TC+ Roundup: Is European venture showing signs of recovery?

Good morning, and happy Tuesday!

Today we’re looking at Q3 venture data coming out of Europe. Overall, European venture capital data is down sharply. But as my colleagues Anna Heim and Alex Wilhelm write, European venture is “down, but not out.”

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There’s a lot to like in the numbers, including the fact that the value of European deals grew 5.9% from Q2 2023 to Q3. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for later-stage deals.

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