VC investments in crypto surge five-fold in a year as money pours into Web3 era

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As the interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain increases, so do the investments in the space from venture capitalists, which have soared as much as five times over the course of a single year.

Specifically, the money invested through crypto and blockchain venture capital deals had increased from below $2 billion in the last quarter of 2020, to more than $10 billion in the same period in 2021, marking a nearly 500% increase year-over-year (YoY).

This data was demonstrated in the chart tweeted by the crypto market intelligence platform Messari on March 20 and is based on the research article of its Senior Analyst Tom Dunleavy.

The platform highlighted that:

”In 2017, there wasn’t even $1 billion in crypto investments from venture capitalists. In 2021 the industry did 11 times that in Q4 alone.”

Source: Messari

In particular, the chart also shows an increase in the number of venture capital deals made, although it was not as dramatic as the surge in the amount of money invested. During the observed period, this number of deals had gone up from 300 to nearly 500, or by around 66%.

Crypto technology matures as global VC investing grows

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, the crypto analytics firm also said that institutional investors had traded $1.14 trillion worth of cryptocurrencies via Coinbase alone in 2021, which is ten times more than the year before. 

It also indicated that the increased trend of investors jumping on the crypto bandwagon was the result of the technology’s maturing backbone, including major developments in areas such as custody, exchanges, borrowing/lending, investible vehicles, and research. 

Notably, 2021 was a good year for VC investing as a whole, as Finbold had reported earlier on the global venture capital funding in startups across industries and regions, setting a new high of $621 billion and with a 111% increase YoY.

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Ana Nicenko

Ana Nicenko has a plethora of knowledge and experience as a journalist covering the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries, having written for a variety of projects and organizations. Additionally, Ana has a master's degree in English Language and Literature. At Finbold, she reports news on the digital assets sector.