Invest in Russia — invest in Russian regions!
All analytics

Venture Barometer 2018: A Study of the Russian Venture Capital Market

11 February 2019
Венчурный Барометр 2018: Исследование российского рынка венчурных инвестиций
Release date
Open PDF

The survey of the Russian venture capital market carried out annually by the Venture Barometer project covered representatives of state-owned and private VC funds and business angels. The majority of the respondents (42%) invest in startups on a regular basis and manage multiple funds.

In 2018, new funds on the Russian VC market, including corporate venture funds, were launched faster than before. Also, there is a growing number of active business angels who are strongly committed to long-term investments and developing startup projects. Over a half of the participants of the survey noted a general rise in investment activity and investment volumes. Also, compared to the previous year, projects are now better prepared for investment. Notably, the overwhelming majority of the respondents (over 70%) are planning to increase the volume of their investments in 2019, as well as the number of projects they invest in.

The authors of the report stress the fact that projects related to financial technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to have investment priority on the Russian VC market for several years running. The segments of e-commerce, advertising technologies and blockchain technologies remain the least appealing for investors.

The list of main events that influenced the Russian VC market in 2018 is topped by the sanctions which are far ahead of other factors. Investment activity of two largest market players — Yandex and — comes second, and the much-discussed state corporate funds are placed third. The results of the study suggest that investors’ optimism is reinforced and they are planning to expand to Asian markets. The report also demonstrates that Russian investors have a good track record of serial fund launching. All these facts indicate that the Russian venture capital market is maturing while the regulatory environment is getting increasingly comfortable, and that this sector is deeply integrated in the country’s areas of economic growth.

Anlytics on the topic

All analytics
30 May 2018
Post-electoral infrastructure of Russia

The overview is published to inform the market participants and other stakeholders about the most urgent problems with infrastructural investments.

20 February 2020
From shadow into the light. Russian business over the past 30 years through the eyes of its “fathers and sons”

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has published a study of changes in business conditions in Russia over the past 30 years. The publication is based on the results of a survey of entrepreneurs. It assesses Russia’s current business climate, compares the opportunities for doing business in Russia in the 90s and today, and depicts a typical Russian entrepreneur. Based on the data received, PwC also shows directions in which Russian business is likely to evolve in the nearest future.