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Notion Capital raises $220m to invest in tech firms
posted on May 16, 2017

London-based venture capital firm Notion Capital has raised two new funds – of $80m and $140m – which it will use to invest in tech companies.

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Forward Partners raises £60m fund for UK tech startups
posted on April 5, 2017

London-based VC firm Forward Partners has raised a £60m fund to invest in UK pre-Seed and Seed-stage startups.

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Atomico announces $765m investment fund to boost European tech
posted on February 16, 2017

London-based VC Atomico has announced a new $765m fund to support disruptive European tech startups.

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Frontline Ventures closes €60m fund for early-stage B2B software startups
posted on February 7, 2017

Frontline Ventures has finished raising a €60m fund to invest in early-stage tech startups. The venture capital firm, which has offices in Dublin and London, invests in B2B software companies at the pre-seed and seed stages, with investments ranging from €200,000 to €3m.

London’s Octopus Ventures launches $140m scaleup fund
posted on October 5, 2015

London-based VC firm Octopus Ventures has launched a $140m fund for late-stage investments in tech firms across Europe. Octopus has typically been limited to early-stage rounds but will now be able to invest from £250,000 up to £25m. The company made its first investment from the fund back in July when it joined Google Ventures in backing…

Klaus Hommels launches $400m fund for startup investment
posted on August 24, 2015

Lakestar, the venture capital firm led by Klaus Hommels, an early backer of Skype, Facebook and King.com, has raised a $400m fund to invest in tech startups. The Zurich-based firms Lakestar II, which is said to be the single largest fund in Continental Europe, follows on from Lakestar I, which raised €135m in 2013, and will be investing in…

VC backed companies haul in $32bn globally in Q2
posted on July 27, 2015

VC backed companies raised more than $32bn during the second quarter of 2015, the Venture Pulse Q2 ’15 report from KPMG International and VC data company CB Insights has revealed. In total 1,819 deals were completed during the quarter taking the total amount of funds raised during the first half of the year hitting $59.8bn. The surge…

The Summer Budget – the angel investment perspective
posted on July 9, 2015

As the dust settles on the UK’s five years of coalition government, there is one thing that most entrepreneurs and investors alike would agree on: that recent years have seen the UK perform incredibly well in developing a globally-competitive high growth business and technology ecosystem. From the introduction of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, to…

Tim Draper sets sights on European investments
posted on July 1, 2015

Tim Draper is setting his sights on Europe as DFJ Esprit officially rebrands as DraperEsprit along with other members of the global Draper Venture Network, formerly the DFJ Network. Draper, the VC who has invested in hundreds of startups including Tesla, Baidu and Europe’s own Skype among others, will work closely with the team of…

A world of remittances
posted on March 31, 2015

The “Solutions to reaching the unbanked” panel discussion at this month’s inaugural Innovate Finance Global Summit had an unenviable mid-afternoon slot – you know the one, just as delegates fall into the post-lunch slump, but before they have re-energised themselves with enough caffeine to kill a horse – yet it touched upon a sector that…

2014: A fantastic and terrible year for European VCs
posted on January 27, 2015

The latest numbers from Dow Jones VentureSource on venture capital in 2014 contain some reasons for Europe to cheer and some data that might have the region nervous about the future. First, the good news. In 2014, European companies raised €7.9bn ($8.8bn) in 1,460 deals. That’s 11% fewer deals but an increase of 25% in euros invested….

Northzone Ventures unveils $325m fund, its largest to date
posted on December 16, 2014

Northzone Ventures, a VC that has backed the likes of Spotify and lastminute.com, has announced a new $325m fund. It’s the firm’s seventh investment pot for tech startups and its largest to date. The European-based VC has a substantial London operation and will use the fund for European and American investment opportunities. The announcement rounds off…

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