Spanish startups reached €100 billion in aggregated worth in 2023, consolidating the nation’s place as a midsize European tech ecosystem | TechCrunch – The Boston Courier


If 11 figures is your consideration threshold, chances are you’ll be occupied with studying that the mixed enterprise worth (EV) of Spanish startups surpassed €100 billion in 2023, in keeping with Dealroom’s newest report on the Spanish tech ecosystem. As we’ll see, enterprise funding into Spanish startups additionally held up fairly properly, with €2.2BN raised throughout some 850 funding rounds.

Spain’s enterprise capital tally was decrease final yr than in 2021 and 2022; that’s no shock as these years had been outliers. Not like different locations, although, the nation hasn’t fallen beneath pre-pandemic ranges of exercise. In 2019, for reference, Spanish startups had collectively raised €1.9BN in enterprise capital.

However first, there are a number of methods to have a look at Spain’s 11-figure startup EV. On the one hand, it places Spain forward of Norway, Italy or Portugal. Alternatively, with a mixed worth of $191BN, Cambridge’s tech ecosystem alone is nearly price double Spain’s. (With $1 price €0.92 right this moment, please forgive us for skipping conversions.)

Lots may very well be stated on whether or not Spain is doing sufficient to assist entrepreneurship — however for right this moment, let’s stick with info and numbers.

Including time as an element, France reached €100BN in mixed startup EV six years in the past, and Germany 9 years in the past. However the worth of Spanish tech can be one of many quickest rising in Europe, Dealroom famous in a slide. Give them extra time, and possibly some Spanish startups will grow to be decacorns and extra, too. 

Right here’s the funnel in keeping with the report:

Picture Credit: Dealroom

With a complete of €2.2BN in enterprise funding, 2023 outcomes moved the needle in the proper path, however largely for the highest of the funnel. Funding quantity for “Early-stage” — pre-seed, seed and Collection A — was at an all-time excessive final yr, and the Collection B and Collection C phases remained sturdy. Nevertheless, late stage exercise was “quiet,” per Dealroom, with solely two mega-rounds (into veteran information administration platform Denodo, which has lengthy since relocated to the US; and the data-driven occasions startup Fever.)

The slowdown in late stage exercise isn’t distinctive to Spain however, like elsewhere, it may very well be a priority. Startup exercise isn’t solely a funnel: Additionally it is purported to be a circle. 

As an illustration, high-profile scaleups typically flip into founder factories; in Spain, it’s been the case with Fever, but in addition Cabify, job&expertise, Glovo and wallbox. However with out liquidity occasions, it turns into harder for former workers to grow to be angels or begin new firms.

That’s additionally a necessity on the VC facet, with exits offering liquidity that may be reinjected into early stage offers. With out giant M&As and IPOs, there’s at all times a danger funds will likely be disadvantaged of capital to take a position anew. 

Spanish VCs don’t appear anxious, although; time will do its factor, they recommend. Jaime Novoa, a associate at Kfund, commented within the report that he and his colleagues are “very confident that several companies being funded now will become scaleups in the next five to ten years.” He cited as a constructive sign how early stage exercise “remains very healthy.”

Not solely is the early stage fairly energetic, however the groups getting funded are additionally in keeping with what Europe could need to see extra of. Most of 2023’s VC funding into Spanish startups went to local weather tech, adopted by biotech and clear power. It’s too early to inform what number of of those may grow to be centaurs, however it should positively be price monitoring.

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