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Leading B2B SaaS investors are attending ARRtist SUMMIT

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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This is a selection of investors attending ARRtist SUMMIT 2024

Blackstone

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.

Cherry Ventures

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

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.

KKR

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.

Peak

We are an early-stage venture capital fund based in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Stockholm. We invest Europe-wide and have active investments in the Benelux, DACH, and Nordic regions. We are fully funded and ran by experienced entrepreneurs. As investors, we specialize in models, rather than particular industries or verticals. We have more than a decade of experience in scaling marketplace, platform, and SaaS companies. Our sweet spot is pre Series-A.

Verdane

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.

Warburg Pincus

Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global growth investor. The firm has more than $81 billion in assets under management. The firm’s active portfolio of more than 250 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector, and geography. Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Since its founding in 1966, Warburg Pincus has invested more than $116 billion in over 1,000 companies globally across its private equity, real estate, and capital solutions strategies. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Mauritius, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore.

Armira

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.

Capnamic

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

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.

Eight Roads

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.

GRO

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 Capital Partners

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.

Lightbird Ventures

Lightbird partners with world-class founders building world-changing technology companies in Europe. We invest in B2B software companies at Pre-Seed/Seed stage with a particular interest for Bottom-up SaaS, PLG, Community-Led Growth, and Network Effects.

Northzone

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.

Revaia

Revaia is a leading European sustainable growth investor, partnering with mission-driven entrepreneurs with global ambitions and sustainable leadership. Revaia helps these growth-stage companies navigate their entire life cycle from Series B to IPO and beyond.

Speedinvest

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.

UVC Partners

UVC Partners is a Munich- and Berlin-based early-stage venture capital firm investing in European B2B startups in the fields of Enterprise Software, Mobility, and Industrial Technologies.

Updata Partners

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.

WENVEST Capital

WENVEST Capital is a private investment firm and emerged to become an entrepreneurial minded Venture Capital investor for Growth. The team of WENVEST Capital is dedicated to support the digital leaders of tomorrow with capital, know-how and network.

Yttrium

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.

saas.group

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.

Activant Capital

Activant is a global investment firm that partners with high-growth companies that are transforming commerce.

Adesso

Successful business is created through innovative ideas, sustainable strategies and tailor-made IT solutions that optimally support companies with their individual challenges. People are always involved who have the right mix of technology expertise and in-depth understanding of the customer's business. With a team of over 9,500 employees, we work daily at 65 locations within the adesso Group as one of the leading IT service providers in German-speaking countries to successfully achieve our customers' projects.

Apax

Apax Partners LLP ("Apax") is a leading global private equity advisory firm. For 50 years, Apax has worked to inspire growth and ideas that transform businesses. The firm has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than $65 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech, Services, Healthcare and Internet/Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies.

Bain Capital

Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading alternative investment firms. More than 1,750 Bain Capital employees work together at 25 locations across four continents to manage approximately $180 billion in assets. We develop close partnerships with management teams around the world, uncovering valuable insights that drive long-term value to businesses and markets. We have expanded this approach beyond private equity to several asset classes, including credit, fixed income, public equity, venture capital, and real estate. We’re dedicated to responsible business practices, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards are critical considerations in our investment approach.

Big Cheese Ventures

Big Cheese Ventures accelerates the growth of startups and disruptive SMEs. We support market-ready ventures with business & corporate development, providing them with access to clients, strategic partners and financial capital. We are sparring partners for the scaling phase and your preferred partner for home run finale! We are fast executors with a deep understanding and appreciation for the needs of operational founder(s) across all stages.

BlackRock

BlackRock is a global asset manager and technology provider. Our purpose is to help more and more people experience financial well-being. We help millions of people invest to build savings that serve them throughout their lives. We make investing easier and more affordable. We advance sustainable investing because our conviction is it delivers better outcomes for investors. We contribute to a more resilient economy that benefits more people.

CGE Partners

CGE Partners is a European mid-market private equity firm, investing in businesses using technology to facilitate the transition to a more digital, renewable, secure, and compliant future. CGE provides capital and expertise to enable rapid international expansion in global markets, investing equity of €30-100m into any one business.

Capital D

Next-generation growth buyout fund manager focussed on disruptive mid-market businesses across Europe. Capital D invests at the intersection of macro, technological and behavioural trends, in businesses which will be the winners of the disruption economy. We add purpose and agility to traditional investment lenses and believes companies with those characteristics are better equipped to succeed.

Claret Capital Partners

Claret Capital Partners is a Leader in European Growth Lending. Claret Capital Partners provides growth capital to innovative growth stage businesses. Since 2013 Claret has backed over 170 European SMEs from a wide range of geographies across Europe. The Claret team has been active in the technology financing markets for over 20 years and provides debt solutions to help entrepreneurs and private equity investors grow their companies while minimising dilution.

