The amount of money invested in the cryptocurrency industry increased dramatically in 2021. Over the course of the year, the industry saw a record $37 million invested, which is the highest cumulative amount ever invested
Investments in cryptocurrency companies fell 42.5 per cent year on year to $21.26 billion due to bearish market conditions, according to a CoinGecko report. However, the total amount raised was still greater than the total amount raised each year from 2018 to 2020.
The amount of money invested in the cryptocurrency industry increased dramatically in 2021. Over the course of the year, the industry saw a record $37 million invested, which is the highest cumulative amount ever invested. The report noted that, despite low numbers in comparison to 2021, companies fared better than all other years, namely 2018-2020, indicating the cryptocurrency industry’s growth over the last five years, which has resulted in more financial backing and increased interest from institutional investors.
In terms of funding breakdown by quarter, investments in crypto companies decreased in each successive quarter of 2022. In 2022, funding for cryptocurrency companies decreased from $8.72 billion in the first quarter to $5.92 billion in the second quarter, $3.61 billion in the third quarter, and finally $2.99 billion in the fourth quarter.
It is also necessary to compare 2021 quarter-by-quarter figures. In the first quarter of 2021, crypto companies raised $5.58 billion, fueled in part by increased institutional interest in 2020. Following that, each quarter reaffirmed the growing interest in the crypto space, with companies raising $7.43 billion in the second quarter of 2021, $8.99 billion in the third quarter, and $15.00 billion (+66.8 QoQ) in the fourth quarter. Prior to 2021, the highest amount of funding in a single quarter was $8.19 billion in 2018 Q2.
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