Below is a list of venture capital firms operating in Europe. These are companies that mainly focus on IT, media and consumer Internet; some also cover healthcare. Note that the companies in the list below only includes some of the most active and largest venture capital firms, as there are hundreds and possibly thousands of venture capital firms in the UK alone, the majority focusing on very small investments.
Accel (www.accel.com) - global venture and growth equity firm funding companies from inception through the growth stage. Invested in Facebook, Macromedia, Walmart.com. The firm is based in Palo Alto, California with major offices in Bangalore, Beijing, London, and Shanghai
Advent Ventures (www.adventventures.com) - Advent Venture Partners is one of Europe's most successful growth and venture capital investors in market-leading tech and life sciences businesses. Based in London, it invested in video website Dailymotion
Amadeus Capital Partners (www.amadeuscapital.com) - Based in Cambridge and London, they invest across the technology spectrum in industries that include communications and networking hardware and software, media, e-commerce, computer hardware and software, plus the medtech and cleantech sectors
Arts Alliance (www.artsalliance.co.uk) - invests in high growth companies in Europe with a particular focus on technology-enabled services. Key areas of interest include media & entertainment, mobile services, retail & logistics, marketing services, outsourcing and energy
Index Ventures (www.indexventures.com) - Well established VC fund based in London, Geneva and Silicon Valley, investing in Life Sciences and Information Technology. Famous for investments in Skype, Lovefilm, Betfair and MySQL.
Passion Capital (www.passioncapital.com) - Partnership of entrepreneurs and operators who are applying their experiences to helping founders and early-stage teams build great digital media/technology companies
Piton Capital (www.pitoncap.com) - Piton Capital is a London based venture capital firm investing in online marketplaces, exchanges and social networks. They invest between €100k to €1m at the early growth stage.