Series B valuations ticked up 10% in Q1, the largest leap since 2021

Series B valuations ticked up 10% in Q1, the largest leap since 2021

Author: Kevin Dowd
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Read time:  2 minutes
Published date:  April 17, 2023
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Updated date:  September 5, 2023
For the first time in a year, Series B valuations are trending up.

For the first time in a year, Series B valuations are again trending up.

The median valuation for a Series B round was nearly 10% bigger in Q1 2023 than it was in Q4 2022, jumping from $82 million to $90 million, according to the first cut of Carta’s Q1 valuations and fundraising data. This is the first quarterly increase since Q1 2022, and the largest quarterly leap since Q4 2021. 

Series B and C median pre-money valuation by stage and quarter, Q12020-Q12023

It’s part of a broader positive trend in valuations across the middle and early stages that occurred in Q1. The median Series C valuation held steady at $173 million, ending a streak of four straight quarterly declines. And the median Series A valuation rose from $37 million to $40 million. 

The biggest quarter-over-quarter increase, though, came at Series B, offering a boost to these companies looking to make the transition from true startup into a more established business. Still, last quarter’s median Series B valuation is lower than in all eight quarters from 2021 and 2022. Q1’s median of $90 million is down 44% year over year. 

That’s closely in line with the median Series C, which is down 43% year over year. But on a longer timeline, Series C valuations have fallen off further from their lofty pandemic peak. Last quarter’s median Series C was down 58% from its recent high of $416 million in Q2 2021. 

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Kevin Dowd
Author: Kevin Dowd
Kevin Dowd is a senior writer covering the private markets. Prior to joining Carta, he reported on venture capital and private equity at Forbes, where he wrote the Deal Flow newsletter, and at PitchBook, where he wrote The Weekend Pitch.