Italy's ecosystem for tech venture capital and startups has been in development for years and has made decent strides in the last decade. Will the coronavirus stymie their efforts?
Healthcare, business productivity and fintech startups have dominated the unicorn class of 2020 as an exponential rise in demand for services in these sectors during the coronavirus pandemic has changed VC investing trends.
Ryder's push to create its own venture fund is part of a broader trend among corporations who have used the epidemic in the U.S. as an opportunity to start investing in startups -- even as a large portion of the population struggles to find work.
The global recovery in venture capital activity did not miss Europe. European venture capital activity rose in Q3 2020, putting the continent on pace to set a new yearly record for aggregate VC activity.
As the pandemic accelerated plans to shift operations online, many startups wound up more popular than expected. Those tailwinds helped the venture capital world get back into its own game in a big way.
During a year when venture capital firms are chasing hyped software and artificial intelligence startups more than ever, Harvard University is joining MIT to invest in less-sexy -- and research heavy -- companies aiming to fix more existential problems.
In a concerning turn for commercial landlords hoping that tech companies will fill office buildings, Bill Gurley of Benchmark said an office is no longer a criteria for the startups that his venture capital firm funds.
Remember back in March when the VC game was done for the year, checkbooks were snapping shut and startup layoffs led the headlines? So much for all that. Q3's venture capital numbers are in and they are anything but weak.
The two continents enjoyed more venture capital investment into their local startups than in some time, underscoring that strong VC results the U.S. saw in the third quarter were not a fluke, but part of a broader trend.
<p>The scale of the project speaks to the confidence and ambition of the Helsinki startup ecosystem, which has grown immeasurably over the last 10-15 years.</p>