Securing funding and support from a venture capital investor can be the make-or-break point for many early-stage startups on the edge of success (or, unfortunately, failure).
But finding the right VCs to go into business with can be a tricky process, as you want to be sure they are a good match for your startup’s vision and can offer you what you need in terms of resources and network.
That’s why, with the help of Techstars’ fantastic list of investors in Europe across funding rounds, we’ve compiled a list of 100 early-stage venture capital investors in Europe. 🎉
To make it as easy to navigate as possible, rather than ranking them as the “best,” because that’s completely subjective in many ways, we’ve put this list in alphabetical order based on country first.
See the listings of countries below, and the corresponding numbers of the VCs that are within that country.
Then, the VCs within that country’s section are also alphabetized — make sense? 😉
Even better: you can download a handy Google Sheet here, which includes every VC mentioned in this post for even faster navigation and sorting. ✨
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Austria: 1, Belgium: 2–3, Czech Republic: 4, Denmark: 5–6, Estonia: 7, Finland: 8–10, France: 11–20, Germany: 21–34, Hungary: 35–38, Israel: 39–40, Italy: 41–42, Luxembourg: 43–44, The Netherlands: 45–49, Poland: 50–53, Portugal: 54, Russia: 55–56, Slovakia: 57, Spain: 58–64, Sweden: 65–67, Switzerland: 68–72, Turkey: 73, United Kingdom: 74–100
AWS Gründerfonds is an early-stage investor with 26 companies funded and 6 successful exits. The fund currently manages more than 68 million euro. The objective of the fund is to establish a partnership among equals with portfolio companies and to offer a supportive role in establishing a market position as well as achieving and maintaining sustainable growth.
Antwerp & Ghent, Belgium
Hummingbird Ventures focuses on building the tech companies of tomorrow by empowering exceptional entrepreneurs with swift access to essential advice, radical candor, funding and organizational design expertise. 80% of their investments have gone to early-stage companies. They have offices in both Antwerp and London.
Volta Ventures is a seed and early-stage VC firm for internet and software companies in the BeNeLux region. Their offices are based in Ghent and their team includes 30 angels with international operating experience in internet and software businesses.
Prague, Czech Republic
Credo Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage companies in Central and Eastern Europe across the information technology, internet, mobile and healthcare markets. Credo is based in Prague, Czech Republic, and offers funding ranging from €50 thousand to €6 million. 80% of their investments have been at the seed and series A stages.
Northcap is a Denmark-based VC with a focus on SaaS, B2B and B2B2C investments in Northern Europe. They mainly make investments in the seed (Denmark only), early and growth stages. Originally founded as Internet Ventures Scandinavia in 1999, Northcap changed their name in 2006. They have invested in more than 40 IT companies.
Sunstone is a leading European early-stage venture capital firm with separate funds and investment teams dedicated to technology and life science venture investing. They invest in seed and series A rounds in technology companies all across Europe. The company is headquartered in Copenhagen, with another office in Berlin. Since 2007, Sunstone has backed more than 50 founding teams.
Karma Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm, specialised in late seed and A round investments in Europe’s most promising tech startups. It’s a €70 million pan-European fund backed by Skype’s founding engineers, investing in companies with strong ideas delivered with unique technology, customer traction and global ambition.
Helsinki & Espoo, Finland
Conor invests in early-stage technology companies with the potential and drive to become global winners in their industry categories. They are a technology-centric and business-focused firm — looking for protectable technologies and platforms that enable the creation of novel industry categories or taking over existing ones. They are based in Espoo, with offices also in Stockholm and London.
Inventure describes themselves as enjoying domains many don’t feel comfortable with and making big bets on deep tech. Their strong capital base allows them to lead investments starting from the initial seed stage all the way through expansion. Based in Helsinki with an office also in Stockholm, Inventure has €230 million in base capital with 39 companies currently in their portfolio.
10. VNT Management
VNT is one of the first VCs in Europe that focuses on clean technologies — mainly renewables, electrical systems and energy savings. Their investments are focused in the Nordics and German-speaking countries, with offices in Helsinki, Tampere (Finland) and Munich. They have three funds with total investment capital of €157 million under management.
