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Europe’s 500 most prominent venture capital investors

Written on April 5, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

UPDATE (8 June, 2017): the official ranking is Finally Online!

UPDATE (20 April, 2107): version 3 of the Google Sheet was just uploaded. In short: changes includes several data input/comments from VCs, and a slightly lower weighting to non-European track record.

Which are the VC investors in Europe to most reckon with? To co-invest with, or -as a founder- to seek out as investor? Dealroom created a data-driven list of the most prominent VC investors in Europe. What you can here is the preliminary ground work for a data-driven and fully-transparent ranking of venture capital investors active in Europe that will be released end of April. The sheet contains over 500 global VCs (in total we looked at over 6,500 VCs active in Europe).

The composite ranking (see column G) ranks VC investors who are active in Europe, based on nine different factors including the rate of activity and performance (exits and valuable portfolio companies). Before going further into the methodology, let’s start with the preliminary results:

European top-10:

  1. Index Ventures
  2. HV Holtzbrinck Ventures
  3. Northzone
  4. Lakestar
  5. Sequoia Capital (U.S.)
  6. Accel Partners
  7. Insight Venture Partners (U.S.)
  8. Rocket Internet SE
  9. Balderton Capital
  10. Oleg Tscheltzoff

UK top-5:

  1. Index Ventures
  2. Accel Partners
  3. Balderton Capital
  4. Atomico
  5. DN Capital

France top-5:

  1. Oleg Tscheltzoff
  2. IDInvest Partners
  3. Partech Ventures
  4. 360 Capital Partners
  5. Xavier Niel

Germany top-5:

  1. HV Holtzbrinck Ventures
  2. Rocket Internet SE
  3. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)
  4. Wellington Partners
  5. Acton Capital Partners

Netherlands top-5:

  1. Newion Investments
  2. Endeit Capital
  3. Prime Ventures
  4. INKEF Capital
  5. Arthur Kosten

Spain top-5:

  1. Nauta Capital
  2. Caixa Capital Risc
  3. Ysios Capital
  4. Cabiedes & Partners
  5. Jose Marin

Sweden top-5:

  1. Northzone
  2. Creandum
  3. Industrifonden
  4. Investment AB Kinnevik
  5. Verdane Capital

Italy top-5:

  1. Innogest Capital
  2. P101
  3. United Ventures
  4. LVenture Group
  5. Italian Angels for Growth

Israel top-5:

  1. 83North
  2. Carmel Ventures
  3. Pitango Venture Capital
  4. Jerusalem Venture Partners
  5. OurCrowd

Opportunity to comment on our data and methodology:

This is a draft version. The final version will be published at the end of April 2017. Dealroom is keen to hear your feedback on both the data and methodology. Based on your feedback, improvements will be implemented. End of April, an online version will be published where you can sort and filter the entire list. For example, you’ll be able to filter by industry expertise, location, stage focus (seed, series-A, B, …), type (angels, funds, PE, VC, CVC, accelerator), country experience and much more. That will also enable more “fair” rankings by grouping funds by stage, for example.

Are you not ranked where you expected to be? A few possible reasons:

  • You made investments which are not reflected in our database (we need both the company and the rounds’ dates)
  • You achieved exits which are not reflected in our database or we do not know the value is > €100M

Please look up your investor profile on https://app.dealroom.co and tell us if we missed anything via email or via the customer contact tool inside the app.

Note: Angel investors should also provide their feedback! We are soon launching an angel investor ranking, together with a soon-to-be-announced partner!

About the methodology:

The Google Sheet provides the full calculation of the composite rank. It looks at the following nine factors, each with equal weighting:

  1. PORTFOLIO SIZE IN EUROPE = number of portfolio companies in Europe (incl. Israel), all time
  2. ROUNDS NUMBER (12 MONTHS) = number of rounds which investor participated in during last 12 months
  3. DEAL VOLUME 12 MONTHS (EUR M) = total aggregate size of rounds which investor participated in during last 12 months
  4. EXIT SCORE = number of exits relative to total portfolio, all time
  5. EXITS NUMBER = number of exits
    EXITS TOTAL (EUR M) = total aggregate sum of exits in €M, all time
  6. NUMBER OF EXITS > 100M= number of exits above €100M value, all time
  7. NUMBER OF EXITS > 500M= number of exits above €500M value, all time
  8. NUMBER OF PORTFOLIO COMPANIES WITH VALUATION > 500M = number of portfolio companies >€500M, all time
  9. CAPITAL EFFICIENCY = total €M size all exits relative to amount of €M capital invested for rounds which investor participated in, all time

The final index is going to be a useful reference to find investors in each area of expertise and have an easy to use and sensible way to the sort data that is presented on Dealroom. We look forward to all your feedback!