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Dealroom: The Most Active European Series A VCs That Invest Outside Their Country

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There seems to be enough pre-seed and seed funding throughout Central and Eastern Europe already. Not least, thanks to EU -backed early-stage funds that have been established in the past five years. Series A and later funding rounds, however, are still a challenge for many founders.

In its latest report, the intelligence platform Dealroom in collaboration with LocalGlobe gives an overview of the Series A landscape in Europe. Of course, London, Berlin, and Paris are the three hotspots where over two-thirds of all rounds of this size flow. But what about startups and scaleups that are headquartered somewhere else in Europe, and don’t necessarily want to move to one of the mega hubs where operational costs go bananas and talent market is exhausted? 

The old, the new and the mega Series A

There’s been a shift in the European Series A investment size in the past years, shows the report. Between 2014 and 2018 the number of Series A investments has doubled. Moreover, the size of the rounds has changed. New ($7-15m) and Mega (>$15m) Series A have become notably more common in Europe relatively to Old ($4-7m) Series A across most geographies and categories, reads the report.

The observation is based on almost 2.3k Series A rounds recorded between 2014 and 2018. Of those, 716 rounds were in the range of $4m-$15m and occurred around the fifth year since the company’s founding. Interestingly enough, for 681 of the companies, these were the first funding rounds ever. Does this mean that many companies in Europe already make it to Series A by bootstrapping? We don’t really have the data to confirm this and it would mean that close to one-third of European startups don’t need seed funding – what the majority of European investors seem to be offering. 

Outside the mega hubs

Here’s a list of the VCs that lead Series A rounds (invest at least 30% of the round) outside their countries. To make it all more convenient for fundraising founders, we dug deeper and added the focus of each of them to the table.

 

VC fund nameHQ% of qualifies Series A rounds outside of HQ countryfocus/ notable investments
NorthzoneLondon90%fintech, e-commerce, media, B2B SaaS, companies that take a mobile-first approach// Spotify, iZettle, Trustpilot, Avito, Klarna, Wallapop Lastminute.com, Pricerunner, NextGenTel, and Stepstone
Heartcore CapitalCopenhagen86%consumer only VC// Prezi, TravelPerk, GetYourGuide
DN CapitalLondon85%fintech, proptech, travel, digital health, enterprise software, digital media,eCommerce, online marketplaces// Shazam, Auto1, Purplebricks, Endeca, HomeToGo and Remitly
CreandumStockholm75%fast-growing technology companies within consumer, software and hardware industries// Spotify, iZettle, Billie, Bolt, Voi
EQT VenturesStockholm73%tech companies //Booking.com, Uber, King and Spotify
Earlybird Venture CapitalBerlin67%digital, AI, health tech// Fite, N26, Uber Cloud, UiPath
Accel PartnersLondon61%consumer, developer, security, marketplace, SaaS //Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Lookout Security, MoPub, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, Vox Media
Index VenturesLondon55%business services, fintech, infrastructure, entertainment //Adyen, Deliveroo, Dropbox, Farfetch, King, Slack and Supercell
AtomicoLondon54%new consumer technologies that have the potential to transform markets //Supercell, Graphcore, Omio, Klarna, Lilium, MessageBird, MasterClass
VentechParis50%B2B software, consumer, hardware, media, marketplace// Biovex, Jimubox
Balderton CapitalLondon48%fintech, AI, games (recent fund) //MySQL, Workable, Revolut
Mosaic VenturesLondon43%platforms, marketplace, SaaS; mobility &location services, machine intelligence, blochckain&crypto, finance 2.0, computational health// Tray, Blockchain, Nexar
e.venturesBerlin43%the intersection of consumer Internet, media and mobile: enterprise, fintech, marketing, media, food, telecom// Blinkist, Farfetch, Segment
PartechParis33%

enterprises and consumer, software, digital brands, services, hardware, deep tech //Hyperloop One, Commsignia, Bolt, Brandswatch

Notion CapitalLondon30%enterprise, marketing, fintech, HR tech// Tradeshift, NewVoiceMedia, Workable, Five AI
HV Holztbrink VenturesMunich27%digital, enterprise, fintech, fashion, marketing, home&living media, food// DeliveryHero, FlixBus, Zalando, Groupon, 
Idinvest PartnersParis26%digital, healthcare, smart city// Skrill, Ornikar, AM-Pharma
Octopus VenturesLondon21%future of health, the future of money, deep tech// Secret Escapes, Depop, Eve Sleep
AlvenParis15%consumer, data tech, SaaS// MailJet, Meero, Wynd
Source: Dealroom.co; The Journey to Series A in Europe; own research

 

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