Various European companies have become successful while having only a European investor base
US Investors are increasingly investing in European companies
Nonetheless, US VC activity in Europe is increasing. In 2016, 12.8% of all VC deals involved a US investor, and this increased to 17.3% in 2017. The amount invested into UK companies by West Coast investors surpassed £1 billion in 2017 for the first time, increasing 252% since 2011. East Coast investors also strongly invested in UK companies, contributing £1.3 billion in 2017.
Below are those funds who have actively invested in European startups in the last 3 years (without having a local office there).
For a summary of US-based VC funds’ investments in European startups (over the last 3 years) and the rounds in which they participated, download the Question the Questions report below and check out pages 123-126.
Guidance on baseline metrics
What are some of the metrics that you should meet before a US investor will take a closer look? As always, there will be outliers and edge cases that do not meet any of these requirements who have been funded. Those are the exceptions, not the rule.