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18 Venture Capital Firms in the Automative Industry

By 
Nicolás Cerdeira
 | 
Updated: 
November 16, 2022
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Some venture capital firms exclusively invest in specific industries. Other venture capital firms are stage agnostic.

In this article, we compiled a list of top venture capital firms that invest in the Automative sector.

18 Automative Venture Capital Firms

1) Y Combinator

Y Combinator

Y Combinator is a leading accelerator and venture capital providing mentorship and funding to companies across all sectors.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA
  • City: Mountain View
  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Jessica Livingston, Lucas Thomaz, Paul Graham, Raffaele Colella, Robert Morris, Trevor Blackwell
  • Industries: Enterprise, SaaS, Big Data & Analytics, Productivity, DTC, Cybersecurity, Supply Chain & Logistics, Education, Consumer, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Future of Work, Social, Transportation, Travel & Hospitality, AR & VR, Healthcare, Health & Wellness, Biotech, Fintech, InsurTech, Industrial, Aerospace & Space, Climate & Sustainability, Robotics, Government Technology, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Legal, Marketing, Agriculture, Automative, Energy
  • Stages: Seed, Early Stage, Pre-Seed, Series A
  • Minimum check size: $500,000
  • Number of investments: 4469
  • Number of exits: 444
  • 3 remarkable investments: Coinbase, Twitch, Reddit

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@ycombinator.com.

2) VantagePoint Venture Partners

VantagePoint Venture Partners

VantagePoint Capital Partners is a global VC firm specializing in supporting companies in the energy innovation and efficiency sector.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, China
  • City: Santa Barbara, Beijing
  • Started in: 1996
  • Founders: Alan Salzman, Jim Marver
  • Industries: Cloud, Consumer, Hardware, Internet & Mobile, Media, Robotics, Healthcare, Energy, Automative
  • Stages: Early Stage, Late Stage, Seed
  • Number of investments: 269
  • Number of exits: 94
  • Funds raised: $550,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Tesla, Phreesia, Healthline Media

You can find their website here.

You can contact them at +1 650-866-3100.

3) Viola Ventures

Viola Ventures

Viola Ventures is a VC firm investing in early-stage technology companies in Isreal.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Israel
  • City: Herẕliyya
  • Started in: 2000
  • Founders: Avi Zeevi, Shlomo Dovrat
  • Industries: AI & ML, Biotech, Cybersecurity, Enterprise, InsurTech, Proptech & Real Estate, Internet & Mobile, Media, Travel & Hospitality, Climate & Sustainability, DTC, Automative, Agriculture, SaaS
  • Stages: Early Stage, Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Minimum check size: $500,000
  • Maximum check size: $10,000,000
  • Number of investments: 243
  • Number of exits: 50
  • Funds raised: $1,300,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Sundaysky, Ironsource, Pagaya

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@viola.vc.

4) Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital is a VC firm focusing on diversity and inclusion by funding women, people of color and LGBT founders.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Arlan Hamilton
  • Industries: AI & ML, AR & VR, Enterprise, Consumer, Crypto & Blockchain, E-Commerce, Education, Fintech, Food & Beverage, Future of Work, Government Technology, Hardware, Healthcare, IoT, Marketplace, Media, Proptech & Real Estate, SaaS, Social, Travel & Hospitality, Automative, Sports, Human Resources
  • Stages: Early Stage, Seed, Pre-Seed, Series A
  • Minimum check size: $100,000
  • Number of investments: 200
  • Number of exits: 3
  • 3 remarkable investments: Sēkr, Mahmee, Civic Eagle

You can find their website here.

5) Gobi Partners

Gobi Partners

Gobi Partners is an Asian venture capital firm backing entrepreneurs from early to growth stages since 2002.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore
  • City: Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Lahore, Manila, Shanghai, Singapore
  • Started in: 2002
  • Founders: Thomas Tsao
  • Industries: AI & ML, Biotech, Crypto & Blockchain, E-Commerce, Education, Food & Beverage, Hardware, Healthcare, Supply Chain & Logistics, Marketplace, Media, SaaS, Transportation, AR & VR, Agriculture, Automative, Sports, Fintech
  • Stages: Seed, Early Stage, Series A
  • Minimum check size: $1,600,000
  • Number of investments: 183
  • Number of exits: 12
  • Funds raised: $430,500,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Animoca Brands, Liveme, Tuniu

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at mail@gobi.vc.

