Speedinvest x – investing in network effects

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We are on the mission to fund and operationally support the best European early-stage marketplace startups, empowering them to become category leaders.
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Speedinvest x is a Micro VC fund under the Speedinvest-umbrella that focuses on early-stage investments in entrepreneurs who are building tomorrow’s platforms and marketplace-businesses and the technologies that enable them. We have the strong conviction that the “platform trend” is here to stay and has actually just begun: Centralized or decentralized marketplaces will continue to “eat the world” enabled by new technologies in areas that we cannot even imagine today.
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While we invest very early, we’re committed for the long-term: We understand that it can take as long as 10 years to build a significant business. Once we’ve decided to back a great team, we want to work together as long as possible and aspire to be a reliable, long-term partner.
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Our vision:
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Become the preferred partner of entrepreneurs building tomorrow’s network effects-driven platforms.

Fund Facts

Investment stage: Pre-seed, seed and series A

What we look for:

  • Initial signs of product-market-fit, i.e. an MVP with some first traction in the form of early adopters
  • A complementary team that is passionate about the challenge that lies ahead and obsessed with finding perfect product-market-fit
  • A clear vision on how to build a sustainable category leader

Ticket size: €100k to 1M

Our first ticket typically amounts to €500-700k. We like to take a leading role in a financing round and reserve significant capital for follow-on investments.

Sector and type: Agnostic (B2B, B2C, B2D or C2C)

We are strong believers in the power of network effects in whatever form they might occur and benefit your startup.

Target region: Europe & beyond

Our main investment focus lies on Europe because that’s where we believe we can support best. Opportunistically, we will consider investments outside of Europe – particularly in North America, where we have a strong network through our office in San Francisco.

Why Speedinvest x?

We are platform experts.

We are platform experts.

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Speedinvest x consists of true marketplace aficionados: We are a diverse team of founders, makers, operators, investors and platform-enthusiasts. The whole team eats and breathes network effects. For us, there is nothing better than working together with entrepreneurs to disrupt entire industries with a platform-approach. We provide the knowledge and experience we gained from working with, so far, over 60 great companies and teams such as Lieferando, SpotHero, Couchsurfing, Shpock, Xeneta, wikifolio, StarOfService and TourRadar.
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With our optional Growth Partner Program (GPP) we support our teams during operational challenges, and offer them experience, resources and support, e.g. executing local business development in a new market such as the USA. GPP means operational engagement in a line function within the startup, closely tied to milestones and goals upon which the founders and Speedinvest x jointly agree. These tasks are often market facing, top line generating activities performed by senior resources that are usually hard to source for seed-stage startups.
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In other words, Speedinvest x is in a position to provide not only a cash investment to the founders we back, but also a significant amount of operational resources. This results in a different level of engagement and involvement than the typical mentoring and intros that founders can usually expect from any quality VC.

We have a strong ecosystem.

We have a strong ecosystem.

Speedinvest x is tightly integrated into the overall Speedinvest platform: Our portfolio companies can rely on the entire Speedinvest partnership as well as our specialized service units Speedinvest Heroes (recruiting) and Speedinvest Pirates (growth hacking & marketing). While Speedinvest x provides vertical support and knowhow (e.g. on marketplaces, platforms, network effects), the overall ecosystem offers horizontal support functions and expertise (e.g. recruiting, growth hacking, business development). On top of that, our focus allows us to leverage the knowhow and expertise we gather in our portfolio: With every new investment our network of marketplace aficionados and experts grows. We encourage the founders and team members of our portfolio companies (the “Speedpack”) to support each other by exchanging knowhow, e.g. through formats such as our annual multi-day Speedpack Insights event, our Speedpack slack or The Marketplace Conference.

Team

Dan Hoffer

Dan Hoffer

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Dan Hoffer

Advisory Partner | San Francisco

As a former entrepreneur, I‘ve gone through the fundraising process and been a CEO - so I can relate. What drives me is the opportunity to help founders grow, learn, and benefit from the learnings I’ve accumulated over the years.

Isabel Russ

Isabel Russ

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Isabel Russ

Associate | Vienna/Berlin

Having worked in five different industries and six countries, I’ve experienced inefficiencies in many shapes and forms (mostly the corporate one 😉 ). At Speedinvest, we get to support amazing startups that aim to make life a little better or at least easier.
I love being surrounded by smart and motivated founders and generally people that are excited about the future and the potential that it brings.

Jeroen Arts

Jeroen Arts

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Jeroen Arts

Principal | Berlin

I get a kick out of helping aspiring entrepreneurs building companies of the future, using the technologies of tomorrow. After experiencing the thrill of setting up and scaling up my own company, I‘ve joined Speedinvest to fund the next ’Eurocorn’ and support great teams with operational know-how and experience.

Mathias Ockenfels

Mathias Ockenfels

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Mathias Ockenfels

Partner | Berlin

I ❤️ network effects: At Speedinvest x we‘re crazy about marketplace- & platform-businesses and the network effects that drive them. Our team of "x-men" based in Vienna, Berlin and San Francisco will give your startup magical powers and elevate your company to the next level! Seeing your team grow and the business flourishing when network effects unfold is what drives me day and night. (..and, let’s be honest, dark chocolate and espresso, too.)

Michael Schuster

Michael Schuster

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Michael Schuster

Partner | Vienna

I always enjoy venturing into unchartered territory, with new products and business models.
My own startup experiences help me understand what founders need and go through while riding the startup rollercoaster. That’s why I love to work closely with them, as hands on as possible.

Philip Specht

Philip Specht

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Philip Specht

Associate | Vienna

Being truly founder-friendly. Providing the best possible support for your growing marketplace start-up. And seeing your idea become a big economic castle protected by unbreachable ‘moats’. That’s our ambition here at Speedinvest x, and that’s what makes me passionate about my job.
Before joining Speedinvest, I worked as a consultant for BCG, helped to put a start-up successfully on its feet and wrote a book on digitization.

Yuliya Kvetko

Yuliya Kvetko

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Yuliya Kvetko

Analyst | Berlin

My dream is to create something valuable and I also enjoy working with passionate and similarly ambitious individuals, so no wonder I went looking into Venture Capital for inspiration. Plus, I spent half a year doing research on the Theory of Disruptive Innovation and can readily confirm that it is not just another buzzword. Outside of work, I am into sports, photography, art, travelling and coffee.

Our portfolio

This could be you.

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Want to pitch us? Please submit your deck through the form on the right. Remember to attach your fundraising deck and make sure to include the following:

  • Some relevant KPIs – we ❤️ numbers!
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