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Venture capital fund managers now span the European continent. This means investors can access best-in-class funds from the Nordics to Central and Eastern Europe, and back dynamic businesses which are becoming the next wave of European and world leaders.
Invest Europe has worked long and hard to tackle the issue of scale in European venture capital. The pan-European fund of funds programme, seeded with €410 million of EU money, will give larger investors a new way into VC. But we should not expect the response to be immediate - steady growth in fundraising will be more sustainable for investors and fund managers alike.
We are seeing an increased appetite for investment in European technology companies coming from HNW families and family offices. Private investors, and especially multi-generational families with millennial family members, are increasingly looking to make impactful investments in tomorrow’s new enterprises and in ideas that could re-shape the future. The potential for very high financial returns isn’t always the major criteria driving allocations. The attractiveness of taking part in the fascinating world of today’s tech entrepreneurs and contributing to resolve global challenges plays a crucial role in investment decisions.