VC firm Atomico has researched the size of the late-stage funding gap in Europe

September 1, 2015

Our Q2 funding analysis discovered a gap between European funds being raised and capital being invested in Europe’s companies. Tom Wehmeier of Atomico shares his insights on this with us.


In our Q2 funding analysis, I touched upon the fact that the €3.47 billion that was raised by technology companies last quarter was significantly higher than the amount of money European venture capital funds raised in Q2 (€2 billion/$2.2 billion), demonstrating that Europe is still underserved in terms of venture capital available in Europe, while simultaneously showing that money from investors outside of Europe is clearly coming in, especially in the larger, later-stage rounds.

Spurred on by the point I raised, Tom Wehmeier, research lead at globally active VC firm Atomico, decided to look into this further, and subsequently shared his findings with me, presenting three key discoveries:

  • Early stage funding is aligned with the opportunity, later-stage funding is not

  • The shortfall between European VC funds being raised versus capital invested in Europe is increasing

  • Only 30% of rounds Series B and onwards in H1 2015 consisted of all European investors

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