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China Way Ahead of US in Chip Startup Funding – PitchBook

China led the funding of chip startups in 2023 by a wide margin over the US, with local startups receiving 75% of all venture-capital funds in firms doing chip design, making chips or chip equipment

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Worker miniatures are placed among the flag of China and printed circuit boards with semiconductor chips. Photo: Reuters


China led the funding of semiconductor startups in 2023 by a wide margin over the US and the rest of the world, according to a report by PitchBook, which said Chinese startups received 75% of all venture-capital investment in companies that work on chip design, make chips or produce chip equipment, while US companies only got about 11% of VC chip investment last year.

China had prioritized investment in the chips sector and launched a $40-billion fund in September – its third major state fund to support the sector, it said, and while the Biden Administration passed its CHIPS Act in August 2022 to revitalize the industry in the US, but it quoted an analyst who said that getting funding from the CHIPS Act was more complicated that the funding for clean energy under the Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

Read the full report: PitchBook.




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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