10 funds investing in CEE startups

Recently, Inovo, ffVC, 500 Emerging Europe, and Credo Ventures announced raising funds of €100 million, $50 million, €70 million, and €75 million accordingly. Despite the decrease in VC investments around the globe and Russian invasion of Ukraine, the CEE region is now experiencing a growing supply of new cash for its startups.

  • ff Venture Capital (US) aims to fund startups at pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A stages. The VC invests in cybersecurity, AI, machine learning, drones, and cloud software.
  • Credo Ventures (Czech Republic) is industry agnostic and founder-centric. It invests in pre-seed to Series A tech companies.
  • Hoxton Ventures (UK) invests in early-stage startups. It focuses on deep tech, digital health, enterprise, fintech, biotech, and consumer startups.
  • Startup Wise Guys (Estonia) is not only a fund. It’s also a mentorship-driven accelerator for early-stage B2B startups that work in fintech, cybersecurity, sustainability, and XR industries.
  • VentureFriends (Greece) invests in B2C and B2B startups at Seed and Series A stages, focusing on marketplaces, SaaS, property tech, fintech, and travel tech.
  • Inovo VC (Poland) aims to fund developer tools, AI, machine learning, data science, healthcare, SaaS-enabled marketplaces, and B2C and B2B enterprises. It prefers startups from pre-Seed to Series B.
  • 500 Emerging Europe (Turkey) invests in very early-stage projects. The fund chooses startups from any sector, but it prefers businesses based on gaming or machine learning.
  • Presto Ventures (Czech Republic) aims to fund startups at pre-Seed and Seed stages. The fund focuses on B2B companies in data and analytics, SaaS, fintech, AI, and AR.
  • SMOK Ventures (Poland) focuses on early-stage startups in mobile gaming, SaaS, AI, sustainable tech, AR, VR, marketing tech, and fintech.
  • Underline Ventures (Romania) is a relatively new fund: The VC plans to invest about €20 million in startups from Eastern Europe at the pre-Seed and Seed stages. On its website, the fund doesn’t specify its industry expertise.

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Also, should add the London-based Blue Lake VC and Seier Capital.

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