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Google Ventures is coming to Europe with a $100 million fund for startups


 

Google has confirmed that it is launching a European arm of its Google Ventures VC fund, following media speculation last week. The company’s first European fund is 100 million and it will be used “invest in the best ideas from the best European entrepreneurs, and help them bring those ideas to life”.

The company has an initial team of five general partners at its European office in London, which the Financial Times reports includes Google Europe exec Eze Vidra, entrepreneur Tom Hulme, angel investor Peter Read, Code.org

  UK head Avid Larizadeh, and — perhaps surprisingly — former TechCrunch writer MG Siegler, who will also remain involved with the US operations.

The team will be based in Clerkenwell, a stone’s throw from London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ startup district, but it will invest across Europe.

Google Ventures was established in the US five years ago. A significant chunk of its $300 million US fund went into a $250 million investment in Uber last year.

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