Many entrepreneurs consider growing their business in hot markets on the east and west coasts for easy access to investors and other experts in the community—specifically in tech hubs like Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. However, in today’s connected world, does location still matter?
A trend in 2017 was the general increase in corporate venture capital, which grew to more than $37.4 billion, with a substantial increase in the total number of deals from the previous year. However, the corporate VC often comes with a catch.
In 2017, VC investing focused on certain hot sectors. Artificial intelligence was all the rage with more than $5 billion invested. Cybersecurity also continued to be a popular area with a 40% increase from the prior year to more than $3.6 billion invested. Fintech, as a broad category, saw increasing investment with $6.5 billion invested and genomics funding grew by 142% last year to $2.5 billion. Here are key takeaways from our recent QuickLaunch University webinar on the hot sectors VC investors are watching in 2018.
During our January QuickLaunch University webinar, we were joined by three leading venture capital investors to discuss trends and themes in VC funding and what to expect in 2018. The panel discussion included insight on industries to watch, early-stage investing and corporate VCs.