I found a report from Carta, the equity management platform, that’s full of data and very helpful. It’s called State of Pre-Seed: Q2 2023. Carta defines “pre-seed” as “any company that has yet to raise a priced equity round.” Lots of companies begin by raising capital on convertible instruments and do priced equity rounds as they mature. Carta doesn’t explicitly say this, but I assume it also caps valuation of companies included in this report.
The report is full of useful data. In addition to high-level data, it provides granular data broken down by the two most common convertible instruments used by early-stage companies to raise: simple agreements for future equity (SAFEs) and convertible notes.
One point that stood out to me was that 52% of pre-seed companies that raised in the first half of 2023 were in California and New York. These companies were also more likely to raise more than $2.5 million in their pre-seed rounds.
The report is a great resource for anyone curious about the state of fundraising for early-stage venture capital companies in the first half of 2023. The report can be downloaded for free here.