In September 2018, together with Crunchbase, we published our Tech Startup M&As: 2018 Report, shedding some light over the main global M&A market trends. We’ve tracked about 22,000 startup exits worldwide, for a total deal value of about $1.2 trillion. After a strong increase in the 2016-2017 timeframe, we recorded a consolidation of both the number of global exits and deal value.
The Spanish ecosystem ranks 5th in Europe in terms of the number of scaleups, and 6th in the capital raised. As a consolation prize, it ranks first among the Southern European countries. The gap with the UK, France, and Germany is simply too broad to be bridged. But the preliminary numbers of 2018 shows that Spain is also going slower than the most immediate comparables, Switzerland and Sweden. In particular regarding the capital invested where Spain is still lagging behind the most advanced ecosystems. What’s needed to make a substantial step forward?
During the 2018 edition of SEC2SV European Innovation Day, we organized a Workshop on GDPR/Data Privacy. 48 participants from the US and Europe joined a three-hour hands-on session to share experience and develop a common understanding in two interrelated areas: where we are in global privacy regulation and what technology companies can do to respond to the growing awareness for data protection as well as to the diverging legislative approaches from regulators in Europe, the United States and other markets.
Innovation is key to sustained corporate success. Innovative firms grow twice as fast, both in employment and sales, as firms that fail to innovate. However, European companies spend less on innovation than their competitors.
Our research shows that 67% of the European scaleups are located around one or maximum two cities per country. That means that the innovation economy in Europe is heavily concentrated in about 50 main hubs, while all the other cities and municipalities - that have been the backbone of the European economy traditionally - face the risk to be increasingly marginalized.