The second annual report on venture capital and the startup ecosystem, titled “The State of Startups in the Southeast” and published by BIP Capital, is now available online. The report reviews start-up activity within nine southeastern states studied from January 2013 till June 2018.
The report compares different types of deals made in southeastern states in comparison to those done in the established Innovation Hubs of Boston, New York, and San Francisco. The initial assumption was that the percentage of ownership that a dollar buys would differ immensely in different regions, but the study shows a $1 million investment is equally valued across states, but businesses in the Southeast have more revenue for the same valuation.
Additionally, while most southeastern companies are sustained by investors in the southeast, nearly a third of the most active venture capital firms in those states came from Innovation Hubs, suggesting the Southeast’s growing appeal to investors.
The study also notes various state-specific trends such as Biotech staying prominent in Alabama, Kentucky, and North Carolina. In addition, Florida companies are receiving more investments than ever before, while regionally the number of startups and venture capital firms continues to increase, with the Southeast funding averaging a 20.6 percent increase over the last two years.
"Successful companies are now being built outside of the traditional investment centers in a more balanced supply and demand environment. In summary, people are starting to recognize that the Southeast is a great place to invest and we expect even more participation in southeastern venture capital as money finds its way to the best risk/return opportunities regardless of region," stated Mark Buffington, CEO of BIP Capital.