Focuses on Series A investments into European technology companies but also provides growth capital to companies at venture and growth stage.
Balderton typically invests between $1-$20m; the average size of the investment rounds into UK companies in which it has participated since 2011 is £10.5m. During this period, the fund has provided follow-on investments for 20 of the 37 unique UK companies that it has backed. Balderton has contributed to 11 investments into six unique UK scaleups since 2011 worth a total of £222m.
The fund primarily invests in businesses based in Europe but has invested in US and Asian businesses. It focuses on markets such as technology, e-commerce, software, communications, security, semiconductors, consumer services, media and financial services. It does not invest in life sciences or cleantech.
Describing itself as investing in European founders with global ambitions, Balderton organises hundreds of networking events across Europe each year, designed to connect companies with mentors, board members and customers. It provides advice on talent acquisition and global expansion. In October 2018 Balderton launched Liquidity I, a new $145m fund dedicated to buying equity stakes from early shareholders in European-founded, high growth, scaleup technology companies.
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