Big money for fresh disruptors
Venture fund Dutch Founders has launched its second fund, providing more than EUR 62 million (USD 70 million) to early-stage marketplaces and so-called marketplace enablers.
The group, which was founded in 2019 by We Transfer, Treatwell, Just Eat, Hiber and fonQ, joins the general trend of investing in niches. The new pre-seed/seed fund sees potential in the fact that many supply chains and B2B business operations have remained largely offline.
"Especially in the B2B sector, many people still rely on traditional systems and analogue processes to handle their logistics or procurement," Laurens Groenendijk, founding partner of the fund, said in a press release.
The VC firm intends to invest the bulk of its fund - over 70% - in European companies. Specifically, the fund is on the lookout for marketplaces that facilitate and integrate larger parts of the value chain, such as payments and logistics. (sh)