About us

Founded in 2000, we are one of the leading independent European early stage funds. For over 16 years we have believed in the disruptive potential of the Internet and have been supporting founders in developing their Internet businesses. During this time, we as a team have invested in over 150 businesses, such as Zalando, Wooga, Lazada, Global Fashion Group, Groupon, Quandoo, Flixbus, HelloFresh, Westwing, Home24, Delivery Hero and many others.

We were one of the few venture capital firms in the past to ourselves found internationally successful companies such as Parship and Experteer. Our aim is to support the founders in developing their business as intensely as possible. This approach has made us one of the most successful European early stage investors.

Investment Strategy

We mainly invest in Seed and Early Stage companies. Especially for Early Stage investments we place value on outstanding management that blazes new trails well off the beaten path. We look for companies that target large markets or growth-driven market environments.

The financing of market leaders is a shared journey involving several stages. It is a journey in which we work with established financial investors, acting as the lead or co-investor. Our typical involvement starts with an initial investment in the € 500K – € 2.5M range and can grow up to a total investment of € 40M over several rounds and stages of maturity.

What you can do before reaching out to us:

  • Make use of (free) resources and platforms that are available to entrepreneurs to spur on the development of your product, to test and popularize it.
  • Consider our portfolio and track record of investments and let us know, why you think your company should appeal to us.
  • Don’t bring your product to perfection in private. Get feedback from friends and compare notes with other founders on industry events.

If you have a clear plan and wish to realize it in collaboration with us, please send an executive summary or pitch deck to businessplan@holtzbrinck.net.