Most Active Investors 2023

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As the world of startups continues to thrive and grow, it’s important for founders to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the investment landscape. In 2023, there were a number of investors who were actively shaping the future of the industry, bringing innovative ideas and strategies to the table.

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, it’s crucial to know who these top players are and how they can help take your business to the next level. In this post, we’ll share the most active investors of 2023 and what makes them stand out in the world of venture capital (for 2022 investment details click here).

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5 Biggest VC Checks In 2023

In 2023, significant venture capital investments were made across various industries, focusing on AI, electric cars, manufacturing, and biotechnology. Here are the top 5 biggest VC checks:

  1. Farizon Auto in the autonomous vehicle industry secured $600M in a Series A round led by Boyu Capital and Yuexiu Industrial Fund.
  2. Aleph Alpha in the AI sector received a substantial investment of $500M in series B round, with Bosch, SAP, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise as the lead investors.
  3. Mistral AI, an AI company, secured $414M in a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz, Nvidia, and Salesforce.
  4. Avatr is an electric vehicle brand that received a significant investment of $413M in a Series B round with Chongqing Industry Investment Fund and Changan Automobile as the lead investors.
  5. Adept AI in the AI sector secured $350M with General Catalyst and Spark Capital as the lead investors.

The venture capital investment landscape in 2023 displayed a diverse range of industries attracting significant funding. AI and automotive captured substantial investments, indicating strong interest and potential growth in these sectors. This trend suggests that investors actively seek opportunities in these sectors, and startups operating in these industries may have a higher chance of securing funding.

