Nauta Capital announces the final close of its new B2B focussed-fund at €190M

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Nauta Capital, a pan-European venture capital firm investing in early stage B2B software companies, announced that it has closed the final round of its oversubscribed fifth fund at €190M.

Carles Ferrer, Nauta’s London-based General Partner, says, “We’re proud to have surpassed our target having now closed at €190M, making it our biggest fund to date and one of Europe’s largest B2B funds. With most of our existing LPs from our vintage funds committing again, we are grateful for their continued trust in us and our investment strategy.”

The firm’s first fund was €120M which it closed during the pandemic in 2020. The fund’s final close brings the firm’s assets under management to €550+M, making Nauta one of Europe’s largest venture capital firms specialising in B2B startups.

Nauta Capital has invested in 11 companies across Europe from the new fund since its launch.

Investors in this round

Carles Ferrer says, “It has been a fast-moving year for us as a team – we were neck-deep closing our fund from existing and new Limited Partners, while at the same time meeting and investing in more companies than ever before. And this was all done virtually. The experience certainly gave us a new perspective in how we related to the founders and evaluated concepts while empowering our team to invest in even more game-changing verticals and companies.”

Nauta Capital’s new fund includes Limited Partners from across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The majority of Limited Partners joining the fund are private institutions as well as Family Offices with links to corporations aligned with the fund’s investment thesis. Among these are Netherlands based European Family Office Merifin Capital and the private markets division of the Spain based giant BBVA Asset Management.

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The fund also has backing from investors such as British Patient Capital, ICO, the European Investment Fund, ICF, and Germany-based KfW Capital.

Capital utilisation

Nauta Capital says it will invest £100 – £250K in 16 pre-Seed deeptech companies through its recently launched Nauta Labs initiative. These 16 investments will be in addition to the approx 35 companies the firm plans to invest in from its new fund.

The new fund has invested in companies ranging from SaaS purchase and management (Cledara), open-source platform (Nhost), and app analytics and management platform (Appfollow)) to solutions democratising employee wellbeing (ifeel), embedded insurance for SMEs (insureQ), and B2B last-mile delivery company (Gophr), among others.

Investing in early-stage software companies

Nauta Capital is a pan-European VC firm investing in early-stage technology companies with over half a billion assets under management and a team of 24 people. The firm claims to be one of Europe’s largest B2B focused VCs.

As a sector-agnostic investor, Nauta’s investment interests include B2B SaaS solutions with strong network effects, vertically focused enterprise tech transforming large industries, and those leveraging deep-tech applications to solve challenges faced by large enterprises. 

The firm invests from late Seed and Series A rounds between €1M – 5M initially, with the ability to follow on at later stages.

As of now, Nauta has backed more than 60 companies across Europe and exited 12. In the last 8 months, it exited from two of its portfolio companies – Brandwatch, a global leader in digital consumer intelligence, which was acquired by Cision for $450M earlier in 2021; and Holded, which was acquired by Visma group.

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