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May June 2020 VCJ
Proptech has grown by 160x over the last decade and appeared on course to continue maturing as the covid-19 epidemic hit. But the emerging sector is poised to survive a possible downturn.
Europe’s venture and startup ecosystem has made tremendous strides in the past decade, and a record amount of investment has produced a bevy of billion-dollar companies. When will institutional investors buy in?
Tampa General Hospital
The exits for Merck Global Health Innovation Fund come as the general healthcare sector heats up amid the pandemic, according to William Taranto.
Business growth
Rising valuations and other factors have boosted the alternative strategy in recent years as more venture firms consider adding them to their repertoire. So far, LPs are responding positively.
As StepStone looks to expand its VC offering by acquiring Greenspring, the combined firm will make investment decisions by way of a joint investment committee.
Venture lending is seen as offering higher returns for higher risk. So why, against such a volatile backdrop, is fundraising surging ahead?
As more venture firms become accustomed to virtual pitches, they’re emphasizing reference checks and setting up multiple Zoom calls as a way to verify their investments and better get to know the founders.
VC Education Tory Patterson, Owl Ventures
Investor interest in edtech is expected to continue in a post-pandemic world, according to Tory Patterson of edtech-focused Owl Ventures, who says that we will soon see some good IPO candidates.
More than $273m has gone into the sector so far in 2020, already surpassing the full-year totals of four of the last five years.
These investors have piled money into the industry over the last 10 years, and in the midst of a pandemic aren’t pulling back or going anywhere.

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