Venture capitalists offer up $2.1 billion in funding in Q2

The average corporate venture-capital funding deal during the period was $17.8 million, easily topping the first quarter's $13 million figure.

A look at corporate venture capital funding over the last five quarters.
A look at corporate venture capital funding over the last five quarters. CB Insights

Corporate venture-capital funding was on the rise during the second quarter of 2012.

Research firm CB Insights, which provides quarterly data on VC investments, revealed today that a total of $2.1 billion was offered up to startups during the second quarter in just 118 deals. The total invested capital nearly doubled the first quarter's $1.09 billion in investments. During the second quarter of 2011, funding hit $1.81 billion.

So, where is that cash going? According to CB Insights, Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram prompted corporate venture capitalists to flock to the mobile arena, where investing there hit a five-quarter high of $146.7 million. Within the mobile sector, video, collaboration, and communication technologies proved most popular among venture capitalists.

The Internet sector also attracted venture capitalists; funding in that segment rose 60 percent compared with the first quarter of 2012. A total of 48 deals were hatched during the quarter, amounting to $513 million in funding. During the same period last year, 38 deals were signed for $508 million.

California still appears to be the place to get funding, with three-quarters of all deals coming from a corporate venture capitalist based in that state. New York and Massachusetts, which accounted for 25 percent of all deals during the second quarter of 2011, accounted for just 5 percent this time around.

One other important note from the CB Insights study: the average deal size from corporate venture capitalists came in at $17.8 million, easily topping last year's $13.9 million average deal size.

About the author

Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
Bento boxes and gear for hungry geeks (pictures)
The best tech products of 2014
Does this Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell Ring true? (pictures)
Seven tips for securing your Facebook account
The best 3D-printing projects of 2014 (pictures)
15 crazy old phones from a Korean museum (pictures)