2015 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey

How confident are investors?

The Global Venture Capital Confidence 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.​

2015 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey results

Results are in from the 2015 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA):

  • Immigration reform is top of mind for U.S. investors with nearly two-thirds of respondents considering it a priority.
  • Investor outlook remains bullish for the IPO market, rising for the fourth year in a row.
  • Venture capital momentum increases with a 10% jump in the number of funds raised.
  • U.S. technology hubs, Israel and Canada dominate while confidence continues to fall in Brazil and other emerging markets.
  • Cloud computing is the strongest technology investment sector for the third year in a row.

The eleventh annual survey, conducted in May and June of 2015, gauged confidence levels of more than 200 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.

“Despite a hot IPO market and the proliferation of appealing investment opportunities across industries, this data shows that investors believe that the government needs to do more to ensure they can fully capitalize on the prospects ahead,” said Jim Atwell, national managing partner of the Emerging Growth Company practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP. “Technology continues to generate a great deal of excitement on a global level, especially with today’s optimal market conditions and despite the widening gap in governmental support.”

“As the global hub of innovation, there is much for U.S. venture investors to feel excited about. The fundraising environment continues to improve, the IPO market is gaining strength and there is no shortage of innovative, game-changing startup companies to take to the next level,” said Bobby Franklin, president and CEO of NVCA. “Yet in spite of all there is to be confident about, U.S. venture investors continue to believe U.S. policymakers aren’t doing enough to enact policies that help strengthen the innovation ecosystem. If policymakers were to proceed with some of the most challenging issues of our time, there’s no telling what we could achieve.”

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, or read the 2015 VC Survey press release.

Confidence levels overall by country

Confidence levels in major US metros

Priority public policy initiatives

Confidence levels in each industry sector

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