- New and existing investors include Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank Group International, institutional, pension fund, corporate,and family office investors
- Fund continues to raise significant capital to invest in enterprise software companies
- First investment in Europe-based Cognigy.ai at its growth round
DTCP has successfully completed the first closing of its Growth Equity III Fund (“GE III” or “the Fund”) at $300 million. The Fund was launched in March 2022 and has raised capital from new and existing investors including Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank Group International, alongside other institutional, pension fund, corporate, and family office investors. DTCP plans to continue to raise significant capital for the Fund and aims to close fundraising in 2023.
Following the proven proprietary data-driven investment strategy of DTCP, GE III invests in cloud-based enterprise software and business Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies in the fields of cybersecurity, web3, AI, fintech, vertical SaaS solutions as well asIT applications and cloud infrastructure software. The Fund is targeting aboutn25 equity investments in the range of $20 to $25 million for businesses inearly growth or growth stage, typically as part of a Series B to D or late-stagenfunding round. The Fund focuses on category leaders in Europe, Israel, and theUS with a defensible market position and technological advantage.
The predecessor growth equity funds GE I (launched in 2015) and GE II (launched in 2018) have invested c.$410 million into 32 enterprise software companies across Europe, Israel, USA and Asia – 11 of which have been acquired or gone public, including: Auth0,Fastly, Signavio, Pipedrive and Guardicore, realizing high multiples and already having returned over 50% of the capital to its LPs. The funds maintain top quartile returns with low loss ratios.
Thomas Preuss, Managing Partner at DTCP Growth, says:“Our GE III fund is the continuation of a proven strategy, and we would like to thank our existing and new investors for their support and trust. With one ofthe largest specialist teams focusing on cloud-based enterprise software in Europe, we’re excited about the continued opportunity to back outstanding entrepreneurs and category leaders in the fast-growing cloud-based enterprise software ecosystem and to create attractive co-investment opportunities for ourinvestors.”
Jack Young, Managing Partnerat DTCP Growth, says:“The current market environment and the recent valuation reset offer unique opportunities to invest in great companies and the category leaders within theenterprise software market. We will be patient and disciplined in deploying the Fund carefully balancing risks and rewards. Using our automated proprietary benchmark system and deep industry knowledge, we can continue to identify leaders in our target markets and help them scale to reach their fullpotential.”
The Fund has closed its firstdeal with a $15 million investment into Cognigy.ai as part of its Series B funding round. Based in Dusseldorf Germany, Cognigy.ai is a conversational AI and automation platform that enables enterprises to communicate effectively and intelligently with customers and employees 24/7 across more than 20 languageson all conversational channels including chatbots, virtual assistants orvoice-bots over the phone.
About DTCP (Digital Transformation Capital Partners)
DTCP is an independent investment management firm focused on digital transformation. DTCP Growth invests in leading cloud-based enterprise application software companies. DTCP Infra invests in fiber networks, mobile towers and data centers.
The driving force behind thefirm’s strategies is the belief that the rapid adoption of new technologies,software applications and data-processing capabilities is creating more wealth,disrupting more businesses, and unleashing more innovation than any force inthe history of technology.
DTCP and its affiliates have offices in Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, San Francisco, Seoul and Tel Aviv.