2020 Philadelphia Venture Report

Detailed analysis of key trends in the Philadelphia MSA from last year

Philadelphia, March 2, 2021 – The PACT 2020 Philadelphia Venture Report is now available, powered by PitchBook Data and breaking down all key trends in the Philly MSA from last year.

At $1.8 billion invested across 221 venture financings for the year, Philly’s VC and emerging tech ecosystem concluded a turbulent 2020 on a resilient note, helping to push the average disclosed round value to $8.1 million. Moreover, the region’s companies generated more liquidity for investors on an annual basis than ever before: $3.7 billion in aggregate value across 19 exits.

The 2020 Philadelphia Venture Report uncovers the underlying drivers of the robust Philly ecosystem, exploring datasets ranging from VC activity by sector to the sustained rise in the participation of outside investors.

Additional highlights include:

  • Analysis of the drivers behind Philly’s angel & seed VC deal activity
  • A deep dive on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s emerging tech community
  • Examination of the annual growth in funding for the life sciences over the past decade

“Philadelphians embody grittiness. In 2020, the MSA posted record seed and angel deal activity, signaling no slowdown to the startup scene and the rapid response its healthcare and biopharma communities had to COVID-19 and ongoing unmet patient needs,” shared PACT President and CEO Dean Miller. “We thank Pitchbook and our sponsors for their partnership and look forward to working with the region to continue to elevate Philadelphia together!”

Read the full 2020 Philadelphia Venture Report

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2019 Philadelphia Venture Report

The PACT 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report is now available, powered by PitchBook Data and breaking down all key trends in the Philly MSA from last year.

At $2.5 billion invested across 225 venture financings, Philly’s venture ecosystem closed out a record 2019 for both dollars invested and the number of deals closed. Philadelphia is firmly in the top ten venture capital markets in the U.S. ranking 7th in dollars invested in 2019. Moreover, the region’s pharma & biotech sector commanded more than $1 billion in overall deal value, also setting a record.

The 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report uncovers the underlying drivers of the robust Philly ecosystem, exploring datasets ranging from VC activity by sector to the sustained rise in the participation of outside investors.

Additional highlights include:

  • goPuff’s massive $750M investment from SoftBank
  • Analysis of the drivers behind Philly’s angel & seed VC deal activity
  • Highlight of the growing capital flowing to Philadelphia startups from other top markets
  • Examination of the annual growth in corporate venture investment over the past decade

“The Philadelphia entrepreneurial community is no longer the ‘best kept secret.’ From cutting edge cell and gene therapy to enterprise software and even digital convenience delivery, Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs are setting the pace for innovation, fundraising and deals,” shared PACT President and CEO Dean Miller. “We thank Pitchbook and our sponsors for their partnership and look forward to working with the region to continue to elevate Philadelphia together!”

Read the full 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report.

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2017 Philadelphia Venture Report

Data provided by Pitchbook
Sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Morgan Lewis, EY, Fairmount Partners, Safeguard, BioAdvance, Life Sciences PA, CEO Council for Growth, and Merrill Corporation

In 2016, startups headquartered in the Philadelphia area raised more than $1 billion in VC, double the amount seen a decade earlier. Though 2017 isn’t on a similar pace, it is poised to become the fourth consecutive year with over $700 million in deal value.

This report explores the drivers of that surge, along with other facets of Philadelphia’s burgeoning tech scene.

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