Startup Research Roundup January 2019

Startup Research Roundup January 2019

Each month, a number of new reports are released that share insights from many different aspects of the startup scene.  Here, we share a selection of some of the most recent public research published about European tech, innovation and entrepreneurship.


Keeping up with recent research reports on tech, European startups and more

Enterprise Europe 2019, Crane

This report captures the responses of 125 founders and senior executives of VC backed companies across Europe. The research study sought to examine what it takes to start, build and scale enterprise software companies in Europe today, and shed light on some of the challenges founders face. According to their respondents, they find that it’s a great time to start a European software enterprise company, and that diversity still remains a huge problem in enterprise technology. In addition, they find that European enterprise software companies become international companies early, with the majority of companies choosing the United States for their first international office. This new report from Crane VC is notable for two reasons—first, its focus on enterprise deep tech companies, and secondly, for it’s survey driven approach.

European & Israeli Venture Data 2018, by Gil Dibner of Angular Ventures

This bi-annual report, compiled by VC Gil Dibner, is a great passion project working to capture the level of investment in the European and Israeli startup ecosystems. The data focuses on sectors and geographies where Gil is active in. The work finds that the volume of deals in Europe is up, and finds a number of notable observations about the state of VC in 2018. Notably, overall deals are lower than they were in 2017, and Fintech was once again the most popular investment category. There are tons of further insights in this 83-sheet report, with lots of interesting deal flow information to dig into.


The rise of Digital Challengers: How digitization can become the next growth engine for Central and Eastern Europe, by Digital/McKinsey

McKinsey finds that the CEE countries could be seen as “digital challengers”, and increasing digitalization could help these countries potentially double or even quadruple their collective GDP. These recently released reports develop some of the potential in these countries, and identify some of the challenges that still remain in terms of digitalization. These reports are jam packed with data and insights from McKinsey partners in CEE.  Each of the country reports provides a unique and well researched look into some of the key metrics of digitalization in these countries, with some keen observations from some of the key figures driving digitalization in each place.

Individual Country Reports:

Accelerating the UK, by Beauhurst

Beauhust is an innovation consultancy based in the UK. This report investigates some of the key outcomes of British accelerator programs, examining their outcomes, the size of the market, and the locations of each accelerator program. They find, that accelerator programs are distributed across the UK, with the majority of programs focused in London and the South West. Some other metrics the report covers includes the duration and offerings of each program, their key outcomes of their accelerated companies and the types of funding they offer. This piece is one of the most comprehensive examinations of accelerator programs in the UK that has been done anywhere.


Baltic Startup Scene Report 2017-2018 by Startupwiseguys & EIT Digital

The Baltic Startup Scene Report is an exciting overview of one of Europe’s most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems. The report brings together many of the insights that were developed previously in individual country reports, alongside qualitative and stakeholder takes from around the Baltic ecosystem. Produced by the pan-Baltic accelerator Startupwiseguys, the report includes key benchmarks against other regions around Europe to provide a unique angle on this very compelling startup scene.


The Tech Ecosystem Guide to Ukraine 2019, by UNIT.City

This ecosystem guide is one of the most comprehensive assesments of the Ukrainian startup ecosystem. Produced by UNIT.City, Kiev’s most significant startup campus, the guide highlights all aspects of building tech businesses in Ukraine, from inbound investment, success stories, outsourcing resources, most active investors and much more. A highlight of the report is their development of the country’s tech clusters, sharing significant coworking spaces, accelerator and incubator support and events.  


The New Design Frontier, by InVision

InVision is a design platform that has conducted one of the most comprehensive surveys on design teams anywhere in the world. This study examines some of the key relationships between design and digital business, and highlights some of the strengths and differences between design teams operating around the world.


FinTech ecosystem playbook, by EY

The FinTech ecosystem playbook examines 26 different hubs in different “emerging markets” (in Europe, the report investigates Estonia, Russia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic). EY examines the increasing demand in FinTech, and some of the ingredients that help to ensure the success of a thriving FinTech ecosystem. The comprehensive report discusses the role of regulation, talent availability, access to capital and many more aspects that contribute to developing durable FinTech companies.


Most Active Funds, 2018 by APM & Co and IVC Research Center

The Most Active Funds report examines the largest VC funds in Israel in 2018. This report investigates some of the key trends and investment in Israeli startups, with respect to types of verticals, investment by stage, and investment by round.


2019 Outlook: Connectivity, Data Center, Cloud by Kickstart Europe

The 2019 Outlook by Kickstart Europe shares the latest industry information about Europe’s Data Center and cloud storage space. Developed in concert with the Kickstart Europe Conference, the continent’s primary gathering for leaders in this space, the report brings together a number of key insights from stakeholders in the field. The report further highlights some of the digital challenges faced by the industry and the needs to propel growth in this fast moving industry.

By Natalie Novick

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