360° Capital Partners focuses on early-stage investments in Europe, more particularly in France and Italy. The company has had more than $300 million under management in the last 20 years, and is managed by a consolidated team cumulating 100+ years of VC experience in investing in, following up and/or exiting from more than 100 companies.
Alven is an independent venture investment firm with a successful track record of five successive funds backing more than 100 startups over 17 years. The mission at Alven consists of supporting the long-term success of outstanding French digital and technology entrepreneurs. They also operate Alven Magazine, focused on continuous learning for tech founders.
AXA Venture Partners’ target sectors include enterprise software, fintech/insurtech, consumer tech and digital health. AVP is a $275M venture capital firm investing in seed and early stage companies through AVP Early Stage, and in growth equity companies through AVP Capital. Their investments range from $300 thousand for seed investments to $20M for growth equity transactions.
Daphni is a self-described “venture capital mutant” with capital of €290,000 registered in the Paris Trade and Companies Register. The company is made up of investors, community builders, platform makers and content producers. Daphni is also supported by InnovFin Equity, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments set up under the Investment Plan for Europe.
IDInvest Partners’ mission is to fund European businesses at various stages of growth. With around €8 billion under management, they have financed more than 4,000 European companies across its three business lines since 1997. One of those lines is their venture and growth capital track, where they offer direct equity investment in young, innovative companies with high growth potential.
16. Kurma Partners
Kurma Partners is a key European player in the financing of Innovation in Healthcare and Biotechnology, from pre-seed to growth capital, through their Kurma Biofunds I and II, and Kurma Diagnostics, as well as via strategic partnerships with prestigious European research and medical institutions. Founded in July 2009, they also help manage IDInvest Partners’ biotech portfolio, under a consultancy mandate.
17. Newfund Capital
Newfund Capital invests in the early stages of companies and supports them along their growth process. They have raised $200 million from entrepreneurs, business leaders and family offices. According to their website, they currently have 64 active investments and support 14 exited companies.
18. Omnes Capital
Omnes Capital is a French-based major player in private equity and infrastructure, with expertise in venture capital, buyout and growth capital, renewable energy and co-investment. The venture capital team has invested more than €400 million since 2005. They hold minority stakes in innovative up-and-coming businesses with growth potential in both IT and life sciences sectors. They offer investment at various stages: seed funds, series A rounds, spin-offs and series B rounds. The funds they raise are mainly from retail private investors.
19. Partech Ventures
Partech Ventures is a top-tier transatlantic venture capital firm with offices in Paris, San Francisco, Dakar and Berlin. Partech invests in internet and information technology startups at seed, venture and growth stages.
Ventech is a sector-agnostic firm with investments across the digital economy. Their main areas of interest include, but are not limited to, enterprise software, deep technology, marketplaces and media. They offer a seed program to invest in very young and disruptive companies, but their main area of investment is in series A rounds, with initial investments between €2 million and €5 million. Ventech has offices in Paris, Munich, Helsinki, Beijing and Shanghai.
Berlin & the rest of Germany
21. BlueYard Capital
BlueYard started as a $120 million early-stage fund based in Berlin, and invests across Europe. Their main mission is to invest in companies that are working toward the decentralization of markets, the democratization of capabilities and the liberation of data. They are sector agnostic and focus on macro-level economic and social changes driven by technology.
22. Cherry Ventures
Self-described “founders first and investors second,” Cherry Ventures has invested in companies such as Flixbus and Auto1 Group. They focus on investments at the seed stage, and describe their company as building a platform rather than just another VC. The firm was founded by Filip Dames (Co-founder Zalando), Daniel Glasner (founder Citydeal, founder Quandoo) and Christian Meermann (former CMO Zalando).
Founded in 1997, Earlybird invests in all development and growth phases of technology companies. Earlybird offers its portfolio companies financial resources, as well as strategic and operational support, and access to an international network and capital markets. With more than 1 billion under management, along with seven IPOs and 22 trade sales, they are one of the most successful VCs in Europe.
eCAPITAL Entrepreneurial Partners is a venture capital company that supports innovative entrepreneurs in seminal industries. The fund focuses on investing in later and early-stage cleantech companies, with an average volume of €0.5 million to €2.5 million, mainly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
25. Fly Ventures
Fly Ventures is a team of engineers, product designers and investors who position themselves to help founders build technologically outstanding businesses with global ambitions. They back entrepreneurs across Europe with initial ticket sizes from €250 thousand to €1 million.
