As 2019 winds to a close, Crunchbase is taking a look back at private company investment in a year that delivered an outsized share of giant funding rounds, high profile IPOs, and a few big flameouts.

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In our first annual report we review 2019’s biggest trends and insights:

  • Ecosystem Growth
  • Unicorn Shake Up in 2019
  • 2019 Fastest Growing Industries
  • The Unicorns of 2019
  • 15 Largest Funding Rounds in 2019
  • High-Growth US Hubs

Here are some key points mentioned in our 2019 Annual Review:

Bay Area Dominance Declines (A Little)

The San Francisco Bay Area raised 44 percent of US-based seed, venture and corporate venture funding dollars in 2019. This is down five percent from 49 percent in 2018. If software is eating the world, it won’t all happen in San Francisco.

Unicorn Shake Up in 2019

Global counts of newly minted unicorns were down year over year by 15 percent with amounts invested in unicorn companies down by 43 percent year over year. However, in the US, we saw an increase in unicorn counts in 2019.

2019’s Fastest Growing Industries

The market sectors with the most dollars invested in 2019 include: E-commerce, Health Care, Financial Services, Artificial Intelligence, and TransportationYear-over-year industries that saw the most growth by order include Property Management, Energy, Supply Chain Management, Insurance, Real Estate, Video, Marketplace, and Electronics


The charts and information in this report are based on reported data in Crunchbase. In other words, it’s based on publicly disclosed rounds included in Crunchbase’s dataset. 2019 data is included as of Dec. 9, 2019. Data is subject to change over time as new companies are added to Crunchbase, as industry industry definitions evolve over time, and as previously unannounced funding rounds are added to Crunchbase data.

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  • Originally published December 18, 2019, updated April 6, 2022