It’s this time of the year when VCs worldwide try to predict what to expect for the year ahead. Below are my picks among assumptions read here and there. Let me know your feelings about 2020 by answering this email!
> US venture capitalists will take part to more and more European financing operations and will invest at earlier stages than before. Hussein Kanji, partner at Hoxton Ventures, strongly believes that US VCs have been experimenting until now and they are now much more likely to establish a formal presence in Europe and lead more rounds in European ventures.
> 2020 is the year when access to AI and machine learning will be democratized according to Index Ventures. Basically, every company will embark some sort of AI capabilities.
> For Jean de la Rochebrochard, partner at Kima Ventures, Traveltech is the most exciting sector for 2020. After the Booking.com generation followed by Skyscanner and others, it’s another wave of fresh data-driven tech companies that is ready to enhance the whole travel experience.
> At a time when people are increasingly worried about societal and ecological concerns, purpose-driven startups become more relevant than ever before. Tom Wehmeier, partner at Atomico, is adamant: “many consumers would rather pay more for something that’s sustainable”. Building something meaningful and to generate positive impact will be crucial in 2020.
> It’s no fresh news, Israel is a pioneering nation in tech. However, all eyes could be turned to the country this year. Amit Karp, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, is confident in the fact that the number of unicorns will increase drastically in 2020 and that the startup nation will produce larger exits than ever before. The country is engaged in a virtuous circle that will generate more and more notable exits in the near future.