MonthDetailsPre-SeedSeedSeries ASeries B
Jan 2023Total # of Investments328487217135
Total Investment $$$192M$1.3B$3.1B$4B
Biggest check #1Leighton Dynamica ($25M)Plai Labs ($32M)Paradigm ($203M)Huasun Energy ($295.1M)
Biggest check #2Pika ($15M)Fractal Homes ($30M)InsuranceDekho ($150M)Astronergy ($219.3M)
Biggest check #3WeLinQ ($5.4M)Nümi ($20M)Pathalys Pharma ($150M)Asimov ($175M)
Biggest check #4Alison AI ($5.1M)Product Science ($18M)Tourmaline Bio ($112M)Colossal Biosciences ($150M)
Biggest check #5PeerPlay ($5M)Renaissance Fusion ($16M)Huisheng Biopharmaceutical ($84.1M)Gropyus ($108.9M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (36)She's Independent (7)Andreessen Horowitz (5)GF Xinde Investment Management (3)
Most active investor #2Antler (22)CNTTECH (6)Norwest Venture Partners (2)China Structural Reform Fund (2)
Most active investor #3100X.VC (20)Grindstone Ventures (6)American Family Ventures (2)Zurich Insurance Group (1)
Most active investor #4Y Combinator (10)Beacon (4)Portage Ventures (2)Root Ventures (1)
Most active investor #5917Ventures (9)Venture387 (4)Union Square Ventures (2)Level Equity Management (1)
Feb 2023Total # of Investments25648024291
Total Investment $$$126.7M$1.6B$2.7B$2.5B
Biggest check #1Brale ($11.1M)d'strict ($79.3M)Paratus Sciences ($100M)Our Next Energy ($300M)
Biggest check #2Digs (7M)Descope ($53M)ProsperOps ($72M)Aera Therapeutics ($193M)
Biggest check #3Carbon Maps (4.2M)Chaos Labs ($20M)Typeface ($65M)Hemab ($135M)
Biggest check #4Original ($3.8M)TDGA Holdings ($20M)instacar ($58.7M)Temporal Technologies ($75M)
Biggest check #5kennek ($3.6M)Kratos Studios ($19.3M)CodaMetrix ($55M)Loam Bio ($73.1M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (28)Techstars (6)SIG venture capital (2)Octopus Ventures (2)
Most active investor #2Antler (25)The Talent x Opportunity (6)General Catalyst (2)Parkwalk Advisors (1)
Most active investor #3Startupbootcamp Renewable Energy & Net Zero (10)Andreessen Horowitz (6)Base10 Partners (2)Insight Partners (1)
Most active investor #4Algerian Startup Fund (8)Korea Investment Accelerator (5)Addor Capital (2)Zhidian Touzi (1)
Most active investor #5Iterative (6)Y Combinator (5)Intel Capital (2)Aisling Capital, Cormorant Asset Management, Northpond Ventures, OrbiMed (1)
Mar 2023Total # of Investments266506270112
Total Investment $$$194.9M$1.4B$4.62B$3.5B
Biggest check #1Homz Global ($50M)Type One Energy ($29M)CARGO Therapeutics ($200M)Adept AI ($350M)
Biggest check #2Salt Labs ($10M)qlub ($25M)Character.ai ($150M)JD Industry ($300M)
Biggest check #3Speedscale ($9M)Effy ($21.6M)DeepWay (112M)Amogy ($139.2M)
Biggest check #4Felix&Fido ($4M)Florence ($20M)Rapport Therapeutics ($100M)Chroma Medicine ($135M)
Biggest check #5Greenlyte Carbon Technologies ($3.7M)Proven ($15.8M)Threecolts ($89.1M)Flare Therapeutics ($123M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (31)San Diego Angel Conference (11)Sofinnova Partners (2)Hankang Capital (2)
Most active investor #2Antler (13)Surge (6)Madrona (2)Jurassic Capital (1)
Most active investor #3BioInnovation Institute Venture Lab (8)Techstars (4)Google Ventures (2)Seneca Partners (1)
Most active investor #4IKIGAI (7)Inflection Point Ventures (3)Cathay Innovation (2)One Peak (1)
Most active investor #5Forum Ventures (7)GoAhead Ventures (3)Redpoint (2)Adelis Equity Partners (1)
Apr 2023Total # of Investments458438257104
Total Investment $$$212.4M$1.1B$3.2B$3.4B
Biggest check #1Himshakti ($10M)Chroma ($18M)Orbital Therapeutics ($270M)Clear Street ($270M)
Biggest check #2Castelion ($5.4M)Fixie ($17M)Complement Therapeutics ($78.6M)CoreWeave ($221M)
Biggest check #3CAT Labs (4.3M)Microengine Technology (15M)AaltoSemi ($72.5M)TORL BioTherapeutics ($158M)
Biggest check #4Sensible Biotechnologies ($4.2M)Qihe Biotech ($14.5M)Figure ($70M)Noah Medical ($150M)
Biggest check #5Flower Labs ($3.6M)Fabarta ($14.5M)Cybersyn ($62.9M)Rongke Power ($145.3M)
Most active investor #1Y Combinator (221)Y Combinator (14)Left Lane Capital (2)Andreessen Horowitz (3)
Most active investor #2Techstars (36)BK-XL (8)Premier Partners (2)a16z crypto, OpenSea Ventures, Sequoia Capital, The Spartan Group (1)
Most active investor #3Antler (13)SOSV (6)Mitsui & Co (2)3H Health Investment (1)
Most active investor #4Fulcrum Venture Accelerator (12)Roux Institute at Northeastern University - Entrepreneurship (5)Addor Capital (2)Shang Qi Capital (1)
Most active investor #5Moonbeam Accelerator (9)Octopus Ventures (4)Sinowisdom (2)ABC Impact, Indorama Ventures (1)
May 2023Total # of Investments24650923589
