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Crypto venture deals plunged 33% in worst quarter since 2020

Crypto venture deals plunged 33% in worst quarter since 2020
The amount of funding for budding DeFi and crypto projects dropped in the third quarter. Credit: Design Projects/Shutterstock.
  • Crypto venture funding activity dried up by 33% over the past three months down to just over $1 billion.
  • Raises came in at $352 million in September, marking a 77% drop from the same month last year.

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Venture funding activity into DeFi and crypto projects fell 33% between the second and third quarters of 2023. Last month’s deal activity marked the worst September since 2020.

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Deal flow falls

Crypto companies and DeFi projects just closed their worst quarter since 2020, with the sector securing just north of $1 billion in venture capital across 144 deals between July and September, according to data from DeFiLlama.

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Venture funding is down 50% from the first quarter of 2023 — when 228 projects topped up their coffers by a combined $2 billion — and 33% from the $1.5 billion bagged by 171 blockchain-based ventures in the second quarter.

Globally, the industry raised $460 million in July, $283 million in August, and $352 million in September — marking a 77% drop year-to-year drop from September 2022 when the industry bagged $1.5 billion.

Investors have not injected this little capital since the third quarter of 2020 when the industry raised a little over $924 million according to DeFiLlama data.

Crypto custodian BitGo raised the quarter’s biggest deal in August when it secured $100 million in a Series C round at a $1.75 billion valuation.

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Other notable deals include Flashbots’ Series B of $60 million, and Futureverse’s $54 million Series A round, both of which occurred in July.

Venture deals in crypto.

Crypto market movers

  • Bitcoin popped about 3% to above $28,000 on Monday for the first time since mid-August.
  • Ethereum traded just below $1,700 on Monday, up 0.4% in the last 24 hours.
  • Solana soared back into the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation on CoinGecko over the last few days. The altcoin gained 6.4% to $24, it’s now up over 22% over the last week.

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