European VC Atomico raises $1.1bn

The backer of Klarna and Lilium has a target of £1.35bn despite a challenging economic climate

Atomico, one of Europe’s most active VC firms, has raised $1.1bn from investors, according to the Financial Times.

The raise means the London-based VC, founded by Skype founder Niklas Zennström, is close to its £1.35bn target for its new growth and venture funds, despite a challenging economic climate.

The first half of 2023 saw UK tech company investment fall to £5.9bn – the sharpest decline in Europe with interest rates, macroeconomic uncertainty, falling valuations and inflation slowing down the market across the continent.

The knock-on effect of a challenging venture capital climate has been underwhelming recent Nasdaq IPOs from tech companies such as chip designer Arm and grocery app Instacart, resulting in VC firms advising start-ups not to list until next year.

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Despite this, the new raise from Atomico follows London-based Dawn Capital’s raise of $700m – of which it plans on backing B2B software companies – and Highland Europe’s €1bn fund closed in January this year.

Atomico’s portfolio history of over 130 start-ups includes pay-now-pay-later solution Klarna and flying electric vehicle manufacturer Lilium, and it plans on using the new funds to back tech start-ups in the digital work, automation, internet infrastructure, fintech and mobility sectors.

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