A venture capital firm is a firm that invests shareholders money in startups and other risky but highly profitable ventures. The VC market is perhaps more accessible for startups now than at any point in history. Due in part to the rise of tech startup incubators and angel investor networks, venture capitalists are spread all across the spectrum.
Here is a list of top 20 VC firms during the first quarter of 2018
1- European Innovation
The European Commissions European innovation tops the list of top 20 venture capital firms. The European Innovation promotes commercialization and uptake of innovation through the Horizon 2020 program and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). With the budget of EUR 80 billion, Horizon 2020 will help bring innovative ideas to life. ESIF will dedicate around EUR 110 billion to innovation activities, ICT, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) competitiveness.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever with nearly EUR 80 billion of EU funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020), in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries, and ‘world-firsts’ by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
European innovation Contacts
European innovation Website: ec.europa.eu/easme/
European innovation Twitter account: http://twitter.com/H2020SME
2- Sequoia Capital
Sequoia is the second VC Firm in the list of Top 20 Venture Capital Firms. Sequoia is a VC firm focused on energy, financial, enterprise, healthcare, internet, and mobile startups. In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from an unmatched network and the lessons of over 45 years working with Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, John Morgridge, Jerry Yang, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko and Jack Dorsey, among many others. In aggregate, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ’s total value. Sequoia is proud that their success also fuels great causes. The vast majority of money Sequoia invest is on behalf of non-profits and schools like the Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic and MIT, which means that the returns generated from the incredible achievements of founders can make a massive difference.
Sequoia Venture Capital Contacts
Sequoia Website: www.sequoiacap.com
Sequoia Face Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/SequoiaCap
Sequoia LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/sequoia
3- New Enterprise Associates
NEA Venture Capital, partners with entrepreneurs to turn big ideas and bold aspirations into the products, services and solutions that shape the future. With four decades of investing experience and more than $20 billion in committed capital, NEA has helped build nearly 600 successful businesses, resulting in more than 220 IPOs and 370 acquisitions. NEA bring these disciplines together under one global fund, united by a shared passion for innovation and a collaborative culture. The firm’s long track record of successful investing includes more than 210 portfolio company IPOs and more than 360 acquisitions.
New Enterprise Associates Venture Capital Contacts
NEA Website: www.nea.com
NEA Face book page: http://www.facebook.com/NEAvc
NEA LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/new-enterprise-associates
4- Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel’s strategic investment organization, backs innovative technology startups and companies worldwide. It invests in a range of technology startups and companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing.
Intel Capital Venture Capital Contacts
Intel Capital Website: http://www.intelcapital.com/
Intel Capital Face Book profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/intel-capital
5- Accel Partners
Accel is a leading venture capital firm that invests in people and their companies from the earliest days through all phases of private company growth. Accel backs entrepreneurs who have what it takes to build a world-class, category-defining business.
Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Jet, Lookout Security, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, and Vox Media are among the companies the firm has backed over the past 30 years. The firm seeks to understand entrepreneurs as individuals, appreciate their originality and play to their strengths. Founded in 1983, Accel brings more than three decades of experience building and supporting hundreds of companies. Accel’s vision for entrepreneurship and business enables it to identify and invest in the companies that will be responsible for the growth of next-generation industries.
Accel Partners Venture Capital Contacts
Accel Partners Website: http://www.accel.com/
Accel Partners LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/accel-partners
Accel Partners Twitter: http://twitter.com/accel
6- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) partners with the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses. The firm is based in Silicon Valley. They were early investors in many significant companies, including Amazon, AOL, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Google, Intuit, Macromedia, Netscape, Segway, and Sun Microsystems.
The name of the firm comes from the four founding partners: Eugene Kleiner, Tom Perkins, Frank J. Caufield, and Brook Byers.
KPCB Venture Capital Firms Contacts
KPCB Website: http://www.kpcb.com/
KPCB Face Book profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/36213
KPCB Twitter: http://twitter.com/kpcb
7- Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) Venture Capital Firm
Draper Fisher Jurvetson is a California-based venture capital firm that funds companies in seed, early, and growth stages.
DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with entrepreneurs who are changing the world. DFJ core funds have raised $4B, which has been deployed in more than 300 portfolio companies, including AdMob, Baidu, Box, Hotmail, Skype, Solarcity, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Tumblr, Twitter and Yammer. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of partnering with entrepreneurs to build iconic and lasting businesses. DFJ Growth is the later stage investment practice that focuses on investing in private technology companies that are addressing huge market opportunities.
Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Capital Contacts
DFJ Website: http://www.dfj.com/
DFJ LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/24415
DFJ Twitter: http://twitter.com/dfjvc
8- Bessemer Venture Partners
Bessemer Venture Partners founded in 1911 is a leading venture capital firm that invests in breakthrough consumer, enterprise and healthcare technology founders from our six offices around the globe. Bessemer has invested in Twilio, Instructure, Mindbody, Shopify, Yelp, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Blue Apron, Periscope, Twitch, Wix, Ovascience and several others. Bessemer Venture Partners enjoys the longest running record of success in venture capital, tracing our roots back to the Carnegie Steel Empire.
Bessemer Venture Contacts
Bessemer Website: http://www.bvp.com/
Bessemer LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bessemer-venture-partners
9- Technology Development Fund
The Technology Development Fund is Iceland’s most active early stage financier of research and development projects and startups. The role of the fund is to support research and development activities, which aim towards innovation in Icelandic industry. The Technology Development Fund is a competitive fund which issues its calls for proposals twice a year.
Technology Development Fund Contacts
Technology Development Fund Website: https://en.rannis.is/funding/research/technology-development-fund
10- Greylock Partners
Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. Greylock invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Apptio, Arista Networks, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook, LinkedIn, Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks, Pandora, Pure Storage and Workday.
Greylock Partners Venture Firm Contact
Greylock Partners Website: http://www.greylock.com/
Greylock Partners LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/18077
Greylock Partners Twitter: http://twitter.com/greylockvc
11- First Round Capital
First Round is a seed-stage venture firm focused on building a vibrant community of technology entrepreneurs and companies, including Uber, Square and Warby Parker. Through custom-built software, incredible in-person experiences, and a host of other unique services, First Round helps tiny companies get big while constantly re imagining the role of venture capital.
Investing at the earliest possible stage, First Round offers a growing number of services and products to help founders build companies from scratch. They don’t split angel, seed and pre-seed funding into separate categories. They are interested in providing the same support across the board. From Blue Apron to Uber, First Round has helped 300+ companies start up.
First Round Capital Contact
First Round Capital Website: http://www.firstround.com/
First Round Capital Facebook profile: https://www.linkedin.com/company/first-round-capital
12- Lightspeed Venture Partners
Lightspeed Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that is engaged in the consumer, enterprise, technology, and clean tech markets. It is focused in seed, early stage, later stage, expansion stage, start-up, growth companies, and incubation and has specialized in debt financing for start-up and growth companies.
Lightspeed Venture Partners invests in various sectors: enterprise, consumer, big data, bitcoin, enterprise technology, clean tech, mobile, internet, financial technology, cloud solutions, e-commerce, storage, media, networking, energy, and software, software-as-a-service, information technology, biotechnology, and social. It mainly invests in countries such as the United States, Europe, Israel, China, and India.
Light Speed Venture Partners Contact
Light Speed Venture Partners WebsiteL http://lsvp.com/
Light Speed Venture Partners LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/lightspeed-venture-partners
Light Speed Venture Partners Twitter: http://twitter.com/lightspeedvp
13- Goldman Sachs
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (founded in 1869) provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.
It offers financial advisory services, including advisory assignments with respect to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate defense, risk management, and restructurings and spin-offs; and underwriting services comprising public offerings and private placements of a range of securities, loans and other financial instruments, and derivative transactions.
The company’s Institutional Client Services segment provides services such as fixed income, currency, and commodities client execution related to making markets in interest rate products, credit products, mortgages, currencies, and commodities; and equities related to making markets in equity products, as well as executes and clears institutional client transactions on stock, options, and futures exchanges.
Goldman Sachs Venture Capital Contact
Goldman Sachs website: http://www.goldmansachs.com/
Goldman Sachs LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/goldman-sachs
Goldman Sachs Twitter: http://twitter.com/goldmansachs
14- Index Ventures
Index Ventures is a multi-stage international venture capital firm that backs the best and most ambitious entrepreneurs. These leaders are building truly transformative companies that are reshaping the world around them, including: Dropbox, Etsy, Sonos, SoundCloud, Flipboard, King, BlaBlaCar, Squarespace, Just Eat, Lookout, Hortonworks, Nasty Gal, Pure Storage, Supercell, Criteo, Funding Circle and many others.
