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Venture capital in Brazil - Statistics & Facts

Usually stemming from investment banks or investors with deep pockets, venture capital (VC) is a type of private equity used to finance promising, budding businesses. Throughout the last half-decade, the median deal size of VC backed companies has been growing around the globe, regardless of stage. This upward development is highly visible in Latin America, where the value of VC investment has increased by approximately 820 percent since 2016, after remaining relatively stable in the four years prior. Taking a closer look, over half of the region’s VC deals have targeted Brazilian startups. This makes Latin America's largest country in terms of area and population also the regional market leader in VC.

Brazil’s startup sensation

Venture capitalists tend to invest in small and nascent businesses, which they believe have potential for successful and sustainable development. In eight years, the number of startups setting up shop in Brazil has increased by more than five times. Now venture capitalists have a plethora of innovative businesses to pick and choose from in the South American country. The two leading economic sectors are education and finance, with over eight percent and nearly six percent of the nation’s startup ecosystem operating in these specific areas, respectively. However, startups focused on property technology (also known as PropTech) are the ones receiving the most funding through VC investments.

Making an exit

Startups and other flowering enterprises at times rely on VC to have a fighting chance at profiting in their segments, but VC investors themselves are also looking to make a win. When venture capitalists decide to harvest the fruits of their investments, they can opt to exit from the business. The values of venture capital exits in the South American country have increased fourfold since 2016, reaching over 20 billion Brazilian reals in 2019. One of the preferred exit strategies is that of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), where either two similarly developed companies merge or a larger business acquires a smaller one. While Brazil was home to only two M&A transactions back in 2011, a whopping 44 M&As were reported in the 2020, reflecting once again the booming VC and startup market in the country.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 24 most important statistics relating to "Venture capital in Brazil".


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