Business Insider has listed some of the continent's star VCs, who are well-respected by founders and peers and won big from smart early bets on firms that floated or were acquired.

The list has a UK bias in part because some of the biggest pan-European funds or global funds are headquartered in London.

Suzanne Ashman Blair, partner at one of the UK's most prolific seed investors

Ashman Blair is a partner at LocalGlobe, the seed investor founded by legendary father-and-son investment duo Robin and Saul Klein.

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The model initially involved recruiting young university graduates, but has expanded out to allow a broader base of founders.

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