Venture Pulse: Asia’s Coming up Fast

Venture Pulse: Asia’s Coming up Fast

July 30, 2015 by Anna O'Hare

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We have more than 300 investors coming to RISE – a substantial proportion of the entire VC community in Asia.

The good news is that VC-backed companies in the region are powering ahead and the ecosystem is incredibly active.

In fact, according to Venture Pulse Q2 ’15, a mix of traditional VC sources mixed with hedge funds, private equity and corporates led to $15 billion invested into VC-backed companies in the first two quarters of 2015.

This puts Asia on track for 45% growth year-over year.

The report found that North America, unsurprisingly, continues to lead global VC activity.


But Asia is coming up fast.
There were nine new Asian unicorns – VC backed companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion – in Q2 alone.

Take a look at some other key Asian stats from the report:
  • Since Q3’14, the average late-stage deal size in Asia has stood above $100M and as high as $285.9M in Q4’14, nearly 270% higher than in Europe in Q2’15.
  • Early-stage deals fell to $4.1M.
  • India experienced a big leap in VC-focused deal volume, increasing from 84 deals in Q1 to 122 deals in Q2, with funding doubling.
  • Internet and mobile startups took a combined 82% of funding, compared to 65% and 74% in North America and Europe.

It’s our hope that in some small way RISE will help contribute to those stats for Q3. Not long to go now…

The Venture Pulse is the first in a quarterly VC report series from KPMG International and VC data company CB Insights.

About the Author

Anna O'Hare
Anna is a storyteller at heart and is particularly passionate about telling the stories of startups. After returning from a year working in New York City's tech sector, she now writes for Collision, Web Summit, RISE and SURGE.