Mid-Atlantic Market

Unique Investing Opportunities

The mid-Atlantic region is home to over 15,000 technology-driven companies including General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and SAIC. The region offers unique investing opportunities for the over 225 investment firms based in this market.

MAVA continues to be a catalyst in the marketplace. Since 1996, early through expansion companies that have presented at MAVA’s Capital Connection conference have received over $2.9 billion in funding during the first year after presenting.

 

The region enjoys relative stability, due perhaps in part to:

  • the confluence of having legacy investment sectors (such as internet, security, telecom, wireless);
  • a vibrant entrepreneurial pool and work force;
  • proximity to the federal government, the National Institutes of Health and other federal labs; and
  • a favorable standard of living.

These elements contribute to investor confidence in the long-term approach to venture investing in our market.

Diverse Mix of Industries

The region also benefits from a diverse industrial base, including telecommunications, software, biotechnology and a wide mix of non-tech companies. And each industry offers its strengths as promising investment opportunities for the venture community.

Long-term Viability

Some of the most compelling statistics showcase the long-term viability of venture investing the mid-Atlantic.

  3 Year 5Year 10 Year 15 Year 20 Year Average
Region IRR Relative
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IRR Relative
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IRR Relative
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IRR Relative
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IRR Relative
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Relative
Ranking
N. California 6.6 35 7.7 4 30.6 1 36.2 1 23.0 1 2.4
S. California 5.5 7 3.4 7 17.8 3 36.2 2 18.9 3 4.4
New England 12.9 1 10.7 2 29.0 2 31.6 3 19.8 2 2.0
Southwest 0.3 10 -0.2 9 1.6 8 16.4 5 10.9 6 7.6
Mid-Atlantic 8.5 3 8.7 3 10.2 5 11.0 6 10.1 7 4.8
New York Tri-State 12.8 2 14.4 1 15.0 4 18.6 4 15.6 4 3.0
Ohio Valley 0.3 11 -0.8 10 3.3 6 6.3 8 5.8 8 8.6
Northwest 6.0 6 2.9 8 -0.2 10 2.4 11 2.0 11 9.2
Southwest -1.5 13 -1.4 11 -0.2 11 5.7 9 3.2 10 10.8
Rocky Mountains - 12 -2.1 12 -8.6 13 -7.2 13 -6.8 13 12.6
Great Lakes 5.1 8 -4.9 5 3.0 7 8.1 7 13.4 5 6.4
South 8.4 4 4.2 6 0.7 9 3.6 10 3.7 9 7.6
Great Plains 1.1 9 -3.2 13 -7.8 12 -1.9 12 0.3 12 11.6

Source- MAVA's 2007-2008 Annual Report

Over $15 Billion in Federal R&D Dollars

The region is home to invaluable sources of research and development. More than $15 billion in federal R&D dollars are spent in the region each year.

Representative Research-Driven Government Agencies and Institutions

  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Federal Emergency Management Response Agency
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Naval Research Labs
  • Smithsonian Institute

Representative Selection of the Region’s Colleges & Universities with Active Research & Development, Technology Transfer & Commercialization Programs

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Maryland
  • George Mason University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Government Agencies Responsible for Critical Technology Policies

  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Institutes of Standards and Technology