San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Venture Capital investments in San Diego startups fell by roughly a third during the three months that ended September 30, according to data released recently by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.

VC firms invested $280.6 million in 49 startups in San Diego County during the third quarter, according to a breakout of data provided by PitchBook as part of the inaugural “Venture Monitor” report.

That was 32 percent lower than the $414.4 million that venture firms invested in San Diego during the prior quarter, although the deal count was up by 10 percent from the 39 companies that received funding. The latest quarter also was down by 33 percent from the same quarter in 2015, when VCs pumped $420.3 million into 61 local companies.

In the biggest deal of the quarter, Carlsbad, CA-based Ostendo Technologies raised $42 million in mid-July to advance its virtual reality display technology.

As Xconomy reported last week, third-quarter venture funding also slipped nationwide to $14.99 billion in 1,810 funding deals in 1,796 companies. Here is a list of San Diego’s top 10 deals of the quarter, based on PitchBook data:

Ostendo TechnologiesCarlsbad, CA$42 million
TealiumSan Diego$35 million
Singlera GenomicsSan Diego$20 million
Avelas BiosciencesSan Diego$20 million
Fortis TherapeuticsSan Diego$18 million
HistogenSan Diego$16 million
Medsphere SystemsCarlsbad, CA$15 million
CellSaversSan Diego$15 million
ProgenitySan Diego$12 million
AristaMDSan Diego$11 million


Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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