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Horizon 2020 using Dealroom to track 2,400 companies from its €3 billion SME Instrument portfolio

Written on September 10, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Business case – How to keep track of a €3 billion portfolio?

Horizon 2020 & SME Instrument – Horizon 2020 is a European Union funding programme to support and foster research and innovation. Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument is a €3 billion fund to support high-potential companies to develop “groundbreaking innovative products, services or processes”. The SME Instrument will help 7,500 companies to put their innovations onto the market, by the end of 2020.

Results so far – Since 2014, more than 2,400 SMEs were selected to receive funding (out of more than 31,000 applications) in 36 countries. Investments include well-known companies like Monese, Acast, SnappCar, Swap.com. The fund has already realised 11 exits. To learn more about the fund’s achievements, read the full SME Instrument Impact Report or just check the highlights presentation.

Dealroom.co – Since early 2017, Dealroom provides the SME Instrument team with research and online tools to analyse and track its 2,400 investments. Some of that information is available to you on Dealroom. Click on the image below to explore SME Instrument’s entire portfolio in list view or grid view (pro tip: in grid view, use the top-right menu to pivot different viewpoints).

Identify high-growth companies and trends in Europe using real-time data

Written on August 25, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Dealroom tracks the growth performance of over 500,000 companies globally, from seed to (very) late stage. In addition to funding and news, Dealroom tracks real-time growth signals (user engagement and employee growth). The report available below is an initial exploration into growth performance across Europe by country, industry, funding and growth stage.

Download report: Comparing growth performance across Europe

Growth performance by country, industry, funding and growth stage

Sometimes it’s useful (and fun) to crunch data without a specific end-goal in mind. This is exactly what we did here. Hence, this report is not yet conclusive but meant to lay the groundwork for more analysis on real-time growth signals going forward. If you’d like us to pursue a specific angle here, please let us know!

Dealroom’s Growth Rank explained

As explained in this previous post, Dealroom tracks the growth performance of over 500,000 companies globally, from seed to (very) late stage. Companies are ranked by growth based on:

  • Estimated website visit from SimilarWeb
  • App store downloads (iOS/Android, via PrioriData)
  • Social media engagement
  • Employee growth (new!)

The growth ranks are based on an algorithm which takes into account growth during the last 6 and 12 months. Growth is adjusted for the base the company is growing from. Out of the 500K+ companies in Dealroom’s database, 220K companies are ranked. Each of those 220K companies has a unique rank (1st, 2nd, …) and is classified into growth percentiles: top 5%, top 10%, top 25% and top half. These growth filters can then be used in combination with other filters (industry, stage, ..) to compare peers and identify high performance companies.

To start using the growth filters, click the below image (or here):

Dealroom: the industry source of record for European tech

Written on August 21, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

More and more publications are recognising Dealroom as the industry standard for data, insights and identifying new trends in European tech: The Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, Les Echos, Reuters and many others have featured Dealroom data in 2017. Below is an overview of selected articles:

International

The New York Times on French tech and the launch of Station F

The Economist on the stunning rise of French Tech

Bloomberg on Station F: Francois Hollande Now Works Part-Time in a Mega Campus for Startups

Politico on UK VC funds being overtaken by European venture capital funds, post Brexit

Business Insider on Europe’s most prominent European VC investors

The Financial Times on the need for European scale up capital

The Financial Times on VC funding in France

The Financial Times on VC funding post Brexit

The Financial Times on European Unicorns

TechCrunch on Atomico’s State of European Tech 2016

Reuters on Eastern European tech

VentureBeat on now being the best time ever to be an entrepreneur in Europe

 

United Kingdom

The Independent on Eastern European Tech

Wired UK on the UK’s top investments

Wired UK on Europe leading the way in AI

Wired UK on Investments in London despite Brexit

Wired UK on State of European Tech report

Evening Standard on France overtaking UK in fundraising by Venture Capital funds

 

France

Les Echos on Europe as the gravitational center of Deep Tech

Les Echos on why French tech is opening its borders

Les Echos on France overtaking UK in fundraising by Venture Capital funds

La Tribune on France overtaking UK in fundraising by Venture Capital funds

Germany

Wired DE on Tech in Europe

Berlin Valley on the startup news of the week

 

Italy

Il Sole 24 Ore with multiple posts featuring Dealroom

Il Corriere De La Sera on startups in Italy

Il Corriere De La Sera on challenges of Italian Venture Capital

 

Spain

La Vanguardia on Europen Startups fund raising

La Vanguardia on Madrid versus Barcelona as startup capitals

 

Logos of news websites we have been featured in

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Number of active unique investors in Europe

Written on August 21, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Dealroom’s database contains over 17,500 investment funds and other professional investors. But how many of those are actively investing in European tech each year? We analysed Dealroom data to find out.

The number of unique active investors in European tech companies grew over 3x in the past 4-5 years, from 758 in 2012 to 2,484 so far in 2017.  That’s 31% annual growth. Growth was roughly similar across all investor types: funds, corporates, and “other” which includes angels, crowdfunding platforms and accelerators participating in rounds.

