About Global Circle Capital™

Global Circle Capital is a brand new fund raising service for exceptional European early stage startups. The service is brought to you by the Global Circle Club, a revolutionary business travel platform connecting hotels, apartments and co living spaces with micro, small and medium sized enterprises

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Add some rocket fuel to your startup

We will delve deep into your startup during our Discovery process to understand who you are and what you are hoping to achieve. We then work closely with you to ensure that you are investment ready, do some due diligence to ensure that we are able to confidently present you to suitable investors and creatively think about who could potentially invest. We then reach out to investors in our network and also nurture relationships with relevant investors for our clients. Think of us as extra rocket fuel for your startup.....!

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We are a startup ourselves on the same journey

We are also a startup on the same journey as you and have successfully raised capital! We know from first hand experience what it takes to get a startup going and the challenges that come with it. Over the years we have developed a network of contacts and experience that can help other exceptional startups looking for help raising early stage funds

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Increase your chances of a successful raise

Fund raising is something of an art form, relationships and a collaborative spirit are central to the fund raising process. We are not a search platform cold matching thousands of startups with investors, we offer a laser focused personal service to help a limited number of promising and exceptional startups increase their chances of securing the investment needed to grow and succeed

Why Global Circle Capital?

The worlds most successful athletes, film stars and musicians have professional agents or representatives as part of their teams, why shouldn´t startups?

Think of some of the worlds most successful athletes and artists from Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Leonardo di Caprio to Robert Deniro, Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi. All of these highly successful athletes and artists will have had or still have agents guiding their professional careers. Startups are the artists of the business world yet they rarely have this luxury and more often than not have to navigate their way alone. Think of Global Circle Capital as the talent agent for startups opening doors and there by your side. Just like record labels and movie studios prefer to deal with agents, investors almost always prefer investment opportunities to come to them from people they know or from professional sources. This is where we come in. As has always been the case in the business, sports and entertainment world, it´s all about who you know and the right introduction at the right time can literally be priceless!

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Introducing RADAR a personal laser focused service to help promising European startups succeed

What is RADAR?

Get onto our radar! We actively monitor and develop opportunities for our clients, whether that be potential investors, strategic partners or key customers. Once you are on our radar we will actively work with you to improve your chances of securing the capital you need by ensuring you are investment ready and match you with suitable investors in our growing network or actively reach out to investors that would be specifically suited to you

  • RADAR provides you with highly discounted consulting time along with a check in call for updates and to keep things on track. It is ideally suited to startups that either need some help getting investment ready, help with strategy and branding or startups that are looking for an extra push in their fund raising efforts
  • Independent validation of your startup, only the best get through!
  • We get to know you and your startup during our initial discovery phase, after all investors will be investing in you / your team
  • We are by your side from the beginning to money in the bank
  • Access to our network of high net worth investors, family offices, corporate innovation and venture capital firms once you are ready. Our goal is to match the right investors with the right startups
  • We ask you the key questions to ensure that you are on the best path to reaching your desired goals and are here to support you and motivate you on those days when it´s all getting a bit too much. We´re startup guys ourselves and know what it takes to do this everyday!
  • Timing and being prepared to approach investors are absolutely key, a few of the reasons why startups often get rejected are simply not being well prepared, approaching investors too early or pitch decks / pitches not being compelling enough. As a RADAR client we can help you to be well prepared and ready for the challenge when it counts

A quick summary of the benefits of joining Global Circle Capital as a startup, investor, advisor or our brand new human network which is open to everyone

No matter what stage you are at we have you covered. Apply for a space in our RADAR service either on a weekly or monthly basis where you can benefit from discounted consulting time to help you prepare for fund raising or add some rocket fuel to your fund raising effort, alternatively we offer Vision Consulting to companies that could benefit from our network of contacts and expertise. Contact us to learn more

We want to grow our investor network by partnering with the best investors in the European startup scene. By joining us as an investor you can be provided with carefully screened and relevant investments. You simply let us know which sectors, stages, geographic areas you are interested in and we will present investments that match. It is free to join us as an investor. Widen your net and get access to carefully screened early stage investment opportunities that may not otherwise get to you. We see our role not as a broker making commissions, we have skin in the game with every project and actively work with every startup providing guidance, mentoring, strategic, marketing, branding advice and more. In addition we are building a powerful investor network and can help with finding co investors when you are looking for follow up investments for your portfolio companies. Tap into our growing network and let us work with you to find the right investors

