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$185 BILLION RAISED ACROSS 12,500 TRANSACTIONS BEHIND GROWTH CAPITAL MARKETS’ 2018 BULL RUN, REVEALS HAMPLETON PARTNERS’ REPORT

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Hampleton Partners’ analysis of growth capital reveals that 2018 marked another record year for global venture capital financing, with a total disclosed value of $185 bn (€165 billion) raised across more than 12,500 transactions.

The international technology M&A and growth finance advisors reveal that total transaction volume grew five per cent per year from 2014 to 2018 across the globe, while total value raised grew by 13 per cent, suggesting that funding rounds are becoming larger.

The Asia-Pacific region registered the largest number of deals in 2018 at 6,676, followed by North America with 5,640 and Europe with 2,601.

Asia-Pacific also charted the highest growth in absolute value, propelled by the increasing prevalence of massive investment funds such as Softbank’s $100 billion Vision Fund and Tiger Global’s new $3.75 billion tech fund, both having contributed to some of the record 21 new Asian unicorns born in 2018.

Over a four-year period, Europe walked away with the highest relative growth, witnessing a 24% CAGR over three years, with the number of deals having doubled since 2016. The proliferation in Europe of early stage funding rounds and the higher value they generate are the result of favourable government programmes, thriving tech hubs from Stockholm to Berlin, and a highly active and maturing investor environment.

Supergiants and Unicorns

“Supergiant” funding rounds – venture capital rounds generating funds in excess of $100 million – are becoming commonplace. 2018 saw 515 supergiant rounds, more than 2017 and 2016 combined.  Although they accounted for only two per cent of all rounds worldwide, they secured a massive 56 per cent of the total $185bn value raised.

There was also an all-time high of 106 unicorn births during 2018, dwarfing the combined 2016 and 2017 total of 73.

Miro Parizek, founder and principal partner, Hampleton Partners, said:

“We’ve witnessed the highest level of venture capital investment on record, both in volume and value terms. This has included an unprecedented increase in the number of supergiant rounds and new unicorn births, in addition to growth in all median sizes of funding rounds. The total value of all unicorns has also inched above $1 trillion.

“This seemingly boomish growth is driven by the new wave of start-ups causing extreme disruption in traditional industries such as automotive, retail, security, and healthcare in addition to the larger start-ups continuing to fundraise from favorable private markets. While lights are bright green for the VC markets, this high growth in all metrics may also be a signal of overheating markets of increasingly cash-rich funds making increasingly risky investments.

Most active investors

Hampleton’s report identifies the most active investors in the EU and US. In the US, 500startups racked up 398 investments, followed by Y Combinator (374), Sequoia (305), Techstars (221), Plug and Play Ventures (188), Matrix (168) and Accel (163).

In Europe, Index Ventures tops the chart with 92 investments, followed by Partech (90) and High-Tech Gründerfonds (74), Kima Ventures (63), Balderton Capital (43), Octopus Investments (38) and EQT (38).

Largest transaction

The most valuable company on 2018’s unicorn list is Bytedance, a Chinese machine learning content platform. Bytedance was valued at $75bn in its October fundraise in a round led by Softbank and joined by KKR and General Atlantic.

Sector-focused funding

Fintech proved to be the most popular sector for investors, as consumer solutions aiming to revolutionise the banking and payments industry gained traction. Among the new unicorns born out of the rounds completed by Ant Financial or JD Finance in the second half of 2018 were N26, Plaid Technologies, Viva Republic and Monzo.

Autotech investment took second place with the highest number of VC investments in car-related businesses on record, totalling 355 vs. 325 in 2017, though total equity value raised was down to $13.5bn (€12bn) from a $25bn (€22bn) high in 2017, which was achieved after several mega-transactions by Softbank.

New autotech unicorn births included Aurora, Momenta, Xpeng and pony.ai.

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MGBF Golden Quill Media Awards to Usher in World Press Freedom Day 2019

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The Malaysia Global Business Forum - Golden Quill Media Awards will recognise the contributions of the media towards a sustainable future.
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The Malaysia Global Business Forum will host the MGBF Golden Quill Media Awards in Kuala Lumpur on the 2nd of May, 2019, on the eve of the World Press Freedom Day. Over the past 12 months the media landscape has seen multiple changes as the country continues to chart a future towards a developed nation status. MGBF believes it is important to recognise the individuals at the cutting edge of that change.

