Pre-money Valuation of VC-backed Startups Reaches $18.5 million in 2006, Highest Since 2000

The median pre-money valuation of U.S. venture-backed companies reached $18.5 million in 2006, compared to $15 million in 2005, according to VentureOne data. This is the highest median valuation since the peak of $25.1 million in 2000. 

In Europe, the overall median pre-money valuation increased from EUR4 million in 2005 to EUR5.6 million last year, according to VentureOne data. 

Other U.S. Highlights:

  • The median pre-money valuation for later-stage financings of U.S. technology companies rose to $33 million in 2006, up from $29 million the year before. 
  • The median pre-money first-round valuation in 2006 nudged to $6.2 million from $5.9 million in 2005.
  • U.S. health care companies raised later-stage rounds at a median pre-money valuation of $49.5 million in 2006, up from $40 million in 2005. 
  • U.S. health care startups in early-stage valuations inched up to $5.2 million last year from $5 million in 2005.

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