Launched in 2022, Underline Ventures has finalized the raise of its first fund, reaching a total of $20m. We invest in 20+ early-stage startups founded by Eastern European founders, investing an average investment ticket of $500k.
“We are lucky to partner with investors who have a deep conviction that Eastern European founders can build significant technology businesses, despite the current macro environment. We know founders fundraising in this climate have to show a lot of resilience – while this may be a difficult start, on the long run it can be a great way to start.”, says the General Partner of Underline Ventures, Bogdan Iordache.
The fund’s capital has been raised mostly from tech founders and operators, along with other business leaders and international fund-of-funds. It plans to double down its efforts to further develop an impactful platform for its portfolio companies.
So far, the fund has finalized 7 investments in Romania, Croatia, Serbia, and the broader Eastern European diaspora, ranging from big data & AI and cybersecurity to ecomm infrastructure, and we are actively investing.
Bogdan Iordache: “We are focused on supporting exceptional founders to build solutions for hard problems that can scale globally. Founders come first, and we are vertical agonistic, but we’re paying extra attention to enterprise automation, AI, cybersec, industrial tech, defence, and climate-related startups.”
We are committed to developing an extensive, hands-on platform that allows founders to get relevant support for some of the core operational issues founders face: recruitment, marketing, sales, comms, finances, and fundraising.
“Our platform is not a checkbox, but part of our core strategy at Underline. We want to help founders address some of the key operational hurdles they face, on their own terms, either with the support of our team or by leveraging our extensive network.”, adds Bogdan Iordache.
At this moment Underline Ventures invested founders can benefit from recruitment services (with the help of Ioana Patran, ex-Microsoft), communication management (with the help of Adriana Spulber, ex-How to Web & Pago), growth advisory (with the help of Vlad Ionescu, ex-UiPath), financial planning and fundraising (with the help of Mihai Faur, UiPath) and integrated marketing strategy (with the help of Ioana Serban, ex-FintechOS), along with Bogdan Iordache’s help on venture strategy and fundraising. Founders and operators from companies like UiPath, Telerik, Bitdefender, etc. are also advising the portfolio startups regularly, whenever the startup’s need arises.