Fintech funding in SEA freefalls 74% in Q3

Rising interest rates, macroeconomic factors, and fear of reduced startup valuation caused this downfall.

The SEA FinTech startup ecosystem hit peak funding in the fourth quarter (Q4) 2021 but declined steadily since Q2 2022, whilst Q3 2023 saw a major 74% drop in funding compared to last year, reported Tracxn Geo.

The recent quarter marked the lowest quarter since 2020. This decline can be attributed to rising interest rates, macroeconomic factors, and fear of reduced startup valuations due to various economic factors.

In Q3 2023, SEA FinTech companies raised $229m, a 48% drop from $437m in Q2 2023 and a 74% decline from $887m in Q3 2022. The absence of late-stage rounds in Q3 2023 contributed to this funding drop.

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Early-stage funding in Q3 2023 was $203m, down 37% from $321m in Q2 2023 and 55% from $452m in Q3 2022. Seed-stage investments in Q3 2023 were $26.3m, a 27% decrease from Q2 2023 and a 73% drop from Q3 2022.

Top-funded sectors in Q3 2023 included cryptocurrencies, insurance IT, and investment tech. Cryptocurrencies received $71.5m, down 4% from Q2 2023 and 8% from Q3 2022.

Internet-first insurance platforms, payments, and alternative lending were heavily affected, with a 100%, 69%, and 87% drop in funding compared to Q2 2023, respectively. 

No new “unicorns” emerged, and no $100M+ rounds or IPOs occurred in Q3 2023. However, there were six acquisitions, a 20% increase from Q3 2022.


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