European blockchain companies set a record in 2018, however, they are unable to overcome funding that comes to financial technology companies.
Blockchain boom in 2018
At the end of 2017, the rate of Bitcoin skyrocketed to incredible price of $19,000. As the first cryptocurrency began gaining popularity, people started to wonder about the technology that stayed behind. After that people understood that blockchain can be used not only in crypto, but also in other spheres of life.
Some companies began to create their own blockchain and implement it into financial sector, political sector, etc. For example, Western Union supports cryptocurrency and blockchain, and it seeks the ways of their implementation; LG Uplus released a blockchain cross-border payment system.
After the cryptocurrency prices collapsed, the blockchain technology remains to be quite popular topic on different IT conferences and summits.
Blockchain investments cannot overcome fintech funding
According to Innovate Finance’s ‘2018 FinTech VC Investment Landscape‘ report, blockchain and cryptocurrency industry in Europe has witnessed a series of significant deals, but notably just four deals amounted to over $300 million. These deals include such projects, as Paxos (Bankchain), Dfinity, SEBA Crypto, Bitfury. They raised from $65 million to $103 million in different periods of the year.
Analysis shows that fintech companies are much more popular among investors than blockchain. European challenger banks Revolut and N26 alone raised $461 million across 7 deals. They closely followed by personal finance and wealth management ($333.61 million), and alternative lending and finance ($306.64 million) industries.
Fintech’s big picture
If we take the investments of all financial companies all over the world, we will see that they raised $36.6 billion from venture capital investors.
The leader in fintech investments is China, Chinese company Ant Financial set a record for both fintech and venture capital, raising $14 billion. In overall, China led with $18.9 billion invested across 90 deals.
Next place is taken by the United States; it has raised $10.6 billion across 1,042 deals. The United Kingdom followed on in third place with $1.7 billion invested across 261 deals.
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