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The pace of global venture capital investments lags in H1 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The pace of global venture capital (VC) investment lagged considerably at mid-year, behind the pace required to match the record level of annual VC investment seen in 2018, although it remained on track to match 2017's investment total.

According to KPMG Venture Pulse Q2 2019, the more moderate level of VC investment experienced in both Q1'19 and in Q2'19 likely reflects concerns related to the trade war between the US and China, in addition to the ongoing challenges associated with Brexit, regulatory issues in China, and increasing tensions in countries such as Argentina and Turkey.

While VC investment remained steady quarter-over-quarter, the total number of global VC deals fell for the fifth-straight quarter, highlighting an ongoing investor focus on late-stage deals.

With investment in early-stage deals stagnating in many regions of the world, there is a concern that the health of the VC market could be affected over time as fewer early-stage companies attract the capital they need to grow.

While VC investment in both the Americas and Europe was strong during Q2'19, a second weak quarter of investment in China negatively impacted global VC investment levels.

India rises as China slides

Despite the weakened VC market in China, India saw a nice uptick in investment, led by $1bn+ funding rounds to OYO Rooms.

The limited number of megadeals in China cast a long shadow over Asia's Q2'19 investment re......................

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