European Tech Startup Funding to Fall to €45b in 2023

Total funding invested into European tech startups is projected to fall to €45 billion this year, down 55% from 2021, when investment volumes surpassed €100 billion for the first time, according to a report from venture capital firm Atomico.

The decline was mostly due to later-stage companies delaying fundraising, as well as a slower pace of deployment by investors, the report said. In 2022, capital invested in Europe was €82 billion.

Tom Wehmeier, a partner at Atomico, said, “some of the startups who raised large sums in 2021/early 2022 to hit their billion-euro valuation will see their valuations drop below the billion-euro mark. I expect to see more of this next year as those companies are likely to be running out of runway at this point, and will need to return to market in 2024 or 2025 to survive.”

Over the five-year period between 2018 and 2022, a total of 257 European tech companies reached a billion-euro valuation, including more than 150 in 2021 and 2022, according to Atomico.

However, Europe’s funding rounds will still be 18% higher compared with 2020, a year before the tech investment boom of 2021. In comparison, the United States, China and other countries are on track to land flat or below 2020 figures, the report said.

Wehmeier said, “when you consider how overheated those two years were, the fact we are up from 2020 suggests that Europe is heading in the right direction, especially since it is the only global region to be up since 2020.”

Atomico expects European early-stage startups to grow to over 66,000 from 41,000 in the next five years, and growth-stage startups – firms that have raised at least €20 million – to double to 8,000 in the same period.

Source: Reuters