned for an analysis detailing 2015’s overall funding broken down by round, average deal size per round, and again regionally parsed.

  • The Americas: North America, South America, and Central America. EMEA: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. APAC: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

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