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Go4Venture: Research Roundup

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At the close of April, we saw a drop in the number and value of deals, however, May has arrived with a bang. There has been a flurry of investment activity, including numerous Mega (≥€100m) HTI transactions:

Others who have raised more than ≥€100m include Gigaclear (ultrafast fibre broadband provider to rural areas) and Kreditech (provider of consumer loans using a proprietary credit rating service). There will be more details to follow in our next research roundup.

Over the last two months we have been taking a deeper look at the Marketplaces sector, profiling some exciting Scaleups and attending some of the tech world’s most anticipated events. We also take a look at the first quarter of 2017 through the lens of our proprietary Headline Transactions Index (HTI) in this month’s research roundup.

Go4Venture Q1 2017 HTI report

The market was expected to decrease, similar to the decrease of Q1 2016 compared to Q1 2015. However, the market is in fact in acceleration mode and has been from September 2016 (see 2016 year end review).

Our Q1 2017 report based on our HTI data shows:

  1. There has been a recovery in the value of larger deals (≥€75m).
  2. Internet continues to be the main focus of most investors with Fintech and Marketplaces all the rage.
  3. Growing number of substantial Series A transactions: volume up 53% and average value up 8%
  4. Rise of ‘generalist’ investors: 6 more deals included at least one generalist investor (69% of total deals).
  5. Large Tech Investment in Europe being carried by the UK, Germany and France.

To read our commentary and download the Go4Venture Q1 2017 Report, click here.

European Online Marketplaces in Focus: where all the money is going

The growing trend to invest in Marketplaces (no-stock) is in stark contrast to how much we have seen investors fall out of favour with eCommerce (inventory risk).

Marketplaces have come out of the 2017 starting gates quickly as a driver behind some of the biggest funding rounds this year. More importantly it is doing this across a wide range of verticals with travel and fintech leading the way. In the 12 months up to February 2017, we saw 53 Marketplace investments over the €10m mark across 14 countries.

To read our commentary and download the Go4Venture Marketplaces in Focus blog, click here.

Innovate Finance Global Summit 2017: The world’s leading fintech conference

On 10th -11th April 2017, Go4Venture attended Innovate Finance’s Global Summit in Guildhall, host to a stunning array of speakers and exhibitioners. Innovate Finance is the world’s premier consortium of FinTech companies, many of which feature on the Go4Venture research platform.

Overall it was an inspiring and emboldening two days. Fintech is surging ahead, making a difference not just to core systems of the financial infrastructure but to individuals and small businesses. We look forward to putting out more focus pieces on the most impressive talks and exhibitors.

To read our commentary and download the Innovate Finance Global Summit 2017 blog, click here.

Rated Companies

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.

  • Rota (click to read): Rota provides a web and mobile app that helps companies primarily in the hospitality industry fill shift-based temporary staff positions quickly using its own data matching algorithm.
  • Pamono (click to read):  Pamono is a home and living Marketplace which specialises in distinctive design objects (avoiding run-of-the-mill or mass market items) including vintage and contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and crafts, and the stories behind them.

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The Go4Venture Team

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