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Record €5.6 billion raised by European & Israeli companies (download full 2017 Q2 VC report)

Written on July 16, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Following the release of preliminary Q2 figures on 2 July, the Full European 2017 Q2 venture capital report is now published. The conclusion remains: investors are betting on European tech companies at a record pace, investing €5.6 billion including Israel, or €5.0 billion excluding Israel. This figure excludes lending capital, buyouts, secondary transactions and debt.

Mega-rounds such as Farfetch and Improbable were key drivers behind this trend. However, even without these mega-rounds, this was one of the most active quarters ever by the amount of venture capital invested into European companies:

  • Excluding the 3 largest rounds: €4.4 billion (vs. in €3.9 billion Q1 2017, the previous record)
  • Excluding the 10 largest rounds: €3.5 billion (vs. in €3.0 billion Q3 2015, the previous record)

Download the full European 2017 Q2 venture capital report

32 pages of stats and key insights

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Sneak preview: record €5.5 billion raised by European & Israeli companies (slide-deck)

Written on July 2, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

UPDATE: the full 29 page Q2 venture capital report is now available here.

While we are still gathering data, it seems safe to say that, with more than €5.5 billion venture capital raised by European companies, this second quarter of 2017 sets an all-time record. This figure includes Israel, and excludes lending capital, buyouts, secondary transactions and debt (Auto1 Group’s €285m debt raise is excluded).

On Dealroom you can track venture capital trends in real-time. Click the image below (or here) to see the latest Q2 data with underlying rounds (or check out the funding heatmap).

The sharp growth in funding is partly driven by several mega-rounds that some would say don’t fit the traditional definition of venture (but then again, venture is evolving, just like the industries it invests in). However, even without these mega-rounds this was one of the most active quarters ever, as the following slide-deck shows.

Click on the below image or here to open the mini slide-deck:

UPDATE: the full 29 page Q2 venture capital report is now available here.

Final note: more funding basically means more bets are being placed. The outcome of these bets will become clear in the next 10 years (some much sooner). More funding isn’t necessarily always better (as opposed to, say, GDP, sales or profit, where more is generally better). Because of this, we try (but not always succeed!) to avoid terms like “strong quarter” or “great numbers” when funding is concerned.

UK tech: going stronger than ever in Q2 2017

Written on June 21, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Despite all the political upheaval, UK’s tech and venture capital are going stronger than ever in Q2 2017. And it is not just Improbable and Farfetch. A long-tail of smaller rounds all add up, as the below table shows (click on image).

The UK is followed by Germany and France, as the below heatmap shows (click image to open interactive heatmap):

Q2 is not over yet. In a few weeks we will release the full Q2 report with more details. Also see Dealroom’s Q1 venture capital report.

Finally Online: Europe’s 500 Most Prominent Venture Capital Investors

Written on June 7, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Back in April, Dealroom published a preliminary ranking of Europe’s 500 most prominent venture capital investors (see April post). The ranking has already been published by Business Insider, Corriere della Sera, and many others. Feedback and input was received from numerous VCs.

Now this ranking is finally online!

This means you can now search & filter the list by criteria such as location, industry experience, country experience, location. Here are just some examples of what is possible:

Over 10,500 investors were reviewed for this top ranking: funds, corporate investors, angels, accelerators and crowdfunding platforms. The rankings per country are as follows:

