According to report released, venture capitalists injected $421 million in 37 Florida companies in 2013, doubling 2012’s total and the best year since 2004.
South Florida companies attracted the lion’s share of that total — $284 million, or more than two-thirds of the total invested in the state.
Statewide, software investments clearly led the pack, with $194 million going into that industry, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Half of that total went into a fourth-quarter investment in OpenPeak, a Boca Raton mobile enterprise software company. The $93 million investment was led by Castletop Capital and GMG Capital Partners. Miami-based Open English’s $65 million raise earlier in the year was the second biggest investment in 2013; while CareCloud’s $29.3 million was the third largest.
Life sciences was another strong category for Florida venture capital, with $107 million, or a quarter of the total, heading into that industry, which includes biotechnology and medical device companies.
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