Venture capital still a big deal for the US economy, study says

Venture capital still a big deal for the US economy, study says

September 16, 2009 | Anthony Ha |

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Venture capital remained crucial to national economic growth over the last two years, according to a new study conducted by IHS Global Insight and commissioned by the National Venture Capital Association.

nvca-report-1I doubt many VentureBeat readers (despite criticism they might have of the venture industry) would argue that venture capital and startups aren’t important to the US economy. Still, the NVCA compiles this data every two years, presumably to remind lawmakers that they should listen to the VC industry, even if it seems to be only a tiny part of the financial sector. (The report’s authors love the metaphor of ripples expanding from a single raindrop hitting the surface of a lake.)

The study says:

  • Venture-backed companies outperformed the overall economy from 2006 to 2008. Jobs at venture-backed companies grew 1.6 percent, compared to 0.2 percent in the entire US private sector. And revenue at those companies grew 5.2 percent, compared to 3.5 percent in the private sector.
  • Venture capital grows industries “from scratch.” For example, the $4.1 billion of venture investments in cleantech in 2008 is helping to turn the technology into a real industry.
  • Venture capital’s impact is spreading across the country through regional venture hubs. Unsurprisingly, California and New York are the states with the most jobs and revenue at venture-backed companies, but they’re followed by Texas (918,451 jobs), Massachusetts (651,239) and Georgia (621,181). Entrepreneurial and venture communities are growing in the Pacific Northwest, the mid-Atlantic, and the Southwest.

nvca-report-2After the report has (hopefully) convinced you of venture capital’s significance, it closes with a list of the NVCA’s legislative concerns: “intellectual property protection, open trade provisions, immigration support for highly-skilled workers and encouragement of capital formation.”

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In my mind, there are a number of key barometers to the state of economic growth and development in the healthcare field. Two certainly related ones are the formation of medtech startups and the rate of venture capital investment in medtech. See medtech financings for August and July, suggesting medtech is on the upswing with VC. (For reference, see our list of venture capitalists with focus on healthcare at link.)

Posted via web from medmarket’s posterous

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