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2013 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey - How Confident Are Investors?

Investor confidence in U.S. grows as sentiment declines in emerging markets


Results are in from the 2013 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA):

  • U.S. venture capitalists more confident in their own backyard
  • Enthusiasm for Brazil, China and other emerging markets is fading
  • Investors lack faith in governments’ ability to pass and enact pro-venture capital policy
  • Cloud and mobile sectors enjoy notable popularity in U.S.

The ninth annual survey, conducted in May and June of 2013, gauged confidence levels of more than 400 venture capital, private equity and growth equity investors in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Israel, assessing investor confidence on the global venture capital environment, market factors shaping industries and investments in specific geographies and industry sectors.

"After years of enthusiasm for emerging markets, investor sentiment is increasing favorably towards the United States in an environment where venture capitalists remain cautious about the global economy and pessimistic about government policies around investing," said James Atwell, national managing partner of the Emerging Growth Company Practice, Deloitte Services LP. "Uncertainty continues to be the primary concern for investors."

"Here in the United States, many venture capital firms are turning inward where tremendous investment opportunity exists in their own backyard," said Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA. "After a decade of VCs kicking the tires abroad, global investing remains the strategy of fewer firms that have the resources and wherewithal to successfully manage an international portfolio. Although we remain challenged here in the U.S. from a political and capital markets perspective, our issues are familiar and addressable – and optimism is expected to increase throughout the year."

Listen to the results from Deloitte's 2013 Global Confidence in Venture Capital Survey and explore 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, read the full survey results report below.


2013 Global Venture Capital Confidence survey - Results presentation
2013 Global Venture Capital Confidence survey results - Press release
2012 Global Venture Capital Confidence survey - Results presentation

2012 Global Venture Capital Confidence survey results - Press release

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