Columbia Lake Partners

Columbia Lake Partners is an experienced team of investors providing growth loans to European technology companies. At CLP we have extended credit and managed portfolio relationships of greater than €500 million to over 75 companies.

Forestay Capital

Founded in 2018, Forestay is an early-growth stage tech fund and part of B-FLEXION, an entrepreneurial private investment firm founded by Ernesto Bertarelli. We invest in visionary teams reaching growth inflection points and partner with them to create future category leaders. We support start-ups with investments between $10M and $20M in Europe, Israel and opportunistically on the East coast of the US. Forestay Capital SA is the advisor to Forestay Capital Management Ltd, based in Jersey.

Hi Inov

Hi Inov is a European B2B fund made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and based in Paris, Lyon and Munich. We support outstanding hypergrowth companies who transform the ever-changing services and industrial landscape with their innovative digital deep-tech technologies. Our highly experienced venture team will guide you from your humble beginnings to becoming tomorrow's industry category leaders. Backed by a strong network of potential clients, partners and experienced advisors, we will not only help you become champions on your home market, but also quickly open the doors to the French and German markets and support your global expansion.

Holland Capital

Holland Capital has been responsibly and successfully investing in promising Dutch and German SMEs with growth ambitions for over 40 years. The team understands entrepreneurship and fosters an open, sustainable, and professional relationship with the management teams of the invested companies, aiming for mutual growth. With offices in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf, Holland Capital focuses on Healthcare, Technology, and the Agrifood-Tech sector.

ICONIQ Capital

ICONIQ Capital is a global investment firm elevated by an extraordinary community. We seek to build resilient investment portfolios, partner with inspired entrepreneurs transforming industries, manage our clients’ lives and legacies, and create uncommon opportunities across sectors and society. Together, we channel ideas, energy, and capital to strive toward a better future.

Kybernautik

Kybernautik Investments focuses on early-stage investments in projects in the following areas: Blockchain and Web3, AI and Data, People/HR, Learning and Health

LBBW

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) is both a medium-sized universal bank and the central bank of the savings banks in Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate. With total assets of EUR 238 billion and around 10,000 employees (as of 31 Dec. 2017), LBBW is one of the largest banks in Germany. Its core activities are the business with corporate customers, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises and the private customer business, as well as savings banks. A further focus is placed on real-estate financing as well as the customer-oriented capital market business with banks, savings banks and institutional investors. Together with its regional customer banks Baden-Württembergische Bank (BW-Bank), Rheinland-Pfalz Bank and Sachsen Bank, LBBW services its private and corporate customers in about 180 offices – for many of these customers, they have been the main banker for many years. Specialised subsidiaries such as leasing, factoring, real estate, venture capital or asset management round out the product and service range of LBBW group.

Lightrock

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.

Mubadala Capital

Established in 2011, Mubadala Capital is a wholly owned asset management subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, a c. $280 billion global sovereign investor headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Today, Mubadala Capital has over $20 billion of assets under management, with $13 billion of third-party capital on behalf of global institutional investors including four flagship private equity funds, three early-stage venture funds, two funds focused on special situations in Brazil, a highly diversified evergreen investment strategy focused on private market opportunities and a series of co-investment vehicles, SPVs and continuation funds.

Newion

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).

OSS Ventures

OSS Ventures is the startup studio building & investing in the future of operations. We ideate, test, build, invest in great ideas to change the future of the organizations who provide physical services to the world.

One Peak

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.

Prosus Group

Prosus is a global consumer internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating and investing globally in markets with long-term growth potential, Prosus builds leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. The group is focused on building meaningful businesses in the online classifieds, food delivery, payments and fintech, and education technology sectors in markets including India and Brazil. Through its Ventures team, Prosus invests in areas including health, logistics, blockchain, and social commerce. Prosus actively seeks new opportunities to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs who are using technology to improve people’s everyday lives.

Reimann Investors

Reimann Investors is the family office and corporate holding of members of the Reimann entrepreneurial family, who sold their shares in the family business in the late 1990s. We focus our investments on two areas: capital market investments and corporate direct investments in digital commerce, FinTech, and SaaS. Our capital market investments are entrepreneurial in character, highly liquid, and serve the overarching purpose of maintaining the invested capital in real terms and increasing it with a moderate risk. In doing so, we follow an active management approach with an expanded core satellite strategy and predominantly invest in passive products, such as ETFs in particular.

SCALEHOUSE Capital Management

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.

Scottish Equity Partners

We are experienced growth equity investors, operating across the UK and Europe, with a technology focus. We have been building businesses for 20 years, enabling founder led teams to achieve their ambitions. Providing investment, alongside expertise and access to an international network, our knowledgeable and down to earth team work hard to help management maximise company growth and value.

