With European venture increasingly attracting corporates, and private equity players also keen to swoop in on the action, Francesca Veronesi explores the opportunities and challenges that come with this growing interconnectivity

European venture has had the wind firmly in its sails in recent months, not least on the investment side: aggregate value for early-stage deals in Europe in 2018 amounted to €3.34bn, more than double the value registered in 2014, according to Unquote Data. Although the space has not seen an increase in the number of deals over the past five years, the average ticket size rose considerably, from €3.1m per investment in 2014 to €9.9m last year.

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