The year 2022 was a very rough year for startups. Nevertheless, we saw great and, above all, impressive financing rounds and exits.
After intensive deliberations, our expert jury has chosen the Deal of the Year 2022. Of course, they also took the difficult market conditions of the past year into account in their decision.

We are delighted to announce the Deal of the Year 2022:

2022 | Deal of the Year


Climeworks uses a technology called ‘direct air capture’ to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air. When the removed CO₂ is combined with underground storage, it allows the permanent removal of excess and legacy CO₂ emissions, which can no longer contribute to climate change.

Climeworks raised CHF 600 million in a private equity round

Founded: 2009 | HQ: CH | Sector: CleanTech | Private Equity

Investment Raised: CHF 600M | Valuation: Remains Undisclosed | Investors: Baillie GiffordBigPoint HoldingCarbon Removal PartnersGICGlobal Founders Capital, John Doerr, M&G InvestmentsPartners GroupSwiss RE

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2021 | Deal of the Year


Refurbed is the fastest-growing renewed products company in the German-speaking area. The company’s products are up to 40% cheaper and 100% more sustainable, renewed in up to 40 steps, they look and function like new!

After raising $54m in a Series B funding round, the European online electronics marketplace Refurbed is planning to invest in Ireland.

Founded: 2017 | HQ: AT | Sector: Marketplace | Series B

Investment Raised: USD 54M | Valuation: Remain undisclosed | Investors: Evli Growth PartnersAlmaz CapitalSpeedinvestBonsai Partners and All Iron VenturesHermes GPEC4 VenturesSevenVenturesAlpha AssociatesMonkfish Equity (Trivago Founders)Kreos CapitalIsomer Capital

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2021 |Public Voting Results

2nd Place | 20%

Austria’s Blockpit raises €8.4M to bring the necessary transparency to a blockchain-based financial market

Founded: 2017 | HQ: AT | Sector: FinTech | Series A

Investment Raised: USD 8.4M | Valuation: Remains Undisclosed| Investors: MiddleGame Ventures, Fabric Ventures, Force over Mass Capital, Tioga Capital, Avaloq Ventures, European Super Angels Club 

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3rd Place | 9%

Robotic process automation platform UiPath raises USD 750M at USD 35B valuation

Founded: 2005 | HQ: US | Sector: RPA | Series F

Investment Raised: USD 750M | Valuation: USD 35B | Investors: Alkeon Capital, Coatue, and other returning investors

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