The Shift: NWA continues to draw investment
Investors have seeded more than $120.6 million on 12 Northwest Arkansas companies since the beginning of the year.
What's happening: Private equity database company PitchBook shared the estimated numbers with Axios.
- The pace is down slightly from last year's record $200 million but still far larger than investments back to 2014, according to PitchBook.
Why it matters: Capital investment gives startups and young companies resources to grow into more mature, profitable businesses faster.
The big picture: An increase in venture capital signals investor confidence in the area's entrepreneurial community — a measure of perceived economic health.
By the numbers: Observers will note PitchBook's data for Q2 is down roughly $40 million from what was reported at the time.
- That $40 million — give or take a million — is now included in Q3 as an investment made to Cooks Venture, a direct-to-consumer meat producer in Decatur.
- The company responded to an inquiry from Axios but didn't immediately provide clarification about the investment.
Of note: NWA companies are still outperforming the Little Rock and Tulsa markets in terms of venture capital.
💭 Worth's thought bubble: As I've pointed out in the past, sometimes PitchBook's data are lagging a quarter — occasionally, deals are counted twice and corrected later, as in the case of Cooks Venture.
- I wouldn't rely on the data to engineer the Burj Kahlifa skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, but it's directionally right.
📊 The Shift is a regular feature to catch up quick on what's happening in Arkansas' economy and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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