With the third quarter behind us, it’s time to take into account. During the third quarter of 2016, venture firms and private companies invested 45 million in Italian startups. The total amount of the investments in 2016 raised at 135,8 million euro,36,8M more than the entire 2015 when Startupitalia.eu recorded 98,9M invested. The investment activity in Q3’2016 is 50% higher compared to the same period in 2015, when our website recorded 70M in investment. Below our timeline that gathers all the investments recorded.
Over the past nine months, we registered 67 investments. Venture firms as P101, Principia, Panakés Ventures and Invitalia Ventures (the first Italian Government-led VC firm investing in Italian startups) were the most active operators, leading 55 of these investments (59%). Business angels and family offices led 15 operations and private companies 12.
The average recorded investment is 2,5 million, with some exceptions as Rigenerand, Mosaicoon, Depop and MoneyFarm that raised recently a C rounds (8 million).
The 10 highest investments in 2016
March, 11. Rigenerand Srl, a Medolla (MO), Italy-based company committed to develop biomedical devices supporting the culture of stem cells for pre-clinical and clinical applications, raised 8.7M in venture capital funding. Milan, Italy-based VC firm Principia SGR made the investment via Principia III – Healthcare.
March, 2. Instapartners, a Milan, Italy-based SME lending platform, raised 8M in seed funding. Backers were a pool of private investors and entrepreneurs as Alessandro Benetton, Mauro Benetton, Paolo Merloni, Hans Paul Burkner, Lorenzo Pelliccioli, Venesio family, Giovanni Landi, and Jean Pierre Mustier.
May, 20. Mosaicoon, a Palermo, Italy-based collaboration platform for the management of online video campaigns based on marketing performance, closed a 8M series B venture capital funding round. Backers included a group of family offices and entrepreneurs.
September 19. Depop, a London, UK and Roncade, Treviso, Italy-based mobile, social shopping app, closed a 7.4M funding round. After this round, the company reached a valuation of 38,6M. Backers were Balderton Capital, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Creandum, Red Circle Investments and Lumar.
September 28. MoneyFarm, a Milan and Cagliari, Italy- and London, UK-based online wealth management platform, received a strategic investment from German insurance company Allianz Ventures. As the Financial Times reported, the investment should be around 8M.
April 21. Silk Biomaterials, a Lomazzo, Como-based Medtech startup, raised 7M in series A venture capital funding. Principia SGR made the investment via Principia Health-III, a fund focused on supporting healthcare startups. This round comes after a 485K angel funding raised last year.
May 4. DFLabs, a Milan, Italy-based provider of an automated cyber incident management and response platform, secured 5.5M (dollars) in series A funding. The investment wad made by Evolution Equity Partners.
September 7. Seventeen, a Naples, Italy-based Medtech startup, raised 4.2M in series A funding. Backers were Panakès Partners and Innogest.
April 11. Sardex, a Serramanna, Italy-based commercial credit system for professionals and companies, raised €3m in funding. The round was led by Innogest with participation from Invitalia Ventures, Banca Sella Holding, Fondazione di Sardegna, Nice Group and Stefano Meloni’s Melpart.