venture capital trends

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make Capital Deliver Super Returns

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make ...

A new breed of investor is pursuing a "triple bottom line" strategy, including in their due diligence an analysis of the social, environmental and governance  risks and impacts of investments. As result, there are new opportunities for investing in transportation networks, alternative energy infrastructure, textiles and even farmlands. The motivation is to make money on the deals but also to [...]

EVCA: Fundraising and Investment Activity Strengthened in CEE in 2014

EVCA: Fundraising and Investment Activity ...

  The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) released its report on the investment, divestment and fundraising activity in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region last year at the end of last week. The report shows that 2014 was a robust year for the region, while some differences in private equity and venture capital investment remained in [...]

Slashing Silicon’s Early Stage Burn Rate

Slashing Silicon’s Early Stage Burn Rate

Investment in semiconductor startups pales in comparison to Internet and software  ventures. One of the larger rounds this year went to Goleta, Calif.-based Transphorm, which  announced in July that it raised USD 70 million in a deal led by a KKR growth fund. In fact, there is a bit of a run on startups like Transphorm that aim to exploit Gallium [...]

2015 Private Equity Round Table

2015 Private Equity Round Table

In this year's  Private Equity Roundtable, Corporate LiveWire spoke with six experts from around the world to discuss recent Private Equity developments in their jurisdiction: Alexandre Prost-Gargoz, Nathan Cahill, Simon Burns, Joachim Habetha, Christopher Elvin and DealMarket CEO, Urs Haeusler. Highlighted topics include: the differences between public and private market composition; the increase in cross border opportunities; and the impact of regulatory changes such as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers [...]

Preqin: Number of Zombie Private Equity Funds Increases

Preqin: Number of Zombie Private Equity Funds ...

  Preqin’s latest research shows that private equity’s so-called zombie funds are on the rise in investor portfolios. While venture capital funds are still the biggest group of zombie, the number of zombie buyout funds have also increased from 2014.   Zombie funds, which are funds that have retained all or some of their assets beyond the original holding period, [...]

Booming Stock Market Has Helped China’s Private Equity Industry

Booming Stock Market Has Helped China’s Private ...

China’s private equity industry has matured quickly in the past few years. With the Chinese stock market surging in recent months, private equity and hedge funds have also started to emerge in an impressive rate. The increase in private equity is changing the country’s investment scene.   Growing Fund Numbers   According to the figures from the Chinese securities regulator, [...]

Corporate VCs Have a Field Day in High(er) Tech

Corporate VCs Have a Field Day in High(er) Tech

The rush to invest in exponentially growing Internet and digital media startups has “sucked the oxygen out” of the room for patent-rich startups, and one of the results is that corporate venture investors are having a “field day”, according to Go4Venture in its latest research note. The notion that certain investor groups are operating with very little competition, finding opportunities [...]

Digital Health Investment Mounts, M&A Too

Digital Health Investment Mounts, M&A Too

Digital Health is a fairly new VC category that is starting to heat up in the US, with USD 630 million raised in the first quarter, according to data from Rock Health. The segment’s early stage is evident in the predominance of Seed and “Series A” rounds, but M&A in the US is also picking up, which may mean early [...]

China VC: At What Price Do You Sell

China VC: At What Price Do You Sell

China’s IPO boom has VCs second guessing the exit strategy, according to Forbes. The article quotes a speaker at recent venture capital conference, reporting that he had sold a company for 66 times P/E ratio, but in the meantime the value of the company almost doubled, to 120 times P/E. He and others like him are asking themselves; at what [...]

Businesses to Network 5.4 Billion “Things” by 2020

Businesses to Network 5.4 Billion “Things” by ...

This week Intel said it earned USD 533 million in revenues from sales of chips to the IoT market, and it expects that number to grow annually by 20% for several years to come, despite it only growing by 11% last year.  Intel is also the number one VC provider in this segment, according to recent CB Insights research. Sequoia [...]

Corporate VCs Shift to Early Stage

Corporate VCs Shift to Early Stage

You cannot miss the announcements in recent months about new venture capital funds coming out of industry. Dentsu, the Japanese advertising and entertainment giant (USD 50 mn, global, stage neutral), Verizon (IoT, all stages), even Twitter. There are now more than 1100 corporate venture funds, according to Verizon Ventures blog. About 100 of them were active in the universe of [...]

Mega Rounds Proliferate But Only For the Few

Mega Rounds Proliferate But Only For the Few

While dollar amounts of venture capital raised in 2014 increased significantly, based on data from several sources, the overall number of venture financings has not increased, says The Entrepreneurs Report from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Raising large amounts of money for private company growth may be easier than ever in the US market, but raising startup money may not [...]

Family Office in Lux the Latest to Rush to P2P Lending

Family Office in Lux the Latest to Rush to P2P ...

News this week that Luxembourg-based Shepherd Capital, the family office of Yves St Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé, is backing a new USD 50 million investment vehicle to back P2P loans in Europe is just the tip of the iceberg. Other deep pocketed investors, including hedge funds and alternative asset managers, are already putting money to work in crowdlending platforms. The [...]

European Tech Breaks the Billion Dollar VC Barrier

European Tech Breaks the Billion Dollar VC Barrier

There was a time when European technology startups barely raised more than one billion dollars in an entire year. Now there is well over a billion a quarter being raised by such companies, according to new research from CB Insights for a total USD 5.7 bn. Elsewhere, Dow Jones VentureSource said European startups (it apparently tracks a wider range of [...]

Corporate VCs Write Bigger Cheques

Corporate VCs Write Bigger Cheques

Just like strategic investors tend to pay more than PE and VC professionals when engaging in M&A, so it seems do corporate venture capital (CVC) investors. They may also be acquiring larger stakes.  The average investment size of corporate VCs in the previous quarter was USD 24 million, compared to USD 16.7 million from traditional VCs, according to CB Insights. [...]