Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report


CB Insights recently released its Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report, which analyzed private company investment and exit activity over the past five years. The report collected data from all activity sources, including venture capital, private equity, strategic corporate investments, corporate venture investors, angels, incubators and accelerators. Here are a few highlights from the report:

  • Since 2009, the number of deals closed per year has increased 144% (195 deals in 2009 vs. 475 deals in 2013), with the total annual investment amount increasing 81% ($780 million dollars invested in 2009 vs. $1.41 billion dollars invested in 2013).
  • In 2013, Series A funding activity accounted for 29% of the total funding activity, a five-year high for the category.
  • In 2013, seed/angel funding activity accounted for 7% of total funding activity, up from only 1% in 2009.
  • By sector, 35% of all dollars invested went to Internet-related companies, a five-year high for the category.
  • CB Insights ranked Madrona Venture Group as the most active early-stage investor in the region since 2009, followed by Founders Co-op.
  • CB Insights also ranked Madrona Venture Group as the most active mid-stage investor (Series B and C rounds) in the region since 2009, followed by Ignition Partners.
  • CB Insights ranked Ignition Partners as the most active late-stage investor in the region since 2009, followed by Madrona Venture Group.
  • Over the last couple years, the number of exits per year has remained relatively constant (at 140 exits in 2013), with M&A accounting for 97% of the deals and IPOs accounting for 3%.
  • Google was the top acquirer in the Pac-NW, with seven acquisitions since 2009.

A copy of the full report can be found here.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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