Holtzbrinck Ventures is a leading German VC firm based in Munich. They invest globally and across business models. Today, they have more than €1 billion under management, making them one of the largest and most experienced independent European early-stage venture funds. During this time, funds managed or advised by them have invested in over 160 companies, including Zalando, HelloFresh, Flixbus and others.
27. LEA Partners
LEA Partners is a Karlsruhe-based VC with a B2B tech focus. They invest and support companies from the seed stage to buy-out, and have up to €45 million in equity per company. Their team is comprised of more than 20 industry experts, and they have funded more than 40 companies since 2002.
MairDumont Ventures focuses on investment in travel and mobility companies that will shape the future with clever ideas. They reach more than 9 million unique users every month and describe themselves as behaving like classic VCs, with more flexibility and a strong network.
29. Paua Ventures
Paua Ventures is a seed and series A tech VC based in Berlin. They offer active support in day-to-day operational business decisions and help entrepreneurs set strategic milestones. Paua has funded more than 30 companies, with five exits, and a total fund size of €70 million. Their minimum investment is €200 thousand, while their maximum investment is €6 million.
Point Nine Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm primarily focused on SaaS and online marketplaces. They’re based in Berlin, but invest globally. Point Nine typically invests anything from a few hundred thousand dollars, up to about two million when they make a new investment and keep significant reserves for follow-up rounds.
Project A is a seed and early-stage investor in the digital space with a systematic and unique company-building approach. Project A combines capital investments into startups with hands-on operational involvement through 90+ functional experts in areas such as performance marketing, business intelligence, HR/recruiting, tech, product management and business development.
Shortcut Ventures is a VC for founders, by founders. The partners of Shortcut invest their own money into the fund, with Fund I fully invested. Note: according to their website, they are currently not accepting new investments.
33. Target Global
Target Global is an international VC firm with more than $300 million in assets under management and offices in Berlin, San Francisco and Moscow. Target Global focuses primarily on fast-growing, digital-enabled B2C and B2SMB companies in e-commerce, fintech, travel, software and mobile.
Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners is an early-stage technology venture capital firm investing in B2B tech startups in the field of industrial IoT, B2B software, SaaS, mobility and smart cities. Their current portfolio includes companies such as FlixBus, Konux and Orpheus. They mainly back founders in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
35. Andgo Partners
Andgo Partners is an early-stage VC that focuses on investments in Hungary, though they also invest in companies in surrounding countries as well. They are able to provide cash investments up to €1.5 million and make seed-stage and early-stage investments, primarily to finance market entry and international roll-out.
iEurope invests in privately held small- and medium-sized enterprises in Central Eastern Europe, seeking capital for growth and expansion. They target innovative enterprises with proprietary products and services. The fund managers have a successful track record of investing in, exiting and managing more than 20 companies.
37. PBG FMC
PBG FMC is a venture capital fund management company operating since 2011. Their primary goal is to profitably manage capital while furthering the reputation of Hungary. The majority owner — Portus Buda Group — created the firm to channel and share its accumulated expertise and sector knowledge.
PortfoLion is a Budapest-based venture capital and private equity fund management firm that invests in the Central Eastern Europe region. They partner with companies across multiple stages to help them expand and realize their growth potential. Besides financial investment, they also support partners with their business experience, financial knowledge and network.
Tel Aviv, Israel
39. Magma Ventures
Magma Venture Partners is a leading Israeli VC firm, dedicated to investing in Israel’s information, communications and technology space, including the software, semiconductor and new media spheres. They seek bright ideas at their earliest stages, and serve as a springboard for entrepreneurs as they develop and evolve into industry leaders. Magma’s goal is to enable a flow of innovation from the earliest stage all the way through until a company reaches its full potential.
Rhodium invests in early-stage ventures in Israel, New York and Silicon Valley. They focus on identifying and partnering with the very best and most promising entrepreneurs and innovators with a view to building disruptive, world-changing companies.
