Q1 Venture Capital in DC Is Lower Than Last Year. Should the Region Worry?

In the first three months of 2014, 43 companies in the DC region raised a combined total of $217.5 million, as reported in a quarterly MoneyTree report released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. While that number seems impressive, it marks an 18.4 percent decline in Q1 venture funding from last year’s $266.5 million.

Just yesterday, it was reported that venture capital in the US totaled $9.47 billion for the first quarter of 2014 – a 57.6 percent increase from the $6.1 billion raised in the first three months of 2013. This is the highest figure we’ve seen in venture funding since Q1 of 2001, yet the DC region failed to live up to the national trend.

With these in mind, should the DC region be worried about prospects for the remainder of the year? Speaking to The Washington Post about the report, Brad Phillips, the director of emerging company services at PwC, said that a slow first quarter performance should not be a major concern, considering that the DC region has a history of raising a much lower amount of venture capital in the first quarter than the combined average of the three subsequent quarters. Last year, DC companies raised a total of $1.54 billion in venture capital, closing off Q4 of 2013 with $313 million – indeed, higher than Q1 of that same year.

The MoneyTree report defines the DC region as Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District, with Virginia receiving 58 percent of all venture capital in the first quarter (Maryland taking in 31 percent, the District taking in 10 percent). Leading the DC region in funding for the first quarter was Reston, VA-based Appian, which raised $37.5 million in early March for its business process management software. Other notables from the first quarter include ID.me’s $7.5 million (McLean, VA), TrackMaven’s $6.5 million (Washington, DC), and SpreeCommerce’s $5 million (Bethesda, MD) in February.

The list of all investments from Q1 can be found below (via The Washington Post):

Venture capital is off to a slow start in 2014 report finds

All of the DC region companies that received venture capital in Q1 of 2014. (via The Washington Post)

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