“What’s wrong in Italy? It just moves too slow.”That was the blunt answer of Augusto Marietti during an interview a few years ago. Originally from Rome, Augusto is the CEO and co-founder of Kong (formerly known as Mashape), who just closed a $18 million round led by Andreessen Horowitz.
Mind the Bridge and Crunchbase (with the support of Orrick) have tracked over 15,500 startup exits worldwide since 2010 for a total value of about 1.3 trillion dollars. The US and Europe still control the majority of deals and capital (83%), with Silicon Valley running the show: the top 15 world acquirers are all US companies with 9 from Silicon Valley.
Open Innovation is just one word, but can be many things. From exposure to disruptive technologies to education and digital transformation, from startup acceleration to commercial engagement to startup investments and acquisitions. Not all of these are proven to be effective all the time.
The Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) annual mission, created and organized by Mind the Bridge as part of the Startup Europe Partnership initiative and co-organized with EIT Digital, brought together a group of entrepreneurs, investors, managers, and policy makers from both sides of the Atlantic in the Bay Area.
More and more European corporates have or are planning to set foot in the Bay Area. We tracked 49 large European corporations that have an innovation corporate outpost in Silicon Valley. And numbers are on the rise.
This brief report deep dives into startup-corporate collaboration in FinTech/financial sector and sheds light on what’s really happening behind the curtains. The sector talks notably about innovation need and collaboration with startups. Is it just a talk or is the sector truly walking the walk?
Europe is home to approximately 4,200 fast growing, high-tech companies that we refer to as “scaleups”. This distinction serves to separate this group from startups, i.e. to draw a line between early stage initiatives and real companies that are producing revenue and employment. If the count is restricted to only countries who are current members of the European Union, the number of scaleups goes down to 3,950 and the capital raised to $56B.
This SEP Monitor is a follow up to “Portugal Rising”, a report we published at the end of 2015, it gives an updated view of the ecosystem a year and a half down the line, and we are happy to
say the positive momentum has continued for Portugal. The scaleup scene in Portugal is extremely promising and gives hope to Southern Europe lagging scale-up ecosystems.