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VC analysis 2011: France keeps pole position, Germany edges out UK

22 February 2012 12:00
By Niels Valkering

French VC deal flow surged in 2010 when the country overtook long-time European frontrunner the UK. In 2011 France held on to its first place by slightly increasing its tally with 3 deals to a total of 263. This represents 23% of the total number of investments raised in Europe in 2011 (22% in 2010). Germany jumped up from 236 deals in 2010 (20%) to 247 deals in 2011 (21%). It swapped ranks with the UK, which plummeted from 251 deals in 2010 (21%) to 225 in 2011 (19% of the total).

The UK still tops the country ranking for total amount raised. In 2011 a total of €1.2 billion was poured in UK tech companies, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year. German companies raised a total amount of €1.1 billion, also an increase of 9% compared to 2010. France ranks third for amount raised with a total of €676 million, down 34% on 2010.

Following the traditional top 3 at a distance are Israel (retaining fourth place with 72 tech deals, 2 more than 2010) and The Netherlands (again fifth with 69 deals, down 2 on 2010). Spain jumped up three places to take sixth position in 2011, almost doubling its deal activity to 61 deals. Sweden dropped one place and 7 deals with a total of 51 tech investments in 2011.

Of the top 10 in 2011, 4 countries showed most investments in Internet companies: Germany (a whopping 45% of all German tech deals), France (35%), Spain (30%), and UK (24%). 2 countries reported most deal activity in the Biotechnology & Healthcare sector: Switzerland (an impressive 50% of all deals) and Israel (35%).Software investments were most popular in Ireland (31%) and The Netherlands (30%), while Norwegian deal activity focused on both Software and Energy-related companies (29% each).

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