The Q2 2018 edition of the Venture Pulse analyses the latest global trends in venture capital investment data and provides insights from both a global and regional perspective.
The report found that, in the second quarter in Ireland, 14 companies raised $122.47 million between them, bringing total funds raise by Irish companies in H1 to $500m.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in Europe within this reporting period, the report finds that while there may be negative short-term consequences, particularly for start-ups looking to manage the new compliance regime, the benefits of a strong data protection system could make European companies more attractive over the longer term as they become global leaders in how to manage private consumer and employee data.
Artificial intelligence continued to be a hot area of investment in all regions of the world in Q2’18, while autotech, cybersecurity, agtech and biotech were also seen as key priorities.
Europe continued to see strong levels of venture capital investment, with $5.6 billion in VC invested across 631 deals in Q2’18. On a regional basis, the UK led the charge once again with over $2 billion invested, followed by France with over $800 million – its second highest quarterly total.
Venture capital activity globally is expected to remain strong heading into Q3’18. The impact of tax reforms in the US, a significant amount of dry powder, and the continued flow of funding into the VC world are expected to keep the VC market strong. Autonomous driving, healthtech and biotech are expected to be big winners over the next few quarters, in addition to blockchain.
This edition of Venture Pulse looks at global and regional trends, including:
See full report for details.