While fintech falls in Q2, top VCs stand by Web3 and DeFi
The Emerging Tech Indicator tracks seed and early-stage investments from the world’s top-15 most successful VC firms to measure technology investment trends. In the second quarter of 2022, our analysts tracked $5.1 billion in investment across 195 deals, down significantly from $8.3 billion in Q1 as major companies pulled back on technology investment.
The report shows the pace of early stage investment trends across various technology sectors and details trends in key segments: Web3 & DeFi, DevOps, foodtech, AI & ML and e-commerce.
- Web3 & DeFi was the largest area of ETI investment for the fourth consecutive quarter, with $868 million invested across 24 deals. However, this number is down significantly from over $2 billion invested in the last two quarters.
- DevOps received $654 million in ETI investment across 21 deals in Q2.
- Funding for traditionally strong technology categories has declined, with fintech seeing one of its weakest quarters on record.
- Q2 VC activity has declined significantly from the high levels reported in Q4 2021 and Q1, and we expect activity to remain relatively volatile in the current environment.
|ETI section spotlights||12|
|Web3 & DeFi||13|
|AI & ML||25|
|Another important activity||31|
|Summary of venture activity||33|
|Emerging technology indicator investor level||36|