Singular

Singular is a European venture firm partnering with remarkable founders building transformative companies.

T.Capital

T.Capital invests strategic and financial capital in technology companies on behalf of Deutsche Telekom and its corporate partners. T.Capital actively supports the entire investment cycle: from strategy, origination and execution, through to integration or exit. T.Capital is focused on creating long-term strategic value for Deutsche Telekom, its corporate partners and the companies we invest into. T.Capital manages Deutsche Telekom’s portfolio of minority interests through the Telekom Innovation Pool (TIP).

Please find below an overview of participating Early Stage Investors, focusing on PreSeed, Seed and Series A Investments or companies below EUR 2 million ARR.

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Louis Coppey

Partner @ Point Nine

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Alexander Kiltz

Principal @ UVC Partners

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Christophe Aumaître

Partner at WENVEST Capital

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Jens Neisius

Vice President @ Eight Roads Ventures

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Manuel Böhringer

Partner @SCALEHOUSE Capital

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Andreas Fauler

Founding Member @ Kybernautik

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Benjamin Kleinschnitz

Investment Manager @Capnamic

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Bilal Mamode-Banan

VC Associate @ OSS Ventures

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Eva Mayoud

Principal @Singular

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Jesse Jeng

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @SCALEHOUSE Capital

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Johannes Poellmann

Associate @ Reimann Investors

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Julius Schaefer

Business Angel

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Jussof Breshna

Managing Director @ Reimann Investors

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Kevin Heidrich

Inv. Manager @ coparion

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Leopold Lindner

Venture Capitalist @ Newion

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Malte Unger

Managing Director @ Adesso

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Markus Gleim

Principal @ Northzone

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Markus Kazmaier

Venture Capital @ LBBW VC

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Markus Lang

Partner @ Speedinvest

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Mathijs de Wit

Managing Partner @ Newion

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Maximilian Behrens

Tech Investor @ Bain Capital

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Merlin Hannemann

Investment Manager @ Adesso

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Nadja Carina Reischel

Investor B2B @ Cherry Ventures

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Paula Weber

VC Associate @ Northzone

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Simon Visser

Venture & Growth Investor @ BlackRock

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Thomas Meier

Partner@ Lightbird Ventures

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Tim Winter

Investor @ Peak

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Wolfgang Krause

Managing Partner @ Hi inov

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Xixi Richter

Director @ BlackRock

Please find below an overview of participating Growth Investors, mainly focusing on post Series A Investments or companies above EUR 2 million ARR.

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Marta Szczerba

Growth Equity Principal @ KKR

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Michael Rager

MD @ DTCP

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Sam Nasser Zare

Growth Equity Investor @ Blackstone

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Aymeric Duhamel

Investor @ Infravia Growth

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Dirk Sahlmer

Head of Origination @ saas.group

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Felix Perner

Associate @ GRO

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Florian Tappeiner

Managing Partner @ Armira Growth

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Jean-David Herld

Growth Investor @ Revaia

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Johan Olsson

Director @ GRO

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Mary Hampton McNeal

Senior Associate @ Updata Partners

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Morgan Kessous

Partner @ Revaia

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Raphaël Pouteau

Investment Director @ InfraVia Capital

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Tobias Richter

Director @ PSG

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Alizeh McClelland

Principal @ SEP

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Antony Baker

Principal @ Claret Capital Partners

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Bejamin Ruschin

Managing Partner @ Big Cheese Ventures

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Carl von Baumbach

Vice President @ Warburg Pincus

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Christopher Steinau

Partner @ Lightrock

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Concha Zimmer

Growth Equity Investor @ Yttrium

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Jonathan Korntheuer

Principal @ One Peak

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Jorg Van Der Heijden

Partner Technology @ Holland Capital

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Joshua Rothkugel

Investor @ Activant

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Julien van den Rul

Investor @ Forestay

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Julius von Gierke

Investment Manager @ CGE Partners

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Karine Peters

Vice President @ T.Capital

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Kevin Hargaden

Senior Investment Associate @ Columbia Lake Partners

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Lena Brunner

Investment Professional @ capital D

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Lucas Hammad

Tech Investor @ Apax Digital

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Mariam Abbott

Principal @ ICONIQ Capital

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Mark Beith

Partner @ Apax Digital

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Martin Karschkes

VP @ Lightrock

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Max Holnaicher

Principal, Venture & Growth @ Mubadala Capital

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Ritika Pai

Principal @ ICONIQ Capital

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Sandeep Bakshi

Head of Investments, Europe @ Prosus

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Stephan Lobmeyr

Co-Founder @ capital D

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Tania Hoeding

VC Investor @ Prosus

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Tatjana Kast

Director @ One Peak Partners

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Werner Rickinger

Associate @ Warburg Pincus