- The overall environment for startup funding in the U.S. remains robust and consistent, with Q1, 2018 and Q3, 2018 seeing $12.96 and $13.18 billion in funded startups, respectively. Q2 led the way with $15.37 billion invested into these recently funded companies.
- North Carolina continued its ascent. Last year, North Carolina raised over $1 billion in startup funding. In 2018, the state has already raised over $1.5 billion. We excluded the $1.25 billion round in 27 year old Epic Games which is owned Tencent Holdings in China.
- Colorado continues to move up, making the top ten and ranking #2 in overall growth. Denver has raised over $800 million so far in 2018, while Boulder has almost hit $300 million. Cannabis related entities throughout the supply chain have made a strong contribution to this growth.
- San Francisco and New York continue to lead the list of top cities.
- Leading Fundings include 1.) Grocery delivery service Instacar, which raised nearly $1 billion in three massive rounds and 2.) Katerra, a high-tech construction company which pulled in over $800 million in February, led by Softbank's Vision Fund.
- The total number of both companies and cities related to 2018 startup fundings increased slightly throughout the year.
- Biotech remains red hot. After setting a record last year, the industry has already raised over $6.2 billion in the U.S. alone related to biotech startup fundings.
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