Brazil: Venture Capital’s Next Hotbed?

July 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Investments in Brazilian startups are surging, but high taxes and strict labor laws could hamper returns.

Brazil is best known around the world for soccer, samba music, and supermodels. Now it’s emerging as an attractive destination for investment capital.

At a June 25 conference in New York, a Brazilian venture capital trade group announced some impressive figures. As of the end of 2008, local and foreign investors had committed $28 billion in venture and private equity capital to Brazilian companies, said Luiz Figueiredo, president of the Brazilian Association for Private Equity & Venture Capital. That’s up from $6 billion in 2004, amounting to a hearty 50% compound annual growth rate over the last four years. Investors have financed 500 Brazilian companies to date with venture or private equity capital, and there’s $12 billion left to invest over the next few years from that $28 billion kitty (by S. E. Ante, BusinessWeek, June 28, 2009)

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