21 Top Venture Capital Firms

Best VC Firms for Startups

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Venture capital (VC) firms are investment firms that invest in industry-changing startups and entrepreneurs from early to growth stage that are poised for long-term, substantial growth. Wildly successful startups from Facebook to Slack have received startup funding in the form of venture capital, which provided them with the financial backing to reach new heights. 

If you think your startup is ready for venture capital, the next step is to decide on the right VC firm to financially back your industry-changing idea. We are here to help you decide with this guide to the top venture capital firms for startups.

Top VC Firms

Ready to launch your startup with the help of a venture capital firm? We’re here to help you wade through the options with this list to the best venture capital firms for startups and who they are right for.

Top Venture Capital Firms:

1. Sequoia Capital

About

Sequoia Capital is one of the most popular, well-known venture capital firms available to tech startups. Understandably so, the firm has been providing funding for startups since 1972 and boasts tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Oracle as just a few of the firm’s wildly successful alumni. 

Best For

  • Tech startups 
  • High-growth startups
  • Healthcare startups

2. Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)

About

Based in Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, is a venture capital firm dedicated to funding late-stage startups that are innovating modern life (and the future) with the power of technology. The firm boasts over $16.6 billion in assets under management; some of its notable investments include Stripe and Libra. 

Best For

  • Late-stage startups 
  • Fintech startups 
  • Cryptocurrency startups

3. Accel

About

Accel is one of the top venture capital firms that funds startups across all stages, from seed to growth stage. Some of Accel’s most noteworthy investments include Facebook, Dropbox, and Slack, with the firm boasting $3 billion under management globally. 

Best For

  • Tech startups 
  • Early-stage startups 
  • Growth-stage startups

4. Kleiner Perkins

About

Behind some of the most notable companies today is Kleiner Perkins. The venture capital firm boasts a portfolio featuring Amazon, Spotify, and DocuSign, to name only a handful, and their mission is to provide funding for startups and entrepreneurs that will make history. 

Best For

  • Hardtech startups 
  • Healthcare startups 
  • Consumer product startups

Check out our article on John Doerr, chairman of Kleiner Perkins!

5. Bessemer Venture Partners

About

For 50 years, Bessemer Venture Partners has been investing in industry-defining companies such as Pinterest, Shopify, and LinkedIn, to name a few. With close to $3.3 billion in assets under management today, the mission of this firm is to financially back startup entrepreneurs that will create lasting change and inform the future. 

Best For

  • Enterprise startups 
  • Consumer product startups 
  • Healthcare startups

6. Intel Capital

About

From Intel Technologies, Intel Capital is a venture capital firm built to support up-and-coming startups in emerging markets such as 5G, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and more from seed to growth stage. As recently as 2020, the firm had $735 million invested in startups across a range of tech sectors with notable exits from Switch and iZettle. 

Best For

  • Tech startups 
  • Minority founders 
  • Artificial intelligence startups

Looking for business inspiration? Check out our list of the top startups to watch in 2022!

7. New Enterprise Associates

About

New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is a global venture capital firm on a mission to better the world through strategic startup investments. With over $24 billion invested, NEA is dedicated to funding early-stage companies that are poised to disrupt major, high-growth industries such as Robinhood and Plaid. 

Best For

  • Tech startups 
  • Healthcare startups 
  • Early-stage startups

8. Khosla Ventures

About

Khosla Ventures is a unique venture capital firm that prioritizes team-focused startups with disruptive products or ideas that will dramatically change an industry. With a seed fund and main fund, there are multiple avenues for startups to find funding through this firm. Some of their most notable investments, of the $5 billion the firm has under management, include Affirm, Chain, and Everlane. 

Best For

  • Tech startups 
  • Seed-stage startups 
  • Ecommerce startups

9. Benchmark

About

Founded in 1995, Benchmark has been investing in industry-shifting startups for nearly 30 years, focusing specifically on early-stage startups with opportunities for high growth. Some of the firm's most notable investments include Tinder, Uber, and Snapchat, with a reported $9.1 billion in total assets. 

Best For

  • Early-stage startups
  • Enterprise software startups 
  • Infrastructure startups

10. Canaan Partners

About

For over 30 years, Canaan Partners has been providing venture capital for startups in the technology and healthcare sectors. The firm has over $5 billion under management invested in tech and healthcare companies, including Kickpay and CircleUp. 

Best For

  • Fintech startups 
  • Medtech startups 
  • Cloud startups

11. RRE Ventures

About

RRE Ventures is a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in industry-leading, high-growth startups through the group’s extensive resources, including roughly $2 billion in assets. With one of their most notable investments being popular financial services app Venmo, the firm not only invests in powerful, innovative startups — they also provide invaluable resources for entrepreneurs.

