A group of US investor angels, venture capital firms and major private equity funds will visit Europe next November to meet with European companies seeking funding, equity or project partners.
Firms like Softbank Capital, Rand Capital, K5 Launch, The McLean Group, Maverick Angels or Global Energy Capital will participate in a business meeting to probe the activity and conduct meetings with European companies that are seeking both seed capital (in the case of start-ups, especially in technology), funding for large projects (primarily energy and aerospace), or venture capital investment to boost growth.
The US investment market set its sights on Europe when it identified the large number of projects and companies with promising technology, the high level of innovation and the opportunities for interesting shares representing significantly lower amounts than those that are used in United States.
In the case of seed capital for start-ups, investors seek to support new companies with high growth potential, either through the injection of money, or through their integration with another/other company/s in their portfolio. Meanwhile, venture capital seeks investments in companies in the process of growing or expanding that need capital injections to consolidate or enhance their development. Most investors are specialised in technology and innovation applied to a variety of markets: energy, manufacturing – aerospace, automobiles – or health (HealthTech).
Although they evaluate hundreds of companies before making a decision and, due to the fact that the current European situation is showing clear signs of recovery and high innovation – yet lacking capital investment and venture capital culture – the European market is a very attractive place for US investors. During the third quarter of 2013, the US venture capital firms invested a total of USD7,800m in 1,005 agreements made across the country. Among them, USD3,600m were allocated to technology starts-ups.
These US companies will participate in an investment panel during the business conference USA Week Europe, to be held at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao from 11 to 14 November, presenting to companies the business opportunities of the US market for the next ten years. Companies attending the conference may submit their projects and during the gathering, there will be meetings held between investors and companies addressing those projects of greater interest to them.
German Loperena, director of USAWeek Europe, says: "US investors are not only interested in the technology start-ups, but also in leading European companies in their respective sectors, as shown by the investment of Bill Gates in FCC or the increased investment in Europe of large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Cisco Systems or IBM."