Index is built on the sturdy foundation of a tight-knit collaborative partnership that retains a shared mission of putting entrepreneurs first. To them, full-service means the full attention of their partnership. They structurally de-emphasize individual partner achievements and provide the full partnerships’ collective experience and expertise to their portfolio entrepreneurs.
They’ve teamed up with exceptional entrepreneurs in 38 countries around the world and have helped them grow into new regions.
Index Ventures Venture Capital Contact
Index Ventures Website: http://www.indexventures.com/
Index Ventures LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/index-ventures
Index Ventures Twitter: http://twitter.com/indexventures
15- Battery Ventures
Battery Ventures founded in 1983 is a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, and Israel. Battery invests in potentially cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including application software, IT infrastructure technologies, consumer-internet and mobile services, and industrial technologies.
Battery Venture Capital Contact
Battery Venture Website: http://www.battery.com/
Battery Venture LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/battery-ventures
Battery Venture Twitter: http://twitter.com/batteryventures
16- Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital
Andreessen Horowitz LLC is a venture capital firm specializing in investing in seed, start-ups, early, mid stage, growth, and late stage. It prefers to invest in the social media business and technology sector with a focus on software, back-end infrastructure, infrastructure of the Internet, cloud computing, enterprise software and services, consumer, business Internet, mobile-Internet, consumer Internet, cloud computing, data-storage, social network browsers data-storage, consumer electronics, networking functions, software related biology, biotech, and medicine companies at the intersection of computer science and life sciences with a focus on digital therapeutics, cloud technology in biology, and computational medicine.
Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital Contact
Andreessen Horowitz Website: http://www.a16z.com/
Andreessen Horowitz LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/andreessen-horowitz
Andreessen Horowitz Twitter: http://twitter.com/a16z
17- Khosla Ventures
Khosla Ventures founded in 2004 is a venture capital firm owned by Vinod Khosla, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems. The firm focuses on environmentally friendly technologies in addition to the traditional venture areas such as the Internet, computing, mobile and silicon technology arenas.
Khosla Ventures Contact
Khosla Ventures Website: http://www.khoslaventures.com/
Khosla Ventures LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/1580955
Khosla Ventures Twitter: https://twitter.com/khoslaventures
18- General Catalyst
General catalyst provides the ongoing momentum that accelerates your ideas, your career, and your company toward standout success. They create the ideal conditions for growth, surround you with the right people, and offer mentorship based on deep experience. They work with you side by side, for the whole journey. And when it really counts, they’ll challenge you in ways that help you achieve true leadership and scale.
General Catalyst has managed eight venture capital funds totaling approximately $3.75 billion in capital commitments. Yet the best measure of their success is how many of their entrepreneurs and founders come back again and again to work with them. That bond of trust and friendship is born in their earliest interactions. General Catalyst work with entrepreneurs they believe in, whose passion they share, whose ambition matches their own, and whose values they respect.
General Catalyst Contact
General Catalyst Website: http://www.generalcatalyst.com/
General Catalyst LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/general-catalyst-partners
General Catalyst Twitter: http://twitter.com/gcvp
19- Venrock Venture Capital
Originally established as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family in 1969, Venrock continues a tradition of partnering with entrepreneurs to establish successful, enduring companies. With a primary focus on technology and healthcare, portfolio companies have included Apple Computer, Athenahealth, Centocor, Check Point Software, DoubleClick, Endeca, Gilead Sciences, Idec Pharma, Imperva, Illumina, Intel, Nest, SlideShare and Tudou.
Venrock Website: http://www.venrock.com/
Venrock LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/company/venrock
Venrock Twitter: http://twitter.com/Venrock
20- Benchmark Venture Capital Firm
Benchmark invests in and works alongside entrepreneurs building startups into transformational companies. They focus on early-stage venture investing in mobile, marketplaces, social, and infrastructure and enterprise software. Founded in 1995, the firm has offices in Woodside and San Francisco, California.
Benchmark VC firm has been recognized for its commitment to open source and is noted for creating the first equal ownership and compensation structure for its partners. The six equal general partners who take board seats and a hands-on approach to every entrepreneur and company they back, with no junior investment staff. Current general partners are Matt Cohler, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, Mitch Lasky, Eric Vishria, and Scott Belsky.
Benchmark’s current portfolio includes Uber, Snapchat, Tinder, Stitch Fix, Elastic and Cyanogen; recent IPOs and acquisitions such as Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, League of Legends, Jasper, OpenTable, New Relic, Hortonworks, GrubHub, Zendesk and Zillow; and franchise companies from Juniper to eBay to Red Hat.