Crypto Fundraising Q3, 2022
Crypto funding slowed dramatically in the third quarter of 2022 as investors shied away from later-stage funding bets.
Q3 Fundraising Highlights
- 389 successful deals with a total value of 5.1 billion USD raised
- Web3, blockchain infrastructure, and DeFi startups received the highest amount of funding. Together they raised almost 50% of the total Q3 capital
- The largest crypto raise was by Mysten Labs, which closed a $300 million Series B in September
- Coinbase Ventures, FTX Ventures, and GSR wereis the most active funds during Q3
- Launchpad activity has been quite weak: 99 token sales conducted across 27 different launchpads, with a total raise of $34M
Venture capital data thus far in the third quarter indicates that investment into blockchain-focused startups is on pace to contract dramatically compared to recent quarters and the heady 2021 period.
Amid the overall market decline, the amount of raised funds decreased by almost 3 times compared to Q2, it is the largest quarterly decline in VC funding over the past 2 years.
Web3 has been the dominating fundraising market category over Q3, accounting for 37% of total investments. This shows how venture capitalists are putting their weight behind the emerging technologies of GameFi and the Metaverse.
At the same time, capital interest in DeFi seems to be decreasing, with the sector accounting for only 11.5% of the total funding in Q3 2022. GameFi, on the other hand, as a sub-category has raised over $600M and Metaverse claimed $366M.
Noteworthy examples from the GameFi sector, despite the overall decline in funding, include the $250M rounds from Limit Break and Theorycraft. It is also worth noting that among the top funding rounds, Sui, Aptos and other L1 blockchains raised impressive amounts.
VCs are still focusing on early stage rounds. Pre-seed and seed rounds have raised a combined total of 1 billion USD.
Whereas, In late stages, like Series A, B, C, and D, — the number of successful projects and the total value of capital tends to decrease.
However, as the crypto market grows and more quality projects emerge, we will likely see a shift to more funding in post-seed rounds.
Such prominent VCs and fundraising projects will probably be the names we need to watch in the future. Their investment trends show that they can provide both capital resources and support during periods of market difficulty.
It is worth nothing twhat only two large projects that held an ICO on Coinlist had a token generation event, Agoric, a new Layer 1 blockchain, which began trading only after almost 9 months since the end of its ICO, showed a disappointing 14% ATH ROI at its most profitable, and now it is trading 0.5x, approximately a 50% loss. Axelar’s results were not much better with (1.17x ATH ROI and 0.68x Current ROI).