Scale with us

How we help you scale

We are experts at navigating the inevitable scale-up challenges of company building. We’ll help you:

  • accelerate your international expansion, particularly in the US, where we began
  • professionalise your sales and marketing
  • enhance your broader management team with the best talent
  • balance your board with the addition of mutually selected independent experts
  • design acquisitions to fast-track product or geographical expansion
  • drive further fundraising or liquidity processes, whichever route you choose (IPO, trade sale, private equity sale, or another)

Our team comprises seasoned investors with operations and corporate finance expertise. We’ve got the right people to address your critical business challenges – either via our extensive network, which includes other founders and board members in the global Highland family (including in the US and China), or through seasoned operators with distinct expertise. We also run regular events focused on specific management functions so your entire CXO team can benefit from collaborating and sharing best practices with peers.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2016.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2016.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2016.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2016.

What we are looking for

Our investment strategy targets exclusively growth-stage European-rooted consumer and enterprise-focused technology companies. That means your company is:

  • growing insanely (50%+ annually, often 100%+)
  • at scale (€5m+ ARR or revenue)
  • one with proven product-market fit demonstrated by compelling unit economics
  • looking to raise €10–75m
  • one with a track record of capital efficiency

You are probably based in Europe but could be elsewhere with a significant team or customer segment in Europe. You may have already raised capital or are contemplating your first external investment, having bootstrapped the business so far.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2018.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2018.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2018.

Highland Europe leadership forum, 2018.

What we try to do differently

We dedicate ourselves to your success. We invest only when we believe deeply in your strategy and will respect your timelines and nurture the culture you have created. We know how to develop positive, collaborative relationships. Our high-touch approach is what you deserve and it has repeatedly delivered tremendous outcomes for founders. We partner with ambitious teams and always enjoy the journey.

Who we are

€1.8bn
AUM
4
funds
38
active investments
We are a growth-stage investment firm located in London and Geneva. We spun off from Highland Capital Partners in 2012 to focus entirely on European-rooted scale-ups.

We are committed to our values – particularly unswerving optimism – and to the founders we back. We are currently investing our fourth fund of €700m.

We sustain an equitable and inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity in all its forms, both at Highland Europe and at the companies we back. We strive to cultivate an environment where everyone is comfortable being their full, authentic selves.

Highland Europe, like the companies we fund, is an entrepreneurial endeavour, an equal partnership that prioritises teamwork. Although we have three decades of investment experience in Europe, China, and the US, we’ve never lost our start-up spirit and remain as hungry as any founder. Yet while nimble and versatile, we always focus on doing the right thing.