Total Investment $$$152.2M$1.3B$3.5B$2.4B
Biggest check #1Partanna ($12M)Hippocratic AI ($50M)ReNAgade Therapeutics ($300M)CoreWeave ($200M)
Biggest check #2Proxima Fusion ($7.5M)OH Credit ($45M)Qingdian Photovoltaic Technology ($216.3)bolttech ($196M)
Biggest check #3CUR8 ($6.5M)Story Protocol ($29.3M)Yufunian ($141.3M)Coherent Biopharma ($100M)
Biggest check #4ZELIQ ($5.3M)Vectara ($28.5M)China Reserve National Energy ($141.3M)Singularity Energy Technology ($99.4M)
Biggest check #5Locofy ($4.2M)poolside ($26M)Ray Therapeutics ($100M)Brivo ($92.5M)
Most active investor #1Antler (23)Sanabil 500 MENA Seed Accelerator (11)Parkwalk Advisors (2)Noro-Moseley Partners (2)
Most active investor #2TinySeed (14)Home-Run Accelerator (11)Hatteras Venture Partners (2)White Star Capital (2)
Most active investor #3Startup Wise Guys (7)Next Challenge Foundation (10)General Catalyst (2)SDIC Unity Capital (1)
Most active investor #4FounderFuel (7)HBCU Founders Accelerator (8)CDP Venture Capital (2)Lotus Lake Ventures, Taizhou Huayin Financial Investment (1)
Most active investor #5500 Startups: Latam (6)BEYOND (6)IvyCap Ventures (2)Volition Capital (1)
Jun 2023Total # of Investments292632238111
Total Investment $$$155.8M$1.6B$3.6B$3.6B
Biggest check #1Cache ($5.7M)Mistral AI ($113.2M)JingXi ZhiXing ($279.2M)1Komma5° ($272.9M)
Biggest check #2Airmo (5.6M)Passage ($30M)Light Years Beyond ($229.7M)Upstream Bio ($200M)
Biggest check #3Glyphic AI ($5.4M)2070 Health ($25M)Bitterroot Bio ($145M)KoBold Metals ($196M)
Biggest check #4Jet HR ($5.1M)MindsDB ($23M)Beacon Therapeutics ($120.1M)Alkeus Pharmaceuticals ($150M)
Biggest check #5Patented.ai ($4.5M)ARTBIO ($20M)Author Health ($115M)ON TIME ($117.2M)
Most active investor #1Antler (27)Atal Incubation Centre - Shiv Nadar University (28)FJ Labs (4)SZ Capital (2)
Most active investor #2100X.VC (15)Jumpstart Foundry (13)Lightspeed Venture Partners (2)SC Ventures (2)
Most active investor #3Standard Chartered Women in Tech (12)iHub (12)Capstone Partners (2)Bessemer Venture Partners (2)
Most active investor #4Techstars (9)VentureBridge Program (10)MassMutual Ventures (2)Ten Eleven Ventures (2)
Most active investor #5Accelerating Asia (8)500 Global (9)New Enterprise Associates (2)Magenta Venture Partners (1)
Jul 2023Total # of Investments19843621279
Total Investment $$$108.6M$1.2B$3.2B$2B
Biggest check #1CapStack ($6M)Maka Motors ($37.6M)Farizon Auto ($600M)Septerna ($150M)
Biggest check #2House Numbers ($3.7M)Cosmic Wire ($30M)Wollemi ($146.8M)TopOlefin Technology ($139.1M)
Biggest check #3micro1 ($3.3M)Isometric ($25M)ZYBER 365 (100M)bunq ($110.6M)
Biggest check #4nuwo ($3M)Blue Laser Fusion ($25M)Yanming Biology ($96.7)PVcase ($99.9M)
Biggest check #5Giza ($3M)Neuron Energy ($24.3M)Crossbow Therapeutics ($80M)Qianhai Yueshi Information Technology ($85.8M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (38)Fulcrum Venture Accelerator (10)Polychain, Qiming Venture Partners (2)Runke Fund (1)
Most active investor #2Fulcrum Venture Accelerator (7)The Long Beach Accelerator (6)Perceptive Advisors (2)Knife Capital (1)
Most active investor #3Y Combinator (7)SOSV (5)Jin Yixin Investment., Luhai Investment (2)8VC (1)
Most active investor #4Algerian Startup Fund (5)gener8tor (4)Addor Capital (2)A.P. Moller Holding (1)
Most active investor #5The Long Beach Accelerator (3)Gradient Ventures (3)Plug and Play (2)Nyca Partners (1)
Aug 2023Total # of Investments17638519586
Total Investment $$$76.5M$1.1B$2.1B$2.9B
Biggest check #1Communion ($3.1M)Charged ($40M)Zhejiang Tianneng New Material ($137.1M)Avatr ($413.3M)
Biggest check #2Jericho Security ($3M)Superluminal Medicines ($33M)Georgiamune ($75M)Genesis Therapeutics ($200M)
Biggest check #3RAI ($3M)Solu Therapeutics ($31M)Endor Labs ($70M)Abcuro ($155M)
Biggest check #4Lillian Care ($2.6M)Amber Bio ($26M)Radionetics Oncology ($52.5M)Rapport Therapeutics ($150M)
Biggest check #5Cascade Biocatalysts ($2.6M)Konscious Foods ($19.5M)Aether Bio ($49M)ECHINT (137.3M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (49)Techstars (8)Left Lane Capital (3)Qiming Venture Partners (2)
Most active investor #2Techstars New Orleans (4)Beacon (5)Insight Partners (3)Shenzhen Venture Capital (2)
Most active investor #3Y Combinator (4)Techstars New Orleans (5)Nava Ventures (2)General Catalyst (2)
Most active investor #4Innovation Capital (4)Inflection Point Ventures (4)Fortune Venture Capital (2 )Rising Investments (1)
Most active investor #5Antler (3)Lightspeed Venture Partners (3)Shanghai Biomedical Industrial Equity Investment Fund (2)Jinxin Gongxiao Fund (1)
