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Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019.
Emerging Europe
VC & Venture Opportunity Research
April’19
Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 2
Our newest research, Emerging
Europe VC Ecosystem, aims to
highlight the untapped pot...
Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 3
The research puts a spotlight on opportunity of VC and Venture in Emerging Europe. Ke...
Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019.
“If you look at the big outcomes in Europe, around 70
percent of them today came from o...
Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019.
Emerging Europe has a proven track record
5
Source: Microsoft, Naspers, Crunchbase, Fin...
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The rich unicorn pipeline continues to draw attention to the region
Money Transfer Serv...
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The startups’ success is reflected in the number of companies
with M&A exits. Turkey ha...
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The region is an innovation
engine but why Turkey & CEE
caters well innovation?
8
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1 = Most innovative; 126 = least innovative
Note: Global Innovation Index composed of 8...
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Developer pools have been deepening more rapidly in the
Emerging Europe
Source: Atomico...
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Whilst Turkey & CEE has the highest quality of developers, the
countries are also a wis...
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But does the region attracts
enough capital investment?
12
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*Per capita means the average per person and is often used in place of per person in st...
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Now, let’s take a closer look at
venture capital activities in the
region
14
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Venture capitalists were searching for new opportunities outside
of major hubs in 2018
...
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Between 2013-2018, there were $3.5B venture capital investments
in the region
Source: D...
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Poland leads with total VC funding, followed by Estonia and
Turkey
17
719
492
382
355
2...
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Istanbul leads the region with the total number of VC funding,
followed by Warsaw and T...
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Record amounts of investments happened in 2018
19
RoundsinCEE
Startupsmovedoutof
CEE
$1...
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Does investments to the region
pays off?
20
Let’s have a closer look at
Turkey which ma...
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Number and size of the exits: Three out of top 10 M&A exits in
Europe came from Turkey ...
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Turkey deliver great outcomes in the wider European market
Source: 2018 Pitchbook – NVC...
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“If there’s one thing I keep hearing over and
over when it comes to the European sta...
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What does this all mean?
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CEE
&
Turkey
2
1
3
4
5
The region is also capital
efficient because of low
cost base...
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ScaleX Ventures is a early-stage venture firm focused on
building a strong community...
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Authors
Dilek Dayınlarlı Sezen Balibeyoglu Şafak Tüfekçi
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Partner, ScaleX Ventures Gu...
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  1. 1. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Emerging Europe VC & Venture Opportunity Research April’19
  2. 2. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 2 Our newest research, Emerging Europe VC Ecosystem, aims to highlight the untapped potential in Emerging Europe (Central Eastern Europe and Turkey).
  3. 3. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 3 The research puts a spotlight on opportunity of VC and Venture in Emerging Europe. Key insights include: • Europe’s success stories come outside of major hubs. In 2018, three out of top 10 M&A exits in Europe came from Turkey. • Talent is abundant: 8 out of the top 30 countries with the best developers in the world are from Turkey & CEE. Turkey is being the fastest growing in Europe. • Whilst Turkey & CEE has the highest quality of developers, Median Annual Salary in ICT is one-fourth of US • Turkey & CEE countries are also highly capital efficient based on their cost bases and entry valuation For more information about our researches and operations, please visit https://www.scalexventures.com/
