31 Oct '11, 11am

Healthcare is bright spot in struggling European venture market - (blog)

Europe has recorded the lowest number of venture capital deals in a decade, according to the latest figures from Dow Jones VentureSource. Social media and entertainment start-ups, the heart of Silicon Roundabout in London, were hardest hit, while medical start-ups saw many more deals coming though. The third quarter saw deals of €951m, the lowest since 2000. Consumer services companies raised €274m for 39 deals, up 12% despite a 26% drop in the number of deals, but consumer web companies saw a steep decline in deal flow and investment. Social networking and online entertainment start-ups raised €104 million for 21 deals, a 33% drop in capital raised and 34% decline in the deal flow. More deals for Healthcare companies went to the less capital intensive seed and first rounds, with 56 deals raising €262m, up 10% on the previous quarter. Within that, investment in the Medical...

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