U.S. investors are coming into later-stage funding rounds to help get a stake in some of Europe's most exciting tech companies, and it could also be a sign that Silicon Valley is too expensive.
Europe's startup scene has long existed in the shadow of Silicon Valley, which has gone unchallenged as the world's number one startup ecosystem. The balance is tentatively starting to shift, with a plethora of new and exciting tech hubs rising up all across Europe, and global trends finally shifting.
Research from campaign group Diversity VC has found that representation of women at the top of the UK's venture capital industry has remained static since 2017, with women accounting for just 13% of senior-level roles.
The EF hypothesis sounds simple: get enough smart and motivated people together in a cohort and give them the opportunity (time, access to funds, etc.) to start businesses together and some of them will succeed... bigly.
Investments that help women and girls has surged to a record high in the past year and is on the cusp of going mainstream. There are signs that business is increasingly open to so-called "gender lens investing."
Proportunity, a London-based startup and Entrepreneur First alumni, wants to help first-time buyers get on the property ladder earlier or purchase a home more to their liking. The company, which recently became an FCA authorized mortgage lender, uses machine learning to accurately forecast future house prices and the areas of London that will see the highest growth in the next few years.
Some of Europe's biggest venture capital firms are buying into sales of new virtual coins or asking their investors to give them the freedom to do so, in a sign of mainstream investor backing for the booming but controversial crowd-funding tool.
European pension funds are among a $1T-strong group of institutional investors calling on companies to set greenhouse gas emission targets that will help achieve the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change.
Hoping to give Europe’s surging startup ecosystem a shot of adrenaline, the European Union announced the creation of a massive new fund-of-funds program dubbed VentureEU.