Exit Strategies for European Tech & Life Sciences Companies – Artic 15, Helsinki

BY Basil Peters

At the Artic 15 Conference: Exit Path in Helsinki, I describe exit strategies for European technology and life sciences companies. And explain why I believe growing a knowledge-based company in Europe today can be better than building one in Silicon Valley.

Highlights include:

  • Why it used to be easier to grow a company in America
  • Yes, raising capital in Europe is more challenging and why
  • Fortunately, capital is less and less important today
  • Technology also makes face-to-face communication less important
  • Virtual companies are more competitive
  • Today, I believe most of Europe is a better place than Silicon Valley to build a tech or life science company
  • It all comes down to where knowledge workers want to live
  • Now most companies can be anywhere
  • The market for exits (M&A transactions) is global
  • Today, exits aren’t really different in Europe