NEW YORK (January 18, 2013)--A new study found that funding for business startups declined in 2012.
It’s the first time that's happened in three years, as venture capitalists spent less money on fewer deals.
Capital intense sectors such as clean technology and life sciences were among the hardest hit.
PriceWaterHouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters, conducted the study.
Startup investments fell 28 percent to $3.28 billion, compared with $4.57 billion a year earlier.
There were 267 deals in all, a decline of more than 23 percent.
The trailing investments and declining number of deals continued into the final quarter.
San Francisco's SquareTrade Inc., which provides electronics warranties, snatched the biggest round of funding in 2012 with $238 million.