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Headline closes $950M in fresh funds and doubles-down in the Nordics

Leading rounds at every stage and investing in many gifted founders across categories and geographies, Headline announces its closing $950 million to support young businesses via three region-specific funds which include North America, Europe, and Latin America. The firm works with independent teams assigned to different regions but driven by a mutual investment philosophy.

CA-based management team will be in search of North America-based early stage startups for Headline US VII worth $408 million while Berlin-based EU team is offering help via €320M pan-Europe-focused fund. As for Latin America, Brazilian team will be at the helm and manage the R$915M fund to help next-gen founders build up their businesses which will contribute to flourishing the startup ecosystem in the region.

Having done already several investments in the Nordics, Headline is now doubling down in the region with a local investment team member, Markus Räikkönen, who is based in Helsinki and is actively looking for investment targets for the new fund.

Headline, Jonathan Becker“Investing in the Nordics is more attractive than ever. The outsized number of success stories in relatively small tech hubs has set the stage. Talent, know-how, and capital are recycled back into even more successes. You see strong social and digital infrastructures. Positively practical universities that deliver highly-marketable IP.

And an optimistic appetite for bold bets. All these ingredients combined have created ecosystems that are increasingly confident in their own strengths rather than trying to emulate Silicon Valley. We invested in Podimo, Cake, Growblocks, Layerise, and Monta. With the new funds, we continue to partner with great founders in Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Stockholm to help them win, bigger, across DACH, Paris, London, and our other global geographies.” says Jonathan Becker, Partner at Headline.

Headline Closes Over $950 Million to Invest in Early-Stage Startups

With a global early-stage portfolio of over 200 investments, Headline will continue to support the next generation of industry-defining companies with three new, regionally-focused funds in North America, Europe, and Latin America

Headline, a leading tech-enabled global venture capital firm, today announced $950M in new capital across three distinct early-stage funds to fund the next generation of global winners.

Headline’s US management team, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, closed Headline US VII, a $408M North America-focused fund. Concurrently, Headline’s EU management team, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, raised Headline EU VII, a €320M pan-Europe-focused fund. Additionally, the Headline Brazilian management team closed Headline Brazil III, a R$915M Latin America-focused fund based out of Sao Paulo.

Founded in 1999, Headline uses its global team and proprietary data-informed investment approach to identify, track, and invest in the fastest growing early-stage technology companies at the Seed and Series A. Each fund is regionally focused and independently managed by its respective local Headline investment team. However, the firm unites under a single Headline culture, technology, and investment philosophy.

Over a decade in deployment, the firm’s in-house built AI sourcing system, EVA, seeks to cut through bias to pinpoint companies that redefine industries regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, or headquarters location. Headline’s proprietary business analytics platform, ATHENA, quantifies product-market fit at the earliest stages by measuring the signals of customer obsession.

Headline, Mathias Schilling“Despite the recent market shifts, we continue to aggressively pursue the next wave of world-changing innovation,” said Mathias Schilling, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Headline US. “I’ve witnessed my fair share of market downturns over the past 20 years, and through these times, we’ve continued to seek out and cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on the long-term.

We believe Headline is uniquely positioned with our teams on the ground and a measured, methodical approach to investment that relies on our homegrown technology. The Headline teams will continue to take a founder-first philosophy as we invest these funds in each region.”

Headline, Christian Leybold“Our early-stage focus enables us to closely work alongside the best and brightest entrepreneurs with a leader mindset to nurture their growth and accelerate market adoption,” said Christian Leybold, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Headline EU. 

“We have built a strong multi-local portfolio of European up-and-comers by following a guiding principle, ‘work as a team and with great people,’ and we will continue to follow this North Star with our latest fund.”

Headline has grown from its Silicon Valley origins to 50+ investment professionals across the US and Europe, as well as Headline’s affiliated local early-stage investment teams in Asia and Latin America. This latest generation of Headline funds will invest $1.5M to $15M into technology startups across B2B and B2C. A selection of Headline’s prior investments includes Acorns, Angie’s List, AppFolio, Bumble, Creditas, Farfetch, Fetch Rewards, Flutterwave, Gopuff, Grin, Gympass, Honeycomb, Icertis, Pismo, The RealReal, Scopely, Segment, SEMRush, Sonos, Sorare, Staffbase, and Yeahka.

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Jan Ameri
Jan Ameri
Entrepreneur-by-heart – and by actions since 1998. Being an expert in spotting new opportunities and creating new concepts, Jan has been a partner or co-founder in seven different companies in various industries. In the early 2000’s he was pioneering some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games and fantasy sports games in the Nordic countries. Jan loves to watch Shark Tank and The Profit in his free time. And he is an FC Barcelona fan.

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