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Funding Gap?

A perennial question: is there a gap in available funding for startups?

Some cool data from Lumira Capital’s latest newsletter (pdf) compares VC funding in the U.S. and Canada using the traditional 10:1 baseline expectation.  By this measure, Canada’s gap is in late-stage VC funding; but in light of the across-the-board drop seen in Q4 investment numbers, we may be heading for significant problems on both sides of the border.  A story in today’s New York Times suggests the same decrease is likely to be reflected in 2009’s angel investments.

A gap implies there’s something on the other side, but if there’s really a shortfall from research funding (or before) through pharma M&A, maybe we need to re-brand the “gap”.

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