Types of investors
There are several types of investors, the most common ones being the angel and the venture capitalist.
- Angel – Investing in a startup could be as simple as financing your sister’s or son’s brilliant new app. However, if you don’t have an infant prodigy you can still be an angel investor. Angel investors, also known as business angels, informal or seed investors, typically invest 25,000 to 100,000 euros in a company. Angels typically give loans to a company, buy stock from a company and require a return on investment.
- Venture capitalist – A venture capital firm can invest millions into a company. In the Netherlands, we distinguish between seed capital funds, corporate venturing funds and regular venture capital funds – as explained by Capital Waters. To know more about the intricate world of venture capital, we recommend reading the book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson.
If you want to learn more about the basic types of investment, read this article on Investopedia.
Connect to the Amsterdam capital ecosystem
Are you ready to take the leap and invest in a startup? Or are you a seasoned investor who wants to connect to the capital ecosystem in Amsterdam? Here are some starting points:
- Crowdfund: crowdfunding has rapidly become a serious source of funding for startups, with a wide array of crowdfunding platforms. Crowdfunding agency Douw&Koren has neatly arranged the platforms by category here, or use the crowdfund wijzer (Dutch) to find your perfect match.
- Leapfunder is an Amsterdam-based company that helps you discover and invest in promising startups in their online environment. Read their article “7 tips for the first time startup investor” Find Leapfunder on our Startup Map.
- VEECEE.co is an initiative that brings together like-minded people who are working in the VC sector in the Netherlands and Europe. It has an active blog that is sustained by investors, and they organise quarterly invitation-only events.
- Capital Waters is an initiative to help out people who are active startup investors. They do so by providing open-source legal model documents and helpful resources.
- The best way to connect to other investors is by visiting Amsterdam during Amsterdam Capital Week. See below for more information.
Use the Startup Map to find startups and investors
Our Startup Map is a useful tool to get a grasp on the startups and investors active in Amsterdam. The companies are categorised as startup or scale-up, and you can filter your search by industry, business model, size or growth. The map gives you access to the following information about investors: the team, focus, portfolio, who they co-invest with and more. Go to the Startup Map.
Amsterdam Capital Week
The perfect opportunity to explore the Amsterdam startup and capital ecosystem and connect to other investors is during Amsterdam Capital Week. The week is held annually in Amsterdam on the last week of September. For five days, there is an intense focus on capital, creating exceptional opportunity for startups, scale-ups and investors. The week features high-level events covering capital for the various phases of startups and scale-ups. Amsterdam Capital Week is about two-way connections: all participants – startups and investors – get to pitch, meet and learn to inspire new investments and long-term partnerships. Find out more about Amsterdam Capital Week via their social channels or their website www.amsterdamcapitalweek.com
Funding and startup news from Amsterdam
Want to know which Amsterdam companies got funded lately and who funded them? On our news page we collect all the startup, scale-up and funding news from across Amsterdam.