In 2017 the volume of venture investments in Russia amounted to $729 million, while in 2016 this market does not exceed $229 million, excluding transactions to exit from investments the volume of investments amounted to $301 million, according to “Kommersant”, citing a study by the research firm RB Partners.
The bulk of these investments went to projects using blockchain technology ($68.9 million), and projects in the creation of IT platforms ($56.3 million) and real estate ($41 million). The delivery service received $21.1 million, projects for transportation, $16 million, of biotech start-UPS of $15.9 million, health — $14 million
In software projects, and in projects in the field of advertising and marketing investors have invested $12 million and $8 million respectively.
“The growth of investment is observed mainly in the early stages of projects. At the stage of “seeding” in the second half of 2017, invested about $70 million against $6 million for the same period of 2016, under “startup” — $48 million versus $10 million For the remaining stages of the project, volume of investments has decreased”, — said the experts of RB Partners.
The total volume of investments in the second half of the year increased from $283 million to $330 million, the number of deals — from 126 to 184.
“Private funds last year invested $97,93 million they invested mainly in software and Internet projects (B2B (business to business) was done 39 deals for $43.5 million, in the segment of B2C (business-to-consumer) — 100 transactions with $209,9 million Funds avoid investments in biotech, however, increase attention to industrial technology,” the report says RB Partners.
The main investor in biotech was a mixed group of investors (about $16 million), and corporations, business angels and state Fund prefers to invest in software and the Internet in the B2C area.
“The condition of the market last year was determined by the same investors as in the last three to five years, but this year can activate a new the big players. The market has come “Roscosmos” and “rostec” there are new private companies”, — said the partner of RB Partners Arseny Dabbah.
According to him, it may support demand in the market exits from investments, which is currently experiencing a shortage of buyers.
Recall that the blockchain and FINTECH start-UPS can become a trend for the Russian venture investors, the company RB Partners Group said in November 2017.