After a record breaking year for venture capital in 2021, the tech and startups industry faced a much more tumultuous economic climate in 2022. Persistent inflation, a collapse in venture funding, and fear in the public markets all rocked startup land this year, forcing many companies to cut costs and face layoffs.
Despite the economic downturn, many VC firms were able to raise billions of capital for “mega funds.”
And many young enterprising venture capitalists were able to source lucrative deals in top startups and wow their peers as up-and-coming stars in the industry.
Insider asked the VCs we named to last year’s rising-stars list and the general public to nominate this year’s most promising VCs.
The investors selected come from a wide array of backgrounds and range from associates to founding partners at their funds. Insider also threw in a few picks of our own based on the investor’s performance throughout this year.
For the first time, there are more women on the list then men, which shows that more women are being brought into the pipeline of the traditionally male-dominated venture capital industry.
Read on to see 2022’s rising stars of venture capital, organized alphabetically by the investor’s name.
#24 – Tomy Han
Right after graduating from Harvard in 2012, Han joined Volition Capital.
For the past decade, Han has risen through the ranks of the Boston-based growth-equity firm. Earlier this year, he became the first non-founding member to be internally promoted to partner in the firm’s history.
During his time at Volition, Han has deployed more than $250 million into startups, leading Series A investments in the unicorns Assent and Securonix.
He serves on multiple boards and has overseen successful exits at companies such as the video-technology provider Connatix, which was acquired by Court Square Capital Partners; the earthquake-modeling-software company Insite Software, which was acquired by Episerver; and the mortgage-processing company LoanLogics, which was acquired by Sun Capital Partners.