Venture capital firm Headline closes $954 million in three funds


SAN FRANCISCO and BERLIN – Headline, a global venture capital firm, closed $954 million in new capital in three separate seed funds: Headline US VII, a $408 million North America-focused fund based in San Francisco ; Headline EU VII, a €320 million pan-European fund based in Berlin; and Headline Brazil III, a R$915 million fund focused on Latin America and based in São Paulo.

Founded in 1999, Headline will use these three new funds to continue to use its global team and unparalleled data-driven investment approach to identify, track and invest in the fastest growing early-stage technology companies globally. Seed and Series A. Each fund is regionally focused and independently managed by its respective local Headline team. However, the company unites under one culture, technology and investment philosophy.

Headline has grown from its origins in Silicon Valley to more than 50 investment professionals in the United States and Europe, including local Headline-affiliated investment teams in Asia and Latin America. This latest generation of Headline seed funds will invest between $1.5 million and $15 million in B2B and B2C technology startups. A selection of past Headline investments include Acorns, Angie’s List, AppFolio, Bumble, Creditas, Farfetch, Fetch Rewards, Flutterwave, Gopuff, Grin, Gympass, Honeycomb, Icertis, Pismo, The RealReal, Scopely, Segment, SEMRush, Sonos, Sorare, Staffbase and Yeahka.

Over a decade of deployment, the company’s in-house built AI sourcing system, EVA, seeks to eliminate bias to identify companies that are redefining industries, regardless of background, ethnicity, gender or the location of their head office. Headline’s proprietary business analytics platform, ATHENA, quantifies product-market fit from the earliest stages by measuring customer obsession signals.

“Despite recent market shifts, we continue to aggressively pursue the next wave of world-changing innovation,” said Mathias Schilling, co-founder and managing partner of the Headline US team. “I’ve seen my fair share of market downturns over the past 20 years, and over the past 20 years we’ve continued to seek out and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on the long term. We believe Headline is uniquely positioned with our teams on the ground and a measured, methodical approach to investing that leverages our local technology. Headline teams will continue to adopt a founder-driven philosophy as we invest these funds in each region. »

“Our startup focus allows us to work closely with the best and brightest entrepreneurs with a leadership mindset to drive their growth and accelerate market adoption,” said Christian Leybold, Co-Founder and managing partner of the Headline EU team. “We have built a strong multi-local portfolio of young European talent following one guiding principle, ‘work as a team and with great people’, and we will continue to follow this North Star with our latest fund.”


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