For Silicon Valley-trained talent looking to make the leap to Europe to found, or join, a European high-growth startup, our doors at Balderton are always open. Balderton is Europe's leading early-stage venture capital firm — investing in the best European-born technology startups.
Our office at Balderton HQ in London hosts very early-startups, as well as visiting tech VIPs looking for a place to plug in while visiting London startups. We extend this offer to those interested in making the move.
What kind of talent is Europe looking for? To join the already great tech talent here, trained at world-class universities, read Balderton's head of talent, Kiana Sharifi, on why scale-up experience is the growth catalyst Europe needs.
Do I need to speak a language other than English? No. While it's always helpful, it's not required for working in any European country in tech. English is the universal language of tech companies. Of course, learning a new language will become an added bonus. The reality is Europeans rank very highly on the EF English Proficiency Index 2018; in fact of the top 12 highest ranking countries globally, 10 are European.
What about schooling? Can my children switch? Yes. There are many excellent international schools, including schools that teach the American (AP) curriculum. Universities all over Europe accept International students. The average cost for annual tuition for International students in the UK, for example, is around £17K, and undergraduate courses are often three years, not four years.
What about work visas? Quite a complex topic so no quick answers. Answers can be found online, here are few places to start: UK 'Exceptional Talent' Visa scheme; UK TechNation; French Tech Visa; German Work Visa.
Do companies sponsor moves? Yes, depending on the level and negotiated package. If you work with a headhunter, they can help answer questions like this.
What about taxes and tax returns? There are plenty of accountants in Europe now who specialise in US/Europe tax for individuals and families. While taxes are never simple, there are plenty of expert accountants who will know how to help.
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