Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest. This is a high-risk investment and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong. Take 2 mins to learn more

The Funderbeam Blog

Articles, interviews, case studies announcements and more.
Welcome to The Funderbeam Blog.

May 4, 2022

Ignite Q1 2022 – adopting, balancing, focusing

We were delighted to see so many old and new friends in our virtual quarterly Ignite event. Since February the world has been impacted by the war, and our hearts go out to Ukraine. Quoting Funderbeam CEO Kaidi Ruusalepp, “In these challenging times, our keywords have been adopting, balancing, and focusing.”

Please find some key takeaways from our latest event:

  • Overall, markets are in a “waiting mode”, some more stressed (public markets), some less (VC). Meanwhile, according to CB Insights, the VC industry investments increased 105% YoY to $144M in Q1. 
  • In 2021 and Q1 2022 more than 100 unicorns were globally born each quarter. Most of the unicorns are in the US (52%), Asia (29%), and Europe (13%).
  • According to CB Insights, the valuations of  VC deals are constantly increasing, growing to 2.6x YoY, compared to 1.8x in pre-pandemic years. The deal sizes per investor have though remained the same, indicating an increase in investor activity. Please see the presentation by Jacqueline Yee.
  • Last year, approximately 10% of EstBAN members’ portfolio companies went through bankruptcy. President of EstBAN Lev Dolgatsjev sees it in correspondence with the industry average.
  • 2021 was a good year for EstBAN and so far there is no sign of a decrease in investment activity or drop in valuations.
  • Funderbeam is focused on developing a new platform as a service (PaaS) product, supported strongly by demand from Estonian Business Angels Network, the most active angel network in Europe Danish Business Angels, and several other angel networks. Please see the presentation on PaaS and our company lifecycle by Kristjan Raude.
  • Funderbeam will also concentrate on supporting the whole company growth cycle from fundraising smaller rounds in PaaS or private rounds, then going public up to possible Funderbeam IPO.

We hope you liked our new format of Ignite and please book your virtual place for our next Ignite in July (register here)! We will continue developing our format and will ask several interesting guests for “investor insights”, “angel lifehacks” etc.

Read Next
The information about the investment opportunities profiled on this website is provided for general information and marketing purposes only and should not be considered an invitation or inducement to engage in any investment activity. Complete and comprehensive information about an investment opportunity is only available to investors who have been approved by a Funderbeam group entity

You should ensure you carefully read the Risk Disclosure Statement before deciding to proceed with any investment or transaction, including making a purchase of securities via the Marketplace. Funderbeam has taken steps to ensure that company and securities offering information is clear, fair and not misleading in accordance with its internal verification procedures. Funderbeam does not provide investment advice or any recommendation to invest. Any investment opportunity on this website should not be considered as an offer to the public and is not directed at or offered to anyone to whom it may not be so directed or offered, or located in a jurisdiction where it is unlawful to do so.

This page provides you with an overview of the services provided by different entities belonging to Funderbeam Group. In this page, we generally refer to the group as “Funderbeam”, “we”, “us” or “our”.

It is important to note that funds are raised, investments are made and trade orders are placed through three service provider entities: Funderbeam Markets AS (FBAS) (authorised and regulated by the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority under permit 4.1-1/212), Funderbeam Markets Limited (FML (authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority under FRN 794918), and (for trade orders only) Funderbeam Markets Pte. Ltd., (FB Pte). FBAS and FML are MIFID investment firms.

A Funderbeam client (whether investor or company) is a client of the service provider and under the protection of the requirements of the regulator under which that service provider operates: An EEA client’s service provider is FBAS, a UK/ non-EEA/ non-Singapore client’s service provider is FML, and a Singapore client’s service provider is FB Pte.

The Marketplace is operated as an organised market by Funderbeam Markets Pte. Ltd., in Singapore as a Recognised Market Operator (RMO) under the supervision of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. FBAS and FML are Trading Members of the RMO’s Marketplace. Access to the Marketplace for EEA and non-EEA clients is only provided by and through such clients’ service provider (ie FBAS or FML). The Marketplace does not provide services directly to investors outside Singapore.

With respect to any securities or investments offered by a US domiciled Fundraising Company, by visiting this site you confirm you are not a US resident or US person (as defined in Regulation S of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933) and you understand and agree that you are not acquiring any Investments for the account or benefit of any such US resident or US person. No investment opportunity in a US domiciled Fundraising Company is directed at US persons.