Data on VC Investments


In order to build content for a pitch deck for a new fund, determine the average returns for VC in the later stages of investments (specifically, series C stage and above), the average time to exit (i.e., sell off the company or launch an IPO), and how companies typically increase in value after their series C funding.

Early Findings


  • Late stage VC investments usually see a return of at least 10x-30x. This is because they will generally block the sale of any venture until they see these returns.
  • A minimum VC return annually is 20%.

Time to Exit

  • The average venture capital exit time is 8-10 years for VC investors.
  • Based on that average exit time of 8-10 years for series investors, the time to exit for the entrepreneur is about 16 years and for angel investors about 12 years, since series investors invest after the company already has traction.

Value Increase

  • Companies typically raise about $26 million to $55 million in series C funding, and are valued at $100 to $120 million.

Proposed next steps:

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We recommend further research to dive into the pros and cons of late stage investing (series C and beyond), providing 2-3 of the benefits and 2-3 of the risks of investing at this stage.
Additionally, we recommend taking a deeper look at series C investing including a description, key players in evolved, and next steps for the company.
Finally, we recommend identifying two to three case studies of investor returns on series C investments in the US market. For each case study we will identify the company invested in, the motivations for the investment, and the return on investment.