Tiger Global, SoftBank Vision Fund and Insight Partners top startup investors in 1Q22 — data

KUALA LUMPUR (April 9): Tiger Global Management, SoftBank Vision Fund and Insight Partners topped the rankings of the largest and most active startup investors in Q1 2022 (1Q22).

In a report released Friday, April 8, Crunchbase – which tracks trends, investments and news from global companies, from startups to the Fortune 1000 – said it ranks investors according to three distinct criteria: the largest primary investors, the most active seed investors and the most active early-stage investors.

The firm said there were no big surprises at the top: it’s status quo to see Tiger and SoftBank in the top two slots.

However, he said that while SoftBank had clinched the top spot for 2021, it appeared Tiger had taken the lead in 2022.

Tiger’s biggest round was a $768m Series E for Istanbul-based on-demand delivery service Getir, followed by a $530m Series D for online bank Qonto based in Paris and a Series C of $273 million for the French wholesale market. Ankorstore.

For SoftBank, meanwhile, the biggest round of the quarter was a US$425 million Series E for online ethnic grocery provider Weee!, followed by a US$400 million Series C. for the FTX crypto platform.

Crunchbase said Insight Partners and Andreessen Horowitz, who are also perennial tops, were among the most active investors.

The company said several companies have really ramped up their early-stage investing activity in recent quarters.

He said that includes Northpond Ventures, a Maryland-based life sciences investor, Animoca Brands, a Hong Kong-based digital entertainment juggernaut, and Octopus Ventures, a Europe-focused early-stage investor.

Crunchbase said the number of leaked launch cycles isn’t as obvious an indicator of overall activity as it is at other stages, given that many deals are still secret.

However, one observed trend is that seed transactions as a whole are increasingly important.

While in the past seed deals rarely exceeded seven figures, rounds of $10 million and above are now quite common.

Data reported is as of April 6, 2022.

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