10 Dec 2020   |   News byte

EU tech investment holds up under the impact of COVID-19 pandemic


Atomico News Byte

European tech investment did not collapse under the weight of the COVID-19 crisis, a report from Atomico shows. Instead, Europe seems to have benefited from going online.

Disclosed investments in EU technology are in line to reach $34.9 billion in 2020, with the expectation that a record of $41 billion will be hit when data from all funding rounds is collated.

That will exceed the $38.6 billion invested in 2019, when there were almost 180 companies valued at $1 billion or more.

Atomico’s report shows institutional investors are putting three more times money into EU tech companies than five years ago.

EU governments played a part in helping European start-ups get through the COVID-19 crisis, investing $11 billion in relief funds. But more help is needed according to Atomico, as only 20 per cent of start-ups founder and investors say their voices and concerns have been heard by EU policymakers.

International investment in EU tech held up, with US investors participating in a record number of funding rounds.

“I've seen a complete 180 [about turn] when it comes to [US investors'] attitudes. As long as founders have a global mindset, they actively are looking to invest in Europe. Besides, on Zoom, nobody knows you're a European.” said Robert Gaal, co-founder of Cooper, a social media site for professionals and member of Atomico’s angel network.

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