AllIndex VenturesHoltzbrinck VenturesBalderton CapitalNorthzoneLakestar
United KingdomIndex VenturesBalderton CapitalAtomicoDN CapitalGeneral Atlantic
GermanyHoltzbrinck VenturesRocket InternetHigh-Tech GründerfondsWellington PartnersActon Capital Partner
Israel83NorthCarmel VenturesPitango Venture CapitalJerusalem Venture PartnersOurCrowd
FranceOleg TscheltzoffIdInvestPartech Ventures360 Capital PartnersXavier Niel
SwedenNorthzoneCreandumIndustrifondenInvestment AB KinnevikVostok New Ventures
SwitzerlandLakestarRedalpineNovartis Venture FundSwisscom VenturesRingier
SpainNauta CapitalCaixa Capital RiscYsios CapitalCabiedes & PartnersJose Marin
IrelandEnterprise IrelandAtlantic BridgeKernel CapitalAIB Seed Capital FundDelta Partners
NetherlandsNewion InvestmentsEndeit CapitalPrime VenturesINKEF CapitalArthur Kosten
FinlandNokia Growth PartnersLifeline Ventures OyInventureConor Ventures PartnerTekes
BelgiumGIMVHummingbird VenturesCapricorn Venture PartnersPMVFortino
ItalyInnogest CapitalP101United VenturesL-Venture GroupItalian Angels for Growth
NorwayVerdaneInvestinorSchibsted Media GroupAlliance VentureViking Venture
DenmarkSunstone CapitalSeed Capital DenmarkBonnierDanish Growth FundNovo A/S
AustriaSpeedinvestAustria Wirtschafts serviceRene GiretzlehnerAlfred LugerFlorian Gschwandtner
PolandMCI ManagementRTAventuresInnovation NestExperior Venture FundHedgehog Fund

All the received input and feedback from numerous venture capital firms has been reflected. But you can still provide us with info as we will keep updating the ranking regularly.

Below is an FAQ based on the questions we’ve received.

  1. How is the ranking calculated?
    The ranking is based on nine different indicators which look at: investment activity, current portfolio size and quality, and (successful) exits. See bottom of this blog post for more detail on the nine indicators.
  2. What is the goal of this ranking?
    The main goal is to make it easier to see which investors you should consider in various cases such as:
    – A founder looking for capital
    – An investor looking for co-investors
    – A corporate M&A team looking for VC portfolios to explore
    – An LP exploring and comparing different funds
    A secondary goal is to have a logical way to sort results. Dealroom counts over 6,500 tech investors active in Europe. After sorting by relevance, most circumstances require the dataroom to have a secondary way to sort results.
  3. How can I improve my ranking?
    Firstly, we need to make sure all data is up to date (check online here). You can contact us or you can register for free, claim your account and add data directly yourself or ask us to update. 
  4. How can I provide feedback on the methodology?
    We welcome feedback on methodology and will consider it carefully. You can write us here or reach out via Twitter.
  5. Why did you include corporate funds and rankings?
    We deliberately made the ranking as inclusive as possible, because the lines between investor types are blurring. If anything, angels and corporates are at a disadvantage. The list enables you to filter any way you like: to show investment funds only use this filter.
  6. Our fund is still new, so we are at a disadvantage
    Track-record is a key attribute for any investor’s standing in the world. The ranking wouldn’t be complete without measuring it. New funds are inherently at a disadvantage in this respect. However, Dealroom is contemplating another future ranking of first-time funds.
  7. Is the ranking based on Europe only?
    Emphasis is placed on European investments, activity and performance (see full methodology at the bottom). The location of the investor was not a factor, so the ranking includes many U.S. based investors.
  8. Investor X is a top performing fund. Why is it not ranked higher?
    The ranking is not a purely performance-based, but performance does play a big role. Firstly, information on investment returns is highly imperfect. Secondly, while performance is the most important measure for LPs, it is not the only thing that counts for many other stakeholders. For example, Scottish Equity Partners is a fund with an exceptional track-record, but happens to have been less active during the last year and therefore isn’t ranked as prominently as one might expect.

Ranking methodology

The ranking is based on the following nine indicators, each with equal weighting:

  1. Portfolio size in Europe = number of portfolio companies in Europe (incl. Israel), all time
  2. Number of rounds in last 12 months = number of rounds which investor participated in during last 12 months
  3. Deal size in last 12 months (€ millions) = total aggregate size of rounds which investor participated in during last 12 months
  4. Exit score  = number of exits relative to total portfolio, all time
  5. Exits number = number of exits, global
  6. Number of exits > €100 millions (total firm value, all time)
  7. Number of exits > €500 millions (total firm value, all time)
  8. Number of portfolio companies valued over €500 millions, all time
  9. Capital efficiency = total € amount of all exits relative to the € amount of capital invested (total of rounds which investor participated in, all time)

If you have any other questions, please contact us on Twitter.