To make it more meaningful this year’s awards will be held on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, which was first proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence and importantly pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to stop and take stock of where we are and where we want to be, to understand how the broader media industry can move towards a positive and sustainable future that contributes to the development of society.  In that light, the Malaysia Global Business Forum will continue to support the government and stakeholders to improve the media’s capacity to report fairly in the cultural and technological context of Malaysia,” stated Nordin Abdullah who is the Founding Chairman of the Malaysia Global Business Forum.

When most people consider press freedom they seldom consider the importance of media’s ability to report freely and fairly on business activities in the country. “Freedom comes at a price, the media first need to be empowered with the right tools, that includes tools to monitor social media and other data driven solutions to access the vast sea of information that is now available, these require resources and expertise. We should not have a press that is on the wrong side of a technological divide in case they are easily manipulated.”

The Malaysia Global Business Forum would also like to see more international collaboration between Malaysia and other countries to increase the capacity of journalists “Diplomatic missions and international businesses established in the country should look at programs which empower local journalists and increase linkages with other countries.”

The continual improvement of the media is serious business but the awards evening is a chance for the media to let down their hair and relax. “While the media and in particular business media is a serious matter, the event will be held at fun place, the Muito Bom! Brazilian BBQ with a live band. The Muito Bom! Brazilian BBQ in Nexus Bangsar South is a great venue with great food and an excellent concept which allows everyone to have a good time. We want the media to have a chance to relax,” stated Nordin Abdullah who is also an EXCO member of the Malaysia Australia Business Council.

The categories that will be recognised this year will be as follows: Most Influential Commentary Award; Emerging Reporter of the Year Award; Best International Business Reporting Award; Best Local Business Marketing Award; Best Sports Industry Development Award; Best International Bureau Coverage Award; Best Integrated Media Award; Best SME & Local Business Coverage; Most Innovative News Distribution; Most Innovative Data Driven Journalism; Best Property Industry Reporting; Best CSR Reporting; Emerging Data Analytics Firm; Best Social Media Video Development and the Best Report on Women in Business.

The Malaysia Global Business Forum was established to assist stakeholders at the intersection of international business and Malaysian business through advisory, advocacy, research, networking and business matching. The awards night will recognise the important role that the media plays in that dynamic.

Invited guests include the President of the National Press Club, Dato’ Ahirudin Attan @ Rocky Bru, the event is also supported by the Crisis Management Centre and media consulting firm Bendahara Solutions.

For more information please visit www.MalaysiaGlobalBusinessForum.com

 

SOURCE: Malaysia Global Business Forum

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China based innovation, CDMOs and Parallel Approvals driving huge growth in manufacturing at CPhI China

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Significant increase in exhibitors driven by bio growth at bioLIVE and separate nutraceuticals event.

CPhI & P-MEC China (#CPhIChina and #PMECChina) – co-organized by UBM EMEA, CCCMHPIE, and UBM Sinoexpo – takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) on 18-20 June 2019. The event will be co-located with ICSE, InnoPack, bioLIVE, NEX, Labworld, FDF, and EP & Clean Tech. Seen as the bellwether of pharmaceutical trends across the country, CPhI & P-MEC China’s agenda is packed with content from over 100 onsite conferences and activities as well as more than 50 seminars, with speakers from China and abroad.

One of the key trends to emerge this year is the rise in the number of innovative China-based biotechs – coupled with the easing of regulatory pathways and an emerging CDMO sector – is fueling a significant growth in manufacturing across China. In view of this, experts at the event will assess the Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH) Pilot Program, as well as recent reforms of China’s regulatory landscape and the opportunities for international pharma.

With the Chinese pharma growing at a ferocious pace, CPhI & P-MEC China is expected to welcome 50,000 attendees in its 19th edition – a year-on-year increase of 30% – which is further indicative of the buoyancy of the Chinese market. The event is also expected to see a 6% increase in exhibitors, with more than 3,200 from over 120 countries in attendance.

“China is issuing new guidelines at a feverish pace and will be harmonized with ICH very quickly. The result is that over the next two to three years’ poorer quality manufacturers will drop out of the market and China’s manufacturers will look to compete in international markets as well as domestic” CPhI Annual Report Expert, Bikash Chatterjee on outlook of 2019.

