During Q1 2015, there were 436 investments for a total amount of US $9.4 Billion in Asia-Pacific.
- For Q1 2015, some of the findings include:
- E-Commerce & Marketplace captured 53% of the investments in value.
- Out of the 11 biggest funds launched, 4 have been set-up by a corporation.
- 9 out of the 10 biggest deals have been done in China.
- 67% more deals have been done in India than in China.
- The 10 most active VCs have closed 29% of the deals.
Some other very cool presentations by Arnaud Bonzom here: http://www.slideshare.net/arnaudbonzom/
Also be sure to checkout our interviews with venture capitalists in the region.
As a side note there seem to be very little funding in Thailand compared to the region. This may be because the notable VC’s in the country seem to be more interested in building their own applications and businesses.
Public Financing – Thailand SEC to Allow Foreign Firms to list on SET
Thailand’s securities and exchange commission said on Thursday April 9th 2015 that it will allow foreign firms to launch initial public offerings (IPOs) in the country and list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, effective immediately.
This is a growing trend for Thailand to establish itself as a center of fundraising for companies in neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam as well as in the Chinese southwestern province of Yunnan.
Private Equity Financing – 500 Startups Launches in Country
There are other fundraising trends of positive note in Thailand. 500 Tuk Tuks – the local branch of 500 Startups has formally launched in the country. Moo Natavudh Pungcharoenpong, founder of Ookbee, is a venture partner and Krating Poonpol who is also a notable tech leader in the country is another venture partner.
Private Debt Financing
The Thai Credit Gaurantee Corp is now making it easier for local Small Market Enterprises (SME’s) to attract debt from banks. Currently it is difficult it is to secure even a small loan from bank for business (despite financial history and size of business) without collateral. This program aims to make the process easier.
Checkout our interviews with different venture capitalists in the region in our archives.