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Europe VC activity increases slightly - investors remain cautious
Corporate investment poised for growth
Corporates had been slow to move in Europe and for many years they had ‘follower’ strategies in adopting digital technologies and
new business models. However, European corporates have changed their attitudes. A number of large corporates have set up VC
arms in order to buy and develop innovations that they can commercialize or implement internally. Given the pressure for traditional
companies across a number of industries to innovate, it is expected that corporate investing in Europe will only continue to grow.
Innovation agenda likely to drive future growth
Europe’s diversity is a positive attribute when it comes to innovation. The EU and many European countries have established
innovation agendas aimed at fostering innovation in a variety of areas, from fintech to insurtech to digital health. This move to
support the development of a more proactive ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, innovation hubs and innovation incentives to
encourage and stimulate growth should only help increase Europe’s innovation presence over the next few years.
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