Early & Later stage companies

With the Deutsche Börse Venture Network, Deutsche Börse AG focuses its expertise on the pre-IPO segment, efficiently providing access to funding for early- and late-stage growth and technology companies. With over 200 companies and more than 440 investors, the Deutsche Börse Venture Network is the leading ecosystem for growth financing in Europe.

The growth network was founded in 2015 and includes more than 200 start-ups across a wide range of industries which can be grouped into eight sectors. Just under 120 companies (60 per cent) of them are classifiable as tech companies in the narrower sense, and a particularly high share of them operate in Financial Services, Industrial & Infrastructure, or IT, Software & Data.

Source: dealroom.co (As at January 2021)

Between 2016 and 2019, the number of venture capital transactions saw a steady decline, whereas the deal volume rose within the same period. This implies that the size of the underlying financing rounds increased on average.

In 2020, a year largely dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, the deal volume weakened by €0.5 billion to an annual €6.3 billion. The number of deals also dropped significantly, by 16 per cent compared to 2019, to 537 deals in 2020.

In addition to Covid-related internal financing rounds, 2020 saw new growth rounds, especially in the sectors Health (€2.7 billion), Food (€2.5 billion) and Enterprise Software (€1.4 billion).

Source: dealroom.co (As at January 2021)

The first quarter of 2020 recorded the highest number of deals at 185, but the lowest deal volume at €1.2 billion. After a pandemic-related slowdown in the number of deals (-38 per cent) in the second quarter of 2020, both the number of financing rounds and the total volume of VC financing rebounded in the third quarter. By the end of the year, they had almost reached the volume and quantity of the previous year.   

In the fourth quarter, two transactions by Deutsche Börse Venture Network members are particularly noteworthy: the acquisition of Clasen Bio by DBVN member The Social Chain and a financing round by GetYourGuide.

The integrated social media company The Social Chain AG (founded in Berlin in 2014) acquired Carl Wilhelm Clasen GmbH with its Clasen Bio brand and LGR Nuss & Trockenfrucht Veredlungs GmbH & Co KG. Clasen Bio, together with the other food brands of Social Chain, will be integrated into the newly founded Food Chain GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Social Chain AG.

With the expansion into the organic food market, food communities and food brands are to become an important future growth segment for Social Chain AG.

Source: socialchain.com

GetYourGuide, a travel experience booking platform founded in Berlin in 2009, received a €114 million convertible loan led by Searchlight Capital in October 2020. A consortium of GetYourGuide’s existing investors, including SoftBank Vision Fund, KKR, Battery Ventures, Highland Europe, Spark Capital, NGP Capital, as well as the founders and other investors, participated in the financing round.

Covid-19 has impacted the entire travel industry and temporarily brought it to a standstill. GetYourGuide intends to use the funding to cover rebounding demand following the pandemic and expects opportunities to arise from a consolidation phase in the travel market.

Source: handelsblatt.com; getyourguide.de

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Data source: Deutsche Börse AG                                                                  As at 31 December 2020

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