Over recent years, the Canadian private equity and venture capital industries followed much the same pattern as worldwide markets. The number of completed deals and exits declined, while fundraising figures stayed strong relative to historical figures.
This year, completed exits involving VC-backed companies have already bested last year's total exit value by some 70%, while the number of transactions is pacing to also surpass 2016. The Canadian government has also reaffirmed its backing of the VC industry with their 2017 budget, which proposes some C$400 million for investment through the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative. PE has had a bit of a slow go to start the year in terms of deal count, though aggregate transaction values have grown and 2017 should see overall deal value come in relatively flat against the past few years. The future is looking bright for Canada.
Through April, PE deal value on pace for a decade high
Median seed and Series A deal values have hit the highest mark we have tracked
Foreign investment continues to be a large part of both the PE and VC industries within Canada
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