What at the beginning of 2020 looked like a desperate year for start-ups eventually turned into one of the best in history, in many respects also a record period. Pandemic Nepandemic. Investments in start-up projects in the USA reached, according to the report Money Tree from PwC and CB Insights $ 130 billion (2.8 trillion crowns), up 14 percent year on year. The report was brought to the attention of the Bloomberg agency.
The year 2020 on the American startup scene was characterized, among other things, by significant investments in projects such as the Elona Muska SpaceX space program or the development studio of game applications Epic Games. SpaceX received a total of $ 1.9 billion, Epic $ 1.5 billion.
According to a study, large corporations such as SoftBank, Google Ventures or Uber Technologies have fueled a wave of interest in start-ups. The most common areas not only of their investment remain fintech or artificial intelligence.
A record number of unicorns also appeared on the market, ie companies that surpassed one billion dollars in their valuation. There were 225 of them.
The most important startup locations remain Silicon Valley and California, New York and Massachusetts. But investors and Florida enjoyed the interest of investors more than ever before. This includes, for example, the sale of a part of ShipMonk of the Czech entrepreneur Jan Bednář cited in the study.
According to the Money Tree report, there is no reason why investments should not continue to grow, large venture capital companies are accepting new capital into their funds. This includes, for example, the leading investor group Andreessen Horowitz, which raised $ 11 billion in future investments last year.
The year 2020 was also interesting for start-ups in the Czech Republic. We wrote about the situation on the Czech market HERE.
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