• New EU rules could kill off European VC and screw startups – Let's stop them

    The European Union’s proposed Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive sounds relatively innocuous. But its impact could have far reaching consequences for Europe’s emerging startup tech scene, imposing higher costs, red tape and put off most institutional investors from investing in VC funds. The Directive could – to be blunt – completely shaft VC, and thus… Read More

  • SEP raises £160m and helps with the Scottish Tech Tour.

    Leading UK venture capital group SEP (Scottish Equity Partners) has just announced that it has raised approximately £160 million ($300 million) for its new fund, SEP III which ranks as the largest venture fund raised in Europe in the last twelve months and one of the biggest in the last few years. The new fund marks the second time in five years that SEP has raised a fund in excess of… Read More

  • London tops the European start-up league.

    According to the Tornado-Insider “the UK is the most prominent country in the [European] VC landscape having bagged 9.4% of all deals in Europe since 2000”. It seems the majority of VC money is still being invested in the North of Europe with the obvious exception of two Italian €10 million deals in 2006 and the €18 million first-round FON investment in Spain (Note: The FON… Read More