Sep 2023Total # of Investments260521221114
Total Investment $$$116.2M$1.5B$2.6B$3.9B
Biggest check #1Ascento ($4.3M)Nvelop Therapeutics ($100M)Shop Circle ($120M)Sierra Space ($290M)
Biggest check #2Savoy Life ($3M)Hyku ($56M)Inceptive ($100M)Helsing ($222.2M)
Biggest check #3Cirkla ($3M)Proof of Play ($33M)Corteria Pharmaceuticals ($69.5M)Lyten ($200M)
Biggest check #4PartyKit ($2.5M)Wenji Dental Network ($27.4M)Harbinger (65M)Imbue ($200M)
Biggest check #5E2B ($2.5M)Bastion ($25M)Actio Biosciences ($55M)Mariana Oncology ($175M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (62)Inclusive Ventures Lab (19)SZHTI Group (2)SDIC Venture Capital (3)
Most active investor #2Startmate (11)SOSV (16)Oxford Science Enterprises (2)Creaegis (2)
Most active investor #3Tenity (7)Techstars (11)Team8 (2)Grapes IT Solutions (1)
Most active investor #4Y Combinator (6)Health Wildcatters (10)Goldport Capital (2)Qifu Capital Management (1)
Most active investor #5Baltic Ventures (5)CNTTECH (5)Zhaoxi Capital (2)Left Lane Capital (1)
Oct 2023Total # of Investments21345123992
Total Investment $$$115.5M$1.4B$3.7B$2.5B
Biggest check #1Cicada ($9.7M)Gutsy ($51M)Baichuan Intelligence ($300M)QI Tech ($198.5M)
Biggest check #2Cloover ($7.3M)XPANCEO ($40M)Aiolos Bio ($245M)CS Smart ($136.6M)
Biggest check #3Pivot ($5.2M)CentML ($26.8M)Suqian Times Energy Storage ($100M)Eavor ($131.8M)
Biggest check #4Purpose Green (3.4M)rabbit ($20M)Triveni Bio ($92M)Nullmax ($106.2M)
Biggest check #5Neutral Exchange (3.2M)Mana.bio ($19.5M)Rampart Bioscience ($85M)Iambic Therapeutics ($100M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (60)Techstars (4)Ribbit Capital (2)Lightspeed Venture Partners (2)
Most active investor #2Innovation Capital (12)Inflection Point Ventures (4)Headline (2)Kayyak Ventures (2)
Most active investor #3100X.VC (12)Khosla Ventures (3)Jahez International Company (1)Quadrille Capital (1)
Most active investor #4Baobab Network (4)SOSV (3)SDIC Venture Capital, Winguide Huangpu Pharmaceutical, Yuanxi Haihe Fund (1)Kurma Partners (1)
Most active investor #5Prosper HealthTech Accelerator (3)Northwestern Mutual Black Founder Accelerator (3)New Markets Venture Partners (1)Town Hall Ventures (1)
Nov 2023Total # of Investments126473222106
Total Investment $$$124.5M$1.5BPaul shortly$2.8B
Biggest check #1qomodo ($36.9M)Black Ore Technologies ($60M)Xingji Meizu ($276.1M)Aleph Alpha ($500M)
Biggest check #2BioPhy ($4.5M)Ajras ($39.9M)Aerospace Lithium Battery Technology ($139.4M)Oxford Quantum Circuits ($100M)
Biggest check #3Generative Engineering ($4.3M)Vivodyne ($38M)VectorY ($138M)Fnality International ($97M)
Biggest check #4Zerve AI ($4.1M)Dream Security ($33.6M)NFF Sports Club ($125M)Braincube ($91M)
Biggest check #5Wind.app ($3.8M)Ingonyama ($21M)Together AI ($102.5M)MBrace Therapeutics ($85M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (23)FoodSeed (5)QED Investors (2)Menlo Ventures (2)
Most active investor #2Innovation Capital (13)Seafund (5)MMC Ventures (2)Sequoia Capital China (2)
Most active investor #3Antler (5)Inflection Point Ventures (4)Shenzhen Guozhong Venture Capital Management (2)New Enterprise Associates (1)
Most active investor #4Flat6Labs (3)Animoca Brands (3)Addor Capital (2)West China Precision Medicine Industry Innovation Center (1)
Most active investor #5Aperture Venture Capital, Fiat Ventures (2)Northzone (3)Omidyar Network India (2)Rising Investments (1)
Dec 2023Total # of Investments11338418175
Total Investment $$$61.6M$1B$2.7B$1.8B
Biggest check #1Spore Biotechnologies ($8.6M)Xingzesen ($91.8M)Mistral AI ($414.4M)Avistone Pharmaceuticals ($140.6M)
Biggest check #2Mtor ($2.8M)Liquid AI ($37.6M)Synnovation Therapeutics ($102M)Seismic Therapeutic ($121M)
Biggest check #3MAKA ($2.6M)Rhythms ($26M)ARTBIO ($90M)Sudo Biosciences ($116M)
Biggest check #4Quesma ($2.3M)Atomic Industries ($17M)Sanegene Bio ($80M)True Anomaly ($100M)
Biggest check #5Montamo ($2.2M)Better Foods ($14.9M)Essential AI ($56.5)OKESTRO ($99.2M)
Most active investor #1Techstars (10)UNIIQ (7)Lightspeed Venture Partners (3)Unorthodox Ventures (2)
Most active investor #2AlphaLab Health (7)CNTTECH (6)Khosla Ventures (2)Tai Partners (1)
Most active investor #3Antler (7)SOSV (4)WRQ Sciences (2)Omidyar Network (1)
Most active investor #4Innovation Capital (5)Innovation Capital (4)Andreessen Horowitz (2)Jindal Group (1)
Most active investor #5Upekkha AI SaaS Fund and Accelerator (3)Innovation Works (4)Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG) (2)Battery Ventures (1)

