VC Firm Samaipata Raises New $100 Fund to Invest in European Marketplaces

October 21, 2020
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The pan-European venture firm Samaipata has announced that it has raised a new €100 million fund and is ready to scout new investment opportunities in the marketplaces space. Having invested in companies such as Spotahome as well as other niche marketplaces such as trucking (OnTruck), seafood (ProcSea), and flowers (Colvin) the firm is well versed in the challenges facing platforms but firmly believes in their potential for success according to co-founder Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner:

“We firmly believe in the boom of platforms as a global technological trend: many multi-million dollar industries are being transformed by new platform technologies (the travel industry, food, transport, real estate etc), and huge amounts of value are being created; although we are still at the start of this new wave of digitalization.”

Díez-Hochleitner is also an ex-partner at European mega-fund APAX partners which, until recently, was the principal stakeholder in idealista. It’s just this type of experience that Samaipata will be looking to in order to add value to any investment proposal for upcoming marketplace companies:

“We also want to take advantage of our operational experience as entrepreneurs and the network effects generated by our community of platform / marketplace founders, our LPs and advisers, to support world-leading companies born in Europe.”

October 21, 2020
Edmund got to know the world of portals and marketplaces working at Mitula Group (which became Lifull Connect after the buyout in 2018). He worked directly with hundreds of portals across the world in his role in the content department for three and a half years before transferring to the SEO department to understand the inner workings of listings sites. He joined Online Marketplaces as Head of Content in March 2020.

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