€15BN and counting: A beautiful map, a list of 300+ investors and more

Over the past few months Jens Lapinski and I have been busy building out useful and valuable resources for founders of early stage European companies. At the start of December we opened our resources to the public with a blog post that has received an incredible amount of attention. We’ve had over 1,000+ responses to our European Investor list and Map from all sides of the table. From earlier stage startups to later stage ones. From very well known Investors to well respected journalists in the tech space.

The first thing we released was a list of 300+ investors who routinely invest in Seed, Series A or Series B rounds in European startups. We have included countries bordering the Mediterranean, such as Turkey and Israel as well as some U.S. investors investing in European startups. This list currently totals some €15BN in funds that are available for investment in European startups right now. Incredible! This list has the most up to date investor information as I personally contacted each firm to get the right facts and figures. With this data we’ve designed version 1 of a beautiful map to show the clusters of where these investors are based.

You can find these resources hosted over here — http://treev.co/techstars-berlin-resources/ (Works best with Google Chrome!)

We want to build upon this. Over the next few months we want to continue to update this list to 500+ European focused investors and update the map accordingly. We want to add more useful resources that will help early stage founders save time, money and internal resources. Keep an eye on it! If you can help, let me know!

Give First is something that is at the core of Techstars’ DNA. We give first. The following 3 points are the words of David Cohen in a blog post on The Techstars Code of Conduct:

1. We help others whenever possible. We are all busy, but when the ask is sincere and realistic, we respond and help. We are respectful of each other’s time and are clear and focused in our requests.

2. We deliberately create a virtuous cycle. We proactively work to give back to the ecosystem by giving first to others in our community with no specific expectations of return.

3. We appreciate the help of others. No one goes it alone — startups are a team activity. We express our appreciation for the help of our customers, mentors, and others that make our success possible.

2015 was a great year for Techstars. We seen a very successful merger of UpGlobal and Techstars who are “two companies that were separated at birth” to quote David Brown in Madrid at the European Summit. We now have the ability to help entrepreneurs from inspiration right through to IPO via Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Techstars Accelerator Programs & Techstars Ventures ($155M Venture Fund launched in 2015). We launched the Techstars Foundation to improve diversity in entrepreneurship. Check out this video to look back on 2015 with us.

So jump on in and make the most of the resources. If there is anything we can do to help, get in touch. There are lots of Techstars programs accepting applications right now which can be found here.

Here is what the map looks like. You can get a super high def version on the resources page.

Happy New Year! :)