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Venture Investment for Jan.-Sept. '10 Up 25.6%   

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SMBA revealed that the venture capital investment growth trend is continuing this year owing to the brisk progress of fund organization and heightened expectations for economic recovery.

The new venture investment scale for January-September this year reached 728.1 billion won, an increase of 25.6% compared with 579.8 billion won in the same period of last year.

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Classification '07 '08 '09 '10

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Jan.-Sept. Cumulative Total

No. of Firms (each)

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Invested Amount (100 mil. won)

-------------------------------------------------------- Annual Investment Scale

No. of Firms (each)

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Invested Amount (100 mil. won)

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In terms of investment by business type, general manufacturing and bioengineering made remarkable progress in addition to the IT and entertainment fields, which are in the spotlight with smartphones, 3D technology, etc.

Investment in general manufacturing fields for development of energy-related items, lithium secondary batteries and new materials jumped to 217.9 billion won in the nine-month period, up about two-fold from 110.5 billion won in the same period of 2009 in tandem with the government's recent policy to nurture green and new growth industries.

With interest expanding for stem cells, GMO, bio equipment, etc., investment in bioengineering fields increased more than three-fold to 70.3 billion won, compared with 23.1 billion won in the year-earlier period.

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Classification '07 '08 '09 Jan.-Sept. '09 Jan.-Sept. '10

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Amount/Ratio

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Info & Communications

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General Manufacturing

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Bioengineering

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Entertainment

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Education & Services

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Others

-------------------------------------------------------------Total

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The scale of investment in enterprises at an initial start-up stage less of than three years, which had decreased rapidly in the wake of the financial crisis, is gradually recovering as well.

The investment amount, number of recipient companies and average investment amount per company (1.27 billion won → 1.46 billion won) for those enterprises posted growth trends compared with the same period of last year.

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Classification '07 '08 '09 Jan.-Sept. '09 Jan.-Sept. '10

-------------------------------------------------------------No. of Recipient Firms (each)

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Investment Amount (100 mil. won)

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Ratio (%)

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Source: Venture Investment Information Center

Leading such venture investment growth is an expanded venture fund organization scale. With the participation of so-called 'big hands' like Korea Finance Corp. and Korea IT Fund, in addition to the Fund of Funds, in the venture investment market this year, in particular, the scale of organization of funds is expected to surpass the level of last year, which recorded the largest amount since 2000.

The venture fund organization scale through the third quarter of this year increased as much as 61.5%, to about 1.4 trillion won from 767.5 billion won in the same period of last year, and the operational sources of venture capitals also reached 7.39 trillion won.

Considering the general characteristic of venture investment, the organized funds, which are invested after being spread over three to four years, the present investment growth trends are projected to continue for the foreseeable future.

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