Venture Capital Investments on the Rise in Georgia and Nationally
According to the National Venture Capital Association, venture capital investments in the state of Georgia were the highest in a decade. Per data from Thompson Reuters, almost $500 million was invested in Georgia companies among the 59 deals reported. This is a 22 percent increase of investment capital over the prior year. The number of deals had also increased in 2014; there were 59 deals on record, compared to 41 in 2013.
Nationally, there were a record number of 47 “megadeals” that involved $100 million, plus venture capital investments. These were fueled by increased exit activity and rising valuations. In addition, trends for companies going global have impacted their need for capital to facilitate growth activities. Initial public offerings and merger and acquisition activity have also been reported as a source for the surge in venture capital investments.