In 2015, the GSA region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) was responsible for €3.6 billion of Venture Capital invested through 374 deals. This yields not only the largest average deal size, but also Europe’s second largest share in terms of total Venture Capital investment. Only UK & Ireland outperform the GSA region with a total VC funding of €4.47 billion in 2014.
Overall, Europe saw a decline of Venture Capital activity in many areas when compared to 2014. Broken down by stage, the total number of deals in the GSA region decreased from 2014 by 36.1% in the angel/seed stage, by 17% in early stage and by 14.3% in late stage investments, which amounts to an average decrease of 22.5%. In UK & Ireland, where 855 VC deals were closed in 2015, the number of deals decreased by 39.7% compared to 2014.
But in the same time, the capital invested in the GSA region increased by 13% and even by 125% compared to the year 2011. Consequently, the deal sizes in investment rounds raised. Overall, the invested capital in the GSA region had an average annual growth of 25% in the last 5 years, while the average growth in UK & Ireland was 23%, in the Nordic region 20% and in France & Benelux 19%.
In a global perspective, the GSA region is responsible for 3.1% of total Venture Capital invested and 3% of total global Venture Capital deals closed. We are confident that this figure will even grow further as the GSA region offers great investing opportunities. Therefore, Venionaire Investment is focusing on this market region. Learn more about our aim of a new Venture Capital fund here.
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