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100+ Female angel investors in Europe

For the first time ever, a comprehensive list of active female angel investors in Europe. 

By Riddhi Kanetkar

Credit: Deepali Nangia, angel investor

There aren’t enough female angels in Europe, but there are still more than you think. 

Today, for the first time, our team at Sifted — with the help of many readers on Twitter — have compiled a comprehensive list of 100+ active female angels in Europe.

We plan to regularly update this resource and, crucially, use it to track the development of a more diverse angel ecosystem in Europe. 

Female angel investors are in the minority in Europe — the most recent figures put the average for the region at 11% of all angels — and that has a significant knock-on effect on the number of female founders raising early-stage funding. 

We asked angels to self-identify themselves and their peers if they had done three or more deals in the past 12 months, but have also included women who have committed to doing deals. If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong, please let us know by email at [email protected]. You can also nominate other angels with this form

Find the full list of over 100 female angels below — but first, we profile five women and female angel collective trailblazers in the region.

Healthtech, Sophia Bendz, partner Atomico / Cherry Ventures

Sophia Bendz (Sweden and Germany) 

Bendz started angel investing in 2012 while she was still global director of marketing at Spotify. She is one of the region’s most prolific angel investors — so much so that she has outside support to track her portfolio — and has backed many companies in the femtech space including Daye and Grace Health. She is currently a partner at German early-stage fund Cherry Ventures. 

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The four cofounders of Lumus Investment Collective

Lumus Investment Collective (Central and Eastern Europe) 

Launched last July, Lumus is dedicated to bringing more female investors onto the cap tables of startups in central and eastern Europe. The founders are Terezia Jacova, investment manager at Slovakian VC firm Neulogy Ventures, Vladimira Cincurova, startup programme manager for Microsoft for Czech and Slovakia, Lucia Cerchlanova, research lead at UK-based insurance startup Cuvva, and Zuzana Zamborska, cofounder of Prague-based BE-ID human. The founders recently spoke to Sifted about their plans for the collective. 

 

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Helena Torras (Spain) 

Torras is the founder and managing partner of a new Barcelona-based blue tech fund, Seastainable Capital, and one of Spain’s most active angel investors. She began her career at KPMG before moving into management consultancy, and in 2007 joined cloud management software startup Abiquo.

She’s invested in metasearch platform Meetopics, social learning site Go4Click and communication platform Waaraya. She tells Sifted she invests in pre-seed companies that are thinking globally from day one.

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Verena Pausder (Germany) 

Pausder is the founder and CEO of Fox&Sheep, a digital education startup for children, as well as HABA Digital GmbH, which runs digital workshops across Germany to teach kids coding, robotics and other technical skills. She was also only one of three women to make Sifted’s most active German angels list for 2021, alongside Gloria Bäuerlein and Gesa Miczaika.

As an angel investor, Pausder has made investments in verticals such as education, financial services and software and is particularly interested in backing female founders. In 2020, Verena’s eight investments included Cleverly, an LA-based online tutoring platform; Alice, an investment app; and Knowunity, an interactive learning platform for students in Europe.

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Céline Lazorthes (France) 

Lazorthes is a serial entrepreneur (Leetchi and MANGOPAY) and founding member of France Digitale, France FinTech and SISTA, an NGO aiming to cut the female funding gap. She’s invested in over 40 companies including Jimmy Fairly, Talent.io, Frichti, Le Slip Français, Tacotax, Pumpkin, Tiller Systems, Yuka, Ivesta, Welcome to the jungle and Dejbox. She also made Sifted’s list of fintech’s top angel investors

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Deepali Nangia (UK)

Nangia is a seasoned angel investor with over a decade of experience in private equity and investment banking. She cofounded Alma Angels in 2019, an angel community which supports female founders.

She was a member of the second cohort of Atomico’s Angel Programme — and is continuing to invest with it this year too. Over 2020, she invested in 10 startups — eight of which are female founded — including sexual wellbeing startup Kama.

In 2021, Nangia joined Vienna-based early-stage VC Speedinvest as a venture partner with a focus on female founders.

Here’s the list…

 

Is someone missing? Nominate them here.

Head here for a list of 200+ female VC partners in Europe.

Riddhi Kanetkar is an editorial intern at Sifted. She tweets from @r1ddhi

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Claire
Claire

Definitely an area that needs more highlighting and support. These ladies are rockstars!