Samaipata Ventures, the investment fund specialized in european marketplaces

Samaipata Ventures
  • The fund offers investment and support to startups in pre-seed and seed stages
  • The firm invests mostly in Southern Europe, with Spain, Portugal and Italy representing about 50% to 60% of their investments

Samaipata Ventures is a Madrid-based venture capital fully specialized in pre-seed & seed-stage marketplaces and digitally native vertical brands (DNVBs) across Southern Europe, France and the UK.

Samaipata’s goal is to invest in brilliant founders at their first institutional round, adopting a hands-on approach based on their specialization, and supporting them through to a Series A/B, bringing in tier 1 value-adding VC firms to ensure funding and foster internationalization.

Founded by José del Barrio in mid-2015, Samaipata Ventures was officially registered as a venture capital firm at the beginning of 2016, the same year Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner joined the project as Chairman.

The fund was launched with 6-8M, committed by the founding partners and advisors. Since then, fund’s target size grew over the following months, as interest in the fund increased. First it grew from €10M to €15M, then from €15M to €20M and finally, from €20M to €30M.

Samaitapa Ventures invests in B2B & B2C business with an industry-agnostic approach. Over the years, it has invested in many different sectors, including Logisitcs, FoodTech, Fashion, Real Estate and Jobs, among others.

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

Being a highly specialized fund, both in terms of business models, stage and geographical focus, Samaipata only invest two types of online models: marketplaces and DNVBs (Digitally Native Vertical Brands), during pre-seed and seed stages.

The fund does not fix a follow-on period, establishing different fundraising roadmaps according to companies’ needs, execution speed, stage and ambition. It invests in pre-seed and seed stages up to Series B, typically every six to twelve months, and up to a maximum of €3M.

HAND-ON APPROACH

Although Samaipata Ventures does not manage their investee companies, they offer help and support based on their experience and that of their network. Its objective is to be more than a just a source of funding.

Samaipata provides support for entrepreneurs with the objective of contributing to their know-how in areas such as finance, strategy, marketing or Human Resources.

The firm invests mostly in Southern Europe, with Spain, Portugal and Italy representing about 50% to 60% of their investments. Their secondary market is France and the UK, which represents the remaining 40% to 50%.