South Florida companies attracted $1.3B of venture capital in the third quarter, and despite the downturn may log another record year
By Nancy Dahlberg
It could have been much worse.
Despite a venture capital slowdown nationally and globally, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area companies pulled in nearly $1.3 billion of venture capital across 74 deals in 2022’s third quarter.
That intake of VC dollars ranked the Miami metro 6th in the nation, its highest ranking among metro areas ever. Only the Bay Area, New York, LA, Boston and Seattle pulled in higher amounts. What’s more, the Miami metro was among only seven metro areas that pulled in over a billion dollars in Q3.
The national picture was not as bright. U.S. venture capital investment in the third quarter fell to the lowest level in nine quarters, according to the Q3 2022 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor released Thursday.
South Florida’s Q3 total did slide from its pace of Q1 and Q2, according to Pitchbook’s newly revised data, but not nearly as much the slide nationally between Q2 and Q3, where funding fell by more than a third. What’s more, the Miami metro area is on track for a record-setting year, despite the murkier picture nationally.
Statewide, startups in Florida attracted $1.45 billion across 130 deals. South Florida attracted 88% of the dollars and 57% of the deals.
According to my research, $5.3 billion flowed into startups into 2021. Through the first three quarters of this year, according to Pitchbook’s numbers, South Florida startups have pulled in $4.6 billion. Unless our region’s flow of funding in Q4 falls off by 50% or more, the Miami metro area would set another record.
Here are top deals in South Florida in Q4, according to Pitchbook:
- Flow: Early stage Miami-based crypto-focused proptech company founded by WeWork’s Adam Neumann, $350M
- Muck Rack: Later stage Miami-based public relations management platform, $180M
- Avenue: Later stage Miami-based fintech focused on the US and Brazil markets, $95M
- Halborn: Early stage Miami-based blockchain network security firm, $90M
- Boopos: Early stage Miami-based small business lending platform, $58M
- Sardine: Early stage Miami-based fraud prevention software firm, $51M
- Betr: Early stage Miami-based sports betting platform, $50M
- ILiAD: Later stage Weston-based drug discovery startup, $43M
- AllLeaves: Early stage Deerfield Beach-based agtech software firm focused on cannabis, $40M
- OpenStore: Early stage Miami-based ecommerce platform for purchasing Spotify businesses, $32M
Pitchbook logged just two exits for South Florida, both for undisclosed values.
THE NATIONAL PICTURE
Nationally, Q3 VC fell to the lowest level in nine quarters, as the VC ecosystem is showing more signs of distress in response to ongoing economic headwinds. With just one quarter left, funding into financial-technology companies sits at just half of 2021’s total, an especially notable trend because fintech is South Florida’s strongest sector for venture capital.
Venture-backed companies collected just $43 billion across an estimated 4,074 deals in Q3 2022. Estimated deal counts have fallen nearly 20 percent from the quarterly high in Q1 2022, the Venture Monitor reported. Deal activity across all stages recorded signs of distress, and the market continued to become increasingly consolidated with fewer exits than at any time in recent history. Still, dry powder remains at the highest level ever, according to the report, after years of record fundraising.
Total dollars invested in late-stage VC decreased by 48.3% from the Q2 figure of $48.1 billion and set a record eleven-quarter low. The median late-stage deal size in Q3, $10.0 million, decreased by a third from the 2021 full-year figure of $15 million.
On the exit front, there have been just 59 public listings so far this year, compared with 303 in 2021 and 145 in 2020. This year’s total exit value could fall below $100 billion for the first time since 2016.
While overall fundraising figures are strong, reaching a new annual high of $150.9 billion in Q3, established managers received the lion’s share of commitments while emerging GPs struggled, the Venture Monitor said.
“The VC slowdown narrative that has been pervasive in the market this year has finally materialized in the data, with nearly every metric aside from fundraising falling sharply in Q3,” said Pitchbook CEO John Gabbert, in a statement.
“The VC ecosystem, however, has shown remarkable resiliency in the face of continued economic headwinds, raising record levels of capital and closing an unexpectedly high number of deals,” he continued. “In many ways, 2021 was an outlier year, and the VC market is now returning to pre-pandemic levels and long-term trends of steady growth.”
Download the Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor report here.
Update: Just out is my 20-page VC report on 1H 2022 in the second issue of eMerge Magazine. Download it here. [You can also download past reports here, including my 2021 report for eMerge Americas.]
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