By comparison, the amount of venture capital invested and the number of VC rounds grew roughly 3.5x during the same period.

2017 is on track to accelerate growth in number of unique active investors. This acceleration is driven mostly by an increase in active angel investors in 2017. Dealroom estimates that for the full year 2017, the number of unique active investors could approach or even top 4,000.

Click below to open the mini slide-deck:

European VC funding: up, down or sideways?

Written on July 25, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Last week, Dealroom released its European venture capital report for Q2 2017. It showed a record €5.0 billion raised by European companies, and €5.6 billion when including Israel (download Dealroom’s full 2017 Q2 VC report). The chart below shows that the 50 or so largest rounds (out of more than 750 rounds) already accounted for nearly €3.5 billion in funding. The remaining 700 or so rounds bring the total to €5.0 billion, a record.

Subsequently, other reports came out by other vendors with a very different narrative. KPMG, for instance, released a global analysis of venture funding showing Q2 VC funding at only €3.5 billion in total (PDF) and said:

A fifth straight quarterly decline in deals volume, however, total VC investment in Europe remained strong as a result of a number of mega-deals. Three $100 million+ deals together accounted for $1 billion in European VC funding, including $502 million to London-based Improbable, $397 million to Berlin-based Auto1 Group, and $100 million to London-based GammaDelta Therapeutics.” (via Business Insider)

The following slide shows Dealroom Data and the KPMG data side-by-side. KPMG data shows the quarterly number of rounds would have roughly halved in the last 3 years, while total funding doubled. This would imply 300% growth of average deal-size. Dealroom data shows a roughly 50% increase in average deal size (which is still very significant).

This is despite the fact that Dealroom does not include most of the $397 million (€360 million) to Auto1 Group as it was largely debt funding from a consortium of investment banks. Also *not* included in Dealroom numbers are: secondary transactions (trading of existing shares), debt rounds, funding of outside tech companies (such as telecom) and companies that moved to the USA.

Interestingly, Q2 was also a record when excluding top-3 or top-10 rounds, as the following chart shows:

Dealroom data does show a decline in the number of rounds but only in the last two (not five) quarters (additional technicality: total of rounds in the last quarters might still go up, as seed rounds are often reported after a successful series-A raise).

The KPMG data has led some to pronounce that the bubble is deflating. How to interpret the Dealroom data then? Dealroom data demonstrates that investors are in fact betting on European tech companies at record pace. The outcome of these bets is to be determined years from now.

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 €3.3 billion Q1 2017, the previous record)

Download the full European 2017 Q2 venture capital report

32 pages of stats and key insights

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Dealroom’s Presentation from XXII ACCIÓ Investment Forum in Barcelona

Written on July 16, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

On July 6th, entrepreneurs and investors met at ACCIÓ’s XXII Investment Forum in Barcelona, Catalonia’s most important event on the field.

Over 700 people attended the event, including many prominent investors such as Index Ventures, Hoxton and many others. Read more about the event itself here. Dealroom’s founder Yoram Wijngaarde gave the keynote, titled “Is it morning in European tech?” which is available here:

Mobile app intelligence: partnership with Priori Data

Written on July 5, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

We’re very pleased to announce a new data partnership with Priori Data, the Berlin based provider of mobile app intelligence.

Here are a few simple example queries that are now possible:

Top 5% fastest growing apps at Series-A stage in Europe

Top 25% fastest growing apps in Berlin

Top 25% fastest growing apps in Europe without known VC funding

The App Growth Rank is a composite ranking calculated by Dealroom based on size-adjusted growth in cumulative app installs during the last 6 and 12 months. Each individual company profile (such as Telegram) provides the underlying data used (iOS and Android).

At the bottom of each chart, a link is provided to the relevant Priori Data app page for further information.

Start exploring App Growth Rankings

 

About this partnership

Dealroom aggregates various growth signals to identify rising stars, to rank & sort results, and to benchmark peers and competitors. Until now, these growth signals primarily depended on website visitors, social media engagement and funding momentum. Being able to tap into app store data has always been high on our wish-list.

After an initial trial period with Priori Data (with outstanding results), we came away extremely impressed with the team and the data. For Dealroom, this partnership is another big step in overall comprehensiveness and value proposition.

If you would like to learn more about how the combination of this data can assist you, please contact [email protected]

About Priori Data

Priori Data offers a powerful market intelligence platform that enables companies to build long-term winning strategies in the mobile app market.

Utilizing a partner-first approach, Priori Data offers best-in-class data to provide a comprehensive picture of global consumer behavior with mobile apps.

Priori Data’s products give users the ability to track, benchmark, and research the performance of any relevant mobile app or publisher, delivering critical competitive intelligence and market insights.

With modular pricing and unparalleled service, Priori Data builds long-term relationships with the most ambitious companies on their path to mobile market success.

For more information, please visit prioridata.com

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.