Good news ! After the peak reached in year 2000 and the sluggish period since 2002, it seems that investments in French starts-ups are reaching a solid level. This is what we learn from a Chausson Finance study, which lists since 1998 these investments from 49 capital-risk companies.
2006 first semester shows a global increase of 24% compared to the same period last year. 370 M€ have been invested in 259 companies. This figure confirms the recovery of the French IT sector since 2005 second semester.
(Copyright Chausson Finance)
With more than 100 M€, Telecom and Internet sector is the one that shows the biggest increase (+ 83%). It is now the first invested sector ahead of sotwares and biotech sectors.
Another interersting point: capital share dedicated to first round investments has increased by 20%.
Let’s hope we’ll see new firms and services in the French IT sector !