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Cipio Partners S.à r.l. European Growth Capital and
Minority Buyouts for Technology Companies

Founded in 2003, Cipio Partners has been backing European growth stage technology companies for over 16 years. We are providing growth capital and minority buyout solutions to companies that have outgrown the venture stage and need a strong partner to bridge them to a successful exit. We do not only provide new capital but also strong experience in structuring complex transactions including liquidity for passive shareholders and support in creating exit opportunities to financial and strategic buyers or public listings.

We are an independent and partner-owned firm with decades of investment and operational experience in the global technology industry. We operate as one team, work closely with entrepreneurs and can take decisions quickly.

European Growth Capital and Minority Buyouts for Technology Companies

Typical sectors we are interested in are software, technology enabled B2B products & services, components and consumer internet. Companies will have proven their product and business model in the market, have over €10 million in current annualized revenues and be growing fast. Our companies will generally have a European base and global ambitions.

 

Founded in: 2003

 

Team: 18

 

Current Fund: €174 million

 

Trade Sales: 50+

 

Countries invested in: 15

 

IPOs: 4

Portfolio

Cipio was a very good partner who helped us to clean up our equity shareholder structure as well as realign our debt financials to allow Whisbi to grow even stronger internationally.

Alex Bisbe
CEO of Whisbi

Cipio backed our buy-and-build strategy, adding new exciting brands to the Vitafy family, but also rolled up their sleeves helping us build our management team to integrate these brands into a coherent offering.

Georg Bader
CEO of Vitafy

Cipio Partners has become an investor of MyOptique Group when our founder and former Chairman was looking for liquidity for his shares. Since then, Cipio has been a strong supporter of the company in subsequent funding rounds. Cipio has been an active participant on the board and a useful guide in our rapid growth and international expansion.

Kevin Cornil
Former CEO of MyOptique Group

During my time as CEO of Ipanema I worked very closely with the Cipio team culminating in a successful trade exit. I received fantastic support, guidance, ideas, introductions and assistance from Cipio. They are a great example of a proactive, caring and realistic investor and I consistently felt supported in a positive fashion.

Graham O'Keeffe
Executive Chairman of DisplayLink

Cipio Partners is an engaged investor with a global outlook, deep understanding of technology industries and strong strategic thinking. Cipio has given softgarden time and valuable guidance driving us towards success.

Dominik Faber
Former CEO of softgarden e-recruiting

Cipio supported the Definiens team with outstanding advice, insight and guidance, based on the unrivaled wealth of strategic and operational experience of its partners and the whole team…

Thomas Heydler
Former CEO of Definiens

Cipio Partners has been a supportive, actively engaged investor and an excellent resource for Verimatrix. The team’s experience with European markets and the Digital Media industry has been invaluable as we’ve grown our business.

Tom Munro
Former CEO of Verimatrix

Cipio has shown an astute sense of timing when they invested just as our business reached an inflection point and changed from being a strong image supplier for other marketplaces into a marketplace in its own right, connecting our over 20 million creators directly with the leading visual brands globally.

Florian Meissner
CEO of EyeEm

Cipio has proven to be a reliable financial backer and an entrepreneurial partner over many years, as they helped us carve-out our OLEA product-line from a previous company, create Silicon Mobility and build it into a leading provider of control solutions for the automotive electrification.

Bruno Paucard
CEO of Silicon Mobility

Cipio Partners bought out one of our early investors and further invested in Openet to help accelerate our positioning as leading provider of 5G core network software for tier-one carriers.  Cipio used its network to strengthen the company’s board and has demonstrated positive support and long-term vision working closely with management to continue our success story in a fast-changing telecommunication market.

Niall Norten
CEO of Openet
September, 2019

Cipio Partners Invests in Whisbi

Whisbi, headquartered in Barcelona, which has raised €15 million to date, offers a Conversational Sales platform to capture, qualify and convert leads for companies who want to boost assisted and unassisted sales...
September, 2019

Cipio Partners Invests in Agorapulse

Cipio Partners participates in a €16.5 million growth round along Hi Inov and Entrepreneur Venture. Agorapulse, headquartered in Paris, develops a platform that empowers businesses and agencies to grow...
September, 2019

Mission accomplished.

In 2003, when Cipio Partners started investing we pioneered in Europe what was soon called secondary direct transactions. Today, we feel we have established a new level of liquidity into a formerly illiquid asset class…
August, 2019

„Secondaries sind integraler Bestandteil der Assetklasse“

Interview mit Diana Meyel und Roland Dennert, Cipio Partners: Im Buyout-Sektor reichen sich Private Equity-Gesellschaften in schöner Regelmäßigkeit Portfoliounternehmen weiter. Secondaries sind gang und gäbe. Bei Technologieunternehmen in der Growth Phase...