Emerging managers have been on the same rollercoaster as startups for the last few years. Funding to these young firms swelled in 2021 as venture was hot overall, but in line with the broader market, fundraising has slowed to a trickle since the beginning of 2022.

The trend continued into 2023. New data from PitchBook shows that U.S.-based emerging managers raised a collective $1.62 billion in Q1. This doesn’t put this group on track to reach the volume seen in 2022, which was $37.26 billion. And that was already down from the $55.81 billion the year prior. Experienced managers raised more than $10 billion in Q1 2023.

Emerging managers raised 14% of the total capital raised, which is the lowest percentage in years. Vincent Harrison, a venture analyst at PitchBook, said it doesn’t look like the tough environment for emerging managers will let up anytime soon, either.

“This is somewhat to be expected: 2022 was a rough year,” he told TechCrunch+. “The market is so reactionary. As things went down in the public market, people naturally were more cautious. Given that it’s a risky asset class, it affects people’s willingness to put money into it.”

But, I don’t know, I just can’t seem to shake my optimism about these young investors.

Yeah, the data is bad, but I’m still optimistic about emerging managers by Rebecca Szkutak originally published on TechCrunch