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2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey

How confident are investors?

The Global Venture Capital Survey is an annual survey of venture capital, private equity and growth equity investors around the world. The survey covers: investor confidence in global investing, fund-raising, IPOs, and government policy; changing views on the global economy, from a couple of years ago to today and looking ahead; and sectors and sub-sectors that are prime for investment.​

​ 2014 Global Venture Capital Survey results

Results are in from the 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA):

  • Confidence in the US is increasing which is driven by strong IPO markets, innovative companies, and increased confidence in investors being able to fundraise, all of which bodes well for entrepreneurs.
  • Confidence is increasing in the U.S. in the face of negativity around the government not being able to enact policies to support the VC industry.
  • Less capital intensive sectors such as Cloud and SaaS are seen as more confident.
  • Confidence levels continued to wane in Brazil and China, while Canada, Israel, and the UK show increased confidence.


The tenth annual survey, conducted in May and June of 2014, gauged confidence levels of more than 300 venture capital, private equity, and growth equity investors in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, assessing investor confidence on the global venture capital environment, market factors shaping industries and investments in specific geographies and industry sectors.

“For the past three years the US has seen a significant increase in investor confidence, continuing the trend which began to take hold in 2012,” said Jim Atwell, national managing partner of the Emerging Growth Company practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP. “Improving capital market conditions lifted the pace of initial public offerings, fed by a strong lineup of new and innovative companies like we see on the Technology Fast 500TM list, along with increased investor confidence both in the ability to fundraise as well as to achieve favorable returns on investment.”

“Continued confidence from global investors in the U.S. is welcome news for American innovators building next generation companies,” said Bobby Franklin, president and CEO of NVCA. “In order to maintain this enthusiasm in US innovation, policymakers in Washington need to come together to enact policies that support the creation of sustainable, high-growth companies that create jobs and drive economic growth.”

Listen to the archived  2014 Global Confidence in Venture Capital Survey Dbriefs webcast and learn about the impact of these results on your businesses.

This report was sponsored by Deloitte & Touche LLP and was conducted in association with the National Venture Capital Association in the United States and numerous other venture capital associations around the world. To learn more, download the full survey results report.​

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Kevin Schimmel

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Fast 500 Program Leader | Marketing Manager

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Jim Atwell

U.S. Audit Leader TMT | U.S. Managing Partner EGC

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