In our H1 2019 Global Venture Capital Report, we've tracked the VC/PE deals closed recently worldwide to denote the key trends, business opportunities and risks in the global capital market.
EqualOcean selected seven distinct macro regions outside China and dug into them one by one to discover main drivers and the most outstanding startups worldwide.
EqualOcean's regional overview:
In the past few years, the number of investments in Southeast Asia has been increasing continually. Among eleven countries in this region, Singapore has accounted for a dominant 50% of investments, followed by Indonesia (16.8%) and Malaysia (14.1%).
The reasons behind the economic growth of Southeast Asia vary from the recent boom in the infrastructure construction industry to preferential policies implemented by local governments. Recently, enterprise services, financial services and e-commerce are the most invested industries in the region.
The Indian subcontinent has seen a breathtaking growth of investments in 2018. We analyzed the macro environment and also 75 most funded startups, discussing their opportunities and difficulties. Financial services, automotive and logistics were the most invested industries in India.
Though the number of investments in the Middle East has fallen, the total financing amount has increased by 47.22% YoY. Capital flowed to top players in the market and investors became more particular. To-B-related startups were the most invested there.
Israel still took the lead with 51.9% of investments. Behind the uneven investment landscape was different social development degrees and policies.
Africa is recovering from the economic downturn and its demographic dividend is promising. Innovations are encouraged but African players are not growing fast enough.
Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria were the three most invested countries. Fintech and e-commerce were the hottest sectors for venture investors.
In Latin America, many countries are struggling with multiple economic problems, including Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. The biggest investment event in H1 2019 happened in Colombia, with an amount of USD 1.04 billion.
Retail, health and education were the major entrepreneurial activities, yet the most funded industries were financial services, professional services and mobility.
European VC investment reached an all-time high record of over USD 25 billion, already surpassed the deal value of the whole 2018. Like the Middle East, the number of investments has declined while the funding volume is up. The UK, Germany and France were the most invested countries.
No doubt North America is still the global economic and tech leader. Total funding amount in the U.S. and Canada has been growing at a CAGR of 9.1% in the last three years. Healthcare and enterprise services are lately the most funded industries. While putting money in the well-established upstarts with attractive funding history, investors are more reluctant to bet big on the seed-stage companies.