Founded in 2003, Cipio Partners has been backing European growth stage technology companies for 20 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.
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
Current Fund: €202 million
Trade Sales: 50+
Countries invested in: 15
Cipio Partners has shown an astute sense of timing when they led our 2018 fundraise allowing us to invest in outbound lead generation, dramatically accelerating the growth of Brightpearl. Cipio’s deep understanding of the SaaS business model and predictable revenue playbook was instrumental.
Our growth model relies equally on organic growth and M&A. Cipio Partners not only helped us fund some acquisitions, they also rolled up their sleeves and worked with us on selecting and evaluating the right targets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.