Many leading investors in B2B SaaS have committed early to actively foster knowledge exchange and add value to the debate at ARRtist SUMMIT. Be it on stage, in a scheduled networking session, or in an informal chat. ARRtist SUMMIT provides ample opportunity for debate, problem-solving and getting to know each other.
Attending investors range from super early-stage VCs and super-angels to providers of alternative forms of growth capital and private equity funds to banks. What they all share is a proven track-record in software investments, a desire to invest into European SaaS models from pre-seed to Series C, and a willingness to learn from each other and to exchange ideas.
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Verdane is a specialist growth equity investment firm that partners with tech-enabled and sustainable businesses based out of Europe to help them reach the next stage of international growth. Verdane’s over 130 employees, based in Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Oslo and Stockholm, are dedicated to being the preferred growth partner to tech-enabled and sustainable businesses. We offer European category leaders looking for international growth a unique combination of local market support, through teams based in six countries, as well as growth experience on par with the best global sector specialists. Verdane companies have exclusive access to Elevate, our in-house operational expert team. Elevate provides strategic and operational support on high-priority projects to elevate performance and support growth, covering both go-to-market and operations.
At Goldman Sachs, we believe progress is everyone’s business. That’s why we commit our people, capital and ideas to help our clients, shareholders and the communities we serve to grow. Founded in 1869, Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Headquartered in New York, we maintain offices in all major financial centers around the world.
We're an early-stage venture capital fund focused on backing seed-stage B2B SaaS and B2B marketplace entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. Since 2008, we’ve been amongst the first investors in companies like Algolia, Chainalysis, Contentful, Delivery Hero, Docplanner, Loom, and Zendesk. We obsess about helping you win, and it shows in the numbers: More than 65% of the companies that we back at the seed stage raise a Series A, and more then ten are already at $100M+ ARR (and counting).
Senovo focuses on early stage B2B SaaS investments. We fund outstanding entrepreneurs and teams building world class products, and generally get involved soon after product launch, during the Series A. We invest up to EUR 3m in investment rounds of EUR 1-5m and plan reserves to support you in later rounds. Whether we lead or co-invest with a partner, we believe it is beneficial for startups to have complimentary investors and usually syndicate our investments.
Building on more nearly 30 years combined investment & operational experience and three years of joint angel investing via Auxxo Beteiligungen, Bettine Schmitz and Dr. Gesa Miczaika launched the Auxxo Female Catalyst Fund. The vision of the fund is to drive equitable representation of women as founders and investors in venture capital.
Blackstone Growth (BXG) is part of the Blackstone Group and one of the largest growth-oriented capital providers worldwide. BXG acts as a strategic partner for B2B SaaS companies and has access to Blackstone's global resources to actively support these companies (>250 portfolio companies, >900bn AuM, >150 Operating Executives). Relex, Celonis, Cloudinary, or Snowflake are examples of BXG's software investments to date.
Leveraging the global Carlyle investment platform with 2,200 people across five continents, the Carlyle Europe Technology Partners (CETP) team has been backing mission-driven B2B software entrepreneurs for more than 20 years. We seek to add value as a hands-on investor and our most recent growth equity investments include Hack The Box, Shopware and Phrase.
Cavalry Ventures is a European early-stage venture capital fund focusing on pre-seed and seed stages with EUR 120+ million in assets under management. In addition to the expertise of the partners, the portfolio companies gain access to a cross-sector, global and exclusive network of more than 200 angel investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, business experts, and many more, who provide advisory and operational support in areas such as strategy, organisational development, product development, sales, international expansion, recruiting and marketing.
Cherry Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm led by a team of entrepreneurs with experience building fast-scaling companies such as Zalando and Spotify. The firm backs Europe's boldest founders, usually as their first institutional investor, and supports them in everything from their go-to-market strategy and the scaling of their businesses. Cherry Ventures has previously invested in the seed stage of over 90 companies across Europe, including FlixBus, Auto1 Group, Flaschenpost, Infarm, Forto, SellerX, Juni, and Flink. Cherry Ventures is based in Berlin and invests across Europe with operations in London and Stockholm.
