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LA and OC Startups Raise (Almost) Record Cash in 2018

2018 brought the most growth capital investing to our region since 2000, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers and CB Insights, which published their annual "MoneyTree" report of regional venture capital trends and figures last week. PWC Money Tree 2018 annual LA OC graph

The overall number of funding transactions in the Los Angeles/Orange County region decreased slightly (to 419 deals from 2017's 432).

But 2018 yielded $6 Billion of investment funding for LA/Orange County companies. 

That's the highest total dollars reported in one year since 2000. 

And, the larger dollar transactions trend for LA/Orange County was confirmed in the PwC MoneyTree report's quarterly numbers for 2018:  

Deal activity fell slightly from 97 transactions in Q3'18 to 94 in Q4'18. PWC Money Tree 2018 LA OC quarterly graph

But total funding in the region jumped by 130% in Q4'18 to $2 Billion. 

This exciting growth looks to have resulted mostly from recovering from a weaker Q3 but also real
growth, too.  

The MoneyTree report covers many regions across the US and around the world, but unfortunately doesn't break out Orange County separately! 

Let's all work together toward continued growth for OC startups that brings not only more successful exits to our community, but also earns Orange County it's own regional status in the reporting!

For a free copy of the 99 page downloadable PWC MoneyTree report (in exchange for your email address) visit here:

Thanks to our friends at PwC and CB Insights for the always insightful MoneyTree Report and the graphs.


p.s.  Nationwide US venture capital investment reached a new all-time high of $130 Billion in 2018.  Funds raised for venture investing also reached an all-time high in 2018, with $55.5 Billion raised across 256 organizations.  Even better, the venture capital-backed exit market also exceeded $120B for the first time since 2012.   More details...


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