Top Five Most Active Venture Capital Firms - 2012 YTD

by Kevin Smith

  • 06 Sep 2012
  • PE

This year the venture capital industry has witnessed over 3,770 venture capital-backed deals, attracting an aggregate capital of $35.1bn (as of 6 September 2012). This week we take a look at the top five most active venture capital firms during this year, which are ranked based on number of deals.  

Accel Partners tops our list, having been involved in 92 venture capital transactions and invested an aggregate $2.4bn. Accel made deals across a variety of industries including advertising and retail in the UK, gaming in Germany and Finland, clean technology in Norway, internet in India, and software, technology, and telecoms in the US.  

New Enterprise Associates (NEA) comes in second on our list – the Menlo Park, CA-based venture capital firm has been involved in 88 separate transactions, investing an aggregate $1.8bn in capital during 2012 YTD.  

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers holds the third spot in our ranking. The firm has made 76 investments so far this year, investing an aggregate $1.7bn; it has been investing mainly in the US across a variety of industries, such as semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, clean technology, and software. The firm’s largest deal this year was a $392mn investment alongside New Enterprise Associates in Fisker Automotive, Inc, a designer, manufacturer, and distributer of electric vehicles.

Greylock Partners is the fourth most active venture capital investor in 2012 so far. Greylock has been involved in 67 venture investments in 2012 YTD, investing an aggregate $1.8bn.

Fifth on the list is Andreessen Horowitz, which has been involved in 63 venture capital investments so far this year, just above Sequoia Capital, which has invested in 62 deals. Andreessen Horowitz has invested $1.2bn in aggregate capital in 2012 YTD, lower than 2011 figures, which stood at $2.1bn. However, this figure of $2.1bn represents the full 2011 period.

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