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Deloitte-NVCA survey of global VCs, PE investors gives Canada high marks

A new survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) shows that global investor confidence in Canada has risen.

The 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey—which polled more than 300 venture capital, private equity and growth equity investors in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa—found that Canada was among several nations for which confidence has grown.

Other countries that were the focus of rising investor confidence included the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel. Brazil, China and India, on the other hand, were the focus of declining confidence.

The Deloitte-NVCA survey, conducted in May and June, assessed investor confidence on the global venture capital environment, market factors shaping industries, and investments in specific geographies and industry sectors.

Confidence levels vis-à-vis specific national environments were measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 5 representing the highest level of confidence.

Among the countries assessed, the United States was rated the best to invest in, with a score of 4.03. Israel took second spot, with a score of 3.71, followed by Canada with 3.48. Germany, the United Kingdom and Sinapore were next in line with scores of 3.38, 3.36 and 3.36, respectively.

The Deloitte-NVCA survey also found that increasing levels of investor confidence in Canada were spread widely by country of origin. Measured by year-over-year percentage change, only Chinese investors were found to be rating Canada lower in 2014 as compared to 2013.

The survey also looked at how investors are feeling about developments in their home markets. Issues considered included the state of capital markets, the impact of government policies on domestic investment environments and fundraising trends. Interestingly, Canadian investors gave especially low scores to the local industry’s ability to secure new funding.

Another key finding pertained to global investor perspectives on the hottest technology sectors. Survey results showed that in 2014, most votes were being cast for cloud computing, mobile and healthcare IT and services.

The full country-by-country results of the Deloitte-NVCA survey are found in a PDF presentation here. It includes an infographic of the 2014 country-by-country ratings.

Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) was among the national associations that participated in the survey.

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