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Last week, Frog Valley presented a Venture Capital-focused event at CAPCO with a panel of experts, looking to the year ahead. The panel comprised of Jeff Tijssen - Head of Fintech and Digital Partnerships at Capco; Gary Stewart -Director of Wayra UK; Cornel Chiriac - Managing Partner of London Venture Factory; and Fernando Valda - Investment Director at Nord Engine Capital. Below are the biggest takeaways from the evening.

After a whirlwind 3 months in Southeast Asia (revisit Gemma’s time in Phnom Penh here, it was time to embrace winter in Europe. Luckily the transition was relatively smooth as we were based in the coastal town of Split where our workspace overlooked the Adriatic Sea and temperatures were mild enough for morning bike rides or hikes and beautiful sunsets in the evening.

Let’s continue our European startups landscape tour with Sweden and Stockholm! Välkomna

Not only does Sweden have some of the most reputable unicorn names, but they have also become a key FinTech hub, recognised globally. Sweden is actually the second most prolific tech hub in the world on a per-capita basis. According to a recent report published by investment firm Atomico, Sweden has 6.3 billion-dollar companies per million people, compared to Silicon Valley’s 6.9.

I would like you to join me as I take you on a European Startup tour. As I am French, let’s start with France - more specifically Paris - with the aim to understand what is going on there; what the landscape looks like and most of all where would be the best place for a start up to be created, incubated, accelerated, funded and put on a sky rocket.

In future instalments we will continue the startup journey to Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon and Bucharest.

In November I spent 5 days in Dublin in the middle of arguably the largest gathering (and rowdiest, compliments of the free Guinness at the venue) of Tech-focused professionals on the planet: Web Summit. There were more people, more speaking sessions, more pitches, and more hustle and bustle than one could imagine.