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Northzone

A European venture capital firm investing in technology companies.

Northzone is an early stage venture capital fund investing in technology companies that is headquartered in London, England and was founded in 1996 by Bjorn Stray and Tellef Thorleifsson. The companies has offices in the Olso, Norway, London, England, and New York City, New York. Notable investments made by Northzone include Spotify, iZettle, Trustpilot, Avito, Klarna, Wallapop Lastminute.com, Pricerunner, NextGenTel, and Stepstone.

Investment funds

Northzone has raised a total of $1.3 billion across 8 funds.

Fund VII

On December 16, 2014 Northzone completed raising $325 million in funding for their Fund VII from European institutional investors. Northzone will be using the fund to focus its investments in financial technology, marketplaces media ecosystems and platforms, e-commerce, software-as-a-service, and gaming companies. The fund will be used to make seed investments of €500k to €1 million, early stage investments of €1M to €5M, and growth stage investments of €5M to €15M.

Fund VIII

Their most recent fund, Northzone VIII, was announced on Sep 5, 2016, and was €300 million. The company plans on using the investment fund to make early stage investments in the series A, series B, and series C funding rounds of European technology companies. The company claims to have interest in using their Fund VII to make investments in financial technology, e-commerce, media, and business to business software-as-a-service companies.

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Funded Companies

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Trustpilot offers a validated and open review community through which consumers can learn about a business and how others have experienced their product and service, and businesses can understand consumers engagement with their products.

Freight forwarding company offering instant quotes and transparent pricing.

Fishbrain is a Stockholm-based company founded by Johan Attby, Marcus Fransson, Jens Persson and Jakob Mattsson.

A full-service healthcare company in New York that focuses on providing medications.

A company that uses virtual reality and virtual laboratories for life science education

Tobii ab develops and sells products for eye control and eye tracking.

Videoplaza is a company founded by Alfred Ruth.

Bloglovin' is a company founded by Mattias Storm.

A company developing and commercializing programmable network adapters for network traffic analysis and application off-loading

TIER Mobility is a company founded by Julian Blessin.

fuboTV is an Over The Top subscription service that streams premium sports and live channels.

Anyfin is a Stockholm-based company founded by Sven Perkmann, Mikael Hussain and Filip Polhem.

Finnish video game developer and entertainment company

Black Sheep Coffee is a company founded by Eirik Holth, Gabe Shohet and Max Dubiel.

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Steve O'Hear
February 4, 2020
TechCrunch
Dan Jones, the former General Partner at Global Founders Capital (the venture arm of Rocket Internet) and previously an investor with Fidelity, is thought to be nearing the first close of a new early-stage venture capital fund. Dubbed "Jigsaw," the VC firm appears to be co-founded with Dan Smith, who previously ran Anthemis Exponential and [...]
Andrii Degeler
November 29, 2019
Tech.eu
In this podcast episode, we've talked to Marta Sjögren, partner at the VC firm Northzone, and Peter Reinhardt, co-founder and CEO of a unicorn startup Segment.
Callum Burroughs
November 18, 2019
Business Insider
"We've been successful because we have true founder empathy, we are sticking to what's working," said Paul Murphy, general partner at Northzone.
Ingrid Lunden
October 24, 2019
TechCrunch
Influencer marketing and the related area of spon con have become a cornerstone of how the internet's wheels spin: personalities attract traffic and buzz, and help shift not just sentiment but often products for brands, giving boosts both to online engagement and commerce. Now, a London startup called Verve, which plays on the influencer theme [...]
Eric Peckham
June 21, 2019
TechCrunch
As the gaming market continues to boom, billions of dollars are being invested in new games and new streaming platforms vying to own a piece of the action. Most of the value is accruing to the large incumbents in a space, however, and the entrance of Google and other big tech companies makes it difficult [...]
Danny Crichton
June 17, 2019
TechCrunch
Video is the core entertainment medium of the web. Platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Netflix and more deliver millions of hours of videos to hungry consumers every day, and those deliveries will only intensify as video games move increasingly to streaming models. Yet, delivering all of that content remains an expensive and challenging endeavor. The largest [...]
Steve O'Hear
June 10, 2019
TechCrunch
Spacemaker, a Norway-based startup that's created AI software to help property developers and architects make better design decisions, has picked up $25 million in Series A funding. The round is jointly led by Atomico and Northzone, with participation from investors in property and construction tech including Danish property developer NREP, Nordic property developer OBOS, and [...]
Eric Peckham
April 3, 2019
TechCrunch
We live in the subscription streaming era of media. Across film, TV, music, and audiobooks, subscription streaming platforms now shape the market. Gaming and podcasting could be next. Where are the startup opportunities in this shift, and in the next shift that will occur? I sat down with Pär-Jör...

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