After a better than expected finish to 2016, there has been a flurry of investment activity to kick-off 2017. In this month’s investment roundup we look back at the last year through our Headline Transaction Index (HTI) Year End report and the Silverpeak Internet report, both of which provide really useful data and insightful commentary. And looking forward in 2017, we have been taking a deeper look at the fintech sector, profiling some exciting scaleups and talking with some great Investors.
Go4Venture 2016 HTI year end review
Against all expectations the European market has been accelerating since September 2016, after a slowdown at the beginning of the year. By value, the market did slow down but only due to a contraction in the value of larger deals (≥€75m). The market remains very active in the traditional European fundraising domain (€7.5m – €75m). A key trend is that the number and size of Series A rounds ≥€7.5m increased year-on-year.
To read our commentary and download the Go4Venture 2016 HTI year end review, click here.
European internet industry 2016: deal volume up, but deal value falls sharply
Financing of the European internet industry has continued to progress by deal volume, but declined in value in 2016, according to the latest European Internet Industry 2016 report released by our sponsors Silverpeak LLP and based on Go4Venture’s Headline Transaction Index (HTI) data.
To read Go4Venture’s commentary, click here.
European fintech in focus: fundamentals too strong
We took a deep look at the fintech sector this month, and the key finding: despite some challenges over the past year, the fundamentals in the sector are just to strong and many factors point to a healthy sector.
To read the Go4Venture fintech in focus blog, click here.
An interview with Partech Ventures
We spoke to Philippe Collombel to find out more about Partech Ventures, a regular, active investor in the European tech scene. We explore the DNA of this VC firm that makes it consistently successful in a rapidly moving global tech market.
To read the Partech interview, click here.
We recently published a number of Rated Company Profiles, with a detailed look at next generation high growth scaleup tech companies that we think are up and coming and meet our ‘Rated Companies’ criteria.
- Pockit (click to read): Pockit provides an online bank account to the unbanked, underserved, and low income consumers, addressing up to six million people who are currently excluded by high street banks in the UK.
- Yoyo Wallet (click to read): Yoyo Wallet provides a personalised mobile payment platform with loyalty programmes and marketing offerings delivered to consumers based on their buying patterns.
- cfinancials (click to read): cfinancials resolves the issue of transparency and reliable risk assessment for over 16 million global financial products.
- Skara (click to read): Skara is a new cross-platform AAA-rated combination of video games and novels offering a fantasy-world fast action multiplayer game suitable for competitive eSports, but still maintaining the soul of an RPG (role playing game).
The Go4Venture Team