Policy advisory and research firm Startup Genome today released a report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the startup ecosystem — and though the short-term impact is unsurprisingly not good, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.
Starting with mainland China, the report notes that venture capital deals have contracted between 50% and 57% in the Middle Kingdom since the onset of the crisis in the first two months of the year, relative to the rest of the world. If that drop is reflected worldwide now that the pandemic is global, $28 billion in startup investment could go missing in 2020 — with a dramatic impact in the tech sector.
Noting that the length of the pandemic and its ongoing economic impact remains unknown, the report said that if it should last for longer than two months, the likely economic outcome will be similar to the dot-com bubble crash of 2000-2001 and the financial crisis of 2007-8.
If the coronavirus pandemic delivers a similar outcome — a drop of between 21.6% and 29.3% in VC over twelve months — the equivalent in 2020 would see a drop of $86.4 billion in VC investment. Both the 2000-2001 and 2007 recessions also saw a 90% decline in tech initial public offerings as well.
A drop in VC funding does not necessarily mean that fewer companies will find investors, however. The report notes that during the past