Best For

  • Software startups
  • Financial services startups 
  • IoT startups

12. TCV

About

With over $11 billion invested in industry-leading startups such as NuBank and iPipeline, TCV is a popular venture capital firm that focuses on funding powerhouse tech startups that are both public and private. In addition to substantial investment opportunities, TCV also includes strategic mentorship and resources for CEOs and startup founders. 

Best For

  • Growth-stage startups 
  • Fintech startups 
  • Ecommerce startups

13. Founders Fund

About

Based out of San Francisco, the Founders Fund is one of the most well-known VCs in the world. Their $11 billion aggregate capital they managed in 2022 included some of the biggest names in the world, including Airbnb, Lyft, Spotify, and Stripe. Peter Thiel is one of the founding partners who is known for co-founding PayPal and being an early investor in Facebook.

In 2022, Founders Fund was able to raise an eitgth flagship fund that accrued $5 billion in new capital, raising their overall capital under management to $11 billion.

Best For

  • Growth-stage startups
  • Tech startups
  • Space exploration startups

14. Index Ventures

About

Index Ventures is a very large firm based in Europe, although they do have a headquarters in San Francisco. The firm has been around since 1996 and has invested in some of the world’s most popular companies including Deliveroo, Etsy, and Slack. The firm focuses on technology-focused companies and has raised $5.6 billion since its inception.

The company started as a Swiss bond trading company but when the founder got his son involved, they immediately launched a separate technology arm of the company, which is how Index Ventures started.

Best For

  • Fintech startups
  • Ecommerce startups
  • Gaming startups

15. Mindset Ventures

About

Comparatively new compared to some of the more well-established VCs, Mindset Ventures focuses on US and Israeli startups. The firm has a focus on B2B startups that involve technology in a number of different industries. 

Best For

  • Financial startups
  • Agriculture startups
  • Healthcare startups

We chatted with Jules Miller, a partner at Mindset Ventures. Read the article here, or listen to the podcast interview below!

16. GGV Capital

About

Even though GGV isn't as large as some of the other firms on this list, it still managed $9.2 billion in capital across 17 different funds. The company started in 2000 and has since invested in over 300 companies with a focus on technology. They have had some exits, including Affirm, AppDirect, and Hootsuite.

Out of the 200 and more companies GGV Capital has invested in, 56 of them are already valued at over $5 billion. They love focusing on companies that can use technology to transform existing markets. 

Best For

  • Growth-stage startups
  • Early-stage startups
  • Smart tech startups

17. Menlo Ventures

About

Menlo Ventures is known for being one of the oldest venture firms in Silicon Valley, as they were founded in 1976. The firm has invested in some of the most well-known companies in the world, like Uber, Rover.com, and Siri. They focus on consumer and enterprise companies with a recent interest in healthtech and robotics.

In total, the company has made investments in over 400 companies, 70 of which have already gone public, and another 100 have gone through mergers or acquisitions.

Best For

  • Early-stage startups
  • Consumer startups
  • Tech startups

18. Greylock Partners

About

Founded in 1965, Greylock Partners, along with a few others on this list, is one of the oldest running venture firms. They have $3.5 billion capital under management and like to focus on consumer enterprise software and infrastructure. Greylock also hosts an event called Communities that helps startups with networking.

Best For

  • Early-stage startups
  • Consumer startups
  • Infrastructure startups

19. IVP

About

IVP is no stranger to the VC world and has been operating since 1980. With $8.7 billion of committed capital, the fund is able to invest in late-growth startups and has invested in big names like NerdWallet, Twitter, Slack, and Coinbase. They specialize in putting companies over the edge and have several invested companies go public every year.

Best For

  • Late-stage startups
  • Software startups
  • Gaming startups

20. York IE

About

Not as well-known as the other behemoth VCs out there, York IE is made for the early-stage startups looking to grow. The company has about a $20 million capital commitment every year, and the firm is dedicated to changing the way investments are made. They don't follow the traditional investment route but look to strategically guide startups into sustainability.

Best For

  • Early-stage startups
  • Tech startups
  • Data startups

We chatted with Joe Raczka of York IE. Read the article here.

21. Lightspeed Venture Partners

About

Lightspeed Venture Partners is a large firm based out of California that is no stranger to any stage of the investment process. They also have a large range of the type of startups they invest in, from seed to growth. Their portfolio showcases big names like Snap, Lady Gaga's Hause Laboratories, and Rubrik.

Best For

  • Early-stage startups
  • Healthcare startups
  • Consumer startups

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