The Berlin-based early-stage investor Project A just announced the closing of its second fund of €140 million. In addition, the operational VC is about to close a vehicle of another €40 million dedicated to follow on investments in its portfolio companies. In total, Project A raises its assets under management from €80 million to €260 million. The investor base of the new fund includes leading players in Germany’s digital industry as well as established “old economy” companies.
Alongside existing investors Otto Group and Axel Springer SE, the fund is also backed by the European Investment Fund (EiF) as well as by renowned German companies and entrepreneurial families behind companies like ProSiebenSat.1, Ravensburger and Oetker. Individual investors include Rolf Schrömgens (co-founder and CEO of Trivago), Rene Köhler (founder and CEO Internetstores), Holger Hengstler (co-founder dress-for-less), and Brian O’Kelley (founder and CEO of AppNexus).
Thies Sander, a founding partner of Project A stated: “We are pleased to have such a diverse range of investors in our new fund. The last five years have proven our operational model is really valued and impactful, and we are looking forward to further expanding our portfolio this year.”
Founded about 5 years ago, Project A made more than 40 investments and today is an established player in Europe’s venture capital landscape. Project A’s portfolio includes companies such as Lostmy.name, WorldRemit, ZenMate, Treatwell, Tictail, Catawiki, Contorion, Spryker, and KRY. The total portfolio value is currently calculated with more than €2.5 billion, with Project A holding between 10 and 35% of shares.
Since founding in 2012, Project A pursues a truly operational approach which is kind of unique to Europe’s VC scene. Project A employs a unit of 100 specialists in areas like software engineering, digital marketing, business intelligence, sales, design, and recruitment. These experienced professionals actively support Project A’s portfolio companies to lay the groundwork for sustainable growth and success.
The Berlin-based VC co-invests with renowned international investors on a regular basis. Among them are Google Ventures, Accel Partner, Index Ventures, Balderton, Creandum, or Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
The investment focus of Project A currently expanded to digital health, B2B, and vertically integrated consumer brands. Initially, the Berlin-based VC invests between €300k and €5 million and reserves up to €10 million for follow-on financings per company. Project A invests mostly in European companies.
Source: EU Start-Ups (http://www.eu-startups.com/)