  4. 4. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. “If you look at the big outcomes in Europe, around 70 percent of them today came from outside of the major hubs, in countries such as Romania, Finland and Portugal. Data allows us to cover the entire continent, not just the major and overfished capitals like London, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm.” Ophelia Brown, Founder Partner at Blossom Capital Source: TechCrunch 4 Europe’s success stories come outside of major hubs
  5. 5. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Emerging Europe has a proven track record 5 Source: Microsoft, Naspers, Crunchbase, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Company Websites Acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 bn Acquired by Naspers for $3.3 bn Naspers bought majority stakes for $83M Went on public with a valuation $4.4 bn Went in public at £2.4 bn Went public at Warsaw Stock Exchange Went public at London Stock Exchange Bought by Asian consortium for $1.1 bn
  6. 6. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. The rich unicorn pipeline continues to draw attention to the region Money Transfer Service Late Stage Venture $480.7M in 7 years Transportation Network Corporate Round $177.2M in 5 years 2015 Robotic Process Automation Late Stage Venture $448M in 3 years Investment Stage Total Funding Company About 2011 2013 6 Source: Crunchbase, Company Websites
  7. 7. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. The startups’ success is reflected in the number of companies with M&A exits. Turkey had 3 of the top 10 European M&A exits Company Country EV($M) Zoopla United Kingdom 2,904 iZettle Sweden 2,200 Mendix Netherlands 730 Trendyol Turkey 728 CCP Games Iceland 425 Shazam United Kingdom 400 New Voice Media United Kingdom 350 Relayr Germany 300 Opsgenie Turkey 250 Gram Games Turkey 230 7 Source: Atomico State of European Tech 2018, Crunchbase, Company Websites, Webrazzi, Scalex Analysis
  8. 8. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. The region is an innovation engine but why Turkey & CEE caters well innovation? 8
  9. 9. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 1 = Most innovative; 126 = least innovative Note: Global Innovation Index composed of 80 indicators such as human capital and research, knowledge and technology outputs, etc. 1-34 35-54 55-64 65+ Source: Global Innovation Index 2018, Financial Times “The environment has radically changed. A few years ago, we would receive 300 business plans a year, it was about 1,500 last year. Not only has their quantity increased, but also their quality.” The region is an innovation engine 9 Jan Habermann Partner, Credo Ventures
  10. 10. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Developer pools have been deepening more rapidly in the Emerging Europe Source: Atomico State of European Tech 2018 16.5 15.1 10.6 10.6 9.9 7.4 5.6 5.2 2.1 2.1 YoYGrowth(%) Turkey Spain Russia Romania Poland Ukraine Italy UKFrance Switzerland Top 10 fastest-growing countries for professional developers in Europe (2018 vs 2017) Median 10
  11. 11. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Whilst Turkey & CEE has the highest quality of developers, the countries are also a wise investment for VCs because salaries are lower 100.0 99.9 98.0 93.9 90.7 88.7 87.2 81.9 78.0 77.7 77.5 20. Romania 3. Poland 1. China 29. UK 9. Czech 2. Russia 11. Ukraine 5. Hungary 12. Bulgaria 28. US 30. Turkey Country with the best developers, Score Index Median Annual Salary in Information Technologies Thousand dollar 115.0 90.0 60.0 60.0 28.0 United States Australia/NZ Emerging Europe Western Europe Canada 4x *Capital efficiency means a company's profitability and the efficiency with which its capital is usedSource: Hackerrank,O’Reilly Media 11
  12. 12. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. But does the region attracts enough capital investment? 12
  13. 13. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. *Per capita means the average per person and is often used in place of per person in statistical observances Majority of countries in the region are behind per capita venture capital investments Aggregate VC Investments per capita between 2013 and 2018 (US$) 13 Source: Dealroom, Startups.watch, OECD 276 142 120 94 73 62 55 48 39 39 29 27 25 22 22 21 9 8 7 7 5 5 4 4 4 2 2
  14. 14. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Now, let’s take a closer look at venture capital activities in the region 14
  15. 15. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Venture capitalists were searching for new opportunities outside of major hubs in 2018 Source: Dealroom.co. Excludes buyouts, secondary transactions, debt, ICOs, lending capital, grants. 15 2018 Venture capital investments in Europe (in billion $) 9.1 5.2 4.4 1.4 9.0 UK Germany France Rest of EuropeSweden
