Funding tap turned on

Venture capital industry in Southeast Asia ready to move to the next level.

The venture capital industry in Southeast Asia is moving toward a vital transition as "exit activity" among US venture capital funds in regional startups increases, according to Expara, which provides investment and services to the startup field.

In 2012, US$50 million worth of exit activities were recorded, increasing to $400 million in 2013 and $1.2 billion in 2014 before easing back to $800 million last year.

Exit activity refers to the process when venture capital investors sell all or most of their equity stakes, which is called trade sale, in a startup to larger corporations in the same or related industry. The term also denotes how investors choose to list their shares in an initial public offering on a stock exchange.

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