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Ventures Get Results from Investment Roadshows   


Successful enterprises in investment inducement from the Venture Investment Roadshows held by SMBA in non-capital spheres starting in 2009 are emerging continuously. The roadshows were designed to stimulate the investment of venture capital in regional small & medium-sized venture firms.

According to SMBA, 61 venture companies held IR presentation sessions at seven Venture Investment Roadshows in 2009, 10 among them received a total of 38.45 billion won in investments from 17 venture capitals as of June 7 this year.

The roadshows were held in the Gangwon-Chungcheong Sphere (Mar. 13); Daegu- Gyeongbuk Sphere (Apr. 16); Honam-Jeju Sphere (May 21); Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongnam Sphere (June 18), Chungbuk Sphere (Sept. 22); and Gyeongnam Sphere (Nov. 18).

The average business history of the 10 companies that successfully induced investment was 6.6 years, while three companies in the initial business stage (within 3 years after start-up) received 3.1 billion won in investments.

As venture firms in Daegu, Busan and Gwangju successfully induced investments for diverse business types, LED, electronic parts, medicines, software, etc., led by the Chungcheong Sphere, the roadshows provided regional companies with substantial investment inducement opportunities.

With venture investment, which had stagnated in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008, showing a recovery trend in 2009 to the level of prior to the crisis, investments in regional enterprises has increased. Therefore, it is appraised that the Venture Investment Roadshows have contributed to the spread of a favorable regional venture investment environment.

Also in the first half of this year, SMBA held three roadshows featuring programs such as IR presentation sessions of promising enterprises by region, consulting on investment inducement strategy and lectures on the government's venture investment support polices and corporate response measures for investment inducement. About 10 venture capitalists and 100 regional SMEs participated in each roadshow, showing high interest.

The three roadshows were held in Gwangju-Jeolla Sphere (Mar. 23, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology); Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongnam Sphere (Apr. 14, Busan BEXCO); and Daegu-Gyeongbuk Sphere (May 13, Daegu-Gyeongbuk SMBA).

SMBA's Director for Venture Investment Kim Young-Tai forecasted, "As 15 among 21 companies, which offered IR sessions at the three roadshows held this year, are proceeding with follow-up investment discussions with venture capitals, it will boost the supply of funds to SMEs this year.

"Since venture capitals as well as regional SMEs are expressing strong interest in identifying new investment targets, SMBA plans to hold additional roadshows in the second half of this year, in Chungbuk Sphere (Oct.) and Gangwon Sphere (Nov.) following Daejeon-Chungnam Sphere (July), while monitoring the success or failure in investment inducement by these SMEs," Director Kim revealed.



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