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The European Innovation Council Fund recently shared an overview of it’s DeepTech investments so far in 2023. In the first quarter of 2023 the EIC Fund has become the largest venture capital investor in European deals measured by amount invested, and third in number of deals.
Since its launch in 2020, the European Innovation Council Fund (EIC Fund) has approved altogether 268 investments into deep-tech companies for a total of €1.407 billion. 147 of those companies have already signed their investment agreements. These companies are pioneering start-ups that are bringing breakthrough innovations to citizens and businesses working in the field of information and communication technologies, biotechnology, healthcare, energy, space, agriculture and more.
What is a deep tech startup?
Deep tech startups or also known as knowledge-intensive startups in the academic world are companies that leverage new technologies. These startups can come directly from universities or they spun off/ out from existing companies and research organisations. Deep tech startups have high potential due to their breakthrough science thus having the potential to revolutionise the industry by creating new industry verticals; examples of these are photonics technologies which created solar-powered transportation and artificial intelligence which accelerated automatisation and processes. However, they are also characterised as capital intensive and risky due to their longer runaway to market application.
The deep technologies can be divided into two clusters, hardware and software clusters. As seen from the diagram above, these two clusters complement each other. The main difference between these two is in their development phase; technologies in the digital cluster require less time to market compared to those within the hardware cluster. Longer time to market also entails more time, risk, and capital investment.
So who’s shaking up European DeepTech?
Vay is a deep tech company based in Europe and the United States. Vay is a leading teledriving company that aims to launch a unique, affordable, and sustainable door-to-door mobility service. With its first service, Vay plans to remotely bring and remotely park electric cars for its customers.
Vay recently raised a $95m Series B funding round to become one of the highest funded startups in Europe to pursue self-driving car technology. Investors include Kinnevik, Coatue, Eurazeo, Atomico, La Famiglia and Creandum, among others.
Bit is a research and prototyping collective run by a talented team in Amsterdam. Their aim is to fast forward tech innovation, one prototype at a time. They run innovation projects with international oreganisations to prove the value of technology by means of a ‘the younger the wiser’ mindset.
They work with large organisiations on ‘prototyping futures’ to support these companies in building new horizons for organisations, by using of robotics, software and AI.
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