12 Most Active Venture Capital Firms in Europe in 2024

Matt Preuss
Marketing Manager

At Visible, we oftentimes compare a venture fundraise to a traditional B2B sales and marketing funnel.

  • At the top of the funnel, you are finding potential investors via cold outreach and warm introductions.
  • In the middle of the funnel, you are nurturing potential investors with meetings, pitch decks, updates, and other communications.
  • At the bottom of the funnel, you are working through due diligence and hopefully closing new investors.

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Just like sales, a solid fundraising process starts by finding the right investors. If you’re a founder located in Europe looking to find the right investors for your business, check out our list of VCs funding companies in Europe below:

1. Global Founders Capital

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Global Founders Capital
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
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Global Founders Capital is a fund that invests worldwide across any sector and stage. As put by their team, “Global Founders Capital is a globally oriented, stage agnostic venture capital firm that empowers gifted entrepreneurs worldwide.

  1. Global. We support founders in all geographies.
  2. Stage agnostic. We back companies across all stages and throughout the lifecycle.
  3. Operational. Our platform offers founders all the support they need to scale.”

Location

Global Founders Capital is located in Berlin but they invests in companies across the globe.

Portfolio Highlights

Global Founders Capital has invested in 900+ companies. Over their course of investing, they’ve backed popular companies such as:

  • Canva
  • Delivery Hero
  • Slack
  • Brex

Funding Stage

Global Founders Capital invests across all stages and business lifecycles.

2. Hiventures

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Hiventures
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Seed, Series A, Series B
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As put by their team, “Hiventures is the biggest and most active capital investment partner of the development of Hungarian enterprises.

Our mission is to provide resources for the growth and innovation of Hungarian enterprises by offering unique capital financing solutions. Our investment programmes are available from the idea phase to large enterprises, which allows us to cover the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem and thus improve its competitiveness. We are a reliable and flexible investment partner of our portfolio companies in terms of development and crisis management as well.”

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Location

Hiventures is located in Hungary and funds companies that are located in Hungary.

Portfolio Highlights

Some of Hiventure's most popular investments include:

  • Likespace
  • Neonectar
  • Unreal Industries

Funding Stage

Hiventures has multiple funds that invest in stages from pre-seed to seed and growth stage.

3. High-Tech Grunderfonds

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High-Tech Gründerfonds
Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Pre-Seed, Seed
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As put by their team, “HTGF is a venture capital investor for innovative technologies and business models. We successfully support the best founders whose ideas can revolutionize entire industries and improve people’s lives – from seed to exit.

As a seed investor, we have financed 700 start-ups in the industrial tech, digital tech, life sciences, and chemicals sectors. We have overseen more than 160 exits, including IPOs. When founding your company together with us, you benefit from an experienced partner at your side.”

Location

HTGF has offices in both Bonn and Berlin and invests in companies with headquarters in Germany.

Portfolio Highlights

Some of High-Tech Grunderfonds most popular investments include:

  • Instagrid
  • Taxdoo
  • Orbex

Funding Stage

HTGF is focused on seed-stage companies that have been around for less than 3 years. As put by their team, “We flexibly invest up to 1 million euros in the seed round – as lead investor, but also gladly together with partners. You can bring this with you or we will contact suitable investors from our network for you.

In total, we can invest 4 million euros across all financing rounds and we open doors.”

4. Seedcamp

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Seedcamp
London, England, United Kingdom
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
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As put by their team, “We invest early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology.

We are first-cheque investors, backing founders with ticket sizes between £300K-500K. We have led first rounds in unicorn businesses like TransferWise, Revolut, and Hopin along with the likes of Pleo and Sorare.

You may have already raised a small amount of capital from friends and family but this is most likely your first round of institutional investment. It doesn’t matter where in your product development you are; if you think the Seedcamp Network — the most powerful, collaborative, connected, and experienced network you’ll find — can help supercharge your idea, you’ve come to the right place.”

