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May VC Highlight: Top 10 Venture Capital Investments

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May was an eventful month in venture capital across different industries and geographies. Trusted Insight compiled a ranking of the 10 largest venture investments of the month. While Silicon Valley startups appear to dominate the list, we’ve also seen aggressive investments in China and India, as well as unusual categories such as media production and jewelry trading.

China-based startups lead the ranking in fund size by a wide margin. Investments in the two headline-grabbing Chinese companies, Alibaba Pictures and Weidai (meaning “micro-lending” in Chinese), alone account for more than one-third of the total funding amount of top 10 deals.

In the domestic market, technology startups continue to be a hotspot for venture capitalists. Iconiq Capital fueled $150M into education app Age of Learning, pushing the quiet startup giant’s valuation over the $1-billion mark. Hyperloop One, the company formed to realize Elon Musk’s ultra-high-speed transportation concept, raised its biggest round of funding of $80 million since inception from Sherpa Capital and other notable investors, including GE Capital and NextGen Venture Partners.

Here are the 10 biggest venture capital funding activities in May:

1. Lead Investor: CDH Investments
Startup: Alibaba Pictures
Industry: Film Production, Media
Funding Amount: $260 million, Series A
Valuation: $1.8 billion

2. Lead Investor: Greenoaks Capital
Startup: Clover Health
Industry: Healthcare
Funding Amount: $160 million, Series C

3. Lead Investor: Vision Knight Capital
Startup: Weidai
Industry: P2P Financial Services
Funding Amount: $153 million, Series C

4. Lead Investor: Iconiq Capital
Startup: Age of Learning
Industry: Education Apps
Funding Amount: $150 million
Valuation: $1 billion

5. Investors: BOE, Cybernaut Venture, GP Capital Shanghai, Redview Capital, TCL Capital
Startup: Kateeva
Industry: Innovation Manufacturing
Funding Amount: $88 million, Series E

6. Lead Investor: Sherpa Capital
Startup: Hyperloop One
Industry: Transportation Technology
Funding Amount: $80 million, Series B

7. Lead Investor: IGM Financial
Startup: Personal Capital
Industry: Financial Services, FinTech
Funding Amount: $75 million, Series E
Valuation: $425 million

8. Lead Investor: Redline Capital
Startup: Viptela
Industry: Network Hardware
Funding Amount: $75 million, Series C

9. Lead Investor: DVI Fund Mauritius
Startup: PC Jeweller
Industry: Jewelry
Funding Amount: $63 million

10. Lead Investor: Insight Venture Partners
Startup: Showpad
Industry: Content Marketing, SaaS
Funding Amount: $50 million, Series C

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