Editor’s note: Bill Warner writes “The Angel Connection” which is a regular feature in WRAL Local Tech Wire. LTW asked consultant Bill Warner to share advice for entrepreneurs seeking angel investors and/or venture capital investment. He is chairman of the Triangle Accredited Capital Forum, an angel investor network with over 100 members throughout the Southeast.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – According to the by Deloitte, Asia is becoming one of the most attractive investment geographies in the world. In addition to the already understood impacts the economy has had on the venture capital markets, this reports adds a global perspective that we don’t often see.
However, these trends are not new, but are more dramatic this year.
Venture Capital Attractive in Asia
Half of all respondents expect their investment levels to increase in Asia (excluding India); while 43 percent expect to increase their investments in India over the next three years. In 2007, 41 percent of respondents indicated an interest in expanding their investment focus in Asia Pacific. About one-third expect to increase their investment levels in South America. Only 17 percent expect to increase their investments in North America, the same as 2007.
Interest is worldwide. When it comes to interest in Asia and India, UK respondents are the most enthusiastic, planning either to increase investment levels (67 percent and 58 percent, respectively) or keep them at the same levels (33 percent and 42 percent, respectively).
But, about nine out of 10 U.S. VCs are also increasing or maintaining their investments in Asia and India and about the same number of respondents from Asia Pacific have similar plans.
Declining Interest in North America
Investment interest in North America seems to be decreasing. Only 29 percent of VCs in the Americas (excluding the U.S.) plan to increase their investments in North American countries while 37 percent expect them to remain the same.
Twenty-two percent of Israeli investors plan to increase their North American investments while 33 percent expect investment levels to remain the same.
European investors (excluding the UK) are looking at a 16 percent increase and half expect their investments to remain the same. Only 15 percent of Asia Pacific VCs expect to increase their investment in North American countries while 40 percent expect it to remain the same.
In the UK, a mere 14 percent plan on increasing their investments but 48 percent plan on keeping their levels the same.
Even among U.S. VCs, only 16 percent plan to increase their North American investing levels while 71 percent expect their investment levels to stay as they are.
This report further substantiates that the global venture capital market will continue to play an increasing role in venture capital firm investments.
About the author: Bill Warner is the Managing Partner of , a business consulting firm in the Research Triangle Park area of central North Carolina, and is the chairman of the , an angel investor network with over one hundred members throughout the southeast.