A recovery is well underway for the venture capital industry and investors are exhibiting signs of increased confidence, as reflected in the rising amounts of capital secured by venture capital funds, and deal and exit activity is growing. However, conditions are still tough, and venture capital fund managers seeking capital commitments need to continue to demonstrate to prospective investors that they have a strong strategy and deal pipeline, and a good alignment of interests.Overall, the global venture capital landscape is currently seeing favourable conditions that are pointing to a healthy fundraising market and a strong deals environment. However, fund managers still face challenges in securing capital as investors are wary of the asset class, given the largely disappointing returns in the past 10 years, and will need to see more consistent performance over time. The recent uptick in venture capital performance confirms the market is at a real turning point. Should these trends continue, more investors will take notice and we could see a rejuvenated market.
A city can support ventures... and should, because ventures return the favor in ways you might not expect. This article by CIV International Research Affiliate Thillai Rajan A., and Vikram Kapur, shows how the presence of venture can energize the hosting city, leading to a virtuous symbiotic equilibrium. It uses as a case study the South Indian city of Chennai, founded in 1639, which is one of the thriving metropolitan cities of India today, presented in an insightful paper and a CIV City Case.