Most Active Investors 2023 By Number Of Investments

Pre-Seed Stage

  • Most Active Investors: Techstars, Antler, and Y Combinator were consistently the most active in the Pre-Seed stage throughout the year. Techstars topped the list almost every month, with significant activity in January (36 investments) and August (49 investments).
  • Total Number of Investments: There was a fluctuating trend in total investments, peaking in April (458 investments) and lowest in July (198 investments).
  • Total Investment Value: Ranged from $61.6M in December to $212.4M in April.

Seed Stage

  • Most Active Investors: Techstars, Y Combinator, and SOSV were frequently active. Techstars showed high activity, particularly in August (8 investments). Y Combinator led in April with 14 investments.
  • Total Number of Investments: The highest number of investments was in June (632 investments), while the lowest was in January (487 investments).
  • Total Investment Value: Ranged from $1B in December to $1.6B in February and June.

Series A Stage

  • Most Active Investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Parkwalk Advisors, and Lightspeed Venture Partners showed significant activity. Andreessen Horowitz was particularly active in January and February.
  • Total Number of Investments: The highest was in March (270 investments) and the lowest in January (217 investments).
  • Total Investment Value: Peaked in March ($4.62B) and was lowest in January ($3.1B).

Series B Stage

  • Most Active Investors: Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, and Sequoia Capital were notably active. Andreessen Horowitz showed the highest activity in April.
  • Total Number of Investments: The highest number of investments was in June (111 investments), while the lowest was in February (91 investments).
  • Total Investment Value: Ranged from $1.8B in December to $4B in January.

Key Observations

  • Overall Trends: Techstars and Antler were consistently active across all stages, particularly in the Pre-Seed and Seed stages.
  • Largest Investments: The largest individual investments were generally found in the Series B stage, with significant checks like Huasun Energy ($295.1M in January) and Aleph Alpha ($500M in November).
  • Variability in Investment Values: There was a noticeable variability in total investment values across months and stages, indicating dynamic market conditions and investor interests.

Unlocking Investor Interest: Key Considerations Before Pitching Your Business

Startup founders should pay close attention to the interests of venture capital funds and angel investors before sending a funding request. It can be difficult for startup founders to know where their best chance at obtaining investment dollars lies, so researching potential investors is essential.

Knowing which firms specialize in the type of startup being sought after, understanding the requirements those investors have for startup founders, and having a pitch prepared with clear definitions of what the startup founder is asking for are just some of the main things that startup founders need to pay attention to when approaching VC funds and angel investors. With diligence, successful startup founders can determine which investor is right for them and craft an effective pitch and proposal to meet their needs.

Need help finding and pitching the right investors? Contact us here and let’s find out how we can help you.

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Oran Yehiel is the founder of Startup Geek, with an MBA specializing in financial management and a background in Deloitte. As a Certified Public Accountant and Digital Marketing Professional, he writes about venture capital, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more, bringing a wealth of experience to businesses seeking growth and success.

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