DTCP is an investment management firm focused on growth equity and digital infrastructure. Founded in 2015, the firm has raised more than $2.3 billion in funds from corporate and institutional investors and invested in over 70 companies. DTCP GROWTH invests in leading enterprise application and infrastructure software companies. DTCP INFRA invests in mobile access, fiber, and data center infrastructure. DTCP has a dedicated advisory team supporting portfolio companies and corporate sponsors in creating measurable synergies. The driving force behind the firm’s strategies is the belief that the convergence of networks, devices and the internet is creating more wealth, disrupting more businesses, and unleashing more innovation than any force in the history of technology.
Earlybird is a venture capital investor focused on European technology companies. Founded in 1997, Earlybird invests in all growth and development phases of a company and supports its portfolio companies with financial resources, strategic support, as well as access to an international network and capital markets. Earlybird invests out of a family of focused and independently-managed funds: Digital West (Western Europe), Digital East (Emerging Europe), Healthcare, Earlybird-X (Pre Seed), and Growth Opportunity. With EUR 2 billion under management across all fund streams, 8 IPOs, and 30 trade sales, Earlybird is one of Europe’s most established and active venture capital firms.
Traditional finance hasn't kept up with innovation. The funding process for SME SaaS companies is antiquated, hard to access, time-consuming, and tedious. That’s why at Float we pioneered a new product, we like to call Capital-as-a-service (CaaS). We provide SaaS startups and SMEs with fast, easy, founder-friendly, and non-dilutive growth capital. As founders ourselves, our vision is to empower other founders by providing them the capital they need to focus on building and growing their business without entering a never-ending fundraising mode.
General Catalyst is a venture capital firm that invests in powerful, positive change that endures — for our entrepreneurs, our investors, our people, and society. We support founders with a long-term view who challenge the status quo, partnering with them from seed to growth stage and beyond to build companies that withstand the test of time. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York City, London, and Boston, the firm has helped support the growth of businesses such as: Airbnb, Deliveroo, Guild, Gusto, Hubspot, Illumio, Lemonade, Livongo, Oscar, Samsara, Snap, Stripe, and Warby Parker.
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor that finances high-potential, tech-driven start-ups. With around EUR 900 million in total investment volume across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has already helped forge more than 650 start-ups since 2005. Driven by their expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, its team of experienced investment managers and startup experts help guide the development of young companies. HTGF’s focus is on high-tech start-ups in the fields of digital tech, industrial technology, life sciences, chemistry and related business areas.
Jefferies is a leading global, full-service investment banking and capital markets firm that provides advisory, sales and trading, research and wealth and asset management services. With more than 40 offices around the world, we offer insights and expertise to investors, companies and governments.
KKR Tech Growth invests >$50M checks in high-growth technology companies across software, cybersecurity, consumer internet and fintech verticals. Beyond access to financial capital, KKR offers the companies we partner with access to our substantial network, industry expertise, M&A support, global reach, and insights from our global Private Equity portfolio which has more than 200 current portfolio companies worldwide, translating into over $7 billion in Information Technology spend and over $10 billion in marketing spend annually. Additionally, our portfolio companies have access to the operational experience of KKR Capstone. Since 2014, the firm has executed a number of transactions as part of the firm’s growth equity strategy, including Darktrace, GetYourGuide, KnowBe4, OutSystems, ReliaQuest, Zwift, OneStream, Wolt and o9, amongst others.
Monterro is the leading B2B software growth investor in the Nordics, with a mission to turn Nordic software companies into market leaders and global leaders within their niche. Since 2012, Monterro has completed many platform and add-on investments. We manage four funds with a combined value of EUR 1.1bn, and 25 percent of the managed capital comes from our founders and employees. To support our portfolio companies with software development, we've set up Scandinavia Software Park in Vietnam. We help Nordic software companies fulfil their world-beating potential by adding value in several areas: strategic and hands-on support, insight, talent management, and our management network.