Rome & Milan, Italy
P101 is a VC firm that specializes in early-stage investments in the digital sector. They focus on enterprises that have an efficient business model, which allows them to quickly scale and become a leader in their market segment, capitalizing on innovation of technology, products and process. They are headquartered in Milan.
Zernike Meta Ventures combines VC fund management, entrepreneurial mentoring and innovation consultancy into an integrated platform for transforming knowledge into growth. They invest in startups and innovators across Europe, and help governments, institutions, regions and cities around the world foster more of them.
43. Adara Ventures
Adara Ventures is a Luxembourg-based VC that invests in B2B models specializing in data and cyber, including cloud infrastructure and other enterprise applications. Their mission is to back great companies with superior engineering and innovation that have the potential to revolutionize their industries and create lasting value.
Mangrove Capital Partners is an early-stage VC that believes entrepreneurs are the real stars and they therefore spend their time traveling extensively across the globe looking for the next big thing. They have invested in four unicorns thus far — Skype, Wix, WalkMe and LetGo.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
45. Endeit Capital
Endeit Capital has its entrepreneurial roots in digital media, internationalization and M&A. Their latest €125 million fund launched late 2015, and they mainly invest in European scale-ups. Typical initial equity investments are between €3 million and €8 million, and they support companies in potential further equity rounds. They have offices both in Amsterdam and in Hamburg.
henQ’s founders have considerable experience in both business and investing, and know how to make companies grow. According to their website, henQ helps you to raise bars and reach targets. Their network covers all major software markets in the world.
MIF II was founded in 2015 by Schiphol, KLM, TU Delft, NS and Port of Amsterdam, together with NBI Investors, the manager of the fund. MIF II focuses on innovation in logistics, transport and aviation both in the B2B and B2C space.
RIF is Randstad’s strategic corporate venture fund to fuel innovation and support Randstad’s ambition to be a leader in its field. They have multiple complementary investments in the HR space, and aim to expand their current portfolio from early-stage to expansion-stage, with a focus on online platforms, big data analytics, machine learning, sourcing, screening and selection tools.
49. SHIFT Invest
SHIFT Invest is an impact venture capital fund and their goal is to generate positive environmental/health impacts alongside financial returns. They focus on investment themes such as agriculture, food, health, clean technologies and biobased technologies.
HardGamma Ventures has been at the forefront of technology investments since its establishment in 2011 after successful angel investments made by HardGamma Consulting. They look for and invest in startups within the software, hardware, IoT and mobile environments. Their primary market is in Poland, but they also reach out across the Central and Eastern European region and further out to the UK and US.
51. Innovation Nest
Innovation Nest invests in early to Series A stage B2B technology companies with a global focus, typically €100k up to €1M. While their first fund had been focused on Poland, they’re now investing across Europe.
JPIF is a new life science VC, which focuses on investments in companies with visible and near-term value inflection points and a prospective holding period of 3–5 years. JPIF consists of a team of people with broad experience in the life-science sector.
53. RTAventures VC
RTAventures VC mainly invests in late-seed, early-series A rounds, up to a total of €1.5 million per investment. They so far have investments in Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Austria and the US. This VC works closely with Point Nine Capital, according to Techstars.
Lisbon & Porto, Portugal
Portugal Ventures is a venture capital company that invests in the seed rounds of Portuguese startups in the areas of tech, life sciences and tourism. It manages €213 million in assets through 19 VC funds. In 2017, CB Insights listed Portugal Ventures as the most active VC in Portugal.
55. Almaz Capital
Almaz Capital describes itself as investing in highly-motivated, bright and passionate entrepreneurs — based in Silicon Valley or from the Baltics and Eastern Europe — developing proven technologies that will serve global markets. Companies looking for funding are ideally incorporated in western jurisdictions. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with a presence in Russia.
56. Maxfield Capital
Maxfield Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in global seed and early stage technology companies. Their approach aims at creating global success stories by bridging the gap between high quality engineering and commercial execution. They have offices in Moscow, London, New York, San Francisco and Tel Aviv.
