CB Insights shared its State of Fintech Q2 2023 report final month. The highest takeaways? Fintech funding continues to take a success, with the report noting that each funding and offers globally have retreated to “ranges not seen since 2017.”
However wait, there’s extra. Mega-round funding, offers valued at $100 million or extra, fell to a six-year low. And funds – which had been memorably referred to by the VCs on our Sensible Cash Energy Panel at FinovateFall final yr as “the reward that retains on giving” – stopped giving. CB Insights studies that funding for payments-related firms fell 75% quarter over quarter. It was the most important lower for any fintech sector.
What about upsides? The report famous will increase in fintech funding in Latin America and the Caribbean, the one area to see important positive factors. CB Insights additionally highlighted the truth that the 5 exits within the quarter all got here from fintechs primarily based exterior of the U.S.
Learn the entire report. There are a selection of attention-grabbing observations, a few of which give some cause for optimism within the second half of the yr. For one, early-stage firms dominated deal quantity in Q2 2023. The energy of fintech funding in Latin America, talked about above, was additionally a promising signal. A few of this deal-making concerned cryptocurrency and DeFi associated companies – and geographies just like the Cayman Islands which might be exterior conventional Latin American fintech powerhouses Mexico and Brazil. However a lot of the funding in Latin America was pushed by robust developments like digitization and monetary inclusion. Traders have additionally been inspired by the success of fintechs like Brazil’s Nubank. The report additionally noticed positives available in the market for firms going public in Asia final quarter.
For extra on CB Insights’ examination of fintech funding to this point in 2023, additionally take a look at the agency’s Fintech Midyear Evaluation: The Knowledge Behind the 6 12 months Low webinar launched final week. Lead Fintech Analyst Anisha Kothapa places the present fintech panorama into context, and highlights the place buyers see alternative all over the world – and why.
“I believe among the greatest drivers of capital being invested in (Latin America) is because of, one, monetary inclusion,” Kothapa defined. “There are various unbanked and underbanked individuals in Latin America that want revolutionary monetary options. The second is that the area has seen fast digital adoption, particularly with the usage of sensible telephones, and rising web connectivity. The third factor is round a extra favorable regulatory atmosphere.”
By the way in which, Finovate’s weekly Finovate International column is a good supply of reports on fintech developments all over the world. With regard to Latin America particularly, latest columns have targeted on fintech innovation in Brazil and Colombia.
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