More than 160 Companies funded

Founded
2000

2
Offices

Assets under
Management

Current Fund
Generation

Current
Fund Size

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures was founded in 2000 as the corporate venture arm of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. In 2010 HV Holtzbrinck Ventures became an independent venture firm, raising funds from a strong network of international institutional investors.

Today, with more than € 1 billion under management, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures is one of the largest and most experienced independent European early stage venture funds. For over 18 years we have believed in the disruptive potential of the Internet. During this time, funds managed or advised by us have invested in over 160 companies, including great successes like Zalando, Delivery Hero, HelloFresh, Flixbus, SumUp, Scalable Capital, and many others.

As reliable long-term partners, we support the founders in developing their businesses into large and sustainable companies. Besides HV Holtzbrinck Ventures’ investment, we have a wealth of entrepreneurial, operational and financing experience. This approach has made HV Holtzbrinck Ventures one of the most successful European venture investors.

Investment Strategy

Target
Investment Size

€0.5M - €40M

Target
Geographics

Mainly
Europe

Target
Sectors

Digital Companies

Target
Stages

Seed or
Early Stage

Initial
Investment Size

€0.2M - €5M

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures usually makes the first investment in a company at the seed or early stage. We look for companies that target large markets or growth-driven market environments, and outstanding management teams that blaze new trails well off the beaten path.

 

The financing of market leaders is a shared journey involving several stages. It is a journey in which we continue to support the fund’s portfolio companies. The typical involvement starts with an initial investment in the € 200K – € 5M range and can grow up to a total investment of € 40M over several rounds and stages of maturity. On this path, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures’ investments are usually joined by international growth investors from our unique network of large funds.

 

 

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 the portfolio and track record of investments and let us know, why you think your company is an appealing proposition.
  • Don’t bring your product to perfection in private. Get feedback from friends and compare notes with other founders at industry events.

 

If you have an ambitious plan and wish to realize it in collaboration with us, please send an executive summary or pitch deck to  businessplan(at)hvventures.com.