They include Venture Capitalists that provide risk funding to data start-ups; incubators that support their growth; research institutes that enable innovation; training organisations that provide the right skills; and public regulators such as the European Commission that can have a big influence on the development of the sector through for instance its data protection directives.
At ACE (Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship), we are passionate about innovative tech and science-based ideas. We help students, researchers, and alumni turning ideas into successful companies, by offering the best training & support, and providing access to an extensive network of mentors, entrepreneurs and business
Amsterdam Science Park was established for the purpose of stimulating innovation. Therefore it is essential that knowledge and business are brought together, so that scientific knowledge can be translated into products, companies or medical treatment. Amsterdam Science Park has many facilities and initiatives for stimulating such knowledge valorisation. The research institutes at the Science Park have their own unique programmes and successful spin-offs. The University has the Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and the ACE Venture Lab is also located at Amsterdam Science Park.
Launched in 1996, Index Ventures has offices in Geneva, Switzerland, London, Jersey, and San Francisco. It invests in both technology and healthcare. Its extensive tech portfolio includes Asos, BetFair, Facebook, Etsy, and Just Eat.
German VC fund Holtzbrinck, founded in 2000, describes itself as "one of the leading independent European early stage funds." Notable investments include Zalando, Groupon, and Delivery Hero.
Lakestar has offices in London, Berlin, and Zürich, as well as New York. In 2015, it launched its second fund, Lakestar II, focusing on early stage funds. It has invested in everyone from Spotify and Skype to Facebook and Airbnb.
This 21-year-old fund has offices in London, Oslo, New York, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. It has invested in more than 100 companies, including Spotify, LastMinute.com, and iZettle.
Balderton Capital began life as the European arm of veteran US tech fund Benchmark in 2000, before going independent in 2007. Centred in London, its notable investments include BetFair, Kobalt, Lovefilm, Bebo, Citymapper, and Wonga.
Formerly Greylock I, the European/Israeli arm of Greylock Partners, 83North invests in European and Israeli startups. It has offices in London and Tel Aviv, and investments include iZettle and Just Eat.
Launched by Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström in 2006, Atomico focuses exclusively on tech. It is headquartered in London, with additional offices in Beijing, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and Instanbul, and invests globally. Investments include Skype, Rovio, and Last.fm, in Europe — as well as Stripe and Jawbone in the US.