This summer I was invited to attend the European Venture Market in Berlin. My major takeaways from the event:
- Confidence in the European venture market seems to be growing, although many participants still cite best practices from the US.
- Virtual reality has progressed towards industry-ready use cases in consumer research and smart factories.
- The Blockchain revolution is coming. Financial services providers and central banks beware!
- Corporate-Startup partnerships with the goal to “learn” “innovation” is in fever pitch in Berlin at the moment.
- A more diverse investor ecosystem – from very well known investors, to niche investors and corporate investors. Although more diverse does not extend to those who control the capital – the Berlin circle that controls the capital is still tight knit.
- The German government seems to slowly be realizing the urgent need for early stage financing. BAFA announced their grant for angel investors – Zuschuss für Wägniskapital
- Some of the more pioneering (and capital intensive) ideas were still advised to look towards Sillicon Valley.
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