Startups: many small rounds or few, but good?
Average startup valuationsThe data speak for themselves: in Italy, at the pre-seed and seed stage, the average valuation of a startup is about 2.5 million and 4.5 million euros, respectively, compared to 6.3 and 9.5 million dollars in the U.S. for the same stage of investment. Moreover, at the later stage of Round A, valuations in Italy are around 10 million euros, while in the U.S., the average valuation is $45 million.
Italy-other countries comparison on startup development
Our country's situation does not look good compared to the European context. Spain is the most developed country in southern Europe in terms of the amount raised (€4.1 billion in 2021) and the number of rounds (618). Germany is the second largest European country regarding the number of startups and volume of investments, second only to Great Britain. In 2021 in Germany, the total value of all venture capital investments more than tripled, from €5.3 billion to almost €17.4 billion (+ 229%). France, which in 2022 established itself on the European continent as a "startup nation," raised as much as €11.6 billion in 2021 (10 times the Italian startups raised in the same period).
Obstacles to startup development
A key factor hindering substantial investment in innovative companies in our country is a congenital aversion to risk, especially in the early stages of the venture. There are many high-quality enterprises that no one finances or that are financed only "in hiccups," with an inability to develop and operate efficiently. While it is true that gradually investing tends to be less risky, it does not allow innovative enterprises to start operating in the market and develop adequately.