Enabling Players

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.

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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.

European investment firm Idinvest Partners has offices dotted around the continent, including Paris, Frankfurt, and Madrid — as well as further afield, in Shanghai and Dubai. Its portfolio includes Happn, Onfido, Secret Escapes, and Deezer.

Swedish firm Creandum focuses on Seed and Series A funding, investing in 61 companies to date. Its portfolio includes Spotify, iZettle, and Klarna, and it has offices in Stockholm, Berlin, and San Francisco.

Startup Village, an initiative of Amsterdam Science Park, ACE Venture lab and UvA Holding, is officially open for business with the occupancy of the first high-tech startups.

Business Angels Europe (BAE) is the European Confederation of Angel Investing, representing the European Business Angels' Federations and Trade associations in Europe. BAE brings together the most active and developed countries operating in the angel market in Europe. Business Angels Europe is the Voice of Angel Investing in Europe. Ensuring a supportive fiscal and regulatory framework for angel investing across Europe.

EBAN: The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players EBAN (European Business Angel Network) is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community, gathering 197 member organisations in 59 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 6,1 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs.

Rocket Internet is a behemothic startup factory based in Germany. Led by the Samwer brothers, the public company both incubates startups and invests in them across Europe and the rest of the world, including Delivery Hero and HelloFresh.

The Internet of Things is often cited as the next disruptive revolution tech, with 50 billion connected devices expected by 2020. The StartupBootcamp Accelator for the Internet of Things wants to find companies at the cutting edge of this emerging field. The programme offers extensive mentorship from over 100 mentors, from industry-leading companies like Intel, Yahoo, Cisco, Telefonica, Facebook & Oracle, office space in the Barcelona-based startup hub, €405k+ in partner services, and exposure to over 200 top VCs and Angel Investors.

IMPACT Accelerator (Internet Mobile Projects Accelerator) offers premium acceleration services for European mobile start-ups and small and medium-sized business for a period of six months. It operates in several locations in Spain and Italy and given it is one of the 16 consortia selected by the European Commission within the framework of the Seventh Framework Programme, the selected start-ups in the extended phase can count on the Buongiorno Headquarters in 14 countries.

StartupBus is a peculiar project founded in 2010. It’s a hackathon for European tech entrepreneurs (“buspreneurs”) where they compete over the course of a 3-day bus ride on the way to Vienna. They are challenged to launch a startup, sometimes in a very limited environment (unstable wi-fi, for instance). The buses are departing from the United Kingdom, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, and Greece, all having different participation requirements.