57. Neulogy Ventures
Neulogy Ventures is an early-stage VC based in Slovakia. As of 2016, the fund size was €25.7 million, with 40 limited partners. Their average seed investment is around €200 thousand and their average series A investment is around €1 million.
Barcelona & Madrid, Spain
ACTIVE Venture Partners is an international team with presences and offices in Barcelona, Hamburg and Stockholm. The firm typically invests in large seed and series A rounds. Their investments typically focus on companies in Spain, German-speaking countries and Scandinavia.
Inveready is one of the leading early-stage venture capital funds in Spain and a pan-European hybrid quasi equity investor in small cap quoted companies. Through its seven funds, the company invests both equity and venture debt into technology companies, with high growth potential and innovative business models. They have a presence in Barcelona, Madrid and San Francisco.
JME is an early-stage tech VC firm based in Madrid that invests in Spanish founders everywhere. As one of the most active VCs in Spain, they have invested in some startups that have turned into successful scale-ups such us Jobandtalent, Flywire and Redbooth.
KFund is a venture capital fund that lives and works for entrepreneurs. Their goal is to promote the evolution of the Spanish startup ecosystem by investing in digital and technological companies.
62. Nero Ventures
Nero Ventures’ focus is on early-stage, European technology businesses, with ambitious founders and unique approaches. Nero has a strong expertise in the active management of investments. They invest early stage and support companies all along their growth, helping create value through sectorial and technology specialization and through a pan-European network.
Samaipata Ventures is a VC specialized in e-commerce and marketplace business models. 80% of their fund is oriented to early and growth-stage investments — tickets from €500 thousand to €1.5 million per company. And 20% of the fund is oriented to seed and early-stage investments — tickets from €100 thousand to €200 thousand. They are based in Madrid.
64. Ysios Capital
Ysios Capital is a leading Spanish independent venture capital firm that provides private equity financing to early- and mid-stage human healthcare and life science companies. They target the entire healthcare and biotechnology industries, with a special focus on pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices. Founded in 2008, Ysios Capital has €191.4 million in assets under management through its two funds.
Creandum is a VC with a main focus in seed and series A funding. They have funded 75 companies to a total of €435 million raised. Their smallest initial ticket thus far has been €200 thousand and their largest was €8 million. Creandum is based in Stockholm, with presences in Berlin and San Francisco.
Industrifonden is a leading venture capital firm based in Stockholm. They aim to invest in tomorrow’s great companies within the life science and tech sectors. The fund has close to tripled in size since its inception, following profitable exits in both technology and life science companies.
67. Spintop Ventures
Spintop Ventures invests in early-stage Nordic technology companies with scalable business models and a category leadership potential. The firm is run by a senior partner team and supported by a unique network of successful technology entrepreneurs; active co-investment structure.
Zürich & Lausanne, Switzerland
b-to-v is an early-stage venture capital firm. They invest in companies in seed and series A financing rounds with tickets from €1 million to €5 million. They have two investment teams: one is focusing on digital tech and the other on industrial tech. The fund co-invests with a network of 200+ angels.
Emerald is a globally recognized investment firm in the areas of energy, water, advanced materials and industrial IT. Founded in 2000, the company has raised three VC funds, completed more than 50 venture investments, been a trusted partner for numerous multinational corporations in their open innovation activities and managed three technology investment programs for third parties. From offices in Zurich and Toronto, Emerald has managed assets of more than $660 million to date.
Lakestar operates in early and growth-stage ventures by partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs worldwide, focusing on internet and technology companies that can quickly achieve global scale. Founded by Klaus Hommels, one of Europe’s leading venture capitalists, Lakestar has invested in many of the companies that define today’s digital economy, including Facebook, Spotify and Skype, and more recently Opendoor, GoEuro, FiveAI, Blockchain and Shapeshift. Lakestar has a presence in Zurich, Berlin, London, New York and Hong Kong.
Polytech Ventures is an early-stage VC firm based in Lausanne and in Silicon Valley with a strong international focus. They have invested in more than 40 companies with 15 exits. The company received more than 500 deals in 2017 alone.
Redalpine Venture Partners invests in highly scalable business models in the ICT and life science sectors. Their focus is on early-stage opportunities in the DACH region, and they employ a hands-on approach, working very closely with portfolio companies.
