The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) has published a report – 2014 European Private Equity Activity. The report contains detailed statistics on European investments – from early-stage venture capital to large private equity firms and funds that are investing in IT infrastructures. For the first time, Ukraine has been included in the report. Learn more of what role Ukraine plays in the European venture capital market.
EVCA provides data on more than 1200 European private equity firms that covers 91% of the €548bn in capital which is under management in Europe.
Venture capital investments increased by 6% to €3.6bn. More than 3200 companies were venture-backed. Start-up stage investments represented the majority of venture capital activity by the amount (52%). Venture-backed companies in life-sciences (31%), communications (21%), and computer & consumer electronics (20%) attracted over 70% of the capital.
From 2010 to 2014 the amount of investments and the number of deals has changed as follows:
The lines on the pic show the number of companies that were invested in; the columns show the amount of the investments. Venture capital investments are marked in green, buyout investments – in blue, growth investments for companies – in light blue.
Below you can check-out the pic of European venture capital investments by industry:
Here are some more statistics on European venture capital investments, according to the amount of deals. Venture capital is divided into later-stage ventures, start-ups, and seeds investments:
But for us, some other figures are more interesting, while talking about Ukrainian’s role in the European venture capital market. For example, it’s a comparative assessment of investments and GDP. Below you can see two pics, where the data includes Ukrainian statistics. The first one – venture capital investments as % of GDP, and second one – all private equity investments as % of GDP:
If the Ukrainian IT market really interests you, then you can also check which programming languages were the most popular among Ukrainian developers in 2014 – http://blog.softheme.com/programming-languages-popularity-among-ukrainian-developers/