European Venture Market

Confidence in the European venture market seems to be growing, although many participants still cite best practices from the US. Corporate-Startup partnerships with the goal to „learn“ „innovation“ is in fever pitch in Berlin at the moment. A more diverse investor ecosystem – from very well known investors, to niche investors and corporate investors. Although more diverse does not extend to those who control the capital – the Berlin circle that controls the capital is still tight knit. The German government seems to slowly be realizing the urgent need for early stage financing. BAFA announced their grant for angel investors – Zuschuss für Wägniskapital.

This summer I was invited to attend the European Venture Market in Berlin. My major takeaways from the event:

  • Confidence in the European venture market seems to be growing, although many participants still cite best practices from the US.
  • Virtual reality has progressed towards industry-ready use cases in consumer research and smart factories.
  • The Blockchain revolution is coming. Financial services providers and central banks beware!
  • Corporate-Startup partnerships with the goal to „learn“ „innovation“ is in fever pitch in Berlin at the moment.
  • A more diverse investor ecosystem – from very well known investors, to niche investors and corporate investors. Although more diverse does not extend to those who control the capital – the Berlin circle that controls the capital is still tight knit.
  • The German government seems to slowly be realizing the urgent need for early stage financing. BAFA announced their grant for angel investors – Zuschuss für Wägniskapital
  • Some of the more pioneering (and capital intensive) ideas were still advised to look towards Sillicon Valley.

Big data and use cases are central to digitalization-ready business models. We help connect investors, corporations and non-profits to innovative hubs in Europe and the US. Contact Elizabeth Press at Elizabeth.Press@d3mlabs.de if you would would like to access innovation and create a winning and sustainable strategy for the digital era.

 

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