Pain At The Pump: For Some VCs, Filling Up On Cash Is Easier Than For Others
This article was originally published in Start Up
Who has recently topped up, and who’s running on empty? START-UP’s annual gas-tank review of venture fundraising shows how consolidation has hit the sector hard in the past twelve months, as limited partners concentrate their money in specialized funds that have demonstrated an ability to deliver returns.
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The two teams will exit their hybrid funds and raise capital for a new vehicle intended solely for life sciences startups.
The firm wins higher commitments from limited partners, turning its health-care focus to late stage companies and forgoing high-tech investments.
The slowdown and shake-out predicted to occur in the world of venture capital has come. But has it also already gone, too? The industry has certainly retrenched, but there are also signs of new life in the venture sector. For the past two years, we've tracked a few dozen life sciences firms, with an eye on which ones have nearly tapped out their older funds and which have fresh cash to invest in young start-ups. Here's an updated look at the venture fund landscape, showing the firms with full tanks and the ones who are running on empty, based on SEC filings, firm announcements, and our own database and reporting.