🏆 Top 20 European Seed Investors 🌱

Our first investor list covers the Top 20 Investors in Seed Stage startups across Europe, based purely on founder feedbak.

Raising a Seed round in Europe? We dug into our data and found the top 20 Seed stage investors in the region, based on hundreds of datapoints from founders just like you.

Here is the List, presented in alphabetical order.👇

7percent Ventures

7percent Ventures

7percent Ventures, based in London is a moonshot-loving, entrepreneur-led trans-Atlantic early stage fund. They support founders from tech startups via their extensive network and seek out $billion game-changing ideas.

Since launching in 2014, 7percent has backed 90 start-ups and has plans to invest in over 120 companies by the time it has deployed all its cash through two separate portfolios.

The average cheque size is £300K.

Their past portfolio includes the likes of Oculus VR (Facebook), Magic Pony Technology (Twitter), SourceDNA (Apple).

Ada Ventures

Ada Ventures

Based in both London and Bristol, Ada Ventures seeks out founders in overlooked markets.

The fund, run by Check Warner and Matt Penneycard invests in pre-series A UK-based companies with bold ideas and even bolder founders behind these ideas. They write cheques up to £500K to founders who are brave to flip the industries upside down with their new ideas, dream big, and have a different perspective of the world.

Some of their investments include Huboo, boundless, and Sproutl.

byFounders

byFounders

byFounders is a community-powered early-stage VC investing, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The team there mainly invests in globally ambitious tech founders from the Nordics and Baltics.

All we can say is that when they invest, you will be part of a family. A crucial part of that is their community, Collective which has 65+ of some of the most accomplished founders and operations in both Nordics and Baltics. Don't worry if you haven't got a connection directly with byFounders. - they very much welcome a cold intro.

Some of their investments include Contractbook, Cobalt, and Normative.

Calm/Storm Ventures

Calm/Storm Ventures

A super-early-stage VC firm, based Vienna, Austria seeking out and investing in digital health and wellbeing startups. A network of experienced founders who support new entrepreneurs finding calm during their storm. They believe in learning and diversity, with nearly 40% of their portfolio is led by female founders - we salute them on their journey.

The team at Calm/Storm particularly loves businesses that operate in subjects that are absolutely necessary but sometimes deemed too sensitive to discuss: fertility, sexual wellness, or for example chronic constipation. Cheque sizes vary from $25K to $250K.

Some of their investments include The Lowdown, Skin Cancer Detection and ThinkSono.

Change Ventures

Change Ventures

This VC, based in Estonia (known for its unicorns) predominantly invests in seed-stage, occasionally also pre-seed tech companies based in and out of the Baltics. Investment sizes vary from €400k and €3M and with more than 40 years of operational experience between the partners, they also offer a great support post-investment.

Change Ventures has also just announced an increase of €43M to their Change Ventures Fund II, which means that they are now able to back even more ambitious and innovative founders and help to scale their businesses. The team has a network of over 500 follow-on and co-investors around the globe - a perfect plethora to maximise your companies potential.

Some of their investments so far: Printify, Memby, and Outvio.

Charlotte Street

Charlotte Street

An early-stage technology investor, based in London, UK. The team likes to build and start businesses. The team at Charlotte Street Capital likes to be the first investor in, with investing rounds of £150K into new companies that can demonstrate already some customer traction and are from B2B software, services, and/or products and services domains.

If your business meets their criteria of three key elements: Motivated and ambitious team, Existing product or at least beta viable product stage, and go-to-market strategy - they would love to hear from you.

Some of their current investment include Furrow, Parcel Tracker, and Snaptrip!

Connect Ventures

Connect Ventures

Connect is a London-based pan-European, seed-stage VC who invests in opinionated products - made with love, and loved by many. The team at Connect believes that the best products have an opinion. They're not pure product companies, but all will have a digital product as the key value driver and primary user interaction.

They believe that armed with a strong opinion, founders increase their chances of building a product people will love while maximising the ROI of their most precious resource: time.

Connect writes cheques from £750k to £1.5m.

Their current and previous portfolio includes FairHQ, Soldo, and Thursday.

Contrarian Ventures

Contrarian Ventures

Based in Lithuania, Contrarian works with climate tech founders who lead the transition to net-zero. They invest early and usually take the lead role in the rounds.

They put their money into ambitious and bold entrepreneurs. Ones, who have what it to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy and growth.

It's a straight-talking, gap bridging VC that is aligned to reduce CO2 emissions and has a hands-on approach.

Some of their current investments PVcase and Eliq.

Episode 1 Ventures

Episode 1 Ventures

Episode 1 Ventures, based in London is a seed-stage investor mainly investing in B2B software startups. The team is passionate about technologies that can change the world, meet founders who are dreamers and innovative. With their extensive experience and knowledge, mostly they want to pass this on to their founders and help them to create the next big thing.

They invest £500K - £2M in seed-stage software companies in the UK.

Some of their current and previous investments include carwow, Omnipresent, SupplyCompass, and Zoopla.

Haatch

Haatch

Award-winning investors backing entrepreneurs from pre-seed all the way to the exit via Haatch Angel, SEIS, and EIS funds. Cheque sizes vary from £250K to £500K.

The team at Haatch looks for startups that can exhibit highly scalable and disruptive models for growth. A group of hands-on value creators they provide experienced support, advice, and network opportunities to all the founders in their portfolio.

Good to know: Their SEIS & EIS funds enable them to take advantage of significant tax reliefs under the SEIS & EIS scheme.

Their portfolio includes Plateaway, Toothfairy, and &Soda.

