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April 6, 2016

Startup Investment: Insights from 2015

The startup scene is booming - what else is new! Billions get invested into young companies each year, mainly through Venture Capital. But what gets spent exactly, and where does the money go? At the end of last year, EY published an insightful research report listing all the numbers and summing up what happened in 2015. Maybe that information is valuable for what we’re doing in 2016? We’ll give you a byte-sized lowdown.

Berlin is raking it in

In 2015, a total of 371 companies in Germany received Venture Capital. There were 205 new financing rounds in 2015, up by 85 % compared to 2014. Every second of those investments went to startups from Berlin. What does that mean in cold hard cash? Consider this: Over 3 billion Euros were spent on startups in Germany, of which 2.1 billion went to the scene in Berlin. Counting pennies, that’s a whopping 70% of all investments for the “poor” but sexy capital! Sorry, Paris, but all the love is up in here!

Which startups in Germany got the money?

The Top 5 VC-Recipients in Germany 2015 were Delivery Hero, Kreditech, Zencap (now Funding Circle), Food Panda and HelloFresh, in that order.

Let’s talk about Europe

Almost 12 billion Euro were poured into a total of 1433 investments in Europe in 2015. Of these, Germany gathered up 406. Hard facts comparing investments across European cities? Here’s the top seven:

  1. Berlin............2.145....(205)
  2. London.........1.773....(132)
  3. Stockholm.......992......(25)
  4. Paris................687......(94)
  5. Hamburg.........296......(28)
  6. Munich............206......(53)
  7. Zurich..............135......(24)

Investment amounts in million Euro (in brackets: number of financing rounds)

Which industries got all that money?

58% (ca. 1.8 bn €) of the total investment volume went to Consumer Services & Online Trade, followed by Finance Services & FinTech (ca. 600 m €). In million Euro:

 

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Investment amounts in million Euro (in brackets: number of financing rounds)

 

EY is currently running their Start-up-challenge accelerator at betahaus Berlin. Want to know which startups are participating? You can read about it here. Want to meet up with them?  EY Start-up-challenge has their headquarters in a private office on the second floor, right wing in the back. Knock & see if they're in!

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Article written by Robin

Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.


In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.



Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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