Compiled by Jens Meyer
Gorilla Park ***WorldU Top Pick***
With offices in Berlin, Basle, Biel, Hamburg, Cologne, London, New York City, Paris, Stuttgart, Vienna, and Zurich, Pixelpark lives up the promise of the european roll-out. Founder Paulus Neef started Pixelpark in March of 1991 and is now the firm's Chief Executive Officer. He studied communication and marketing in Berlin and completed his studies in 1989 with a degree in media consulting.
Ant Factory *****
Antfactory was founded by a group of Internet veterans in September 1999. Collectively, the founders have made over one hundred investments in Internet and related start-ups over the past five years, backing entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of America, Europe and Asia's Internet communities. The antfactory management team consists of functional and sectorial experts with in-depth understanding of the Internet and related technologies.
Incubator focused on developing UK and european Internet start-ups. Seeks to recreate the network of professional services that makes Silicon Valley a wily and quick moving beast. Recent companies to have hatched include, Petspark.com, Fortunecookie.com, Leisurehub.com. Cool web site. Based in London.
Early Bird ****
Based in Munich and Silicon Valley, Early Bird focuses on the globalization of its portfolio companies. Founder Hendrick Brandis is an ex-McKinsey consultant but we won't hold that against him. Recent companies to have been incubated include abaXX interactive business suite services and Interhyp, an online mortgage broker.
Cell Ventures ****
Cell Ventures works with the start-up and seed financing of businesses related to digital media such as the Internet, Digital TV and Cellular communications. Entrepreneurs are supported with strategic advice, business networking, capital and hands-on infrastructural support during a first phase of development.
Offices in Paris, London, Italie et Espagne in the year 2000. Himalya come from the web site development space. Himalya animates an virtual learning space called e-lab to study emerging technology trends.
Atviso is a joint venture between VIVENDI and SOFTBANK, aimed at helping US Internet companies gain rapid market entry into continental Europe. Atviso's regional expertise and "toolbox" of services enable clients to team up with the most successful internet partners in each local market.
Ideas Hub ***
The Ideas Hub provides seed investment together with the services, development resources and industry networks, which are critical to the successful nurturing of an Internet start-up.
eSouk.com is an Internet startup accelerator. They provide seed capital, back-office support, Internet-smart strategic input and technological expertise at every stage of the business startup process.