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2022 began with fears of a downturn in the early-stage market after the historic highs of 2021, and ended with those fears fully realized. Activity rate (the share of startups that raised a round or exited) and positive activity (the share of startups that raised a round or exited at a valuation increase) fell by 5 percentage points in 2022 over the previous year—but that stat obscures the severity of the decline in the latter half of 2022.

Additional key findings from this quarter’s report include:

  • Most popular early-stage markets
  • Funding to female founders
  • Investment volume by instrument
  • Investment volume by round
  • Startup spending activity
  • Startup payroll spend
  • Median startup revenues
  • Startup spend by vendor
  • Growth in VC dry powder
  • VC predictions for 2023

The 2022 State of U.S. Early-Stage Venture & Startups report is written in collaboration with data partner Silicon Valley Bank. Our combined datasets offer detailed insight into how capital flowed into and out of early-stage startups in 2022.

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