Google Launches Tech $100m Fund in London

London’s flourishing tech sector is to be boosted further by the launch of a new $100m venture capital fund to be based in the city.

Google Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Google, today said that it is to launch a new $100m fund, based in London, that will invest in European tech companies, helping firms across the continent to grow.

The new fund will also give a great chance to London tech firms to access new investment, encouraging job creation and economic growth both in the city and beyond, according to London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional organisation for London.

Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, said: “We very much welcome the launch of this fund, which is excellent news for Europe’s tech companies and for London as a whole. Having the Google Ventures fund based in London further enhances our reputation as a city in which European tech companies can find the investment they need to grow their businesses from our growing portfolio of active venture capital firms. I also anticipate Google Ventures to invest in some exciting tech opportunities here in London, helping innovative companies to further develop and turn their tech ideas and fuelling economic growth in the capital.”

Earlier this month, Santander UK also said it is to set up a $100m venture capital fund that will be based in London. It plans to invest in financial technology start-ups around the world.

Both announcements come shortly after the first-ever London Technology Week, which was showcased the city’s technology strengths to the world and was attended by over 40,000 people.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine