Fintech deals see record numbers in Q1 2018 – with emerging markets leading the way
By Lea Nonninger
Global VC-backed fintech funding saw a record-breaking number of deals in Q1 2018, with 323 fintechs securing funding, up from 286 in Q4 2017, according to CB Insights. This amounted to overall funding of $5.4 billion, up nearly 30% from $4.2 billion in Q4, and only about 2% lower than its all-time high of $5.5 billion in Q3 2015. Additionally, there were some interesting new trends across continents.
Here are some key trends that we saw in Q1:
- Funding in developing markets surged forward. Fintech funding in Asia saw the biggest gain of any continent, advancing 188% from $701 million in Q4 to $2.2 billion in Q1. This increase was largely driven by OneConnect securing a $650 million funding round in March. The second-highest gain was seen in South America, where funding grew 164% from $103 million in Q4 to $271 million last quarter. This marked a new funding record for South America, and shows that fintech is continuing to pick up in the region, much like we predicted at the end of 2017.
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