According to the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association’s (CVCA) private capital market activity report, venture capital investments and fundraising increased substantially, with exit values reaching historical highs.
In addition, Private equity (PE) fundraising activity grew in numbers and and volume.
VC investment saw 536 deals attracting $2.3 billion, an increase of 24% and 12% respectively over 2014.
Primarily driven by three IPOs (Shopify, ProNAi, and Davids Tea), venture capital exit values were reached a record of $4.3 billion in 2015, compared with $1.5 billion in 2014 and $1.3 billion in 2013.
Ontario continued to lead all provinces in venture capital investments, accounting for 38% and 42% of deal numbers and disbursement respectively. Quebec investment activity also increased in 2015, increasing its national share of VC activity to approximately 31%, and up 51% and 102% respectively in number of deals and dollars invested over 2014.
ICT continued to lead all sectors with just under two-thirds of volume and transaction values. Health and Life Sciences also grew growth in 2015, up 39% in deal volume and 35% in dollar terms, compared to 2014.
Have a look at the 2015 VC activity report here
Private equity saw a 19% increase in deal volume over 2014 with 399 deals in 2015. In terms of exits, the IPO market for private equity remained slow representing only $2.5 billion over 4 deals in 2015 while M&A exits represented approximately 60% of both volume and overall value.
Have a look at the 2015 PE activity report here