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9-page report on the Dutch angel investing landscape in partnership with Angel Academy

Written on May 14, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

European angel investing has increased sharply in the first quarter of 2017, Dealroom data shows, in a 9-page report published jointly with Angel Academy. Funding rounds with at least one angel participating reached a value of €700 million, compared with €180 million in the first quarter of 2016. The number of such rounds quadrupled during the same period. Growth was strongest in the UK, France, Spain, and Sweden.

In the Netherlands however, angel investing has failed to catch up, according to Dealroom data (although limited disclosure of angel-backed rounds maybe partly to blame here). Given the importance of business angels in supporting new ventures in their earliest stages of development, it is important that the Netherlands develops and nurtures angel investing, by creating a favorable climate.

Jointly, Angel Academy (the Dutch Academy for private investors) and Dealroom published an initial 9-page overview of the Dutch angel investing landscape. Ohad Gilad from Angel Academy handed over the report personally to the Dutch minister of economic affairs Henk Kamp, who also announced a new €10 million government scheme to support angel investing.

As a next step, Dealroom and Angel Academy have begun development of an online overview of all active Angel Investors in the Netherlands. The objective is to provide startups with easier access to investors while at the same time providing better insights to business angels about attractive investment opportunities. A comprehensive ranking of Angel Investors will also be published to provide a clear overview of the most active and successful angel investors in the Netherlands.

Get the 9-page report here:

About Angel Academy:

The Angel Academy was founded in 2016 and is an initiative of the Keadyn Angel VC team. The purpose of the academy is for to promote angel investing, to connect angels and to educate.

  • Promote: Get more smart capital to angel rounds by making angel investing more popular
  • Connect: Stimulate angels to share knowledge and opportunities through, for instance, joined
    investment structures (syndicates)
  • Educate: Enable angels to learn from experienced investors and experts in various topics by
    organizing workshops and informal sessions

For more information about Angel Academy, please visit: www.angelacademy.nl or contact Martijn Don: [email protected]


Europe’s most active investors in Q1 2017 (featuring funds and corporates)

Written on April 23, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

These were the most active VC funds by number of rounds in Q1:

  1. Bpifrance
  2. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)
  3. Index Ventures
  4. Global Founders Capital
  5. Kima Ventures

On the corporate side, these were the most active:

  1. BNP Paribas
  2. Microsoft
  3. Rocket Internet SE
  4. Credit Mutuel Arkea
  5. Caisse d’Epargne

The downloadable 14-page Q1 2017 review which Dealroom released last week and is full of insights:

Corporate includes both corporate venturing and direct corporate balance sheet investment in VC rounds.

Download the full 14-page Q1 2017 VC report here

€4.5 billion raised by European companies in Q1 2017

Written on April 21, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Dealroom data shows that European companies raised €4.5 billion in Q1 2017 from 881 rounds (as usual, we include Israel). This was a very solid quarter by almost any measure.

The below 14 page slide-deck provides data-driven insights about the quarter:

The pages also reference additional underlying data on Dealroom.co.

For questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email or Twitter. If you like the pages, please share them! If you would like to use some of the underlying Excel for other presentations or research, please contact us for help.

French tech’s continued rise in 2017

Written on April 9, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

In the first quarter of 2017, France recorded over 200 VC rounds, which is an astounding number as the below image shows:

In the first quarter of 2017, France recorded over 200 VC rounds. Below image opens a data table containing all rounds, sorted by size:


Europe’s 500 most prominent venture capital investors

Written on April 5, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

UPDATE (8 June, 2017): the official ranking is Finally Online!

UPDATE (20 April, 2107): version 3 of the Google Sheet was just uploaded. In short: changes includes several data input/comments from VCs, and a slightly lower weighting to non-European track record.

Which are the VC investors in Europe to most reckon with? To co-invest with, or -as a founder- to seek out as investor? Dealroom created a data-driven list of the most prominent VC investors in Europe. What you can here is the preliminary ground work for a data-driven and fully-transparent ranking of venture capital investors active in Europe that will be released end of April. The sheet contains over 500 global VCs (in total we looked at over 6,500 VCs active in Europe).

