Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) is a key global region, home to many of the world’s leading startup hubs such as London, Paris and Tel-Aviv to name a few.
Through a macro-lens, VC investment has been slowing globally from the highs of 2021 however there’s been a bit less of a shock in EMEA as in North America and the rest of Asia.
Venture capital investment into EMEA startups reached $71 billion in 2023, down 38% from 2022.
The share of global VC invested into EMEA-based startups is at its highest it has ever been.
In 2023, startups in the EMEA region raised over 20% total global VC investment, a proportion that has been on the general rise since 2018.
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The leading countries within the EMEA region in terms of VC funding are the UK, Germany and Israel thanks to being home to a key global ecosystems such as London, Berlin and Tel Aviv.
The table below displays the top 50 countries in EMEA by VC investment since 2018.
Looking at the allocation of venture capital by industry within the EMEA region, we observe that EMEA over indexes in Payments, Financial Management Solutions, Banking, and Energy Storage startups when compared to the global trends.
Middle East, North Africa
The Middle East has seen a remarkable rise in venture capital activity, especially over the past five years. While Israel has traditionally attracted most of the region's investment, the rest of the MENA region is quickly catching up.
Direct flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv are now common, meaning the region is slowly becoming more integrated.
The Sub-Saharan Africa region is still at an earlier stage in terms of development however is one of the fastest-growing regions globally in terms of venture capital activity.
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New Palo Alto
New Palo Alto (NPA) is a science and tech supercluster and the epicentre of EMEA tech. It is to EMEA what Bay Area is to North America. New Palo Alto (NPA) is a supercluster of leading European ecosystems and research hubs that sit in close proximity to each other.
The primary three tech hubs include London, Paris and Amsterdam through New Palo Alto also includes nearby local ecosystems such as Bristol, Oxford, Brussels and Rotterdam to name a few.
EMEA is more skewed towards early-stage relative to North America.
As a result, startup investment has already caught up with the Bay Area at the seed stage, now accounting for 11% of the global seed stage funding.
New Palo Alto has surpassed Bay Area at the seed stage.
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Report: Dealroom Startup Ecosystem Benchmarking Report 2022
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