2006: Return of the VC

Venture capitalists invested more money into more companies last year than in any other year since 2001, according to MoneyTree Survey data released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Financial (full data after the jump).

3.416 U.S.-based companies received just over $25.5 billion in 2006, compared to 3,100 companies raising nearly $22.77 billion in 2005 (which itself had been an improvement on 2002-2004). The largest deal was for Goshen, Calif.-based ethanol producer Cilion, while San Diego-based drug developer Kalypsys grabbed the largest Q4 round.

Per usual, the software sector led all industrial comers with $5 billion going into 865. If one is to combine biotech and medical devices into one category, however, it would come out on top with $7.2 billion for 731 companies.

Press Release: MoneyTree Press Release1.doc
Data slideshow from press webcast: Webcast Data.pdf
National data: NationalAggregateData1.xls
Regional data: RegionalAggregateData1.xls
Valuation data: Valuations1.xls
Top 10 Q4 Deals: Q4– Top 101.xls