PSG is a growth equity firm that partners with software and technology-enabled service companies to help them navigate transformational growth, capitalize on strategic opportunities and build strong teams. Having backed more than 115+ companies and facilitated over 420+ add-on acquisitions, we bring extensive investment experience, deep expertise in software and technology, and a firm commitment to collaborating with management teams. Founded in 2014, PSG has since raised over $10 billion in capital and has a team of more than 145 investment professionals. PSG operates out of offices in London, Paris, Madrid, Boston, Kansas City, and Tel-Aviv.
Born in San Francisco 40 years ago and now headquartered in Paris, Partech is one of the most active tech investors in the world, bringing together capital, operational experience, and strategic support for entrepreneurs at seed, venture and growth stages. The company manages €2.5B and its current portfolio includes 240 companies in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US.
We’re refining capital for economies to come. At re:cap, we create a world where every company has access to the best possible financing solutions – irrespective of size, location, and network. To help entrepreneurs outgrow themselves. More options, better choices. When it comes to funding your business, you should have more than one option. With re:cap, you get access to a new source of capital with clear advantages over traditional instruments.
10x Founders is a network-driven investor backed by over 200 entrepreneurs and angels. The founding partners (Andreas Etten, Andrej Henkler, Claudius Jablonka, Felix Haas, Jan Becker, Jan Reichelt and Robert Wuttke) have made more than 300 investments and continue this early-stage investing now within 10x Founders. At the beginning of 2021, they came together with the vision to build the best early-stage investor for Europe’s most ambitious next startup founders.
ALSTIN Capital is an independent venture capital fund based in Munich. We invest in rapidly growing technology companies that have the potential to leverage the significant market potential of the future and become market leaders. We do not solely invest in convincing technology, but above all in the entrepreneurs behind the technology.
Armira is a Munich-based investment holding that invests in established, market-leading and high-growth companies in Europe, with a focus on family businesses and technology. With its unique capital base of German and international entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial families, Armira has the flexibility to invest without a fixed term and to focus on the long-term development of the company.
Atscale is a team of executives with a history of scaling businesses in tech-driven industries. Having experienced IPOs (NASDAQ), we have endured what it takes to create big companies. We believe that today’s start-ups are tomorrow’s economy and we want to help as many as we can reach their full revenue potential.
Blue Cloud Ventures, (BCV), is a software-focused growth equity venture capital with offices in Miami and New York City. The fund targets investments in leading SaaS, infrastructure and open source software companies. BCV offers entrepreneurs an alternative to raising a traditional growth round by being flexible on amount invested, ownership requirements, board representation and exit horizon. BCV supports entrepreneurs in raising the optimal growth round and enables early stage investors to double down on their most promising companies.
Bregal Unternehmerkapital is part of a family-owned business that has grown over several generations. Funds advised by Bregal Unternehmerkapital ("BU") specialise in majority and minority holdings, particularly in mid-sized companies based in Germany, Switzerland and Austria – the “Mittelstand”. Its investment activity is based on long-term commitment and independent of developments in the financial markets. With patient capital, entrepreneurial expertise and a partnership approach, Bregal can focus on the performance of the portfolio companies and help them generate sustainable value.
Capnamic is a venture capital firm based in Cologne, Berlin and Munich with a focus on early-stage investments in outstanding teams in the German-speaking regions. We back aspiring entrepreneurs as they embark on their journeys. No matter if it’s pre-product, MVP stage or first revenues: we’re the early-stage venture capital firm that provides not just financial backing but the network, experience and guidance to turn outstanding teams into category leaders.
Coparion is a venture capital fund for young, German technology companies. The capital is provided by ERP Special Fund, KfW Capital and European Investment Bank. We accelerate growth: We help young technology companies achieve swift and sustained growth. With a fund sitze of EUR 275 million we have the means to do so.
Dawn is Europe’s largest specialist B2B software investor, with total commitments of $1.9bn. Dawn partners with founders building the next generation of global software leaders, supporting them to harness extraordinary teams, exceptional technology and scalable business models to create category-defining global companies.
Eight Roads Ventures is a global venture capital firm backed by Fidelity that helps entrepreneurs scale. We back and partner with game-changing technology and healthcare companies. With a presence in China, Europe, India and Japan, our global platform has 50+ years of venture investing experience, $11 Bn in AUM, over 300 portfolio companies and 60+ IPOs.
