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Highland Europe

Highland Europe

A venture capital and private equity firm investing in companies focused on the internet, mobile and software.

Highland Europe is a venture capital and private equity firm investing in companies focused on the internet, mobile and software companies in Europe and the United States. The firm is headquartered in London, England and was founded in 2012. Highland Europe works closely with Highland Capital Partners to make its investment decisions. Typically the firm makes investments with high scalability that have more than $10 million in annualized revenue and are quickly growing. Standard investments in by Highland Europe rage in size between €10M to €50 million.

Notable investments made by Highland Europe include: My Optique Group, Photobox, Privalia, SocialPoints, Finanzcheck.de, New Voice Media, and Wooga.

Investment funds
Fund one and fund two

After announcing the companies launch in 2012, Highland Europe raised two investment funds with a total of $673 million spread across both funds.

Third fund

On June 26, 2018 Highland Europe announced raising $540 million in capital for their third investment fund. The co-founder and partner of Highland Europe, Fergal Mullen, made the following public state about the firm raising capital for their third fund:

We’re excited to have extra firepower to continue investing in the most exciting tech businesses in Europe. At the same time, we’re consciously staying nimble and remain focused on helping the entrepreneurs we back scale-up internationally and achieve their ambitions. It takes more than capital and determination to build billion dollar businesses — and that’s what Highland Europe is all about.

Timeline

December 7, 2020
Highland Europe launches €700 million fund for growth-stage startups.

Funded Companies

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ContentSquare

ContentSquare is an experience optimization platform for business that captures visitor behavior insights, designed to help increase conversions. It uses artificial intelligence to provide automatic recommendations.

Wolt is a company that provides an online food delivery service

A software company that has created a mobile application that is a recruitment platform working with students, universities, and companies. It was founded in 2008 and is located in Paris, France.

WeTransfer is an Amsterdam-based company.

LoveCrafts is a London-based company that builds marketplaces for the crafts sector.

Huel is an Aylesbury-based company founded in 2014 by Julian Hearn.

Alkemics is a retail company.

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Robin Wauters
January 25, 2021
Tech.eu
So now that the embargoed-until-tomorrow news is out there, yes, Finnish food delivery juggernaut Wolt has raised $530 million in fresh funding to boost its growth. The round, which takes its total raised to a hefty $856 million, was led by ICONIQ Growth with Tiger Global, DST, KKR, Prosus, EQT Growth and Coatue joining as [...]
Anthony Ha
December 7, 2020
TechCrunch
You can listen to Apple Music on your Google Nest device, Apple is working to top Intel with its next set of chips and Cisco acquires Slido. This is your Daily Crunch for December 7, 2020. The big story: Google smart speakers add Apple Music support Google announced this morning that devices including the Nest [...]
Freya Pratty
December 7, 2020
Sifted
Highland Europe has closed a new €700m fund to help European tech companies scale up, writing checks between €10 and €70m to each.
Mike Butcher
December 7, 2020
TechCrunch
Highland Europe -- the tech growth fund best known for backing high profile late-stage startups like GetYourGuide, Huel, WeTransfer, Wolt and Zwift -- has closed its fourth fund, raising €700M in a comparatively short space of time compared to previous fund closes. Highland plans to 'double-down' on its strategy of being one of the few [...]
Annie Musgrove
December 7, 2020
Tech.eu
Highland Europe, a VC firm with dual headquarters in London and Geneva, has closed its fourth fund, raising €700 million to invest in startups across the continent. The VC is already building on its track record of investing in consumer tech brands and software companies such as Brandwatch, ContentSquare, GetYourGuide, Huel, WeTransfer and Wolt. Over [...]
Ron Miller
August 20, 2020
TechCrunch
The promise of SaaS has always been about taking tedious, expensive manual tasks and finding a way to build a platform to automate them. Cobalt.io is doing that with pentesting, the process of testing an application for security vulnerabilities before it goes out the door. Today, the startup announced a $29 million Series B led [...]
Mike Butcher
July 16, 2020
TechCrunch
The coronavirus continues to hit people hard mentally, and this has meant a boom for mental death and meditation apps. According to a recent report from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the world's 10 largest English-language mental wellness apps in April saw a combined 2 million more downloads during the month of April 2020 [...]
Ingrid Lunden
July 8, 2020
TechCrunch
The daily updates on COVID-19 outbreaks, tragic stories of related fatalities, and our narrowed scope of life due to lockdown have all put the concept of mortality -- and for some the sad business of actually dealing with a death -- squarely into focus for many people. Today, a startup that's building out a suite [...]
Christine Hall
May 19, 2020
Crunchbase News
Contentsquare helps businesses increase revenue, engagement and growth via better customer experiences.
Steve O'Hear
May 19, 2020
TechCrunch
Contentsquare, the cloud-based platform that helps businesses understand how and why users are interacting with their app, mobile and web sites, has closed $190 million in Series D funding. The round is led by BlackRock's Private Equity Partners team, with participation from previous investors. In addition, as part of this round, Sapiance Capital Limited is [...]
Steve O'Hear
August 19, 2019
TechCrunch
WeTransfer, the Amsterdam-headquartered company that is best known for its file-sharing service, is disclosing a €35 million secondary funding round. The investment is led by European growth equity firm, HPE Growth, with "significant" participation from existing investor Highland Europe. Being secondary funding -- meaning that a number of shareholders have sold all or a portion [...]
Steve O'Hear
August 19, 2019
TechCrunch
WeTransfer, the Amsterdam-headquartered company that is best know for its file-sharing service, is disclosing a €35 million secondary funding round. The investment is led by European growth equity firm, HPE Growth, with "significant" participation from existing investor Highland Europe. Being secondary funding -- meaning that a number of shareholders have sold all or a portion [...]

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