Current Venture Capital Dry Powder

by Nicholas Jelfs

  • 12 Oct 2011
  • PE

Preqin’s Fund Manager Profiles product shows that the volume of estimated dry powder available to venture capital firms has been steadily increasing over the last three years, with USD 157 billion available in December 2009, USD 160 billion available in December 2010 and USD 167 billion currently in October 2011.

With respect to estimated dry powder by region, North America-focused venture funds currently have the most capital at their disposal, with USD 75 billion as of October 2011. This is almost USD 17 billion less than in December 2007, when the figure reached its peak amount. Asia and Rest of World-focused venture capital funds currently have an estimated USD 65 billion of dry powder as of October 2011, which is the highest figure for this region since 2003. Venture funds focused primarily on European investments have an estimated USD 27 billion in dry powder as of October 2011. This figure has been fairly stagnant over the last few years, fluctuating between USD 26 billion and USD 28 billion since December 2007.

Preqin’s league tables reveal that, of all private equity venture firms, Sequoia Capital has the most dry powder available, with an estimated USD 2.4 billion. Tiger Global Management ranks second with just under USD 2.2 billion available in estimated dry powder. IDG Capital Partners has the next largest amount of estimated dry powder available with just over USD 2 billion.

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