212 is a VC that was founded by a seasoned group of veterans with the common vision of cultivating an ecosystem in Turkey and its surrounding region. They are generalists when it comes to the types of companies they invest in.
London, United Kingdom
7percent invests in early-stage tech startups which represent billion-dollar opportunities. They have been investing Fund I since late 2014 and are now in the process of raising Fund II. 7percent claims that while they are sector agnostic, going forward they are interested in enterprise and consumer SaaS (especially sectors ripe for transformation, such as banking, farming, movie making) as well as internet of things and mobile applications.
83North is a global venture capital firm with $800 million under management. The fund invests across all stages of companies whose focus is to build global category-leading companies. The company started as Greylock IL, before becoming an independent firm and rebranding to 83North. They have offices in both London and Tel Aviv.
Amadeus Capital Partners is a global technology investor. Since 1997, the firm has backed more than 130 companies and raised more than $1 billion for investment. With vast experience and a strong network, Amadeus Capital’s team of investors and entrepreneurs share a passion for the transformative power of technology. They invest in consumer services, financial technology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, medical technology, digital health and digital media.
77. Atlantic Bridge
Atlantic Bridge is a global tech fund with more than $500 million in assets under management across six funds. They invest in tech companies in Europe, the US, the Middle East and China. They have offices and staff based in London, Dublin, Silicon Valley, Beijing and Muscat. The fund is focused on investing primarily at the expansion capital and growth equity stages in companies that have started to scale in revenues with a proven business model.
Balderton is one of Europe’s leading VC funds focused on early-stage investments. The company manages approximately $2.2 billion in committed venture capital, and their most recent fund, Balderton V, was raised in January 2014.
Cabot Square Capital is a leading provider of investment capital for small and mid-sized companies in the UK and Western Europe. They describe the firm as being a “hands-on partner able to provide companies with capital for growth and acquisitions, innovative management ideas, creative problem solving and strategic, long-term planning.”
Concentric is an early-stage investment partnership that aims to invest in digital technology companies across Europe and to help them grow into category winners. Concentric invests between €0.5 million to €5 million over the life of an early-stage growth company.
81. Dawn Capital
Dawn Capital is an early-stage VC focusing on enterprise software and fintech. Dawn is a team of experienced entrepreneurs who help European founders build great global companies. The portfolio of companies currently includes Collibra, Gelato Group, iControl, iZettle, Mimecast, Neo Technology, Showpad and many others.
82. DN Capital
DN Capital is a global early-stage and growth capital investor focused on seed, series A and select series B investments in fintech, SaaS, digital media, e-commerce, marketplaces, mobile applications and software companies. The firm was founded in 2000 and has operations in London, Berlin and Silicon Valley.
83. Eden Ventures
Eden Ventures invests in high-growth European technology companies. They have a particular focus on the big data analytics, cloud computing, digital media, enterprise software, fintech, internet, mobile, retail technologies, social media and telecommunications software sectors. Eden’s investment strategy is to provide early-stage funding (seed and series A). However, they aim to invest further capital in their best companies through their lifetime.
84. Entree Capital
Entree Capital provides multi-stage funding for innovative seed, early and growth companies all over the world. It was founded by successful entrepreneurs with a track record of having successfully invested and exited from more than twenty businesses on five continents in the past decade.
85. Felix Capital
Felix Capital is a VC firm at the intersection of technology and creativity. They focus on digital lifestyle, investing in consumer brands and related enabling technologies. Their mission is to be a partner of choice for entrepreneurs with big ideas, and help them build strong brands that stand out and move the world forward. Felix is based in London, and operate across Europe and the US. They announced their first $120 million fund in June 2015.
Firstminute is a $100 million seed fund, based in London, with a global reach. The company was founded in 2017 by Brent Hoberman and Spencer Crawley. The fund is backed by Atomico, Tencent and 30 unicorn founders.
87. Hambro Perks
Hambro Perks is a VC based in London, and they invest globally, across a range of sectors. They incubate and invest in fast growth companies, helping people shape ideas, raise money and get to market. There are currently 37 companies in their portfolio.
