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Greek Startups Tap into More Than €500m in 2021

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More than 70 startups, up by 30 percent over last year, benefited from over 500 million euros in funding this year validating Greece’s growing ecosystem, according to a report released this week by the Found.ation and EIT Digital.

More specifically, according to the annual “Startups in Greece 2021/2022: Venture Financing Report” carried out in collaboration with Velocity.Partners with the support of the Hellenic Development Bank, new capital used in 2021 tripled compared to the previous year and follow-on investments broke all records. 

Indicatively, Greece’s top 10 startups secured a total of 397 million euros.

Looking at exits in 2021, three (of six) companies made it directly into the all-time top 10 list in terms of value.

This year also saw the first Greek startups reach “unicorn” level, namely PeopleCert, Blueground and Viva Wallet.

Key takeaways on Greek startups in 2021 according to the Found.ation – EIT Digital report:

– life sciences, retail and agritech are the top three areas of startupper activity. Maritime tech and Deep Tech follow and are set to remain strong in 2022. Meanwhile, according to national startup registry Elevate Greece, enterprises active in tourism are among the top startups in the country 

– participation of non-Greek investors has increased to 84.9 percent paving the way for more extroversion

– the Greek government has increased support in startup entrepreneurship with Deputy Development & Investments Minister Yannis Tsakiris pledging 200 million euros in public funding to be channeled into startup activity. Tsakiris does not rule out the possibility of raising additional funds through national and EU recovery resources. According to Tsakiris, the total amount that will be made available by the state to fund managers at the moment is 1.26 billion euros

– startup companies are seeking more funding – 100,000-200,000 euros or 400,000-500,000 euros – which means a new wave of companies is set to hit the market in 2022 – 70 percent of these companies are focused on B2B activities.

“2021 has been a year of new records for the ever-growing Greek startup scene when it comes to venture funding, exits and Unicorns. It is also the year in which yet another transition in venture financing for our emerging market is starting to take place,” said Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou, co-founder & general partner at Velocity.Partners Venture Capital and co-founder Found.ation. He added that the first 10 companies raised funds to the tune of over 400 million euros in the current year.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.

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