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Global Venture Capital Plunged by 68% In Q2 2023 Since Its Peak in 2021


The global venture capital market experienced a sharp decline in the second quarter of 2023, with investments dropping by 68% since its peak in 2021. According to an analysis from BitcoinCasinos.com, the total amount of venture capital invested globally fell from $216 billion in 2021 to $70 billion in Q2 2023.

BitcoinCasino’s financial analyst, Edith Reads, commented on the findings, “The decline can be attributed to several factors, including the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic and the resulting disruption to business operations. 

Additionally, investors are becoming more cautious about investing in startups due to their increased risk profile. As a result, many investors have shifted their focus away from early-stage companies and towards later-stage companies that have already proven their ability to generate returns.”

Despite a $10 billion investment into OpenAI and a $6.5 billion round for payments giant Stripe, venture capital funding in each stage was still down 44%-54% year over year compared to the same quarter last year. This indicates that VCs were scaling back while evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting existing portfolio companies.


Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank

On March 10, 2023, Silicon Valley Bank announced its closure, which caused further disruption in the venture capital market. The bank was a global source of financing for startups, with over 20,000 depositors with a revenue of $5 million or less.

The closure of the bank led to investors and founders scrambling to secure funds to meet payroll. As a result, many startups faced the prospect of closing due to lack of funds, further exacerbating the already weakened state of venture capital investments.

With Silicon Valley Bank out of the picture, many private lenders have stepped up to fill the void and provide venture debt as a product. While the terms of these deals may be tougher than what Silicon Valley Bank would offer, it is still an opportunity for startups to secure bridge funding to survive and weather the current economic storm.

Impact of Decreased Venture Capital Investment

The sharp decline in global venture capital is likely to profoundly impact startups, as venture capital funds are a significant source of financing for early-stage companies. Without adequate funding, it will be much more difficult for startups to develop their products and scale their operations. This could have a long-term effect on future innovation and economic growth in the coming years. However, investors may be more willing to take risks as the global economy slowly recovers from the pandemic. With more favorable economic conditions, investors may start to focus on investing in early-stage companies and new innovations that could lead to future success.


Edith is a seasoned crypto and investment content specialist with expertise in the fields of blockchain, finance, and economics. She has written and published numerous articles on a wide range of topics, including cryptocurrency markets, blockchain technology, financial regulation, international trade, macroeconomics, and more.