OREANDA-NEWSThe Russian venture capital market in six months of this year grew by 161% compared to the same period last year, according to the annual Russian venture industry review MoneyTree: Venture Market Navigator for 2018 and the first half of 2019, presented by the Russian venture company and PwC.

“Part of the investment market in Russia for six months of 2019 increased by 161% compared to the same period last year and reached $ 248.1 million. In total, 129 transactions were completed on the market, compared with 87 transactions in the first half of 2018. According to experts, the average investment has almost doubled - from 1.5 to 3.1 million dollars”, said the head of the press service.

At the end of 2018, the market grew by 78%, to $ 433.7 million against $ 243.7 million in 2017. However, the number of transactions has decreased over the past 2 years - from 205 to 195. "Thus, the Russian venture market showed almost three-fold growth in the first half of 2019 and a twofold increase in 2018 compared to 2017", in a press release.

The average transaction size in the first half of 2019 increased to $ 3.1 million. A year ago, this indicator was equal to $ 1.5 million. It is noteworthy that the average transaction size at the expansion stage is almost sevenfold (from $ 2 million to $ 13.3 million). The positive dynamics of this indicator is associated with the transformation of the venture model and the gradual blurring of the boundaries between venture and direct investment. At an early stage, the average transaction amount increased 2.5 times (from $ 0.9 million to $ 2.3 million). At the startup stage, there was a twofold increase in volumes - from $ 1.2 million to $ 2.7 million.

Corporate investors are becoming increasingly active players in the venture capital market. In value terms, the volume of such transactions almost tripled - from $ 34 million in 2017 to $ 89.9 million in 2018. The most active venture capital investors were Sberbank, Yandex, MTS and Mail.Ru. The growth of this type of investment signals a positive trend in the country's economy.