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SeedBlink and Horvath Consulting have released an analysis of market trends, significant players, and the platform's influence in CEE and Europe.
Bucharest, December 21st, 2022: More than €100 billion have been invested in European tech startups so far in 2022, for the second year in a row, despite the recession, high inflation, and decline of fundraising rounds. The post-pandemic values are much higher than those of 2019 & 2020, showing an appetite for investing even in uncertain times.
Starting this year, 35% of European VCs focus more on social and environmental impact. 11 impact startups have become unicorns in 2022 out of a total of 31 up to now with the UK, France, Sweden, and Germany being home to 60% of all.
Currently, first-time unicorns are driving the success of the CEE ecosystems as they emerge in local startup communities and contribute to the public validation of the regional potential and founders willing to build something that matters. CEE is one of the fastest-growing regions for venture capital funding in Europe, regardless of all the challenges the region has recently faced.
"Europe is undergoing an accelerating digital transformation across all industries in all European countries. We see a growing interest in cross-border investment. European investors want geographic diversification, and we want to create a platform to help them do that," says Carmen Sebe, CEO of SeedBlink.
The most important investment trends in CEE:
SeedBlink, the co-investing platform for European tech startups, has mobilized €150 million in ambitious companies. For their 3 years anniversary, the pan-European investment alternative has released an Annual Report in collaboration with Horvath consulting, an analysis of market trends, key players, and the platform impact in CEE and Europe.
"We believe SeedBlink offers a great product that allows individual investors to benefit from the value created by tech startups. These startups are at the forefront of innovation and can bring new technologies, business models, and approaches to the market. Given our competencies, we are in a strong position to help SeedBlink and its community of investors and we are looking forward to 2023."
Constantin Pelehra, Senior Project Manager at Horváth & Partners Management Consultants
The biggest rounds raised this year on SeedBlink included Druid, Brio, Finqware from Romania, and CEE startups such as Alcatraz AI (Bulgaria), Brainhero (Austria), Hunch (Serbia), PD Neurotechnologies (Greece). In 2022, SeedBlink consolidated its infrastructure and expanded its presence in Central and Eastern Europe (opened offices in Bulgaria, and Greece) and Benelux (through the acquisition of Symbid). In Greece, SeedBlink mobilized €16.8 million while in Bulgaria the amount is €2.69 million.
SeedBlink is a tech-specialized venture investment platform that enables business leaders to fund top-tier European tech startups and scale-ups alongside established institutional investors. SeedBlink’s mission is to build an efficient investment infrastructure for individual and institutional investors to work together to fund innovative European technology companies.
SeedBlink Crowd SA is registered in the Register of the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), under number PJR28FSFPR/400001 as of 03.11.2022 and after, authorization passported in the EU.
Horváth, an independent German consultancy firm, with the aim of supporting investors with special reports, detailed analysis of the European tech investment ecosystem, and specific projects, providing better knowledge for decision-making. Horváth has offices in 8 countries and over 1,100 consultants with in-depth knowledge across different industries and top-level subject matter expertise in all company functions – with a focus on performance management and transformation. More info at https://www.horvath-partners.com/
PublishedDecember 21, 2022
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SeedBlink is a transparent solution that connects entrepreneurs with great business plans, with investors, at different stages in their development. It is a great tool for us, a democratization of access to funding, I would say.
We really loved the SeedBlink journey. We reached our fundraising goal within hours of launching. About 100 investors joined our vision and invested almost $2 million in FLOWX.AI through the Private Deal Room. At the same time, working with SeedBlink to prepare for the funding round was an excellent exercise for our entire team, and we received and felt the support from the SeedBlink team members who took on an advisory role.
SeedBlink made the (investment) process run smoothly. We appreciate all the support SeedBlink's professional team has provided.
Founder and CEO
It's important to look for and choose a platform that you resonate with, that shares your mission with, a platform & its people with which you feel you can have good working relationships. we got an excellent relationship going forward; we talked a lot and we were in touch on a lot of matters and I think this was important. Having people who believe in your idea is of great help.
Founder and CEO
Running the financing round was like any other fundraising; we had to be active in our community as well as in SeedBlink's investor community. After the launch, everything happened very quickly, and SeedBlink organized several pitch events for investors, which we found very useful for the round momentum.
Founder and CEO
We immediately clicked with the SeedBlink team as their fundraising expertise was immediately obvious and their no-nonsense approach really appealed to us. After all, fundraising is only a means to an end, and we liked how the SeedBlink team was really focusing on supporting us and on getting things done.
Our main expectation has been to raise the amount we were aiming for, and both rounds launched on Seedblink exceeded our targets, so we’re very happy with that! Even though the launched funding campaigns have been purely crowdfunding rounds, we are thrilled to actually receive extra support from some of the investors, who have chosen to get involved and help us generate product awareness, whenever they can.
I am recommending SeedBlink without hesitation, to every founder that raises capital, especially early-stage tech startups. SeedBlink is a crowd investment platform that will also provide their startup with visibility, for Angels and VCs.
Founder and CEO
In the early stages, we have been funded by several early (angel) investors, and one and a half year ago through an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedBlink. Of course, this impacted our growth in many positive ways, partly due to the cash influx that, evidently, was sorely needed, but in a larger part due to the fact that our responsibility towards our shareholders has become more stringent and explicit, becoming embodied in our market approach.
Co-founder and CEO
Given the accelerated growth we observed at the end of last year and the beginning of 2021, we want a new capitalization, quickly. This is a bridge round that we will use for one year, and the advantages that SeedBlink offers are the speed at which we were able to list for financing and the experience that we gain as a result of this public listing, similar to a listing on the stock exchange.
Co-Founder & CEO
As a platform that only serves technology ventures, SeedBlink can connect the start-up with more than just money. SeedBlink investors are primarily technocrats who understand the objectives of the fundraising company and are also able to post-funding contribute with business opportunities. The minimum investment threshold, and technology focus, differentiates SeedBlink from other fundraising platforms. A perfect fit for a technology start-up seeking intelligent funding.
Co-Founder & CEO
SeedBlink boosted our brand exposure and facilitated the financial support we were seeking. Having a campaign on the platform allowed us not only to meet a team of professionals - that guided and helped us prepare the necessary materials - but also opened doors for increasing our brand awareness and have discussions with VCs & angel investors we have never reached before. This campaign gave us the encouragement we needed to push the product further, while the record-breaking fundraising (only 2 hours from the launch of the campaign!) was a great confirmation that our product is needed in this market and that we should continue innovating.
CEO & Co-founder
SeedBlink has created a vital ecosystem for startups at the beginning of their journey by equipping entrepreneurs with expertise, encouraging honest and sometimes uncomfortable but necessary discussions about risks and vulnerabilities through a suite of tools, and facilitating connections with investors who share the founders' vision and can contribute to their success. I have greatly appreciated the constant support of Eric and the entire team at all stages of the campaign. Thank you so much!
SeedBlink Crowd SA (registration number PJR28FSFPR/400001 from 3rd of November, 2022) is authorised and supervised by the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF).