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€90 billion in European VC-backed exits between 2014 and 2016. Is it enough?

Only a few years ago, many VCs wondered where the European exits were. But European tech has clearly come a long way. Between 2014 and 2016, Europe had 565 venture backed(1) exits totaling €90 billion in value. That’s €30 billion in VC backed exits on average each year. By number of deals, 2016 was a record with 254 VC-backed exits.

Is it enough to deliver adequate returns to venture capital? To find out, we looked at 1,571 European exits between 2014 and 2016, in combination with 10-year historic VC investment data.

European VC-backed exits report 2016

Note 1: venture backed or VC-backed exit = sale by company which raised venture capital during its development.