40 percent less VC investments in Germany – is the trend continuing?

With investments of 17 billion euros, the German venture capital market recorded its all-time high in 2021. Just one year later, disillusionment sets in – investments decrease by over 40 percent.

Rising interest rates have replaced the previous years’ strong investment appetite, and a large number of investors and family offices are reducing the amount of capital available to the market. Institutional investors, for example in the USA and numerous other European countries, enable a multiple of investments with their capital. In Germany, however, they are not to be found on the VC market or their activities there are still in the early stages.

What do we need in Germany to further strengthen the start-up culture? Which industries do we need to focus on in the future? Is it possible to raise a new fund in the current environment? In his latest podcast “Die Stunde Null – Der Wirtschaftspodcast von Capital und n-tv”, Nils Kreimeier, Head of the Business Department of the business and finance magazine CAPITAL, talked to Paul-Josef Patt, Managing Partner of eCAPITAL AG, about these questions and numerous other challenges that the start-up scene has to face.

You can listen to the entire podcast (only in german) here.

Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL is an entrepreneur-led venture capital investor focusing on early- and growth-stage deep-tech companies with a positive impact on society. eCAPITAL is based in Germany and invests with its own funds with a total volume of over € 340 million in the areas of Sustainability, Enterprise Software, Cybersecurity, IoT and New Materials. In addition to financial resources, eCAPITAL offers its portfolio companies strategic support and access to an international network of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and founders and was lead investor in various deep-tech companies such as sonnen, Novaled or Jedox, which were sold very successfully to international strategists or investors.

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