European Innovation Financing 2014

Date: February, 1st, 2015

Clipperton Finance, in partnership with Digimind, releases its European Innovation Financing newsletter covering the full year 2014.

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Leveraging data provided by, the Digimind text mining engine monitoring worldwide funding activity, Clipperton Finance has analyzed the financing trends amongst European innovative companies in 2014.

The data show a record year for European Innovation Financing, at nearly $8 billion invested (+37% vs. 2013), with especially a strong momentum in H2 ($4 billion raised; +9% vs. H1).




The key trends covered in the 2014 report:

  • Internet and New Media start-ups attracted half the money invested in innovation in 2014
  • Record investment value in H2 in the UK at $1.3 billion. France and DACH also on a positive trend (resp. +14% and +26% vs. H1 2014)
  • Confirmed trend towards large funding rounds: 16 deals above $50 million in H2 (13 in H1) including a handful of mega fundings: Delivery Hero, Adyen, Ozon, to name a few.
  • This series of large rounds suggests a new generation of European Unicorns(companies with equity value above $1 billion). Specifically, vertical consumer marketplaces such as Delivery Hero, Food Panda or Blablacar attracted significant amounts of money in 2014, with the aim to support their rapid growth and global expansion ambitions, with ambitious plans to grow fast in BRICs and emerging markets.

The next update will be released in July 2015 covering the first semester of 2015.



Clipperton Finance

Thibaut Revel,

Antoine Ganancia, Senior

Martin Vielle, Associate,


About Clipperton Finance

Clipperton is a leading European corporate finance boutique exclusively dedicated to the High Tech and Media industries. Clipperton advises high growth companies on financial transactions, fundraisings, capital increases or Mergers and Acquisitions. With teams based in London, Berlin and Paris and an international reach, Clipperton is a recognized leader in the sector.

About Digimind and

Digimind is a SaaS intelligence software company based in Paris, Boston and Singapore, providing advanced information management platforms and technologies that perform massive data collection, automatic intelligence extraction and visualisation. Using its unique web mining expertise, Digimind developed, the world’s most comprehensive funding database, discovering over 100 fresh funding deals every day in real time all across the world.

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