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2018 has seen some strong wins for the European tech ecosystem and we are resoundingly optimistic and excited by the opportunity set we see emerging. There were several large IPOs in the region signalling that the sector is maturing while still generating opportunities to partner with emerging, disruptive companies that combine market leadership, multiplying network effects and data-driven approaches to create transformative businesses. Enhanced access to early growth capital is also a hugely positive market driver, enabling more companies to scale rapidly while still prioritising innovation.
I’m definitely more optimistic than 12 months ago. I think we’re seeing a marked shift in ambition in Europe, and crucially, that’s being matched at an investor level. What's more, the increased cost of living and hiring competition seem to have taken the blinkers off a lot of Valley-bound entrepreneurs. This can only benefit Europe.