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European Venture Report

Q1 2020

European Venture Report

April 22, 2020

European Venture Report
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Note: This is an older edition from this report series. Here is a link to the most recent edition of the European Venture Report.

European venture activity started 2020 strong, registering the fourth-strongest quarter ever in terms of capital invested across the entire continent. However, after a string of records set and nearly a decade of steady growth in multiple investment metrics, PitchBook research analysts expect dealmaking to slow considerably as the repercussions of COVID-19 sweep the globe. Highly valued, mature startups' growth is likely to taper; slowing exits are likely to diminish even further volatility in public markets continues; and especially given recently strong fundraising tallies, venture firms will press pause on efforts to close on more capital for now, waiting for volatility to abate. The full report breaks down each of these trends in more detail, including spotlights on corporate venturing and healthcare venture investment, which could prove more resilient than others.