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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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

LoveCrafts is a London-based company.

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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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