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Startup Funding Trends Point To Double-Digit Growth And An International Future


David S. Rose

David Rose is Founder & CEO of Gust, author of The Startup Checklist and one of the country's leading angel investors.

Trends in the startup and early-stage investor ecosystem continued upward in the first half of 2016, according to new data from Gust, the online platform for the early-stage financing world. The industry is becoming increasingly international as more startups—representing a diversity of stages and sectors—are applying for funding to seed, angel and venture capital investors. According to Gust’s Startup Funding Trends 2016 Mid-Year report, the startup and early-stage investor ecosystem is stronger than ever before.

Coming out of 2015, the number of funding applications submitted by startups through the Gust platform grew by double-digits. In the first half of 2016, 21 percent more applications were submitted than in the second half of 2015. The volume was also 79 percent greater than during the first half of 2015. Interestingly, the ratio of startups in the Idea Stage, In Development, Full Product Ready, and Revenue Stage remained mostly constant despite the dramatic overall growth during the prior 18 months. Companies with Full Product Ready and In Development continued to take the lion’s share, representing between 40 percent and 43 percent each over that period, followed by those in the Revenue and Idea stages.

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