A record 290 companies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) received backing from private equity and venture capital funds last year as the region’s entrepreneurs increasingly tap the expertise of fund managers looking to capture a continuing growth story.
The growth of the region’s venture capital, infrastructure opportunities and the active buyout market seen in 2014 confirms the development of a rounded investment environment, characterised by dynamic companies, ambitious entrepreneurs and skilled managers. The emergence of CEE as a source of businesses with truly global aspirations is a trend with momentum that, if managed well, can drive investment further forward and draw even more international investors into its growth story.
Robert Manz is chairman of the Invest Europe CEE Task Force and managing partner at Enterprise Investors. With contribution from Bill Watson, Invest Europe council member and managing partner at Value4Capital.