ESPI Space Venture 2022 – Investment in the European and Global Space Sector [May/2023]
The European Space Policy
Institute (ESPI) published its annual Space Venture Europe report, addressing
trends of entrepreneurship and private investment in Europe for 2022.
In this report, ESPI estimates a
record amount invested in European space start-ups with €1.1 billion in 2022.
This is a further 23% increase over last year’s all-time high and a
continuation of the significant growth trend of the European private space
sector that started in 2014. Raising €120 million, the Finnish SAR company
Iceye secured the highest investment round out of the European companies in
2022 for the expansion of its satellite constellation, with the objective to
grow its natural catastrophe solutions business line and make investments in
its analytics services. ESPI furthermore estimates that a total of €8.8 billion
were raised (-28%) globally by space ventures and breaks the value down into
respective growth by regions. While venture capital remains the most common
form of investment worldwide (55%), the share of SPAC mergers has dropped
significantly to €400 million in 2022 from €3 billion in 2021.
Lastly, the space venture report
presents for the first time a detailed focus on China, highlighting over 100 companies
raising over €6.5 billion since 2014.
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