The last eight years have brought steady VC investment into Central Europe, hitting a capital invested low mark of €616 million ($828 million) in 2009 and a high of €915 million ($1.23 billion) last year. Investors have seemingly pegged 2014 as the time to break that trend. So far, 117 VC firms—many from within the region—have already dropped almost €800 million ($1.08 billion) into Central European companies in 2014, according to the PitchBook Platform. Eight different investors have participated in four or more such deals so far this year, and all but one are headquartered in Germany. However, that isn’t to say that major firms from around the globe aren’t also active here. All five firms carrying AUMs over €3 billion ($4.03 billion) that have grabbed their piece of the Central European pie in 2014 are headquartered outside of the region.