In the past ten years, six key things have matured the European ecosystem:
We covered these six points in more detail in the article Bringing it all back home: How Silicon Valley veterans are transforming European tech published earlier this year.
Why we're welcoming the ex-Silicon Valley Community in Europe
Today's European technology ecosystem —by the numbers (this article)
Our research into European founders' Silicon Valley experience
Ex-Silicon Valley tech leaders in Europe — the stories
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Since 2014, Europe has seen more tech IPOs than the US – and twice as many as in both 2016 and 2017
According to Dealroom.co, there are at least 154 tech companies valued at over $1Bn across the continent (including those privately held and publicly listed).
76 of those tech companies are publicly traded, some of them never having gone through any institutional venture capital funding stages.
Spotify was the biggest IPO of any VC-backed company anywhere, since Jan-2017, raising $9.24Bn. Overall European based VC-backed tech startups are having a better exit year IPO-wise than the US. There were 24 exits in Europe, compared to 22 in the US, with higher amounts raised at IPO and higher aggregate market cap.
See the Dealroom.co data on Unicorns and Big Exits in Europe.
|IPO Date||Raised at IPO||Market Cap 17th October 2018|
|Adyen||13 June 2018||$991.33M||$17.15Bn|
|Farfetch||21 Sep 2018||$884.87M||$7.41Bn|
|Spotify||3 Apr 2018||$9.24Bn||$29.20Bn|
See more data: GP Bullhound Titans of Tech — Europe Comes of Age
It’s a commonly held belief that there simply isn’t the quantity of funding available in Europe as in the Valley. Today, this is true.
However, let’s look at the journey Europe is on.
There is simply much more capital available today, with more startups benefitting from that capital.
However, while the availability of funding has increased dramatically in Europe, the region still has a long way to go to catch up to the United States and Asia. Where companies in Asia and the United States are regularly valued at over $50Bn, and raise an average of $7.5Bn to realise their vision, European startups at five times less at their disposal.
Europe has many excellent university producing hundreds of bright new graduates every year. Many more talented individuals immigrate to Europe from other regions. Our research confirmed that talent is widely considered by founders to be Europe's most valuable asset.
The challenge European startups face is not talent scarcity but shortage of scale up experience. As our Head of Talent, Kiana Sharifi, writes here, "It is knowing how to attract talent and scale teams quickly while maintaining a high bar. A kind of hypergrowth muscle memory that comes from having hired and managed teams under pressure."
We believe that an infusion of scale up experience could be a powerful growth catalyst for European startups. Read more about why here.
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