Dit is hoe ik Invest-NL zou inzetten voor startups 🚀

Deze maand gaat de nieuwe staatsinvesteringsbank Invest-NL van start. Er komt €2,5 miljard bij in een markt waar toch al aardig wat kapitaal voor tech bedrijven op de plank ligt. Zit Nederland hier op te wachten?

Ik denk dat er op hoofdlijnen een enorme kans is voor Invest-NL. Maar anders dan Wouter Bos denk ik dat die kans, naast grote projecten, zit in de startup fase i.p.v. in de €10–50M tickets (waar het al druk is).

Maar ja, hoe ga je efficiënt in startups investeren, zeker als je €2,5 miljard weg moet zetten? Dat is niet te doen. Of toch wel?

In deze blogpost legt Thomas uit hoe hij het aan zou pakken. Lees hem op ons Medium blog of discussieer mee op LinkedIn.

PODCAST – Inka Mero (Voima Ventures): ‘Deep tech startups are purpose-driven by default’ – Live at Slush

New podcast episode with Inka Mero of deep tech VC fund Voima Ventures (live at Slush)!

This was actually one of those conversations where I needed some time afterwards to process all the valuable insights I got from Inka.

Inka Mero is founder & managing partner at Voima Ventures, is a Finland-based €40M truly deep tech fund launched in the spring 2019.

Prior to Voima Ventures, Inka has been active as angel investor and VC, and has co-founded no less than 7 companies.

The episode is ‘only’ 12 minutes but wow, it’s dense! For sure a lot of valuable information in this podcast.

These are some takeaways of how Inka sees the future of venture capital in Europe:

  1. More purpose-driven venture capital, e.g. via deep tech investing
  2. More investors with entrepreneurial backgrounds
  3. New VC business models that support the long lifecycle of ‘tough tech’ companies
  4. Diversity in terms of gender ánd talent

Listen here:

Thank you so much Inka and good luck with the important work you do at Voima Ventures!

 

PODCAST – The Future of VC in Europe – Tuomas Kosonen (Inventure) & Alain le Loux (Cottonwood) – Live At Slush

🎙Second episode of the At The Money podcast – Live at Slush is online!

This time I had a conversation with high tech and deep tech investors Tuomas Kosonen (Inventure) and Alain le Loux (Cottonwood Technology Fund).

Inventure is a Nordic technology fund backing early-stage entrepreneurs. “Having our roots in Finland, we enjoy domains many don’t feel comfortable with, and make big bets on deep tech and scalable technologies.” Inventure is currently investing from their third 120M€ fund.

Cottonwood Technology Fund is an early-stage VC fund that invests both in Northern Europe & Southwest USA. Cottonwood’s investment approach and focus is on hard science, pre-seed, seed and early-stage funding.

🎧 Listen on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/at-the-money/live-at-slush-inventure-cottonwood

🎧Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3hycb6HBOv2A0deN45xskQ?si=H6aA6ukgSO-3niVPlBsyCQ

(and soon in all other podcast apps as well)

In this conversation we discuss (among other topics) how to invest in high tech and deep tech, how Europe becomes mature in terms of tech and venture capital (but is still behind US), and the risk of underfunding high tech companies.

Enjoy!

Want to know more about the Future of Venture Capital in Europe? Check our other (live at Slush) episodes in your favorite podcast app and follow our At The Money podcast!

Thanks to Novel-T, the startup generator and incubator at the University of Twente, for hosting this podcast recording.

PODCAST – The Future of VC in Europe – Oscar Westergård (Antler) & Andrew Macadam (Microsoft) – Live At Slush

🎙Very proud to launch our first At The Money podcast episode live at Slush!

We’re exploring the Future of Venture Capital in Europe by speaking to a number of leading venture capital investors and record their insights for the At The Money podcast during Slush.

In this first live podcast episode, we had the pleasure to speak with Oscar Westergård of Antler and Andrew Macadam of Microsoft for Startups.

At The Money podcast Live at Slush

Antler is world’s largest tech startup generator and invests in talent first. Microsoft for Startups is, as you guessed, Microsoft’s program to support startups to scale.

The discussion is (among other topics) about investing in diverse teams, scaling across Europe ánd globally, and data-driven venture capital.

