European VC firms raised more than €2 billion in Q2 2015, an increase of 30% compared to last year

According to data from Dow Jones VentureSource, European VC firms have raised a total of 2 billion euros (approximately $2.2 billion) in the second quarter of this year, which is twice more than in Q1 2015, and up 30% compared to the same period last year.

Largely responsible for the increase is the influx of new venture capital firms setting up shop in Europe (but mostly in London), the Wall Street Journal correctly points out (see links below).

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