6) EQT Ventures

EQT Ventures

EQT Ventures is a European venture capital company with funds investing exclusively in technology companies that have the potential to scale globally and become market leaders.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden
  • City: San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Hjalmar Winbladh, Kees Koolen, Lars Jörnow
  • Industries: Cybersecurity, Biotech, Social, Media, E-Commerce, AR & VR, AI & ML, Fintech, Gaming, Internet & Mobile, Developer Tools, Manufacturing, Automative, SaaS
  • Stages: Late Stage, Early Stage
  • Minimum check size: €2,000,000
  • Maximum check size: €50,000,000
  • Number of investments: 153
  • Number of exits: 13
  • Funds raised: €1,400,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Peltarion, Verto Analytics, Nectarine Health

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at hello@eqtventures.com.

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7) GoAhead Ventures

GoAhead Ventures

Go Ahead Ventures is a pre-seed and seed-stage venture capital firm investing in technology-enabled startups across the globe.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Clancey Stahr, Phil Brady
  • Industries: AI & ML, AR & VR, Transportation, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, E-Commerce, Education, IoT, Life Sciences, Gaming, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain & Logistics, SaaS, Proptech & Real Estate, Marketplace, Automative
  • Stages: Pre-Seed, Seed, Early Stage
  • Minimum check size: $200,000
  • Maximum check size: $1,000,000
  • Number of investments: 148
  • Number of exits: 33
  • Funds raised: $120,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Deskfirst, Omnisearch, Cake

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at pitch@goaheadvc.com.

8) Clearstone Venture Partners

Clearstone Venture Partners

Clearstone Venture Partners is a California-based venture capital firm which has invested in a range of companies, including eToys, Overture, PayPal, United Online, MP3.com and Jump.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA
  • City: Santa Monica, San Francisco
  • Started in: 1997
  • Founders: William Elkus, Sumant Mandal
  • Industries: Fintech, Enterprise, Marketplace, Deep Tech & Hard Science, Automative, SaaS
  • Stages: Early Stage, Late Stage, Seed, Debt
  • Minimum check size: $250,000
  • Maximum check size: $1,000,000
  • Number of investments: 104
  • Number of exits: 25
  • Funds raised: $200,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Paypal, Billdesk, Managed By Q

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@clearstone.com.

9) Afore

Afore

Afore Capital exclusively invest in San Francisco-based companies by providing pre-seed funding.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Gaurav Jain, Anamitra Banerji
  • Industries: Fintech, Consumer, SaaS, Automative, Marketplace, Construction, AR & VR, Enterprise, Crypto & Blockchain, Developer Tools, Gaming, Healthcare, E-Commerce
  • Stages: Pre-Seed
  • Minimum check size: $500,000
  • Maximum check size: $1,500,000
  • Number of investments: 84
  • Number of exits: 8
  • Funds raised: $300,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Zuul Kitchen, Stream, Pinch

You can find their website here.

10) Smedvig Capital

Smedvig Capital

Smedvig Capital is a London-based venture capital firm leading Series A and Series B deals.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • City: London
  • Started in: 1996
  • Founders: Peter Smedvig, Johnny Hewett
  • Industries: Enterprise, Big Data & Analytics, Fintech, SaaS, Legal, Advertising, Automative
  • Stages: Series A, Series B
  • Minimum check size: £3,000,000
  • Maximum check size: £10,000,000
  • Number of investments: 75
  • Number of exits: 54
  • Funds raised: £565,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Masabi, Yumpingo, Semble

You can find their website here.

You can contact them at +44 20 7451 2100.

11) Inventure

Inventure

Headquartered in Helsinki, Inventure is a Nordic and Baltics venture fund since 2005.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Finland, Sweden
  • City: Helsinki, Stockholm
  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Kevin Lösch, Sami Lampinen, Timo Tirkkonen
  • Industries: SaaS, Deep Tech & Hard Science, AI & ML, Healthcare, Education, Gaming, Devops, Cybersecurity, IoT, Consumer, InsurTech, Hardware, AR & VR, Food & Beverage, Enterprise, Marketplace, Big Data & Analytics, Manufacturing, Marketing, Automative, Telecommunications
  • Stages: Seed, Series A
  • Minimum check size: $100,000
  • Maximum check size: $10,000,000
  • Number of investments: 71
  • Number of exits: 21
  • Funds raised: $230,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Mojo, Coudescene, Wolt

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at hello@inventure.vc.

