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Last week we launched the latest report in our Skift Research service, European Venture Investment Trends in the Travel Industry 2017 accompanied by our comprehensive Data Sheet: European Venture Capital Investment Landscape 2017.
Below is an excerpt from our Skift Research Report. Get the full report here to stay ahead of this trend.
Although Europe has been attracting a growing amount of venture capital (VC) over the past years it still remains a fraction of the capital flowing through the U.S. The allocation of capital within Europe has traditionally seen its epicenter in London, with Paris and Berlin fighting for second place.
In the U.S., roughly two thirds of VC money comes from endowments and pension plans, which are far less common, or don’t exist, in most European states. The lack of pension funds in Europe is a vast differentiator for the market, as pension funds are often considered ideal capital providers for VC where a return is usually achieved in the long term, something pension plans are capable of committing to. European pension funds manage roughly $4 trillion, meaning that even a minuscule percentage committed to VC could close the funding gap. Nevertheless, European pension funds still classify venture capital as a bad asset class.
Among the most active travel tech investors, named by CBInsights, most trace their origin back to the U.S. although some have local offices in Europe. Nevertheless, the travel companies in which they invest are spread throughout the world. Index Ventures traces its origins back to Europe, being founded out of Geneva in 1996 and operating out of London and San Francisco today. Caixa Capital Risc is based out of Barcelona and invests mostly in Spanish companies.
Seed and angel funding is harder to raise in Europe, particularly if the company is based outside of the traditional tech hubs. Although later stages could be considered less risky, Europeans alone are not able nor accustomed to fund companies with astronomic amounts. The larger the amount raised, the more likely it is that American VCs step in, particularly at the later funding stages.
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