Learn more about Seedcamp by checking out their Visible Connect profile →

Location

Seedcamp is located in London.

Portfolio Highlights

Seedcamp has invested in 460+ companies. Some of their most popular investments include:

  • Wefox
  • Primer
  • UiPath

Funding Stage

Seedcamp tries to be the first check in a company. They typically write checks between £300K and 500K.

5. Par Equity

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Par Equity
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C
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As put by the team at Par Equity, “Founded in 2008, our investment model is designed to identify and back the most innovative, high growth technology companies in the North of the UK. We’re based in Edinburgh and we’re investing across Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Key to our success is our distinctive hybrid investment model, combining our discretionary managed funds with the skills, expertise and contacts of the Par Investor Network – a large and engaged pool of investors and mentors with a track record of founding, growing and selling companies, who can add value throughout the investment life cycle.

This investment strategy, fusing the experience of angel investors with the professionalism and rigour of an experienced venture capital fund manager, is a force multiplier for Par Equity, delivering better outcomes for the investors and the entrepreneurs.”

Learn more about Par Equity by checking out their Visible Connect profile →

Location

Par Equity is located in Edinburgh and invests in companies across Northern England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Portfolio Highlights

Some of Par Equity’s most popular investments include:

  • Aveni
  • Cumulus
  • Kibosh

Funding Stage

Par Equity looks to invest in companies with more than £20k of monthly revenue and are seeking to raise between £0.5m to £10m.

6. Partech

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Partech Partners
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth
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As put by their team, “Partech is a global investment platform for tech and digital companies, led by ex-entrepreneurs and operators of the industry spread across offices in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin and Dakar.

We invest from €200K to €75M in a broad range of technologies and businesses for enterprises and consumers, from software, digital brands and services to hardware and deep tech, across all major industries.”

Learn more about Partech by checking out their Visible Connect profile →

Location

Partech has offices in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, and Dakar and invests in companies across the globe.

Portfolio Highlights

Some of Partech’s most popular investments include:

  • Alan
  • OneFocus
  • Bolt

Funding Stage

Partech has multiple funds and invests in companies from seed to growth stages.

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7. Speedinvest

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Speedinvest
Berlin, London, Munich, Paris, and Vienna, Austria
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
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As put by the team at Speedinvest, “We refuse to be just another investor who sends you money and shows up at board meetings to provide “advice.” Our mission is to empower you throughout your journey with actionable, aligned and game-changing support.

From day one, you have full access to our experienced investors, Platform+ operational experts and global networks of industry partners. Whatever you need to succeed, we do everything in our power to help make it happen.”

Learn more about Speedinvest by checking out their Visible Connect profile →

Location

Speedinvest has offices in Berlin, London, Munich, Paris, and Vienna and funds companies that are located in Europe.

Portfolio Highlights

Some of Speedinvest’s most popular investments include:

  • Wefox
  • Bitpanda
  • Primer

Funding Stage

As put by their team, “We are early-stage investors with a strong focus on pre-seed and seed rounds. But to be honest, some of our best investments were stretching the limits of how “seed” is defined, so we grant ourselves some flexibility here.”

8. Octopus Ventures

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Octopus Ventures
London, England, United Kingdom
Seed, Series A, Series B
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As put by their team, “Octopus Ventures is one of the largest and most active venture capital investors in Europe. Our mission is simple – to invest in the people, ideas and industries that will change the world.

For the last few years, we’ve focused our efforts, and our investments, on three areas where we think we can make the biggest impact. We focus on building a more sustainable planet, empowering people and revitalizing healthcare.”

Learn more about Octopus Ventures by checking out their Visible Connect profile →

Location

Octopus Ventures has offices in London, Manchester, and New York.

Portfolio Highlights

Octopus has funded over 180 companies. Some of their most popular investments include:

  • Graze
  • Elliptic
  • Lollipop

Funding Stage

Octopus Ventures invests in companies from pre-seed to series B. Learn more about how their process changes depending on stage here.

