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VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY SLOWS CONSIDERABLY IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2009

VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY SLOWS CONSIDERABLY IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2009

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Just 40 venture capital funds raised $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This level represented the smallest number of venture funds raising money in a single quarter since the third quarter of 2003. Dollars commitments, however reflected a slight increase over the previous quarter when $3.5 billion was raised.
Just 40 venture capital funds raised $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This level represented the smallest number of venture funds raising money in a single quarter since the third quarter of 2003. Dollars commitments, however reflected a slight increase over the previous quarter when $3.5 billion was raised.

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VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY SLOWS CONSIDERABLY IN THE FIRSTQUARTER OF 2009New York, April 13, 2009 –
Just 40 venture capital funds raised $4.3 billion in the firstquarter of 2009, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture CapitalAssociation (NVCA). This level represented the smallest number of venture funds raisingmoney in a single quarter since the third quarter of 2003. Dollars commitments, however reflected a slight increase over the previous quarter when $3.5 billion was raised.“The first quarter fundraising data suggests two distinct dynamics currently taking placeduring the economic downturn,” said Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA. “First, themajority of venture firms are not actively fundraising at this time because they have either recently raised a fund and are investing those dollars or are waiting until market conditionsimprove. Second, despite the recession, venture firms with solid track records continue tobe able to secure sizable commitments from limited partners as there remains a great dealof promise for future returns from the venture capital asset class.”
Fundraising by Venture Funds Year/Quarter Number of FundsVentureCapital ($M)2004
21119,156.0
2005
23628,747.5
2006
23931,866.0
2007
24935,649.4
2008
21428,278.5
2009
404,316.0
1Q'07
816,485.5
2Q'07
858,660.6
3Q'07
778,595.8
4Q'07
8511,907.5
1Q'08
717,120.1
CONTACTS
Emily MendellNVCA1.610 565 3904emendell@nvca.orgSandy AnglinThomson Reuters, Research Analyst1.646 223 6997sandy.anglin@thomsonreuters.comSandra LeeThomson Reuters, Public Relations1.646 223 5292sandra.lee@thomsonreuters.com 
 
2Q'08
789,246.7
3Q'08
628,393.3
4Q'08
473,518.4
1Q'09
404,316.0Source: Thomson Reuters & National VentureCapital Association
Market circumstances nearly halted the formation of new venture capital funds in the firstquarter of 2009. Just three new funds and 37 follow-on funds were raised in the firstquarter, or a ratio of over 12-to-1 of follow-on to new funds, compared to 6-to-1 in the firstquarter of 2008. A “new” fund is defined as the first fund at a newly established firm,although the general partner of that firm may have previous experience investing in venturecapital.
VC Funds: New vs. Follow-On
 
No. of NewNo. of Follow-on Total
 
2004
55156211
2005
63173236
2006
55184239
2007
61188249
2008
47167214
2009
33740
1Q'07
216081
2Q'07
176885
3Q'07
156277
4Q'07
265985
1Q'08
106171
2Q'08
235578
3Q'08
134962
4Q'08
113647
1Q'09
33740Source: Thomson Reuters & National Venture CapitalAssociation
The largest fund raised in the first quarter was August Capital V, L.P. (balanced stage, $650million) by firm August Capital Management followed by Bain Capital Venture Fund 2009,L.P. (balanced stage, $475 million) by Bain Capital Ventures.
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