FOR EUROPEAN INNOVATION.
Creating impact requires true venture capital and paying customers.
some observations since 2013
The HIGHTECH VENTURE DAYS Program is working
15% of ventures participating fostered their successful funding and business partnerships here. Come back for more!
Europe is growing its innovation landscape and „BUBBLES“ are the least of our problems
We saw an increase of more than 70% in exit-volume by tech ventures in 2015, and it is still an early-exit market, both in terms of time to exit and valuation. As the European venture capital scene develops rapidly, valuations remain still much below valuations seen in the last 2-3 years in the US and in Asia. And so does cost of living…Mr. Trump.
High-tech is thriving and diversifying:
Gravitation to economically strongholds and hubs:
For high-tech startups, accessing capital is as essential as the presence of regional ecosystems of large pools of talent. Ventures are moving from Southern Europe into established ecosystems and hubs in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. A trend well understood - newcomers such as Lisbon, Madrid, Copenhagen and Dresden will be the ones to watch over the coming years.
BA and CVC investments have strongly increased:
By 2016, BA investments had grown to well beyond 6 bn €. In Q2/2016, every fifth funding deal closed with a participation by CVC and over the last 2 years, about 60% of European corporates invested into a young tech venture. Having said this, we are still observing extraordinary long decision time and processes to get there…
All together now:
All actors within the European innovation ecosystem need to be aware of the importance of startups for the regional economic power and should work even more closely together. Society plays a decisive role in shaping a founder-friendly startup culture in Europe. Intensive entrepreneurship education and training, and bringing European hubs closer together will provide a long-term opportunity to market our joint competence more actively, will keep Europe innovative and the fear of “the Asian Hordes” at bay.
A manifested trend towards faster fundraising would be more evidence of an improvement in capital sourcing. BAs, VCs, CVCs, FOs, investing SME and Governments need to continue to improve the funding environment and close funding gaps fast. Unlocking female entrepreneurial and investment powers at a time when shortage of skilled labor hovers across strong economies, remains a must. There remain many challenges and opportunities to shape the world as we go along. What a wonderful reason to meet again soon, in October, at the HIGHTECH VENTURE DAYS 2017.
What we do to strengthen invention based venturing in Europe
... fast access to urgently needed capital for promising high-tech ventures
... tech-ventures and innovators with strategic partners
... international visibility for European Hightech-Ecosystems
The people behind the scenes
The HighTech Startbahn supports young companies from the high-tech sector in developing and expanding their business by actively arranging contacts with investors, mentors, industrial partners and service providers. In addition to event formats that facilitate the mutual exchange of experiences, the focal points of work are the establishment of a lively start-up scene, coaching and consulting, as well as fundraising, company building and corporate growth of these high-tech companies. Investors and industrial companies are supported by CVC Services, Scouting, Screening and Project Development in Portfolio Building and Innovation Management.