France Digitale was contracted in 2013 to lead the investors’ pillar of the Startup Europe initiative called the Web Investors Forum. The work of the Web Investor’s Forum is focused on 7 EU countries: Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and France, with the following objectives:
• Draw an overview of the activity of the professional investment industry on a pan-European and local level;
• Pinpoint challenges faced by the industry that slow down the evolution of European funding landscape for funding and entrepreneurial growth;
• Showcase European best practices in the field of public policy and industry support;
• Propose an action plan to increase investment in the European Internet and mobile tech startups and grow that investment throughout Europe.
For the purpose of this mission, we travelled across Europe and interviewed over 40 General Partners and business angels in seven countries, and drew the following conclusions.