Endeit Capital is a growth capital firm fuelling internationalization and innovation since 2006. With local Partner teams in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, Endeit specializes in boosting European tech scale-ups that have outgrown the start-up phase. Endeit and its community of entrepreneurs and experts support these companies with capital and management guidance to reach maturity. Current and former portfolio companies include Parcellab, Happeo, Sharpist, Stravito, Tripactions, Tourradar, Bux, 3D Hubs, MetrixLab, Gastrofix, Blis and Leadfeeder. Endeit’s Partners draw on their broad operational experience in branding and internationalization, especially via buy & build.
Eurazeo is a leading global investment company, with a diversified portfolio of €32.5 billion in assets under management, including nearly €23.4 billion from third parties, invested in 530 companies. With its considerable private equity, venture capital, private debt as well as real estate and infrastructure asset expertise, Eurazeo accompanies companies of all sizes, supporting their development through the commitment of its nearly 360 professionals and by offering deep sector expertise, a gateway to global markets, and a responsible and stable foothold for transformational growth. Its solid institutional and family shareholder base, robust financial structure free of structural debt, and flexible investment horizon enable Eurazeo to support its companies over the long term.
We are a private equity fund founded by serial entrepreneurs. We focus on investments in profitable and growing internet and software companies with sales of between EUR 5 million and EUR 30 million. FLEX Capital specializes in majority holdings in the DACH region to help tech pioneers reach the next level of growth. In Germany there are over 11,000 medium-sized software and Internet companies that have developed into high-growth and profitable, sometimes world market leaders, on their own. As the "digital backbone", these tech pioneers carry out the innovative work that will continue to ensure our prosperity in the future. We want to support them in this – with investments and know-how.
GRO is a Northern European Private Equity fund, specialized in mid-sized B2B software companies. GRO focuses on companies with strong products, which can help facilitate a change in performance through scaling sales and marketing, strengthening the leadership team and improving the operational performance.
InfraVia is a leading independent private equity firm, specialized in infrastructure and technology investments. We support entrepreneurs and companies in their growth journey and help them to expand their businesses and transform them into top-tier platforms. Since 2008, we have raised ca. EUR 10 billion of capital and invested in 50+ companies across 13 European countries.
We are an independent small-cap private equity firm focused on software investments, investing primarily in the DACH-region. Fundamentally entrepreneurial in spirit, Maguar differentiates itself and adds value to founder-run small cap technology firms by offering extensive software expertise and operational experience as founders and former CEOs of software companies, an extensive industry-specific network as well as transaction know-how.
Our investment focus is on enterprise SaaS, cybersecurity, fintech, healthtech, and climate tech companies, areas that are fundamentally transforming business processes and consumer relationships. We invest in companies that bring differentiated technology solutions and scalable business models to drive enterprise-level innovation.
Northzone is a technology investment partnership. With two decades of experience, we have been chosen by some of the best entrepreneurs as their long-term partner for growth. With offices across the Nordics, London and in New York, we work around the clock to connect our companies with customers, business partners and key talent on a truly international scale.
Permira is a global investment firm that backs successful businesses with growth ambitions. Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with total committed capital of €77bn and makes long-term majority and minority investments across two core asset classes, private equity and credit. The Permira private equity funds have made approximately 300 private equity investments in four key sectors: Technology, Consumer, Healthcare and Services.
Project A is one of the leading venture capital companies in Europe with offices in Berlin, Munich, and London. In addition to $1 billion in assets under management, Project A supports its portfolio companies with a team of over 140 in-house experts in fields such as software and product development, business intelligence, brand, design, marketing, CRM, sales, venture development, or recruiting. Project A is managed by Rainer Berak, Ben Fischer, Dr. Florian Heinemann, Uwe Horstmann, Thies Sander, and Dr. Anton Waitz.
We scale digital B2B businesses through our funding, Scaler Programme and Platform. We provide the funding, expertise, methodology and support tailored to your business needs at the right times. We focus entirely on the scale-up phase. We acquire and/or invest £2-£10 million into businesses with revenues usually between £1-£10 million and an enterprise value of £2-£30 million, and scale them to revenues of £10-£50 million and an enterprise value of £20-£200 million over 4-8 years.
