European tech is heating up: In 2014, 13 startups became “unicorns,” with valuations of $1 billion or more. It’s a huge jump from just a year before, which saw the birth of only three of the mythical creatures.
Fueling this growth is an ambitious collection of European venture capital funds, investing capital into the ecosystem in the hopes of getting in on the ground floor of the next Spotify or Skype — as well as looking at other sectors, including health-tech, energy, and more traditional business.
With the help of venture capital tracking company CB Insights, Business Insider has ranked the biggest European funds raised since 2010, by size.
19. Principia — $200 million
Founded in 2002, Principia is an Italian venture capital firm based in Milan. It focuses on startups and small & medium sized enterprises with turnovers of less than €50 million.
18. Earlybird Venture Capital — $200 million
With its HQ in Berlin and additional offices in Munich and Istanbul, Earlybird invests across multiple stages and has invested in 11 companies in the last 12 months. It also invests in health tech.
Past investments include to-do list app Wunderlist, social analytics company SocialBakers, and EyeEm, a photo-sharing app and community.
17. Glide Healthcare Partners — $200 million
Glide invests in healthcare tech and services, with offices in Boston and the Netherlands. For its tech investments, it looks to invest up to €15 million at a time.
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