Are you in the startup space with a good network of investors and/or working with European startups? Come join us as an associate and widen your network by joining forces with us. As an associate you can get access to exciting and well selected investment opportunities that you can present to your own network or present promising startups looking for investment to us. We work on a fair revenue share model where everybody wins. Registration is free

We believe that everyone has something valuable to offer, whether that be knowledge, time, money, access to contacts or something else. Most of the time people find it difficult to find ways to put this to good use. We are building a global human network with the sole purpose of connecting people in a way that allows personal private human networks to benefit us all. It is open to everyone regardless of nationality, geographic location, age, income or status. Everyone knows someone and if you think about your own network of contacts you´ll realise you know some quite amazing people. Imagine if you could help us connect somebody that would benefit from knowing your contact or vice versa. Magic happens. Your introduction could help a startup find the capital they need to grow or to get those first few customers and grow into a successful company that employs lots of people. You get the picture. Sign up, it´s completely free. We´ll put you into our database and as soon as there´s a hit we´ll get in touch. If the introduction leads to us earning a fee we´ll pay you an introduction fee, if no money is made we´re more than ok with that too if it helps someone. With this in mind introductions could help non profit organisations who are often in need of help and are lacking in resources. If you would like to be one of the first to be part of our beta launch register with us and let´s do great things together!

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Join our European startup eco system

Whether you are a startup actively raising capital, a startup that is bootstrapping, an investor or someone that works with startups we have a number of services that can benefit you or your clients. We are particularly focused on the early stage when the magic is happening, from the creation of the brand to the hustle getting those first customers on board. We´ve been there many times and are still doing it because we love it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Be sure to check out our FAQs before you apply or register. If your question is unanswered please use the contact form at the top of the page to get in touch with us

What do we look for?

We are looking for businesses that are ideally doing something positive and are attractive to investors. This typically means businesses with significant growth potential, businesses that can scale and ideally have some unique qualities combined with super smart and highly committed founders. We prefer businesses that already have an MVP, early signs of traction and ideally have raised some money, even if it´s a small friends and family round or some crowdfunding. The further along you are the easier it is for us to help you raise the capital you need. If you are still at a very early stage, haven´t yet raised any money or are pre-revenue, that´s ok too, just get in touch or complete our application form and we can let you know if it´s something we can help with. If you don´t make it in please don´t take it personally or be discouraged, use it as an opportunity to re-assess what you are doing, address any potential weaknesses, rebuild, come back and try again! After all, that´s what being an entrepreneur is all about!

What geographic area do we cover?

We work with investors and startups across Europe. We are mainly centered around London and Lisbon however we are open to startups, investors and associates all across Europe. We also have contacts in Asia and North America however these are currently not our areas of focus. You don´t need to be in one of the major European startups hubs like London, Berlin, Talin, Barcelona, Amsterdam or Lisbon, you can be working out of a barn in a village and we will work with you remotely. As our investor network is across Europe we may be able to find an investor close to you or one that is happy to invest even if you are not close by. If have a great startup with potential get in touch with us!

Is investment guaranteed?

The short answer is no, it´s almost impossible to guarantee and you must keep in mind that only a very small percentage of startups raise outside funding. The managing partner of a very prominent early stage VC told us recently that they receive about 3000 applications a year out of which they invest in about 15, that´s 0.5%! Be realistic but don´t get discouraged. Fund raising is highly competitive and the moment you are accepted as a client you are already one step closer. We only accept startups that excite us and those that we feel have a genuine chance to successfully get funded.

Do we take equity in your business?

In general we do not ask for equity in your business, however every case is different and in some cases we could come in as equity partners if we can add some value and help you get to your goal.

How does RADAR work?

With RADAR we work with startups according to each to their very specific needs, we are not an accelerator program putting each startup through a uniform system. What we do is very carefully targeted to the needs and stage of the startup. We only present businesses that we believe in to investors and the combination of our discovery process and RADAR service allows us to continually evaluate, validate and importantly get to know you, after all investors will ultimately be investing in you. This process makes our service more credible to investors and allows us to understand your needs and preferences so that we can match you with the right investor or investors. On the flip side investors can be confident that we are only presenting highly credible and relevant investment opportunities to them.

How do we pay and can we cancel?

We bill weekly in advance for RADAR and and Vision Consulting. Payment can be made securely with a creditcard or Paypal. You can cancel anytime and likewise if we don´t feel that we can help you further we will cancel from our side. The goal however is for us to reach the finish line together!

How many RADAR spaces are available?

We have a monthly total of 40 RADAR slots available (limited to a maximum of 4 slots per month per startup). Get started by completing our application form here > apply now

I am an investor, what is the benefit for me?