  16. 16. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Between 2013-2018, there were $3.5B venture capital investments in the region Source: Dealroom.co, Startups.watch Note: Excludes buyouts, secondary transactions, debt, ICOs, lending capital, grants. 16 Venture capital investments in Europe (in billion $) 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.9 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  17. 17. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Poland leads with total VC funding, followed by Estonia and Turkey 17 719 492 382 355 242 191 167 107 100 93 86 54 53 32 25 2 Greece Poland Lithuania Estonia Turkey Romania Slovakia Czech Republic Hungary Latvia Bulgaria Ukraine Croatia Slovenia Belarus Albania 544 257 633 227 195 188 163 160 159 145 113 89 59 38 12 15 Venture capital investment amount 2013-2018 (in million $) Venture capital funding rounds 2013-2018 (number) Source: Dealroom.co, Startups.watch Note: Excludes buyouts, secondary transactions, debt, ICOs, lending capital, grants. Only includes companies that have current HQ in Central & Eastern Europe
  18. 18. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Istanbul leads the region with the total number of VC funding, followed by Warsaw and Talinn 18 Venture capital investment rounds by city and country 2013-2018 Source: Dealroom.co, Startups.watch Note: Excludes buyouts, secondary transactions, debt, ICOs, lending capital, grants. Only includes companies that have current HQ in Central & Eastern Europe 521 278 186 149 137 128 118 115 63 58 51 49 42 25 9 5 Budapest Tallinn Vilnius Tirana Istanbul Prague Warsaw Sofia Riga Kiev Bratislava Bucharest Athens Ljubljana Zagreb Minsk Turkey, 633 Poland, 544 Estonia, 257 Bulgaria, 227 Lithuania, 195 Hungary, 188 Latvia, 163 Czech Republic, 160 Slovakia, 159 Romania, 145 Ukraine, 113 Greece, 89 Slovenia, 59 Croatia, 38 Belarus, 12 Albania, 5
  19. 19. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Record amounts of investments happened in 2018 19 RoundsinCEE Startupsmovedoutof CEE $175M Estonia $130M Lithuania $59M Lithuania $37.9M Hungary $17.7M Greece $11.8M Slovania $11M Estonia $11M Turkey $4.5M Poland Source: Crunchbase, Dealroom.co, Startups.watch Note: Excludes buyouts, secondary transactions, debt, ICOs, lending capital, grants. $418M US/Romania $60M UK/Estonia $60M US/Estonia $50M US/Greece $25M UK/Greece $20M UK/Poland $21.8M US/Turkey $20.9M UK/Turkey $13.2M US/Poland $12M US/Belarus $5M Turkey
  20. 20. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Does investments to the region pays off? 20 Let’s have a closer look at Turkey which made the greatest number of M&A exits in 2018.
  21. 21. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Number and size of the exits: Three out of top 10 M&A exits in Europe came from Turkey in 2018 Turkey made three out of top 10 European M&A exits in 2018 Partial exit for $728 million Company is acquired with $250 million enterprise value The company is acquired for $295 million Source: Atomico State of European Tech 2018, Crunchbase, Company Websites, Webrazzi 21
  22. 22. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Turkey deliver great outcomes in the wider European market Source: 2018 Pitchbook – NVCA Venture Monitor , IVC Exit Report 2017, Dealroom EU VentureCapital 2017, Startups.watch 22 30 250 1.4 Turkey Europe US 3.71 2.02 3.02 Turkey Europe US 2.3 2.4 6.2 USTurkey Europe VC Investment per Capita Higher Capital Efficiency Lower Valuations
  23. 23. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 23 “If there’s one thing I keep hearing over and over when it comes to the European startup scene, it’s that investors who are not seriously looking at the Turkish market may be missing out on some of the continent’s biggest digital companies in the next 10 years. ”  Robin Wauters, Tech.eu It definitely pays off
  24. 24. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 24 What does this all mean?
  25. 25. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 25 CEE & Turkey 2 1 3 4 5 The region is also capital efficient because of low cost base in region Turkey’s VC backed companies had largest M&A exits in 2018 Europe’s success stories comes outside of major hubs The region does not attract enough capital investments CEE & Turkey have the highest quality of developers
  26. 26. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. 26 ScaleX Ventures is a early-stage venture firm focused on building a strong community of technology entrepreneurs and companies. ScaleX Ventures doesn't just invest financially but also brings operational help to ScaleX companies by helping technical founders reach global markets.
  27. 27. Copyright © ScaleX Ventures, 2019. Authors Dilek Dayınlarlı Sezen Balibeyoglu Şafak Tüfekçi 27 Partner, ScaleX Ventures Guest Author Analyst, ScaleX Ventures
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