Top 20 investors in Western Europe that took part in the most Early funding rounds in Software industry over the recent years

Top 20 investors in Western Europe that took part in the most Early funding rounds in Software industry over the recent years

Intro

The top 20 investors according to the total amount of funding rounds. These are VC funds and corporate investors in Western Europe that have invested in Early stage over the last 4 years. They are actively investing in Software industry.
Software develops, maintains, and publishes software used by people and companies. It includes internet and consumer software, operating systems, and desktop apps, as well as gamification, automation, and SaaS.

Amount of Early funding rounds is 2229, which is 29.7% of the total amount of rounds in the Software industry in Western Europe over the last 4 years.

Top 20 investors in Western Europe that took part in the most Early funding rounds in Software industry over the recent years
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Key takeaways

  • Funds Geography – The most common country among top VCs is The United Kingdom which hosts 7 funds. There are also funds from Germany, France and Sweden. The most common city is London which is home to 7 funds. There are also funds from Paris, Berlin and Stockholm. VCs tend to invest in startups from The United States, but also invest in startups from The United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden. For the majority of the funds, the country of the funds’ establishment and the country of their most frequent investments coincide.
  • Industry Focus – The funds’ most common field for investments is Finance. They also invest in Business Development, Gamification and Autonomous Vehicles.
  • Important Years – The oldest fund in the sample was founded in 1969 and the newest one in 2016. In 1997 the most amount of funds were founded. VCs in the sample made the most deals in the period from 2013 to 2020. For some funds, 2020 was the year with the most amount of deals. The biggest amount of successful exits happened between 2012 and 2021 years. For some funds, 2019 became the year with the most successful exits.
  • Investments – Usually VCs take part in 2 funding rounds per year, sometimes in 13 – 24. The minimum number of funding rounds for VCs in the sample is 75, the maximum is 597. Average number of funding rounds is 252.2 while median is 210.5. Minimum amount of lead investments for funds is 14 and maximum is 167. Average amount of lead investments is 68.7 while median is 54.0. The most common amount of lead investments is 132. Index of difference in percentage points of lead investments from the average is between -28.69 and 13.38 for funds in the sample. The average value for this difference is -5.88 and the median is -7.21. It means that these funds act as lead investors less often than other funds.
  • Typical Rounds – Funds participate in rounds with 4 – 5 or 3 – 4 investors The most common round size for VCs in the sample is 100-500 million. Less common range is 10 – 50 million. A Funds’ average multiplicator for portfolio companies at the last known valuation is close to zero at minimum and 12.31 at maximum. Average value for this multiplicator is 4.13 and median is 3.17. The most common multiplicator value is close to zero.
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