Venture Capital investment into European companies increased in Q4 in comparison to Q3 2016 and the same quarter year prior. This is according to Dow Jones European Venture Capital Report that described Q4 as a “rebound”.
Dow Jones tallied 19 European venture capital funds raising €1.60 billion during 4Q 2016. Compared with 3Q 2016, total capital raised experienced a slight increase, while the number of fund closings decreased by 21%. Scottish Equity Partners was the largest raise in Q4 at £307 million.
European companies raised around €2.93 billion from 539 deals during the 4th quarter, a 35% increase in the amount raised as well as a 9% rise in the number of deals when compared to the previous quarter. Information Technology was the strongest sector collecting about €866 million.
The UK continued to be the favorite country for investment. VC equity capital went to 122 deals totaling €754 million in the UK. France came in second followed by Germany.
The top 5 European VC deals were:
- Sigfox SA (France) – €150 million
- Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd (UK) – €118 million
- Devialet SA (France) – €100 million
- Kymab Ltd (UK) – €94 million
- HelloFresh SE (Germany) – €85 million
The report is embedded below.
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