Wider market data also supports this ongoing boom, with China’s pharmaceutical market projected to grow strongly from 115.2bn USD in 2016 to 159.4bn USD by 2021 and 234.2bn USD by 2026. This represents a 10-year compound annual growth rate of 8.8% in local currency terms and 7.3% in US dollar terms. Similarly, bioprocessing in China has been on a trajectory of rapid growth, with a 39% growth in facilities, and total capacity is growing >8% annually, with biosimilars offering the largest growth potential.

At the 2019 edition, for the first time, CPhI & P-MEC China 2019 will launch bioLIVE – their new bioprocessing and manufacturing exhibition – which has evolved from the previous BioPh China and will run adjacent. This exposition is in response to the large molecule trend within the industry, and arrives at a particularly prominent moment. Within the last year, there has been a proliferation of biosimilars and double-digit approvals of biologics – as well as a host of investments taking place in contract services.

Marie Lagrenee, Brand Manager at CPhI & P-MEC China, commented: “The growth of the Chinese pharma economy has been exponential in recent years, with regulatory reforms spearheading the increased interest in the region from both domestic and international companies. With a bourgeoning CDMO sector and recent harmonization by ICH, it’s pivotal that events such as CPhI & P-MEC China provide a platform to drive growth, exchange new ideas and expedite new deals to help nurture this budding market.”

The third edition of China Pharma Week will take place alongside CPhI & P-MEC China on June 17-21 2019, focusing on Leadership, Business, Networking, Innovation, Recognition and Knowledge. Activities will include plant visits, a networking dinner, women in leadership forum, summits and the Innovation Gallery Tours, giving a deeper work floor insight and dedicated industry conferences on different sectors.

For more information, please visit the official website: www.cphi.com/china

Notes to editors
Notable features at CPhI China 2019 include:

  • Over 100 onsite conferences and activities with speakers from China and abroad, 50+ seminars
  • The renowned Matchmaking Service, an online matchmaking tool, which enables attendees to search for and arrange meetings with exhibitors prior to the show according to their business goals
  • The Innovation Gallery Tours will provide 2019 attendees with the latest insight into Functional and Insulin packaging solutions in the Chinese market as well as the opportunity to meet exhibitors
  • The Supplier Finder System, an interactive floor plan via dedicated screen, onsite visitors will be able to discover the location of existing or future business numbers, based on the search by a company name, product name or company’s stand number
  • CPhI TV will bring live interviews from the top companies on the show floor and live content onsite to get the best out of the show.

 

SOURCE: UBM Sinoexpo

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Lightspeed Loyalty Designed for Independent Businesses Makes Its Debut

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Lightspeed, a powerful cloud point-of-sale system for independent retailers and restaurants, today introduces Lightspeed Loyalty. With its seamless integration of Lightspeed’s existing suite of products, the new technology enables merchants to engage customers, reward repeat business and build a loyal following.

Lightspeed Loyalty gives retailers and restaurants the ability to create a dialogue so that first-time guests become regulars and existing customers become more engaged, all from a single platform that creates true brand ambassadors. Going beyond point and reward systems, Lightspeed Loyalty provides businesses with the tools to better communicate and target their customers in a personalized way.

“Retailers and restaurants have always aimed to offer customers a superior level of service, and Lightspeed Loyalty allows them to take that service to the next level,” says Dax Dasilva, Founder and CEO of Lightspeed. “We’re providing these businesses with the tools to break down barriers, thus fostering strong customer relationships, driving repeat visits and increasing revenues, no matter the season.”

Lightspeed Loyalty Key Features:

  • Rewards Program: Easily set up a customized rewards program
  • Automated Marketing: Create automated campaigns via SMS, mobile push notifications and a drag and drop email builder. Easily target customers with relevant offers based on auto-segmented customer habits and preset Smart Customer Groups
  • Customer Insights: View customer habits and interests in one place to enhance menu management or inventory selection, pricing, and promotional planning

Existing Lightspeed Loyalty users have already begun to see how these key features have positively impacted their businesses.

“Lightspeed Loyalty allows us to have our uniquely branded restaurants all under one Loyalty platform, so we can reach all our customers at the same time,” says Josh Cottingham of L&B Restaurants. “We are very excited to use this system to build and expand our customer base and satisfaction,” he adds.

To date, more than 60,000,000 points have been awarded to over 200,000 customers. With this acquisition, Lightspeed now includes a robust integrated loyalty solution geared towards apparel boutiques, pet stores, quick service establishments and fine dining restaurants, just to name a few.

 

SOURCE: Lightspeed POS Inc.

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