Jan 20, 2022 - Business

Columbus startup funding is skyrocketing

Data: PitchBook; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Local startup funding skyrocketed in Columbus in 2021.

  • The region recorded 61 venture capital deals worth a combined $1.5 billion, an Axios Columbus review of Pitchbook data finds.

Why it matters: The data shows Columbus is quickly becoming a Midwest heavyweight when it comes to startup growth, fitting our city's profile as a booming, business-friendly environment.

By the numbers: While the pandemic caused economic woes for small businesses, startup fundraising has exploded across the world in recent years.

  • American venture capitalists invested $330 billion in 2021 alone, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva writes.
  • The Columbus region saw a 143% increase in money invested between 2020 and 2021.

The intrigue: A variety of industries attracted venture capital investments in central Ohio last year, including artificial intelligence, healthcare, home finance, robotics, insurance and e-commerce.

  • As we reported last fall, these 2021 investments range from seed money to later stage rounds — pointing to success among younger established companies as well as new startups.

Here are the 10 largest venture capital investments closed in the Columbus last year, according to Pitchbook:

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