Since the start of 2010, VC investors have poured about $25.9 billion into companies headquartered in Western Europe, according to the PitchBook Platform, encompassing nearly 5,500 deals. From 2010 to 2013, the amount of capital invested each year remained rather consistent; aside from a dip (to $4.1B) in 2012, each year saw between $4.8 billion and $5.2 billion invested. In 2014, however, capital invested in Western Europe has exploded, already eclipsing $7 billion to date. That eruption, combined with the fact that deal flow in 2014 is on pace for a multi-year low, has led to a median deal size of $2.3 million—the high-water mark for the timeframe. Interestingly, while the region's IT sector accounts for the largest share of the capital invested since 2010 (29%), its portion of that capital has decreased each year (from 45% in '10 to 22% in '13).
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Top VC investors in Western Europe since 2010 and their investment counts: