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Seed stage investors win out in founder-friendly list of unicorn hunters

After a record-breaking year of venture capital investment, in which $138.6 billion was invested in tech companies across EMEA, Dealroom has released its annual list of venture capital firms, ranked not only by how successful firms are but also by how early firms were to invest in the most up and coming technology and software businesses.

London-founded VC firms rank in the top 10 of the Dealroom Investor Ranking of leading unicorn hunters, across seed and Series A investments – indicating their ability to spot so-called unicorns early. LocalGlobe ranks highest in both the overall EMEA list and the seed investor list, narrowly beating Seedcamp. When it comes to Series A, Accel beats Index Ventures to take the top spot in the list of Series A investment firms. 

Overall LocalGlobe, Accel and Index Ventures take the top three spots for investing across EMEA, including Israel. Along with Seedcamp, these four firms have a collective 101 unicorns across their portfolio, including firms like UiPath, Ankorstore, Wise and Sorare. The firms which feature in the top 10 of the Dealroom Investor Ranking made 406 investments at an early stage, revealing the rate of investment in what turned out to be a record year for European tech. 

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