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Early Stage Investment Characteristics: Early stage investments in China are marked by high risk and high reward, requiring significant investment acumen and strategic foresight. Top angel investors and early-stage investment institutions continue to refine their investment strategies and focus on industries where they excel.
2016 Market Overview: The market saw steady growth in 2016. Early stage investment institutions raised 141 new funds, a 13.7% increase compared to the previous year. However, the disclosed fundraising amount decreased by 4.5% to 19.437 billion yuan. The market witnessed 3,019 early stage project investment cases, totaling 22.23 billion yuan in disclosed investments. Exit activities included 221 cases, with New Third Board exits and equity transfers being the most common.
Industry Focus: The TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecom) industry dominated early stage investments, representing 54.8% of the total number of cases and 52.9% of total investment amount. Key investment areas within TMT included Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Financial Technology.
Regional Development: Regions in China have combined their unique advantages with early stage investment market trends. Beijing excelled with its high innovation input and successful transformation of outcomes. Shanghai activated its early stage investment ecosystem with risk compensation measures. Shenzhen attracted attention with its rapid development pace and financial support, while Hangzhou’s growth was fueled by the fast development of characteristic towns and the support of high-quality talent pools like the Alibaba, Zhejiang merchants, academic, and returnee groups.
Development Trends: Key trends included the significant role of government-led funds, diversified functions of incubators to strengthen startups' core competitiveness, rapid development of characteristic towns fostering a strong innovation and entrepreneurship atmosphere, increasing internationalization of early stage investments, and a focus on internet applications and technological innovations such as AI.
Comparison with the U.S.: The U.S. leads globally in angel investment development. The key difference between the U.S. and China lies in the investment entities; individual angel investors and groups dominate in the U.S., while institutional investors lead in China. Despite differences in investment amounts and numbers, both countries share a focus on IT and internet sectors