Clipperton Finance, in partnership with Digimind, releases the second European Innovation Financing newsletter covering H1 2013.

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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 the first two quarters of 2013. This publication, following the first paper released in April 2013, aims to provide the European ecosystem (entrepreneurs, investors, public-decision makers) with a detailed view of the financing trends in innovation per country, sector, stage etc. This report illustrates that despite on-going uncertainty amongst macro-economists as to whether the Euro zone is emerging from recession, the financing of Innovation in Europe continues to show real signs of a rebound. Whilst this rebound may not be a spectacular one, the +13% increase in investment value in Q2 vs. Q1 demonstrates a clearly positive trend.Key takeaways from this H1 2013 report include:

  • $1.6bn have been invested into European Technology start-ups during Q2 2013;
  • The DACH1 region topped the ranking in value in Q2, while France and the UK were head-to-head at similar levels in terms of investment value;
  • Germany experienced a strong momentum in Q2 with large deals across several sectors for companies such as Numberfour, Research Gate or FoodPanda;
  • Sector-wise, IT maintains a strong lead (60%+ of all value in Q2). However, Life Sciences posted a solid Q/Q growth (+100% vs. Q1) with a handful of large financings (>$50m) in Medtech and Biotech;
  • There is a severe financing gap vs. the US in Business Cloud & Software, although the segment has shown positive signs in H1 2013.

The next update will be released in January 2014, with a full-year review.


Thibaut Revel, Partner,

Martin Vielle, Analyst,
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 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.

1 DACH: Germany, Austria, Switzerland