CB Insights on 2023 Fintech Funding Woes; Strength in Early Stage Investment, ex-U.S. IPOs


CB Insights shared its State of Fintech Q2 2023 report last month. The top takeaways? Fintech funding continues to take a hit, with the report noting that both funding and deals globally have retreated to “levels not seen since 2017.”

But wait, there’s more. Mega-round funding, deals valued at $100 million or more, fell to a six-year low. And payments – which were memorably referred to by the VCs on our Smart Money Power Panel at FinovateFall last year as “the gift that keeps on giving” – stopped giving. CB Insights reports that funding for payments-related companies fell 75% quarter over quarter. It was the largest decrease for any fintech sector.

What about upsides? The report noted increases in fintech funding in Latin America and the Caribbean, the only region to see significant gains. CB Insights also highlighted the fact that the five exits in the quarter all came from fintechs based outside of the U.S.

Read the whole report. There are a number of interesting observations, some of which give some reason for optimism in the second half of the year. For one, early-stage companies dominated deal volume in Q2 2023. The strength of fintech funding in Latin America, mentioned above, was also a promising sign. Some of this deal-making involved cryptocurrency and DeFi related firms – and geographies like the Cayman Islands that are outside traditional Latin American fintech powerhouses Mexico and Brazil. But much of the investment in Latin America was driven by strong trends like digitization and financial inclusion. Investors have also been encouraged by the success of fintechs like Brazil’s Nubank. The report also saw positives in the market for companies going public in Asia last quarter.

For more on CB Insights’ examination of fintech funding so far in 2023, also check out the firm’s Fintech Midyear Review: The Data Behind the 6 Year Low webinar released last week. Lead Fintech Analyst Anisha Kothapa puts the current fintech landscape into context, and highlights where investors see opportunity around the world – and why.

“I think some of the biggest drivers of capital being invested in (Latin America) is due to, one, financial inclusion,” Kothapa explained. “There are many unbanked and underbanked people in Latin America that need innovative financial solutions. The second is that the region has seen rapid digital adoption, especially with the use of smart phones, and growing internet connectivity. The third thing is around a more favorable regulatory environment.”

By the way, Finovate’s weekly Finovate Global column is a great source of news on fintech developments around the world. With regard to Latin America in particular, recent columns have focused on fintech innovation in Brazil and Colombia.

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