interesting article by 1000startupseu prompted by a set of workshops run by the European Commission workshop about financing startups in EU and how to build startups that scale.

these are among the issues the come up

  • 28 markets in the EU versus 1 in the USA
  • not enough successful startup stories in the EU that have earned a lot of money for their investors. Money will go where money will grow
  • Risk aversion – much bigger market risk -> bigger risk for everybody in a chain, from entrepreneurs to investors.
  • Small valuations
  • No exits for startups made by the EU corporates
  • Corporates don’t buy from startups in the EU

They do list some suggestions to help encourage EU cross-boder seed / angel investing based on EU grants that are worth reading also.