EuropeanTechwire reports on the Q3 VentureOne statistics:
… seed and first-round deals (86) made up 38% of total deal flow, its largest percentage since the fourth quarter of 2001. “This renewed interest (in early stage activity), coupled with the larger capital directed toward later stage companies that may be preparing for exit, is a function of the positive opportunities we have noticed in the liquidity market in Europe, particularly for IPOs,” said Ernst & Young’s Gil Forer.
London Seed Capital’s activity certainly reflects these stats- and our investment pace is accelerating. The quality of deals we’re seeing is constantly increasing and I’m having more meetings with seasoned entrepreneurs- most of them avoiding the bigger VCs.