Popular sectors in startup investment
Startups developing AI tools or green energy, among others, appear to raise especially large amounts of money in seed and pre-seed rounds. So for many investors, these fast-growing companies are interesting. This is according to data from Crunchbase.
The survey selected companies founded since 2019 that have raised 100,000 euros or more in investment rounds. The largest rounds were grouped by sector. The figures show the latest trends in investing in startups.
Startups developing generative AI or AI assistants are doing well in the rounds. Amsterdam-based Kaizo, for example, raised 4 million euros in a seed round. This startup's platform offers employee performance management and is AI-driven.
Online sports and energy grow strongly
Green energy generation also did well in the investment rounds. Startups focusing on nuclear fusion also accounted for about half of seed investments in this sector.
Online sports forums and online sports are also growing fast. According to Crunchbase, this can be seen in the value of this sector. It was still at €1.4 billion in 2022, but is expected to grow to €4.5 billion by 2030.
Tools and platforms aimed at filling vacancies also managed to raise a lot of money this year. Namely, startups are developing AI-driven tools to recruit talent. US-based Rivet, for instance, raised $5.3 million.
Flash delivery drivers drop in popularity
According to Crunchbase, some industries that were popular between 2020 and 2022 are now declining sharply in popularity. These include flash delivery companies, ecommerce buyers, cannabis companies and alternative proteins. They fetched less in seed rounds.