Where can I find international seed investors?


We have just lauched a website for our upcoming SPARQL Database Server. We would like to attract the interest of international seed investors, but we are not sure where to start looking. We are based in Norway, but are interested in seed investors worldwide. Anyone know how we should go about looking for them?

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asked Jan 23 '12 at 22:31
Inge Henriksen
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Register at angel.co (AngelList). Make sure to populate your profile as much as you can, before publishing it (this is very important). Either way, you'll find more investors there then anywhere else.

answered Jan 24 '12 at 02:05
Dmitry Grinberg
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  • Why down vote? It's a good resource for finding investors. Exactly what the question asks. – Dmitry Grinberg 12 years ago
  • I agree, don't know why you got downvoted. I have added my company there as you suggested, http://angel.co/meronymy-1 . No one is following me or showing any interest yet, though :( But thanks anyways :) I will vote you up so you get 0 again. – Inge Henriksen 12 years ago
  • I've been on AngelList for 5 days now and only gotten 3 views from investors and no followers. I don't know if the problem is my business, the sales pitch, or anything else. Can't say AngelList has done anything useful for me. – Inge Henriksen 12 years ago
  • As you get some more traction with your startup, add new team members, release your product and have some success stories to share, more people will start following. It seems that very young companies get lost at first on AngelList, but find their way as they grow up. – Dmitry Grinberg 12 years ago
  • AngelList is great to catch other angels once you got a lead. But until you have some kind of social proof (someone else saying that you are great), nothing will move. When you think about it, it makes sense, even though it's extremely frustrating. – Alain Raynaud 12 years ago


Look for them close to home. The majority of seed and angel investors invest in businesses that are geographically close to them.

Talking to people you know who are investors is a good way to get referred to seed funders. If you don't know anyone, Google and then use LinkedIn (or a similar networking site) to find out connections you have in common. It is often better to approach funders by being referred by someone they know (and trust preferably!)

Also, people you know in your industry are a good place to start. They will often invest in a project that they see can help their business.

answered Jan 24 '12 at 00:01
Susan Jones
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There are incubator hubs and european crowdfunding platforms that exist today. Believe www.symbid.com is one of them.

answered Jan 24 '12 at 07:52
Sang Lee
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  • I looked at the web site, but I'm afraid that it will be too much work managming all those investors. My company only has 20 stocks of 5% each, if someone invests only 100 USD I don't know what to do. – Inge Henriksen 12 years ago

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