For the past few years, the tech.eu team has been meticulously keeping track of all funding and M&A deals involving European technology companies. Today, we’re releasing our report on tech financing in Europe and Israel, offering a comprehensive look at the state of investments in European tech companies in Q4 and full calendar year 2017.
The report is available for purchase here for just £150 (approximately €171).
Below are the main take-aways from the report, with a breakdown of what you can expect to find in the full report. Follow us on Twitter, where we share interesting tidbits from our research.
As you can see, tech.eu tracked just south of 3,400 deals across Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel. All in all, European technology startups raised approximately €25 billion last year, more than ever, with ‘fintech’ and ‘health tech’ as the most popular verticals, alongside ‘food’, ‘transportation’ and ‘security’.
European tech companies thus raised €8.6 billion more in total annual funding last year compared to 2016, which was already a record year.
The most active investors in European technology firms were Bpifrance, Germany’s High-Tech Gründerfonds, and Kima Ventures (again).
Some highlights worth noting: the total number of deals went down slightly compared to 2016, but the investment volume has gone up across the board, particularly in the UK – where we tracked a 121% jump to €7.4 billion in investment volume compared to the previous year – and the two other major economies, Germany and France.
That means fewer deals but bigger round sizes, and particularly the late-stage growth financing rounds are ballooning: in 2016, there were 13 funding rounds higher than €100 million; in 2017, there were 27, a 108% increase. Seven UK-based startups raised over €200 million in 2017.
Also check out our exits report for 2017, which shows a notable decline in (disclosed) M&A transactions for European tech companies.
What else will you be able to learn from the full EU tech funding report for 2017?
– breakdowns of funding rounds per stage, country, quarter, vertical and size disclosure
– analysis of the top 20 funding rounds in 2017, top Series A rounds, etc.
– insights, medians and average of EU tech funding rounds per stage
– a deep look at the number of deals, and funding rounds sizes per geography
– an overview and analysis of the most active investors in European tech companies
– a detailed analysis of the UK, Germany, Sweden, France and Israel
– our informed predictions on the future of European tech funding