We believe Southeast Asian venture capital (VC) is an attractive segment within the Asia private equity market, and clients should consider developing relationships with Southeast Asian VC managers.

The VC market in this region is receiving increasing interest from investors for the following reasons:

  • Large and young population that is increasingly affluent and digital-savvy
  • Around five to eight years behind China and following similar digital growth trends
  • Developing innovation ecosystem
  • Broadening exit avenues

Armed with significant dry powder and an increasing investment opportunity set, VC funds should be active for the next few years.

In this article, we describe the overall environment in Southeast Asia and the VC ecosystem and present recent themes and opportunities for you to consider. Despite its challenges, we view Southeast Asia as an increasingly attractive market for VC that is becoming hard to ignore. 


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