88. Hoxton Ventures
Hoxton Ventures is a $40 million early-stage technology VC firm. They partner with founders seeking to invent new market categories or transform large, existing industries. Their sweet spot is internet, mobile and software startups. They prefer to be the first venture investor and they follow their investments, aiming to be shareholders for seven to ten years. They invest as little as $250 thousand to seed a company and as much as $2 million to lead a round.
89. Kindred Capital
Kindred aligns their ambitions and achievements with their portfolio — in structure and in spirit. Every entrepreneur they invest in becomes a co-owner of the fund. The company has four partners, and the first fund launched in 2016. This VC focuses exclusively on UK-based companies.
Illuminate Financial was founded in 2014 as a London-based VC firm with an international reach, exclusively focused on capital markets financial technology. The first fund was established to capitalize on fintech investment opportunities driven by the significant change in the business and regulatory environments in which financial institutions operate.
LVP is a seed fund with a strong difference: their partners are operating experts in the gaming ecosystem, and they only ever invest in this sector. The LVP team has been seed investors in gaming companies that have created approx $12.8 billion in value including Supercell, Unity, NaturalMotion, Playfish, Peak, Applifier, Boomlagoon and Radiant Entertainment.
Northzone is a VC firm managing eight funds and approximately €1 billion in assets. They have made more than 120 investments since 1996 and have had 9 companies in their portfolio go public. They have offices in London, New York, Stockholm and Oslo.
93. Notion Capital
Notion Capital is a London-based VC firm that invests in enterprise tech and SaaS startups. Their ideal company is typically generating at least $1 million in revenue, with 2–3x growth, has an HQ in Europe and an ambition to build massive global scale.
Nova Founders Capital invests in and builds sustainable large-scale business models in rapidly growing internet markets. They are disciplined company builders and investors and understand how to efficiently grow companies. Their companies receive the continuous financial and operational support they need to be successful.
Octopus Ventures is a London- and New York-based VC firm, focused on identifying unusually talented entrepreneurs. Founded in 2000, Octopus has invested in more than 60 companies. They can invest from £250 thousand to £25 million in a first round of funding and look to follow in subsequent rounds. Octopus manages more than £7.8 billion of funds on behalf of 50,000 investors.
96. Oxford Capital
Oxford Capital currently manages capital on behalf of private investors, family offices, endowments, pension funds and other institutional investors. They work closely with talented entrepreneurs to provide the capital, expertise and support they need to turn outstanding innovation into highly successful businesses. They have invested in more than 40 companies, operating in industries ranging from digital media to sustainable agriculture and medical technology.
Propel Venture Partners is a VC firm focused on opportunities at the intersection of technology and finance. This massive category has long been the domain of banks and other too-big-to-fail incumbents — but changes are taking hold. Based in San Francisco and London.
Reed Elsevier Ventures is the corporate VC fund for Reed Elsevier. Founded in 2000, Reed Elsevier Ventures is based in London and has an extensive portfolio of companies in analytics, ad tech and much more.
Seedcamp is Europe’s seed fund, investing early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. They back world-class entrepreneurs before their success is known to others. With some of the largest raises in Europe, acquisitions by major companies and $1 billion valuations, their startups have gone on to achieve great things.
100. Winton Ventures
The scope of Winton’s ventures activities includes data science initiatives that have been spun out of the company’s core investment management expertise, and investments in external companies.
Honorable Mentions – VCs that should have made the list
SpeedInvest not only invests capital in world-class talent, but also provides the entrepreneurial know-how and operational experience that is rare outside of a place like Silicon Valley, but is so essential to building great companies. SpeedInvest has more than 120 active investments, with 200 million euro under management and 7 successful exits. SpeedInvest is based in Vienna, Austria.
TA Ventures is an international VC fund with an expertise in Mobility, Digital Health and AI/ML. They co-invest with leading VCs in Europe and the US and back companies such as Caroobi, Aurora Labs, Zesty, Klara, CUJO, Sense.ly, Invision.ai and 100+ others including Azimo, SumUp, Wallapop. They offer their portfolio companies proactive support and a broad international network. TA Ventures is based in Frankfurt, Germany.
There you have it, 100+ of the top early-stage venture capital investors in Europe. 🎉
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