🎧 Listen on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/at-the-money/live-at-slush-antler-microsoft

🎧Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3lR1RZhFU4bi8uDUaiyWfp?si=Yo9OLs15Qri6K_Qm1WkuSg

(and soon on all other podcast platforms)

Follow our At The Money podcast to receive notifications when new (live at Slush) episodes will be published.

Special thanks to Novel-T, the startup generator and incubator at the University of Twente, for hosting this podcast recording.

PODCAST Ives van Hoorne (CodeSandbox): ‘De mindset van Amerikaanse investeerders is compleet anders dan die van Europese’

Gisteren maakte CodeSandbox, een online code-editor startup uit Enschede, bekend $2,4 miljoen te hebben opgehaald bij Silicon Valley VC Kleiner Perkins, het Nederlandse Arches Capital en nog wat angel investors.

Ik sprak Ives en Bas ongeveer twee maanden hiervoor bij mij op kantoor in Utrecht (de podcast van dit gesprek staat hier) over o.a. hun ervaringen met fundraising aan beide kanten van de oceaan, het besluiten om te stoppen met de studie om vol overgave te gaan ondernemen en hun tweetrapsraket om van CodeSandbox een miljardenbedrijf te maken.

Een deel van het gesprek is hieronder weergegeven. Voor het hele gesprek verwijs ik je naar de At The Money podcast (ook beschikbaar op Spotify en binnenkort ook andere podcast apps).

Link naar artikel: https://medium.com/golden-egg-check/ives-van-hoorne-codesandbox-de-mindset-van-amerikaanse-investeerders-is-compleet-anders-a88c7e62d4a1

Link naar podcast op Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7uNIbzWgdGJcrwwguURryX

Podcast CodeSandbox Spotify

 

Serhat Elban (PESCHECK): “Ik praatte al op Rocket Internet niveau, terwijl ik nog geen euro kon omzetten”

Vanaf nu gaan wij elke maand in gesprek met een ondernemer die op het punt staat om groeikapitaal op te halen. Wij noemen deze startups en scale-ups ‘at the money’.

Het eerste At The Money-gesprek was met Serhat Elban en Qi Lin van PESCHECK (bekend van VOG-Aanvraag.nl), een scale-up uit Enschede.

Serhat vertelt o.a. over de lastige eerste fase van de onderneming:

“Je gaat naar lokale netwerkbijeenkomsten waar 15 tot 20 zelfstandigen komen. De één wordt een kapper, de ander begint een schoonmaakbedrijf. En ik heb een heel ambitieus plan om de wereld te veroveren.”

Startup & Scale-up Funding Analysis: What’s Hot in the Netherlands?

Last week, we wrote that Dutch tech startups and scale-ups raised close to €750 million in 2018 in part 1 of our funding analysis.

In our second article, we’ll look at what’s hot in the Netherlands:
🚀 What type of startups & scale-ups got funded?
💸 Who are the most active investors?
🤓 What university yielded the most funded spin-offs?
🔥 What city/ hub was on fire last year?

Spoiler alert: Amsterdam is the capital of venture capital. 😏

Read our article here:
https://medium.com/golden-egg-check/startup-scale-up-funding-analysis-whats-hot-in-the-netherlands-47a2ed4678b5

Order our Funding Analysis report and dataset here: https://goldeneggcheck.com/funding-analysis/

Startup & Scale-up Funding Analysis: Dutch tech companies raise €750 million in 2018

Dutch tech startups and scale-ups raised close to €750 million in venture capital in 2018, according to our analysis. This is almost €90 million more than in 2017.

Pretty interesting, but we found it even more interesting to look at the underlying patterns, such as: 

  • What are average seed, Series A, Series B etc. funding rounds? Are they going up or down?
  • How much capital was invested per category? What were the hottest topics in 2018?
  • Is the distribution of deal sizes different from 2017?
  • What are the best funded startup hubs?
  • What are most active venture capital investors?

In our new blogpost we’ll share our analysis about how and how much was invested last year in Dutch tech companies. Read it at https://medium.com/golden-egg-check/startup-scale-up-funding-analysis-dutch-tech-raise-750-million-in-2018-4d4d59eebafc

Order our Funding Analysis report and dataset here: https://goldeneggcheck.com/funding-analysis/