China-focused IDG Capital in market for new $550m venture fund

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IDG Capital, a venture capital firm that focuses on Chinese businesses, is seeking to raise up to $550 million for a new VC fund, according to its latest filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing for IDG Capital Project Fund IV comes as the investment firm, which has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, and London, is raising $688 million for another fund, IDG China Venture Capital Fund VI, which was launched in March of this year.

The filing was signed by Quan Zhou, IDG’s managing partner since 1995.

Founded in 1992, the venture capital firm focuses on mobilising global resources to address local needs, especially for inbound and outbound opportunities in China and the rest of Asia.

It entered China in 1993 as the country’s first technology venture capital and private equity investment firm. It has invested in many companies that went on to become leaders in their respective markets.

More than 100 of its portfolio companies have gone public or have been acquired, including Baidu, Tencent, Sohu, SouFun, Qihu 360, Baofeng, Xiaomi, and CreditEase.

It also recently led the $14.6-million Series B+ funding in Dreame Technology, a Chinese smart consumer technology startup that focuses on high-performance cleaning and personal care appliances.

In August, Xpeng Motors, one of IDG’s portfolio companies, raised about $1.5 billion after selling more than 99.7 million share in its Wall Street debut. IDG Capital invested in Xpeng’s $400 million Series C in November 2019.

The company invests in a wide range of industries and in companies at all development stages: startup, growth, maturity, pre-IPO, and post-IPO, with a focus on five strategic industry segments: Internet, Mobile & Tech, Modern Services & Brands, Healthcare, and Industrial Tech & Resources.

IDG’s Fund IV closed in 2014 at $586 million, exceeding its original target. Breyer Capital, the global investment and venture philanthropy firm founded by Jim Breyer, participated in the funding round.

Raising funds could be a challenge for IDG Capital. According to a Bloomberg report in August, China-focused VC funds are struggling to raise money from US investors due to the Trump administration’s increased scrutiny of college endowments and pension funds backing Chinese firms.

According to researcher Preqin, just six US-dollar funds with exposure to China have sought to raise capital this year, down from 21 last year. Of those, only one has managed to complete a preliminary closing, compared with 10 last year.

DealStreetAsia, in a separate report, also noticed that China’s venture capital (VC) investments in Southeast Asia dived in the first half of this year on the back of challenges in cross-border dealmaking due to the virus and a lack of mega-rounds of over $100 million in the second quarter.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.