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Early Stage Venture Capital Firms Based in Europe and North America

by Adam Counihan

  • 27 Jul 2011
  • PE


Preqin’s Fund Manager Profiles product currently has information on 470 venture capital firms based in North America and Europe that focus exclusively on early-stage investing, which covers seed-stage investing, start-up financing and general early-stage round participation. The balance is weighted heavily toward North America, with just under 80% (374) of the firms based in the region, 350 of which are headquartered in the US. Collectively, these firms have raised a little over USD 34 billion in capital commitments for early stage investing over the last 10 years, and have an estimated USD 9.5 billion remaining in dry powder. The 96 European-based firms have raised a total of USD 6.9 billion over the same period, with a remaining USD 2 billion available in dry powder.

In terms of the breakdown within each region, 35% of the North America-based firms are located within California, with a further 11% based in New York. With regards to the European firms, 24% are headquartered in the UK, 11% in France and 9% in Germany, with a further 16% based across the Nordic region.

The largest early-stage venture capital firm, in terms of funds raised exclusively for early-stage investing over the last 10 years, is Menlo Park-based Greylock Partners. The firm has raised a little over USD 2.8 billion during this period, and targets early-stage information technology firms based across North America, Israel and the Middle East. Sunstone Capital is the largest European-based firm under the same criteria, having raised a total of USD 933 million over the last 10 years, and invests in life science and technology orientated companies predominantly located across the Nordic region.

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