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Deal flow snapshot for first quarter of 2017 shows strong private investment growth

In Wisconsin’s Deal Flow Snapshot for the first quarter of 2017, overall investment was up relative to the same quarter in 2016: $38.2 million from January through March of 2017, versus $24.4 million a year earlier.

The 2017 total was heavily impacted by a single $26 million investment. Investment activity in the first quarter of 2016 was made up of a mixture of small and midsize deals, whereas 2017 activity was primarily smaller investments and a single large one, with a smaller number of deals overall.

The large $26 million investment in 2017, as well as the overall healthy investment volume, is an indicator that Wisconsin companies are producing quality opportunities and have the potential to attract significant capital.

Q1 2017 deal flow chart

 

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In Wisconsin’s Deal Flow Snapshot for the first quarter of 2017, overall investment was up relative to the same quarter in 2016: $38.2 million from January through March of 2017, versus $24.4 million a year earlier.

In 2015, WEDC’s direct-assistance programs helped more than 300 companies generate $318 million in total capital. These companies, in turn, created more than 1,700 full-time jobs, paying $94 million in wages.

Wisconsin deal flow data for calendar year 2016 show encouraging trends. The total dollar amount of investment increased by $7.4 million compared to the prior year, bringing the 2016 investment total to a record $261.7 million. In addition, the average deal size in 2016 was $810,000—nearly twice the average for 2015.

In 2015, WEDC’s QNBV Program helped 75 startups throughout the state draw more than $176 million in total investment, with the help of $18.3 million in tax credits. A total of 180 companies are certified through the program, which is helping to create a thriving startup ecosystem in Wisconsin.

The first quarter of 2016 started out strong with 20 deals amounting to more than $31 million across the state. Additionally, angel and seed funding prevailed to be the highest grossing category with 14 deals bringing in more than $15 million.

Wisconsin had a strong 2015 for deal flow successes, with more than $231 million invested in 120 deals across numerous stages of company development, amounting to a 67 percent increase over 2014.

So far in 2015, Wisconsin has seen more than $136 million in funding for early-stage and emerging technology companies, according to the latest 2015 Wisconsin Deal Flow Snapshot. Additionally, the state had an increase in early-stage angel and venture capital, as well as a growing pipeline at the pre-seed and accelerator level.

Startups are making things happen In Wisconsin. Learn about the teams who are utilizing the Qualified New Business Venture Program to help grow their business in our state.

In 2013, 35 Wisconsin companies saw 40 venture financing deals that generated more than $80 million, and marked the third strongest year for venture deal flow in the state over the past decade.

In 2013, 41 new companies received QNBV certification and drew in more than $34 million in qualified investment and another $84 million in outside support to help their businesses succeed.


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