Hoxton Ventures

Hoxton Ventures

Hoxton Ventures invests in early-stage tech companies in Europe. With investment sizes from $250K up to $5m, they aim to be the first venture investor, staying with companies for up to 10 years. Hoxton's team has extensive experience working at leading tech giants and has a sage perspective that comes from being in the industry for decades. If you are on a mission to invent new industries, even if you're young or a first-time founder - they might be the right partner for you.

Their past investments include Darktrace, Babylon and Deliveroo.

Kindred Capital

Kindred Capital

Kindred's approach is that when choosing to make an early-stage investment, it's all about people. They look to meet exceptional founders so they can continue making high conviction investments to pre-seed and seed companies. Kindred's average first cheque is between £0.5 - £1.5M.

They want to hear from outliers, optimists, and operators in tech companies across all sectors. And, the best part - they do both B2C and B2B investments. Most of their current portfolio is based in the UK, Europe, and Israel.

Their portfolio includes names like Gravity Sketch, gaia, Polywork.

LocalGlobe

LocalGlobe

LocalGlobe is London based entity that invests at seed-stage with an additional growth-stage fund with $220 million to invest. It allows LocalGlobe team to take a fresh look at breakout portfolio companies or to back other scale-ups.

LocalGlobe made seed-stage investments into companies such as Transferwise, Citymapper, and Zoopla.

MSM fund (Mustard Seed MAZE)

MSM fund (Mustard Seed MAZE)

MSM, based in Lisbon in Portugal, is an early-stage impact fund investing in European companies with global potential.

They are looking to hear and meet founders from areas that can solve the global crisis of social and environmental challenges. They are building a portfolio of early-stage ventures that are disrupting these industries and having their revenue models intrinsically linked to the positive social or environmental outcomes that they create.

Some of their investments include tl;dv, Kitch, Iconoclass, loc.tax, Uphil

Nucleus Capital

Nucleus Capital

Created in 2020, they're a very welcomed venture capital firm who are challenging the threat to human and planetary health via their partnerships with pre-seed and seed-stage companies from synthetic & computational biology, food- and climate technologies.

They are heavily sector focussed and heartily believe that entrepreneurial innovation now is necessary to solve the challenges the world is facing. If you're a purpose-driven founder looking to improve the quality of life - get in touch with the team at Nucleus.

Portfolio Companies include yuri, Juicy Marbles, QOA, Hier Foods, cirplus

Outsized Ventures

Outsized Ventures

Outsized Ventures partners with seed-stage founders pushing the boundaries and aspiring to make the world a better place. As a team of former entrepreneurs and experienced investors, their main goal is for their founders to succeed. Their investment process should take two weeks from an initial meeting to closing the deal, which makes them ideal if you're looking for additional funds between your rounds. They look for dreamers, innovators, outliers, and pride themselves to prioritise people over technology, science, and markets.

Some of the companies they've co-invested in the past: Founders Fund, Hummingbird, and Innovation Endeavors.

Playfair Capital

Playfair Capital

Playfair Capital, based in London is an angel and operator-led investor in pre-seed and seed-stage technology companies. Typical cheque size varies from £100k - £500k with a focus on Deep Tech and B2B in the UK.

Playfair Capital combines angel investing with the benefits of a fund – they have a strong experienced team that allows them to write larger cheques and also participate in follow on rounds.

Their values are Angel DNA, Founder Focussed, and Collaboration with a particular focus on underrepresented groups such as our female founders initiative.

They believe in access for all not warm intros and also accept pitch decks via their website.

Current portfolio companies include Recycleye, Stripe, and Clarify.

Praetura Ventures

Praetura Ventures

Praetura is a venture capital firm in the North West of England. They invest in early-stage businesses and provide "more than money" support.

We like their motto: Money isn't everything! This belief drives their team in everything they do. Whether that’s investor updates that go deeper into our ground-breaking portfolio companies.

Praetura cheques size is from £750K - £3m into exciting EIS businesses across AI, gaming, health tech, life sciences, cybersecurity, and more.

Their portfolio includes Dr. Fertility, FeedStock, and Rapidspike.

SMOK Ventures

SMOK Ventures

A Polish - American fund, based in Warsaw investing €100K - €1M in software & gamedev startups in Poland, Ukraine, Romania & CEE.

The team at SMOK loves to work with serial entrepreneurs with a global reach and vision, primarily from gaming, AR / VR, Artificial Intelligence, marketing tech, and fintech. They are a group of ex founders with a history of many successful exits and on a mission to help as many early-stage startup founders as they can to build multi-million-dollar global software enterprises from Poland and CEE.

Their investment portfolio includes: Quantum Flytrap, Heroify, and MX Labs.

Talis Capital

Talis Capital

Talis Capital has been investing in some strong and visionary founders from seed to Series B since 2009. You could say that they are experienced punch with a lot of knowledge.

They want to meet the people behind new innovative ideas and companies. They also look to be inspired and share the passion, have the determination, and build a lasting relationship with each founder in their portfolio.

Talis Capital also runs regular Office Hours, which can be a great gateway to building a long-lasting relationship with them and getting that funding you need.

Darktrace (LSE), Onfido, Ynsect, Garten, Luminance, iwoca, Plum Guide, and Pirate.com are among Talis’ portfolio of 55+ companies.

🧪 A word on methodology

We used a range of self-reported rating factors from founders to come up with our top 20 seed investors list. These factors include but are not limited to, an investor’s approachability, professionalism, and level of supportiveness.We have excluded any investor with less than 10 reviews out of our ranking.

While every review on our platform is valuable, we believe a sample size of fewer than 10 reviews does not give a holistic enough representation of an investor, and thus not sufficient for the investor to be considered for the list. In the future, as Landscape grows and we get even more reviews for a wide range of investors, this threshold may change.

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