12) Raed Ventures

Raed Ventures

Located in Saudi Arabia, Raed Ventures invest in tech companies in the MENA region.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Saudi Arabia
  • City: Riyadh
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Saed Nashef, Omar Almajdouie
  • Industries: Fintech, E-Commerce, Supply Chain & Logistics, Education, Healthcare, Enterprise, Consumer, AI & ML, SaaS, Marketplace, InsurTech, Automative, Entertainment
  • Stages: Early Stage, Seed
  • Number of investments: 55
  • Number of exits: 4
  • Funds raised: $12,600,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Sylndr, Opontia, Sary

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@raed.vc.

13) Icebreaker

Icebreaker

Icebreaker Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in Estonia, Finland and Sweden.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Estonia, Finland, Sweden
  • City: Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Lasse Lehtinen
  • Industries: Cybersecurity, IoT, Travel & Hospitality, Advertising, AI & ML, Big Data & Analytics, Proptech & Real Estate, AR & VR, Automation, Developer Tools, Media, Entertainment, Automative, Energy, Human Resources, Legal, SaaS, Hardware, E-Commerce, Education
  • Stages: Pre-Seed, Early Stage
  • Minimum check size: €150,000
  • Maximum check size: €800,000
  • Number of investments: 54
  • Funds raised: €126,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: HoxHunt, Logmore, Flowhaven

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@icebreaker.vc.

14) Maniv Mobility

Maniv Mobility

With offices in New York and Tel Aviv, Maniv Mobility is a VC firm investing in the automotive, transportation, energy, and logistics sectors.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Israel, USA
  • City: Tel Aviv-Yafo, New York
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Michael Granoff
  • Industries: Supply Chain & Logistics, Robotics, Transportation, Automative, Mobility
  • Stages: Early Stage, Seed
  • Number of investments: 37
  • Number of exits: 2
  • 3 remarkable investments: ClairLabs, Pact, Turo

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@maniv.com.

15) Ingressive Capital

Ingressive Capital

Ingressive Capital is a pre-seed and seed-stage venture capital for tech companies in Sub-Saharan Africa regions.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Nigeria
  • City: Lagos
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Maya Horgan Famodu
  • Industries: Fintech, Devops, Transportation, Biotech, Supply Chain & Logistics, Proptech & Real Estate, API, Cloud, Automative, Agriculture
  • Stages: Pre-Seed, Seed
  • Maximum check size: $400,000
  • Number of investments: 34
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Funds raised: $10,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Paystack, Bamboo, 54gene

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at investments@ingressive.co.

16) LDV Capital

LDV Capital

LDV Capital partners with technical teams building companies using computer vision machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze visual data.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA
  • City: New York
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Evan Nisselson
  • Industries: Deep Tech & Hard Science, AI & ML, Big Data & Analytics, Robotics, Automative, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Logistics, AR & VR
  • Stages: Pre-Seed, Seed
  • Minimum check size: $500,000
  • Maximum check size: $1,200,000
  • Number of investments: 31
  • Number of exits: 8
  • 3 remarkable investments: Unsplash, Mapillary, Geniachip

You can find their website here.

17) TLcom

TLcom

TLcom Capital has been backing tech entrepreneurs from the US, Europe and Africa since 1999.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Nigeria, Kenya, United Kingdom
  • City: Lagos, Nairobi, London
  • Started in: 1999
  • Founders: Maurizio Caio
  • Industries: Media, Internet & Mobile, DTC, Supply Chain & Logistics, Transportation, Education, InsurTech, Healthcare, Automative
  • Stages: Early Stage, Late Stage
  • Minimum check size: $500,000
  • Maximum check size: $10,000,000
  • Number of investments: 29
  • Number of exits: 15
  • Funds raised: $300,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Kobo, Cuebiq, uLesson

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@tlcomcapital.com.

18) TVV Capital

TVV Capital

TVV Capital is an investment fund backing US-based manufacturing companies.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA
  • City: Nashville
  • Started in: 1997
  • Founders: Andrew Byrd
  • Industries: Consumer, Government Technology, Food & Beverage, Climate & Sustainability, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Hardware, Agriculture, Automative, Sports
  • Stages: Growth
  • Number of investments: 15
  • Number of exits: 8
  • Funds raised: $3,020,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Industrial Desin

You can find their website here.

You can contact them at +1 (615)-256-8061.

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