The second annual edition of The State of Australian start-up funding report was released this week, showing that total investment was up about 30% last year to $7.4 billion.
The analysis, prepared by Cut through enterprise and Folklore Ventures, carried much good news for Founders with pre-Seed and Seed investments at record levels in 2022.
Fintech remains the most attractive sector for investors, worth $1.3 billion, but enterprise and enterprise software is growing strongly to reach a value of $1.2 billion by 2022, and sectors such as climate technology are also attracting more money.
Female founder participation reached an all-time high in 2022, but their share of funding fell to the lowest level in recent years.
Pre-Seed and Seed startups founded by women raised significantly more funding, and 23% of all deals included companies with at least one female founder. However, overall funding fell to 10% – from 21% in 2021 – and they raised a median amount that was 39% lower than for all-male teams.
The number of deals in 2022 exceeded 700 for the second year in a row, at 712 – only 19 fewer than the 731 in 2021.
Cut Through Venture’s funding report found that 88% of investors surveyed reported longer fundraising processes, with 61% taking longer to decide on investments even when strong investment readiness remained.
More than a third (35%) of investors surveyed reported that early deals were more competitive than ever.
The full report is available for free at australianstartupfunding.com
Report co-author Chris Gillings, founder of Cut through enterprise and partner in later stage VC fund Five V Capital, and Folkloric EnterprisesFounder and managing partner Alister Coleman joined Startup Daily editor Simon Thomsen at the Startup Daily show this week to discuss the key findings.
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