ICT and Life Sciences attract 87% of VC $ in 2016

As in case of top heavy venture capital (VC) investments geographically, Internet, Communication and Telecom (ICT) sector and Biotech/Life Sciences attracted most of venture capital investments, 87% of the total dollar amount and 82% of all financing rounds, according to information compiled from CPE Media all private capital database, Private Capital Dealbase.

SaaS, FinTech and AdTech, top three ICT verticals, attracted 52% of ICT rounds and 51% of ICT total dollars, representing 30% of all VC rounds and 29% of all VC dollars.


Data is complied from Private Capital Dealbase, CPE Media’s all new private capital deal database. Information is collected and cross-verified from numerous public sources.
Venture Capital deals include equity and quasi-equity investments led by professionally managed funds, family offices, private investment firms/merchant banks, corporate strategic investment units, and mutual and hedge fund mangers.

  • angel deals or angel deals in between venture rounds;
  • subordinate debt investments by federal/provincial governments or retail funds as ways of economic and business support with no equity components;
  • grants by federal/provincial economic development agencies or quasi-government agencies such as Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC);
  • pure pharmaceutical development deals;
  • growth equity with significant minority equity positions.

Ted Liu

Ted Liu, M.Sc. (Mining), MBA (Finance), is the Editor of Private Capital Journal and CanadaMetals.ca, and former Editor of Canadian Private Equity. Ted has been passionately tracking Canadian private capital industry since 1992, most recently served as Research Director for The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). Ted was the architect of CVCA infobase, and is the architect of CPE Media's Financings.ca, the most sophisticated and advanced all private capital and public market financing database.