Key Finding 7: Capital Outlook

Capital

Georgia’s Technology Decision Makers remain bullish on Georgia’s ability to raise business capital. More than 68 percent of the survey respondents said Georgia will increase its invested capital over the next year, and more than 83 percent said that capital investment will increase over the next five years. But they don’t expect it to be easy. Respondents rated the challenge of raising capital in Georgia a 5.14 on a 1-10 scale, with 1 representing the most difficult.

Most Technology Decision Makers believe that the best sources of future funding will come from large companies acting as strategic investors (27%), P/E investors (23%), and angel investors (19%).

To address the perceived limitation of seed/early investment capital, most technology leaders believe that the best source for this start-up seed capital will come from established GA companies. However, only 10% of large companies (over 1,000 employees) indicate that they plan to invest in start-up and early stage companies to create technology innovation which still creates a significant capital gap for seed/early stage companies.

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