Speedinvest is one of Europe’s most active early-stage investors with more than €1 billion AuM and 40+ investors based in Berlin, London, Munich, Paris, and Vienna. Founder success is our top priority, so we don’t just send some money and "check in" at board meetings. Our mission is to empower you with game-changing support through every stage of your journey. Our focused investment teams know your industry inside and out. Their proven experience, know-how and deep networks are yours from day one.
Target Global is a pan-European technology investment firm with more than €3 billion in assets under management. It invests in companies across all stages of their lifecycle, from pre-seed to pre-IPO. Since 2012, Target has invested in global winners including Delivery Hero, Revolut, Auto 1 Group, Copper, Rapyd, Wefox, Flink, Cazoo, and many others. Target's experienced team of investors, many of whom began their journeys as founders and operators, help exceptional entrepreneurs build leading companies that target trillion-dollar markets.
Updata Partners is a leading technology-focused growth equity firm in Washington D.C. with over $1.5 billion in committed capital. Led by an investment team averaging more than 25 years of technology experience, Updata invests in high-growth B2B software and software-driven businesses where the combination of capital and operating experience will help accelerate success. To learn more, please visit updata.com.
We are an international investment firm that supports the most ambitious and talented entrepreneurs and companies to achieve their goals. From our fourth fund (VIP IV) of €4.0 billion, we invest €25m-€600m+ in high growth, dynamic situation buyouts and growth capital investments, from seven offices around the world with >140 professionals.
Yttrium (formerly Digital+ Partners) is a growth equity investment firm specialised in B2B technology companies. We work as a trusted partner to management teams to help them scale their businesses globally. Yttrium’s exclusive focus and successful track record in growth-stage B2B technology investing enables us to provide targeted, high-impact support to enable our companies to grow faster and more efficiently.
We back innovative and disruptive SaaS companies in finding product market fit and building efficient and scalable sales engines on the way to Series A. Since 2016, we have joined forces with extraordinary founders across different verticals in SaaS. We’ve walked the path with them since the earliest stages, being an entrepreneurial and hands on partner.
SaaS.group is a conglomerate of indie businesses and was founded by experienced industry veterans with a proven entrepreneurial, investing and product background. We love healthy SaaS companies and help them to reach the next level. If being acquired is something that sparks some interest or you’d like to know about our process, we’d love to have a chat with you. We support all sorts of involvement from investment, founders staying on board to fully taking it off your hands.
Rigeto Unternehmerkapital advises entrepreneurs and family offices providing long-term capital to take majority or minority positions in profitable companies with revenues between € 5 and 100 million and further growth potential. Our ambition is to preserve an entrepreneur’s lifetime achievement and to transform the respective companies into true industry leaders by bringing in our network and experience, including from operational management.
BORN2GROW invests in start-ups that offer truly innovative ideas, and a management team with the skills and grit to achieve sustainable growth. We partner with companies at an early stage, but our private funding allows us to form long-term relationships. By investing in a range of industries, we can partake in a variety of growth opportunities, and manage risk. Our start-up partners are at work in fields from biotechnology to software, and from medical technology to industry & automation.
Battery invests in potentially cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including application software, IT infrastructure technologies, consumer-internet and mobile services, and industrial technologies. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at stages ranging from seed to growth and private equity, and invests globally from offices in Boston, Silicon Valley and Israel. Follow the firm on Twitter @BatteryVentures and on our Powered by Battery site for entrepreneurs, www.battery.com/powered.
Blume Equity is a climate-tech growth equity firm investing in companies driving sustainable outcomes for planet and people. We back outstanding founders and teams who share our conviction that value creation and purpose go hand-in-hand. We provide both financial and human capital to support pioneering companies that are solving the climate emergency scale profitably, with positive impact.
As an active investor, we have so far put more than 180 companies on the road to success with venture capital and entrepreneurial know-how. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Brandenburg's development bank ILB. As a public venture capital company, we ensure a strong equity base for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises in the state of Brandenburg on the basis of a stable group environment, so that they can grow securely and sustainably.
