First Quarter Venture Capital Investment Growth in Phila. Area Highest Among U.S. Metros

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The Phila. region led venture capital investment growth for 1Q2022.

The Phila. region recorded the biggest first-quarter increase in venture capital investments among major metro areas in the country this year, writes Noah Zucker for Philly Voice.

According to a new report from CB Insights, startup funding went up by 71 percent in the first three months of 2022.

This more than doubles the 30 percent growth for the second-highest region, Atlanta. It is is nearly four times higher than the 18 percent growth in third-placed Dallas.

All other metros recorded a drop in investments compared with the fourth quarter of last year.

The Phila. area saw an influx of $1.5 billion in venture capital investments in the first quarter, compared with $874 million in the previous quarter.

“I’m pleasantly surprised about this quarter,” said Dean Miller, the president of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies. “It’s good news for Philadelphia’s market score. It shows us it’s still an attractive place for companies.”

The money was spread across 80 deals. The highest infusion of cash went to King of Prussia-based Center for Breakthrough Medicines. The biotechnology firm received a whopping $350 million from the South Korean investment firm SK.

Read more about venture capital investments in the Philly Voice.