Untitled Ventures joins the scramble for Russian & Eastern European startups with a $118M warchest – TechCrunch

Sorry Mr. Putin, however there’s a race on for Russian and Japanese European founders. And proper now, these terrible capitalists within the corrupt West are beginning to out-gun the opposition! However critically… solely the opposite day a $100 million fund aimed toward Russian talking entrepreneurs appeared, and others are proliferating.

Now, London-based Untitled Ventures plans to affix their fray with a €100 million / $118M for its second fund to spend money on “formidable deep tech startups with japanese European founders.”

Untitled says it’s aiming at entrepreneurs who need to relocate their enterprise or have already HQ’ed in Western Europe and the USA. That’s alongside all the opposite present Western VCs who’re – in my expertise – at all times prepared and keen to take heed to Russian and Japanese European founders, who are sometimes identified for his or her technical prowess.

Untitled goes to be aiming at B2B, AI, agritech, medtech, robotics, and knowledge administration startups with confirmed traction rising from the Baltics, CEE, and CIS, or these already established in Western Europe

LPs within the fund embrace Vladimir Vedeenev, a founding father of World Community Administration>. Untitled additionally claims to have Google, Telegram Messenger, Fb, Twitch, DigitalOcean, IP-Solely, CenturyLinks, Vodafone and TelecomItaly as companions.

Oskar Stachowiak, Untitled Ventures Managing Companion, stated: “With over 10 unicorns, €1Bn enterprise funding in 2020 alone, and success tales like Veeam, Semrush, and Wrike, startups rising from the fast-growing areas are the only option to give attention to early-stage funding for us. Due to the robust STEM focus within the training system and about a million high-skilled builders, we now have an ample alternative to search out and assist the rising stars within the area.”

Konstantin Siniushin, the Untitled Ventures MP stated: “We consider in financial effectivity and on the similar time we fulfill a social mission of bringing technological initiatives with a big scientific element from the economically unstable nations of the previous USSR, similar to, initially, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, however not solely by way of bringing gross sales to the world market and never solely serving to them to HQ in Europe to allow them to get subsequent rounds of investments.”

He added: “We’ve got an ideal expertise accrued earlier within the first portfolio of the primary fund, not simply structuring enterprise in such European nations as, for instance, Luxembourg, Germany, Nice Britain, Portugal, Cyprus and Latvia, but additionally bodily relocating startup groups in order that they’re perceived already as absolutely resident in Europe and globally.”

To be truthful, it’s nonetheless tougher than it must be to create massive startups from Japanese Europe, primarily as a result of there’s usually little or no native capital. Nevertheless, that’s altering, with the launch lately of CEE funds similar to Vitosha Enterprise Companions and Launchub Ventures, and the breakout hit from Romania that was UIPath.

The Untitled Ventures crew:
• Konstantin Siniushin, a serial tech entrepreneur
• Oskar Stachowiak, skilled fund supervisor
• Mary Glazkova, PR & Comms veteran
• Anton Antich, early stage investor and an ex VP of Veeam, a Swiss cloud knowledge administration firm
acquired by Perception Enterprise Companions for $5bln
• Yulia Druzhnikova, skilled in taking tech corporations worldwide
• Mark Cowley, who has labored on non-public and listed investments inside CEE/Russia for over 20 years

Untitled Ventures portfolio highlights – Fund I
Sizolution: AI-driven measurement prediction engine, based mostly in Germany
Pure app – spontaneous and impersonal relationship app, based mostly in Portugal
Fixar Global –  environment friendly drones for business use-cases, based mostly in Latvia,
E-contenta – based mostly in Poland
SuitApp – AI based mostly mix-and-match solutions for vogue retail, based mostly in Singapore
• Sarafan.tech, AI-driven recognition, based mostly within the USA
Hello, baby – parental assistant, based mostly within the USA
Voximplant – voice, video and messaging cloud communication platform, based mostly within the USA (exited)