Europe is witnessing the rise of entrepreneur-led investing
Founder-funder angel investment transactions per year1 # of startups funded by entrepreneur-led VCs per year2
SLUSH & ATOMICO | The State of European Tech43
Founder-funder transactions per year and # of European startups funded by entrepreneur-led VCs*
Note 1: Unique investments into European companies by European angel investors that have previously founded and built their own
European technology company. One round per investor per company included only. Excludes founders that have founded institutional VCs.
Note 2: Number of European technology companies funded by entrepreneur-led European institutional VC funds. Includes any fund where
at least one of the Founding Partners of the fund has previously founded and built a European technology company.
Source: CrunchBase, *Technology investments only. Excludes Israel. 2015 YTD based on 9M to September 2015
2014 2015 YTD201320122011
“It's easier to start a company than ever, but scaling to become a global winner is still very hard. We know
what that feels like as an entrepreneur, and we learned a lot of lessons from scaling Skype about what to
do and what not to do. Rather than trying to create one more successful company, we thought we could
have more impact by helping an entire generation of European founders build the Skypes of tomorrow.”
Niklas Zennström, Atomico
# of startups# of deals