Venture capital: Time to show conviction
Venture capitalists have enjoyed a relatively long run of valuation upticks, a scattering of liquidity events, and latterly, increased support from local institutional investors. Now, though, the industry is facing a reality check. Challenging economic conditions have prompted questions about business model stability and the viability of valuations, and capital is harder to source. Assertions that the VC ecosystem has the maturity to thrive in the face of adversity will be put to the test.
- What is the outlook for early and growth-stage investment?
- Are regulators justified in questioning valuation methodologies?
- When is Australia likely to start seeing down rounds?
- What can VC investors do to build resilience into their portfolios?
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