You either love them or hate them, but venture capital is one of many ways to help fund a startup. We regularly monitor what’s going on in the VC world so we know where investors are putting their money - a great insight into the growing markets and most exciting uses of technology. These are the European VCs we think you should follow to stay in the know, pitch to in the future, or just for some simple inspiration.
Accel Ventures is a venture capital firm that partners with exceptional founders with unique insights and helps them from inception through all phases of growth. Past and current investments include Facebook, Dropbox, Slack and Deliveroo.
Albion is a leading investment management firm focusing on B2B software and tech enabled services in the UK. The team have also backed companies across digital health, MarTech and FinTech.
Atomico invests at Series A & beyond, leveraging deep operational experience. Investments include Bossa Studios, FarmDrop, and GymPass. Keep an eye out for its annual State of European Tech report.
Bryce is Partner and Head of Communications at Atomico where he’s worked with companies like Klarna, Lilium, Truecaller or MessageBird. Previously Founder of Albion Drive, Bryce is a PR Jedi - well worth a follow!
Niklas is the CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico, as well as an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur. We’re pretty sure you’ll of heard of one of his most famous ventures - Skype!
Mattias is the co-founder of Atomico. He’s recently announced that he’s starting a new seed fund - Moonfire Ventures - he’s previously backed Klarna, SuperCell and TrueCaller. Well worth a follow to see what’s next!
Backstage Capital work with underestimated and underrepresented leaders and bring them to the top. We are OBSESSED with the team and the portfolio! You should follow them, and the core team of Backstage London are ace - Andy Ayim, Anisah Osman Britton, and Andy Davis.
Balderton is said to be one of the biggest European VCs focused on tech companies. Backing European founders with global ambitions, and they’ve definitely proved that as they worked with companies like Citymapper, Nutmeg, and Revolut, among many others.
Suranga is a Partner at Balderton and a former entrepreneur. He founded a company called blinkx, an intelligent search engine for video and audio content.
Berlin based Cherry invests in Seed stage + companies across Europe. Investments include Eastnine, Manual, and Weengs, with a mix of both B2B and B2C companies.
Dawn focus their investments in their specialist areas of fintech and B2B Software. With headquarters in London, they are the largest European specialist VC. In their portfolio, they have companies like Collibra and iZettle.
Evgenia heads Dawn Capital’s investments in France and Benelux, and more broadly covers exciting B2B companies in software and fintech across Europe. Since joining Dawn, Evgenia led an investment into ZIVVER ($12m Series A) and is actively involved with the company. In 2017, she was named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of leading young entrepreneurs, innovators and game-changers.
At Dawn Capital, Sarah is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and execution of investments in B2B software and fintech across Europe. Sarah is also the founder of Femstreet, the leading newsletter on women tech, entrepreneurship and diversity in Venture Capital.
Diversity’s mission is to create a fairer and more diverse venture capital industry in London and beyond.
Francesca is the co-founder of Diversity VC, and invests in early-stage tech businesses. She is PHENOMENAL and a true champion. Improve your Twitter feed by following her.
Downing Ventures is all about early and growth-stage technology businesses. They work with fast-growing business and more than 25,000 investors who help startups reach their goals every day. Investments include Open Bionics and Live Better With.
Early Bird VC
Earlybird focuses on European technology innovators and supporting the digital economy. Its wide portfolio covers everything from big data to eCommerce and healthcare to fashion. Investments include Lexoo and N26.
Based in London, Episode 1 focuses on startups “hidden in the blindsight”. They believe that they see the world like you, not like typical investors. They were early investors in Zoopla, Shazam and Betfair.
Five Seasons Ventures
Five Seasons Ventures focuses on FoodTech and AgTech innovation. Partners Ivan Farneti and Niccolo Manzoni invest in product and process innovation aimed at solving the global challenges of the food industry.
Forward Partners supercharge tech startups from day zero all the way through Series A. Since 2013 they've backed over 50 startups, working with founders to build great products, achieving higher valuations, faster. Investments include AppearHere, Hailo, and Baby 2 Body.
Frontline Ventures focuses particularly on European seed-stage B2B companies with an ambition to expand to the US - more than half of its portfolio companies have US offices. Based in London and Dublin, they provide both capital and experience to help shorten founders' learning curves.
William is a Partner at Frontline Ventures and was the youngest partner of a European VC fund when Frontline was founded.
Sitar has been a VC for 14 years, focusing on early-stage investments in both consumer and B2B companies. She is now a partner at Connect Ventures where she led rounds for companies like Citymapper or Typeform.
Index Ventures helps small companies go global. They share lots of success stories of businesses that they’ve worked with over the past 20+ years and how they continue to grow. Companies like Dropbox, Deliveroo and Revolut are just a few of the big names they have in their portfolio.
Ari is a former entrepreneur with both an operating and investing background. His core investment focus is on enterprise software, SaaS and fintech across all stages. Before joining Index, Ari was at Dawn Capital in London where he invested in and worked with SaaS and open source companies in Europe and the US.
Local Globe focuses on seed funding, the first stage of any funding round. Nevertheless, they’ve worked with today’s tech giants like Transferwise and Zoopla.
Saul Klein & Robin Klein
Father and son duo who have worked with many of the biggest European tech successes, including Kano, Seedcamp, Index Ventures, Moo, LoveFilm, Zoopla, Transferwise…the list goes on!
Octopus Ventures look for talented entrepreneurs who have big ideas and want to build global businesses. They’ve worked with over 70 companies and helped them raise more than £150 million last year. Based in London and New York with Venture Partners in San Francisco, Singapore and China, their typical investment is from £1 million for Seed to around £5 million for Series A.
Akriti is an investor at Octopus Ventures where she focuses on deep tech businesses in the field of AI, Machine Learning, B2B Enterprise Software, Cyber Security and next-generation automation.
Gian focuses primarily on health companies at Octopus Ventures. Before becoming an investor, he led a biotechnology company in Canada.
Passion Capital partners with entrepreneurs and operators to apply their experiences to help founders and early-stage teams in the digital world. Since 2011 they've funded 70 early-stage tech startups, including Monzo, Adzuna and Tide.
Seedcamp is a mighty classic. They operate across all of Europe and have helped prominent companies like UiPath, Revolut and Transferwise make their mark. They focus on early world-class founders who are attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology.
Carlos is the managing partner at Seedcamp and an experienced seed-stage investor. He works closely with their portfolio companies on everything from settling founder disputes to setting fundraising milestones. He’s also the host of Seedcamp’s podcast called This Much I Know.
Reshma co-founded Seedcamp in 2007 and is one of the most influential people on London’s VC scene. She works with companies on wide-ranging topics that help push them from those difficult early days into being household names.
BY MONIKA BOUDOVA, JUNIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE AT CEW COMMS.