Great early stage opportunities are time consuming and generally hard to find. We make it easy for you by doing the leg work needed to identify the really good opportunities and then present them to investors we feel are most suitable. Early stage opportunities whilst perhaps more risky are also potentially the most rewarding. Very often the early stage is the most exciting part of the journey and many investors love that. Global Circle Capital can get carefully evaluated and relevant investments to you that you may not otherwise be aware of. Only businesses that pass through our discovery process and are given a place in RADAR or Vision Consulting get presented to investors to ensure a high quality of investment opportunities. In addition we can tap into our growing investor network to help you find co-investors for follow on investments if that is something that could be beneficial for you.

How long does it typically take to raise funds?

It depends on a lot of factors so there is no single answer. Most typically you could be looking at between three and six months from start to money in the bank.

What size of funds do you specialise in?

We are mainly focused on pre-seed up to series A funding, typically 150k to 5m range however we can also help with larger rounds

Do you accept single founder businesses?

Yes we do, single founder businesses can sometimes face additional fund raising challenges however our own company is a single founder business and we see the advantages as well as the disadvantages. Please feel free to apply if you are a single founder business, we specifically ask investors if they invest in single founder businesses and will present you to those that we feel could be suitable

What is an Associate?

Associates are people we work closely with who have strong relationships with investors and/or startups. We collaborate with trusted associates across Europe to widen our network of contacts and to help each other connect more dots! We are looking for more associates based in the key European startup hubs, in particular from Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Lisbon, Paris, Dublin, Copenhagen and Zurich. Join our family and let´s do great things together!

Is Covid affecting the investment landscape?

Where there is change, there is opportunity. The world is in a state of uncertainly and turmoil and this will inevitably have an affect however according to our research and speaking to investors there has been surprisingly little change in terms of investor appetite. The pandemic has also created new opportunities and investors are keen to capitalise on this. Capital has to be working 24/7 and investors need to invest. This will never change. Those businesses that have adapted or are well positioned post covid will be particularly interesting propositions for investors. Things will inevitably return to some form of normality however the effects and economic changes will have a more lasting effect. A whole new breed of world class companies will no doubt emerge out of the pandemic.

Do you prefer any particular sectors?

No, we are open to every sector, one of the beauties of Global Circle Capital is that we can identify and present you to investors that are interested in or focused on your sector. Even if we are not immediately familiar with your particular sector our Discovery process allows us to evaluate your business and market the way an investor does. We actually love looking at markets and sectors that we are perhaps not so familiar with. What is important is the actual market potential and how your business fits within that marketplace

How do I know if I need this service?

If you are an experienced entrepreneur, have successfully raised funds before and have a wide network of investors available then maybe not although we would still say it´s worth joining us as a RADAR client in order to widen your network, benefit from an alternative viewpoint and have us by your side when you are involved in complex negotiations. Often as entrepreneurs we are so immersed in what we are doing that we can miss things that others can see. As we are external and are startup entrepreneurs ourselves we can sometimes spot things that may have been overlooked. If on the other hand you are not an experienced entrepreneur and don´t have fund raising experience and established contacts in the investment world then this is something you should seriously consider. It´s far more efficient to benefit from our contacts and expertise rather than do it all yourself, especially if you are short on resources as most startups are. If in doubt just use the contact form to drop us a line, we´re happy to have an informal chat with you anytime and then you can decide if our services are for you

Are investors okay with us using a service like yours?

We are in dialog with investors on a daily basis and in general there is no issue as long as we are adding value and are not simply a broker trying to raise money for you. We are here to support you, open doors and get you prepared for investment. In the end it´s you the investor will be talking to and we are there to support you. Investors understand that startups at the early stage are almost always short on resources, therefore getting help to improve your chances is seen as a smart and positive move

What is the difference between RADAR and VISION CONSULTING?

RADAR includes 2 hours of discounted consulting time dedicated to your startup including a video call . RADAR is a service for startups that are investment ready and are actively seeking investment or are looking for a little bit of help at an affordable price during the bootstrap phase. This could include some advice, strategic help and so on. We use the allocated time in RADAR in a way that will help you the most. We work with each RADAR client on a discounted consulting fee + success fee basis. VISION CONSULTING is a straight consulting service for startups that would like the benefit of our contacts and expertise on a half hourly or half day basis.

Can you help with investment outside of venture capital or angel investment if needed?

Yes, we also work with CVC (corporate venture capital) funds, corporate innovation funds and also some debt financing companies. Our goal is to offer a broad array of investment possibilities. We are continually on the look out for investment partners that can help our startup clients succeed

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