The Venture Capital & Private Equity
Country Attractiveness Index
Alexander Groh, Heinrich Liechtenstein, Karsten Lieser and Markus Biesinger
About the Index
 
On this website, we present the results of a comprehensive research project on how to measure the attractiveness of a country for investors in Venture Capital and Private Equity limited partnerships. The project was initiated at IESE Business School Barcelona in 2006 with a European pilot study. From the European study, we gained experience and the confidence to extend the study globally. Since 2006 two professors, two doctoral students, and many research assistants have worked on the project. We selected and collected more than 300 different data series from all kind of providers – ranging back to 2000. We attempted to include as many countries as possible in the study, and handled more than 200,000 individual data records.
Investors in Venture Capital and Private Equity funds have a key objective: to get access to transactions with satisfying risk and return ratios. They look globally to achieve their goals, and often set their sights on emerging regions. To find prime investment opportunities, investors generally look several years down the road and focus on specific factors like: economic activity (GDP, inflation, unemployment rate); size and liquidity of capital markets; taxation; investor protection and corporate governance; the human and social environment (including human capital, labour market policies and crime); and entrepreneurial culture and opportunities (including innovation capacity, the ease of doing business and the development of high-tech industries). The idea of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index is to take into account all of these factors across different nations and to determine the relative positioning of particular economies and regions as they stand in relation with respect to their attractiveness for investment in Venture Capital and Private Equity assets.
This is the ninth edition of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index. This is subject to critique and we invite constructive feedback to help us improve future editions. Selected data series may be discarded in future index versions and new and at that time more appropriate data series may be used as a substitute to existing data. The quality of the data and the number of countries covered will increase. As a result, our index is a dynamic product that always considers the most adequate and recent information. We believe this index is unique in providing transparency about the international Venture Capital and Private Equity market on such a broad scope and hope that investors appreciate the available information. Politicians may utilize our findings to increase their countries’ attractiveness for international risk capital investors.
Please download the latest annual report. In the report we comprehensively describe the index structure, the data series, the aggregation approach, and the results. In the section “Regional and Country Profiles” of this website, we propose a tool that allows you to benchmark all covered countries and regions.
We hope that the 2018 Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index is of value.
The Editors
Last updated: 3 Feb 2018