The composite ranking (see column G) ranks VC investors who are active in Europe, based on nine different factors including the rate of activity and performance (exits and valuable portfolio companies). Before going further into the methodology, let’s start with the preliminary results:

European top-10:

  1. Index Ventures
  2. HV Holtzbrinck Ventures
  3. Northzone
  4. Lakestar
  5. Sequoia Capital (U.S.)
  6. Accel Partners
  7. Insight Venture Partners (U.S.)
  8. Rocket Internet SE
  9. Balderton Capital
  10. Oleg Tscheltzoff

UK top-5:

  1. Index Ventures
  2. Accel Partners
  3. Balderton Capital
  4. Atomico
  5. DN Capital

France top-5:

  1. Oleg Tscheltzoff
  2. IDInvest Partners
  3. Partech Ventures
  4. 360 Capital Partners
  5. Xavier Niel

Germany top-5:

  1. HV Holtzbrinck Ventures
  2. Rocket Internet SE
  3. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)
  4. Wellington Partners
  5. Acton Capital Partners

Netherlands top-5:

  1. Newion Investments
  2. Endeit Capital
  3. Prime Ventures
  4. INKEF Capital
  5. Arthur Kosten

Spain top-5:

  1. Nauta Capital
  2. Caixa Capital Risc
  3. Ysios Capital
  4. Cabiedes & Partners
  5. Jose Marin

Sweden top-5:

  1. Northzone
  2. Creandum
  3. Industrifonden
  4. Investment AB Kinnevik
  5. Verdane Capital

Italy top-5:

  1. Innogest Capital
  2. P101
  3. United Ventures
  4. LVenture Group
  5. Italian Angels for Growth

Israel top-5:

  1. 83North
  2. Carmel Ventures
  3. Pitango Venture Capital
  4. Jerusalem Venture Partners
  5. OurCrowd

Opportunity to comment on our data and methodology:

This is a draft version. The final version will be published at the end of April 2017. Dealroom is keen to hear your feedback on both the data and methodology. Based on your feedback, improvements will be implemented. End of April, an online version will be published where you can sort and filter the entire list. For example, you’ll be able to filter by industry expertise, location, stage focus (seed, series-A, B, …), type (angels, funds, PE, VC, CVC, accelerator), country experience and much more. That will also enable more “fair” rankings by grouping funds by stage, for example.

Are you not ranked where you expected to be? A few possible reasons:

  • You made investments which are not reflected in our database (we need both the company and the rounds’ dates)
  • You achieved exits which are not reflected in our database or we do not know the value is > €100M

Please look up your investor profile on https://app.dealroom.co and tell us if we missed anything via email or via the customer contact tool inside the app.

Note: Angel investors should also provide their feedback! We are soon launching an angel investor ranking, together with a soon-to-be-announced partner!

About the methodology:

The Google Sheet provides the full calculation of the composite rank. It looks at the following nine factors, each with equal weighting:

  1. PORTFOLIO SIZE IN EUROPE = number of portfolio companies in Europe (incl. Israel), all time
  2. ROUNDS NUMBER (12 MONTHS) = number of rounds which investor participated in during last 12 months
  3. DEAL VOLUME 12 MONTHS (EUR M) = total aggregate size of rounds which investor participated in during last 12 months
  4. EXIT SCORE = number of exits relative to total portfolio, all time
  5. EXITS NUMBER = number of exits
    EXITS TOTAL (EUR M) = total aggregate sum of exits in €M, all time
  6. NUMBER OF EXITS > 100M= number of exits above €100M value, all time
  7. NUMBER OF EXITS > 500M= number of exits above €500M value, all time
  8. NUMBER OF PORTFOLIO COMPANIES WITH VALUATION > 500M = number of portfolio companies >€500M, all time
  9. CAPITAL EFFICIENCY = total €M size all exits relative to amount of €M capital invested for rounds which investor participated in, all time

The final index is going to be a useful reference to find investors in each area of expertise and have an easy to use and sensible way to the sort data that is presented on Dealroom. We look forward to all your feedback!