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Number of investments in startups in Europe 2015-2019

The European startup scene declines in the second half of 2019, reaching less han 2,000 recorded investments in different cities across the continent. This followed after the highest number between 2015 and 2019, reaching a record value of 16.9 billion euros in the first six months of 2019. London, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm were particularly popular places for startup investment rounds. A startup is usually defined as a starting (group of) entrepreneur(s), but there are many different definitions of this term. For this specific ranking, the source mentions that it included startups that are less than ten years old. Exceptions were companies which did not mention their founding year, or which were officially listed as a startup despite passing the ten-year mark.

How many startups are there in Europe?

No numbers exist that cover the precise size of the European startup market. This might have to do with the mentioned difficulties surrounding the definition of what a startup exactly is, and that this potentially varies per European country. There are, however, certain indicators which might help. One could look at whether local entrepreneurs were involved in the early phases of a startup (i.e. after generating the first income from sales of products or services). This so-called TEA rate or early-stage entrepreneurial activity varied significantly in Europe in 2018, reaching 8.2 percent of the total population in the United Kingdom and five percent of Germany’s population.

The state of Fintech and blockchain in Europe

Fintech and blockchain are often connected with startups, but does this ring true for Europe? Traditional companies on the European continent also seem to be active on these two segments. This shows for example in the Fintech market size. As of the second quarter of 2019, investments into European Fintech companies were worth around four billion U.S. dollars. Note though, that these investments include venture capital, private equity as well as mergers and acquisitions. Another example of this can be seen when looking at which European companies own the most blockchain patents: as of July 2019, the list includes the likes of Siemens, Mastercard and Nokia.

Total number of investments in startups in Europe from 1st half of 2015 to 2nd half of 2019

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

H1 2015 to H2 2019

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