2024 Preview: Latin America VC Industry

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This article is part of the LatAm Tech Weekly Series, written by Julia De Luca and powered by Nasdaq. Through Nasdaq’s global network, we partner with Latin American companies to support their entire business lifecycle to elevate their brand and access the global markets. Learn more about Latin American Listings here.

I’m excited to greet you for the first LatAm Tech Weekly of 2024. This week’s edition is quite special as I delve into an insightful analysis offering a glimpse into the venture market of the current year.

But, before we delve into that, let me provide a quick recap of my action-packed 2023. Don’t worry, we’ll return to our regular format next week. Stay tuned!

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Reflecting on the past year, here’s a snapshot of my journey and achievements:

  • Crafted 48 editions of the LatAm Tech Weekly newsletter

  • Highlighted 38 incredible β€˜Startups to Watch’

  • Wrote a whopping 65,000 characters solely on Substack. To put that in perspective, that’s more content than a 200-page book!

  • Made waves in the media with 14 mentions across various news outlets.

  • Ventured into the world of audio and video, participating in 19 podcasts and videos.

  • Connected with the community through 28 live events as a panelist.

  • +16,000 followers on LinkedIn and +12,000 followers on Instagram.

It’s been a year of growth, learning, and connecting, and I’m excited to carry this momentum forward!

A Retrospective Glance

As I highlighted in our last edition, understanding the past is key to navigating the future of the VC industry. To that end, CB Insights recently published its State of Venture 2023 report, complete with Q4 data, and the findings are quite telling.

The report underscores a trend of ongoing market uncertainty and investor wariness, culminating in a significant dip in venture deal activity during the last quarter of 2023. The U.S., in particular, felt the brunt of this slowdown, with its quarterly deal count falling to a 10-year low at just 2,182 deals. However, amidst this slowing pace, there’s a noteworthy shift as investors are increasingly focusing on early-stage investments. In fact, about two-thirds of all deals were in the early stages. This implies that securing mid- and later-stage deals has become more challenging.

This pivot in investment strategy offers a glimpse into the evolving dynamics of the venture capital landscape as we step further into the year.

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