JME Ventures is an early-stage investment fund based in Madrid. Its investments focus on early-stage (pre-seed to series A) Spanish companies, or companies founded by Spaniards, that are tech-focused and have outstanding traction. Javier Alarcó (CEO) and José Manuel Entrecanales are the founding partners of the venture capital fund.
The fund specializes in the technology sector, targeting both B2B and B2C with stakes of between €500,000 and €4 million, acquiring between 10% and 20% of the company’s capital. It aims to invest in around eight companies per year with the potential to turn them into an exit within five to seven years. To this end, it seeks a combination of team, product/business model and market that will enable them to achieve the above goal.
JME Ventures carries out a detailed research and analysis process prior to investing in companies. One of their key points is that they try to make fast decisions to make the financing process as painless as possible. It currently manages three funds with a total of more than €110 million. The fund has invested in 30 startups with great projection and growth in the Spanish ecosystem. Some examples are Flywire, Lingokids, Genially, Odilo, Emjoy, Ironhack, Worldsensing and Jobandtalent. They have also made seven exits: the sale of Saluspot to Telefónica, of Dexma to one of the company’s partners, of Flywire to the Singapore sovereign wealth fund in summer 2018, the sale of Jetlore to Paypal, the sale of Reply.ai to Kustomer, etc.
TheVentureCity’s mission is to support the best early-stage software businesses with capital and operational expertise. We do so by investing in fast-growing Seed & Series A software companies with the potential to generate $100M annual revenues in 7-8 years. We look for companies that are capital efficient and follow a product-led growth methodology . We target emerging tech hubs in the United States and Europe that have highly productive and specialized talent but do not have enough venture capital investment.
We are a group of international executives with experience in growing technology companies globally. We leverage our operational expertise and investment experience to help the best founders scale their businesses to extraordinary heights.
Our venture capital fund is part of a greater firm: TheVentureCity, which employs a team of operational experts (Engineers, Product Managers, Data Scientists, and Growth. See “2.0 Management Team”). This type of talent not only attracts the best entrepreneurs but also increases the probability of success for our portfolio companies. This lowers the risk of our investments and increases our ability to deliver greater returns.
Furthermore, TheVentureCity has invested in several startups such as: Nalej, Boatsetter, Returnly, Fastmind, Jobartis, Cabify, Finconecta, Fluvip, Hogaru, Enjoy HQ, Optimus Ride, Pixlee, SpotaHome, Glamping Hub, Playground, RecargaPay, Rocket, Levee, Bewe y, como acabas de publicar (gracias), SimpliRoute. At the same time, this vehicle has raised -until now-, Fund I of 50 millions of euro.
Samaipata is a pan-European founders fund specialized in digital platforms and market places in seed stages, investing in Southern Europe(Spain, Italy and Portugal), France, UK and Germany from its offices in Madrid, Paris and London. It was created in 2016 by José del Barrio, founder and ex-CEO of La Nevera Roja and Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner, executive and investor with more than 30 years of experience and president of MásMóvil.
The fund’s DNA is made up of high specialization, in terms of business model, geographical focus and growth phase. Therefore, Samaipata only invests in digitalplatformsand marketplaces. After raising a first fund of €30M in 2016, Samaipata has closed17 investments in 4 European countries and has made its first exit, following the acquisition of FoodChéri by the Sodexo group. Its second fund, already operating,has a target size of€100M, with an average entry ticket of €1-1.2M and follow-on capacity up to a maximum of €10M invested in the same company.
Samaipata’s vision is for Europe to become the global techleader by supporting company founders to build techprojects that make the world a better placeto live in. It offers founders comprehensive support thanks to its hands-on philosophy and specialized know-how.
- Specializationin terms of business model(digital platforms & marketplaces), stage (pre-seed and seed phases)and geography.
- Support in fundraising. Samaipata has helped its portfolio to raise more than 250 million Euro fromglobal tier 1 VCfunds: Kleiner Perkins, Index, Atomico, Northzone, Idinvest Partners, Cathay Capital, etc.
- Support in attracting talent: Samaipata works with a wide network of specialized headhunters and freelancersin order to find the best profiles for its portfolio
- Community: Samaipata is a platform per se connecting portfolio companies between them as well as with its LPs and network of stakeholders in the European tech ecosystem.
- Continuous advice and supportfrom a wide network of external advisorsin differentbusiness areas: scaling tech teams, B2B sales, product development, data, etc.