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15:25  18 april  2021
15:25  18 april  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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Berlin's founder scene. But the global comparison shows that the world corporations of the future probably arise on other continents.

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When Klaus Hommel brought his latest IPO to the start, the chess train was not only economical, but also politically motivated. The German Star Investor brought with the Lakestar Spac at the end of February of this year a blank shell, a so-called spac, to the stock market.

The goal of such an undertaking is to find an promising, young company for this shell, which seeks a way to go to the stock market. Hommel has not found the appropriate company yet. But a criterion should fulfill them to his will: it should come from Europe.

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Hardly Unicorns from Europe Leader

because if you look at the biggest unicorns in the world, not only Germany, but all over Europe is suspended. With the Swedish payment service provider Klarna, which is valued at 31 billion US dollars, can only be found in the worldwide ranking of the data network CB Insights only in Seven Start-up from Europe.

with the tech companies Checkout.com and Global Switch follow around 15 seats behind two British companies. The next unicorn from the EU is even only in 90; It is the logistician Bolt from Estonia.

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that's no coincidence. In the US and also in China, the risk capital is very looser. An view of the largest unicorns shows that the big companies of tomorrow probably will not come from Europe. On course, the Chinese Byte dance, which includes the social network of Tiktok, which is also in the field of artificial intelligence at the front. Behind it follow the US companies Stripe, a payment service provider, and Spacex, the Space company of Elon Musk. Among the 20 most valuable startups, eight from the USA, five from China, two from India and one of Brazil, Australia, Singapore, Great Britain - and Kleda from Sweden come.

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Purse for Start-ups

Since sponsors abroad are not only limited to their respective home markets, Hommel's fears an out of European start-ups . "With these companies, which define our digital and innovation sovereignty in the next ten to 15 years, no one must reward us," he says. With his spac he wants to create a first step towards " European Financing Sovereignty ", as he calls it. But even with his own SPAC, the plan was only limited to: The edition came around half of the shareholders from the US and the United Kingdom.

Overall, the money flood for start-ups took no end in the corona year 2020. Although the record value from 2018 could not be achieved, but with around 300 million risk capital, four percent flowed more in the world in start-ups than a year earlier. The largest round of financing in Europe went 2020 to the United Kingdom. The insurer revolut collected 435 million euros. But in the worldwide comparison, the peanut are also. The Indian communication company JIO came 2020 in ten laps to a total of $ 20 billion.

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