Football’s World Cup, arguably the biggest sporting event in the world, kicks off today as hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia. The month-long tournament is likely to attract billions of viewers as famous stars and plucky minnows showcase their talents. Indeed, 2014’s final between Germany and Argentina attracted more than 1 billion viewers.
Germany’s victory that year propelled its talented and then-young team onto the international stage, with the country now comfortably atop the FIFA world rankings. This ascendance came from a policy of focusing on promising players from an early age. Six members of the country’s squad for the 2014 finals played together in the victorious under-21 campaign for Germany in 2009.
Germany’s venture scene may not be number one in the world, but in putting more focus on the early stage, it is certainly making a push. Compared to a lick over €2 billion in 2014, investors completed VC investments in German companies worth
more than €2.4 billion last year, per the PitchBook Platform. And so far in 2018, the €1.7 billion worth of deals in the country is on pace to shatter the €3 billion barrier for the first time on record.
Here are the top 11 VC investors in German startups
since the beginning of 2017, per the PitchBook Platform, excluding accelerator/incubator rounds (deal counts are in parentheses):
High-Tech Gründerfonds (65)
Atlantic Labs (20)
btov Partners (19)
HV Holtzbrinck Ventures (19)
Bayern Kapital (16)
Cherry Ventures Management (14)
Capnamic Ventures (14)
Global Founders Capital (13)
DN Capital (13)
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