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9. Hoxton Ventures

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Hoxton Ventures
London, England, United Kingdom
Pre-Seed, Seed, Growth
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We take risks on brilliant people and products. We work with founders on a mission to change the one thing they think is fundamentally broken in the world. We welcome young or first-time founders who are technical or domain experts in their field.

Our focus is finding Europe’s best early stage tech startups and building them into large revenue, category-defining companies. We believe great companies are built by great teams, not by venture capitalists. Some might call our approach old-school.

We lead pre-seed or seed rounds. We invest at fair terms and reserve capital to continue investing through a company’s journey. We typically invest between $500k to $5 million, although we have gone as low as $250,000 and as high as $10 million. We like to aim for an ownership position between 10% to 20%.

When we believe in your vision, market and team, we get conviction quickly. We often write the first large check a company receives. We aren’t afraid of being the only investor, but are happy to invest alongside others.

We work hard behind the scenes to maximize value. We provide introductions, help make key hires, provide market intel, ink strategic partnerships and handle difficult operational issues. Sometimes we might even spark crazy acquisition offers. Often, our work is providing a sage perspective that comes from living through multiple market cycles, and having the forthrightness to hold honest conversations others shy away from.

Having spent most of our working lives in Silicon Valley, we aim to replicate in Europe what we saw work in California. We dream big and are unashamedly ambitious for our companies.

Learn more about Hoxton Ventures by checking out their Visible Connect profile

Location

London, England, United Kingdom

Portfolio Highlights

Hoxton Ventures has made 105 investments.

  • Cogna
  • Fluent
  • Baseimmune
  • Inoviv
  • Fabrica AI

Funding Stage

We lead pre-seed or seed rounds.

10. 83North

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83North
London, England, United Kingdom
Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth
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3North is a global venture capital firm with more than $2B under management that invests in European and Israeli entrepreneurs creating global businesses.

Our philosophy remains the same since we started operating 17 years ago and is centered around the belief that venture is not a scalable business.

We are four equal partners; we have worked together for many years and our operation is lean. Our small size ensures a very high level of trust in the partnership. This translates into transparent and quick processes which are critical for entrepreneurs.

Despite our focused approach, we invest globally (US, Europe, Israel) and operate across many segments. We can do this because we rely mainly on word of mouth and referrals from our own entrepreneurs and executives.

Learn more about 83North by checking out their Visible Connect profile

Location

London, England, United Kingdom

Portfolio Highlights

83North has made 224 investments.

  • Snappy
  • Vertice
  • Orbem
  • Lendbuzz
  • floLIVE

Funding Stage

Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Series D, Growth

11. Kima Ventures

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Kima Ventures
Partner
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
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Kima Ventures promotes the growth of startups, supporting them in the fastest and most effective ways.

We fund ambitious, cohesive teams with stellar learning and execution curves.

Investing in 2 to 3 startups per week, all over the world.

Learn more about Kima Ventures by checking out their Visible Connect profile

Location

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Portfolio Highlights

Kima Ventures has made 774 investments.

  • Zenly
  • TransferWise
  • PayFit
  • Carta
  • Sqreen
  • Front

Funding Stage

Early Stage Venture, Seed

12. Atomico

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Atomico
London, England, United Kingdom
Series A, Series B, Series C
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Atomico is a risk capital group. They are entrepreneurs with global perspectives who invest their own capital in passionate entrepreneurs with powerful ideas. Through their experience building Skype, Joost and Kazaa, they understand the value of game-changing business models and have created a worldwide ecosystem to help accelerate the growth of the companies in which they invest.

Learn more about Atomico by checking out their Visible Connect profile

Location

London, England, United Kingdom

Portfolio Highlights

Atomico has made 227 investments.

  • Klarna
  • Lilium
  • HingeHealth
  • MessageBird

Funding Stage

Pre-seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth

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