Venture capital is like basketball

Tom Whitehouse

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“Thanks for reaching out Tom. [Client name] looks very interesting, but we don’t invest in companies outside of the US.”

I’m disappointed and surprised by the number of US clean-tech CVC, VC and family office investors that simply do not invest in European companies. Why not? The EU is a large market close to other large markets where the need for clean tech and resource innovation is as strong if not stronger than it is other parts of the world. There is great technology here.

What makes it worse is that by contrast, many European investors are desperate to invest in US companies, but sometimes struggle to get deals. We Europeans (I’m a Brit, just in case you were wondering) want to invest in the US, but we’re not let in. It doesn’t seem fair.

I’m realising that venture capital is like basketball; invented in the US, done in Europe…

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