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  • Value of VC funds raised in Europe surges 143% in 5 years hitting $49B in 2020, highest in a decade

    Published on February 5, 2021

    Data presented by Buy Shares indicates the value of funds raised by venture capitalists in Europe surged by 147.78% between 2016 and 2020.

    2020 records the highest value in a decade 

    Last year recorded the highest value in a decade at $49 billion, a growth from 2019’s $42 billion. In 2018, the value was $33.01 billion representing a growth of 27.9% from $25.85 billion recorded in 2017.

    As of 2016, the value was at $20.10 billion. Over the last decade, the lowest value of funds raised by venture capitalists was $4.20 billion in 2010.

    The Buy Shares analysis explained the European VC ecosystem amid the pandemic. According to the research report:

    “The record value amid the pandemic points to resilience and independence of the maturing VC ecosystem in Europe. Coincidentally, in the last five years, maturation has been a key theme under the European venture capital scene. Startups have attracted larger rounds across the board, pushing up the median round size and pre-money valuation. The increased capital helped Europe set new records for fundraising, deal value, and international and nontraditional investor participation. “

    The report also highlights the top ten countries by the value of VC investments in Europe in 2020. The United Kingdom ranks first at $16.18 billion. Germany’s investment ranks second at $7.55 billion. France is third with an investment value of $6.71 billion followed by Sweden at $3.48 billion. The Netherlands is fifth at $2.16 billion.

    Other top countries leading in VC investments include Switzerland ($2.16 billion), Finland ($1.20 billion), Ireland ($1.14 billion), Belgium ($1.02 billion), and Spain ($0.95 billion).