German startups could use more venture capital, but the German government has a plan –


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Read recently about Germany’s 30 billion plan for his startups, I was intrigued. Was the country getting jealous of La French Tech? Does it hope to rival the UK after Brexit? Maybe both, but it also has a national goal: to ensure that the profits of homegrown successes stay at home. Let’s investigate. — Anna

Second, third or eighteenth?

European startups have weathered the slump in venture capital quite well and funding fell only slightly in the second quarter compared to the first three months of 2022.

However, German startups had it worse: according to EY, they jointly raised 20% less capital in the first half of 2022 than in the same period last year. This includes private equity, but venture capital fell even more, from €4.44 billion to €2.89 billion (about the same amount in US dollars).