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Calum Paterson joins speakers at investment conference in Israel

Calum Paterson, Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) and current Chair of the BVCA, joined a select panel of speakers at the Vintage Investment Partners conference in Tel Aviv on 14 November. Discussion topics included current technology trends, deal valuations, shortening investment cycles and fund sizes. Commenting on the outlook for the European venture capital industry Calum said:

“The funding environment in Europe is very positive. 2018 deal values are expected to match or exceed 2017 levels in terms of capital invested, albeit across fewer deals. There is more money flowing into funds, and into companies, than ever before. Competition among investors and a rise of new entrants into the venture capital market has provided flexibility in funding options, while exerting upward pressure on deal sizes and valuations.”

He continued: “The UK is now home to a third of all technology unicorns in Europe and accounts for about 30% of all European venture capital investment. We have a supportive ecosystem for technological innovation and the emergence of an increasingly large and impressive pool of dynamic and agile technology companies right across the country – not just in London, but in regional hubs such as Cambridge, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.”

Vintage Investment Partners is Israel’s only active fund of funds, largest secondary fund and leading late stage co-investment group. Vintage currently has $1.5 billion under management across ten funds and managed discretionary accounts. Vintage’s funds invest in Israel, Europe and the U.S with focus on technology.