Expedition Growth Capital typically makes €10m - €30m growth capital and shareholder liquidity investments in European software companies. Having invested our first fund in ten rapidly growing, bootstrapped software companies, we are currently managing Expedition II, backed by leading investors and entrepreneurs from around the global software ecosystem. We can make significantly larger investments if required.
Frog is a specialist European software scale-up investor. Our strategy is based on selecting the best scale-up phase investments and empowering technology CEOs to grow fast, by deploying our capital, our network and our support. At Frog we focus on ensuring long term commercial success for each and every business we invest in.
GRO is a Northern European Private Equity fund, specialized in mid-sized B2B software companies. GRO focuses on companies with strong products, which can help facilitate a change in performance through scaling sales and marketing, strengthening the leadership team and improving the operational performance. Software and digitalization significantly affect industries and business models. They enable productivity gains, and create new ways of doing business. Similarly, the business benefits of data-driven strategies and digital workflows are equally as important. At GRO, we are passionate about partnering and supporting companies that offer products and solutions that can help end-customers change their ways of doing business, and potentially transform their industries.
Lightrock is a global impact investor with a focus on growth capital that backs purpose-driven entrepreneurs tackling the world’s biggest challenges. Lightrock invests in companies that pursue scalable and tech-driven business models around the key impact themes of people, planet, and productivity/tech for good. Lightrock’s portfolio includes more than 90 high-growth companies in 14 countries across Europe, the USA, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, supported by a diverse team of over 100 professionals based in 5 offices across these regions, including Lightrock’s headquarters in London.
Newion is an Amsterdam-based VC active in Benelux, Germany, and the Nordics. For our latest fund, Newion 4, launched in 2022 with €130 million, we provide initial tickets of €1-4 million as (co-)lead investor and support you in follow-on rounds. For over 20 years, we have focused exclusively on supporting B2B SaaS startups that demonstrate early signs of product-market fit. We believe in actively supporting them on their journey to market leadership and driving digital transformation. We are proud of our current portfolio, which includes more than 25 companies in Germany (Parloa, Delphai, or Filestage) and in the rest of Northwest Europe (Occtoo, Collibra, Deliverect, and many others).
We are a leading growth equity investment firm providing capital and global support to exceptional technology entrepreneurs to help achieve extraordinary success and create lasting value. Our investment philosophy is simple. We invest in rapidly growing technology companies with proven and proprietary technology, scalable business models, exceptional management teams and significant upside potential. One Peak’s sweet spot for equity investments ranges from €15-100 million. However, for the right opportunity, capital is not a constraint.
As a former founder and an active investor, I have a deep admiration for those who achieve against all odds. I invest in founders who follow their heart and passion to get the job done. They have the grit to embrace the pain, fight for their team, and push forward relentlessly in pursuit of their vision. Having been there myself, I know how difficult building a successful startup can be; now I want to support other founders to build thriving businesses. Through Fund One, I primarily invest in Angel, Pre-Seed to Series A, and occasionally in Growth. I focus on software and technology solutions that address meaningful problems but am vertical agnostic. I have worked as an entrepreneur, operating executive, investor, or advisor to private and public companies, including Algolia, Aircall, Axel Springer, Bonial, Coralogix, Epsor, Frontify, Getaccept, gohenry, HeyData, HierFoods, Hublo, Jobspotting, N26, Novos Labs, Planity, Platform.sh, Slush, SmartRecruiters, Stepstone, Welcome to the Jungle, Wo\men Inc., Yubo, and many more.
Russmedia Equity Partners Est. is an investor in and operator of online marketplaces, aggregators and SaaS solutions. We look back at over 20 years of experience in successfully investing in and operating digital companies. We currently run a profitable portfolio of 19 digital platform businesses across 6 countries in Europe. Headquartered in Schaan (Liechtenstein), we are investing € 100 million to significantly increase our commitment to international digital growth.
SCALEHOUSE Capital is the Germany-wide active early-stage venture capital fund based in Lower Saxony . Our partner and investor background enables us to support our startups in a unique way. As owners and managing directors, they and their companies belong to the group of national and international market leaders in their respective sectors.