The People We Work With
AssoSoftware, founded in 1994, is the Italian Association, chaired by Pierfrancesco Angeleri, which brings together, represents, and protects the interests of over 90% of the Information Technology companies that create application-management software for businesses, intermediaries, and the Public Administration. The sector, which plays a fundamental role in the country's economy, is worth 19.9 billion euros and employs approximately 133,000 people. AssoSoftware is present throughout the national territory with over 230 associated companies and with a network of thousands of distribution companies. The associated software houses constitute the technical reference point for all intermediaries, from accountants to labor consultants, from trade associations to companies of all kinds, including the Public Administration. AssoSoftware is a direct member of Confindustria, the main Italian association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, with a voluntary membership of more than 150,000 companies of all sizes, employing a total of 5,382,382 people
ActivumSG Ventures is the venture investing arm of ActivumSG. We invest in early stage companies innovating in the built environment, including proptech, contech, climatech, smart cities, and tech related to hospitality, experiential retail and storage & logistics. ActivumSG is a European real estate private equity fund founded in 2007, that has invested €2.5bn of equity in real estate assets and related businesses, has a €2bn annual development pipeline across the platforms it owns and has invested in, and a team based in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, UK and Denmark. It was founded by industry veteran, Saul Goldstein, who had previously launched and run Cerberus’ European real estate businesses.
Growth-oriented technology investment team within Advent’s global platform.
We partner with bold founders and management teams building businesses with the potential to have outsized impact in their industries.
Flexible mandate to invest across minority, growth and large majority deals.
Recent technology investments in Europe include Medius, Shift Technology, Mangopay, Aareon, GPS, Planet and Xplor.
Apax Partners LLP ("Apax") is a leading global private equity advisory firm.
For nearly 50 years, Apax has worked to inspire growth and ideas that transform businesses. The firm has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than $60 billion.
The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech, Services, Healthcare and Internet/Consumer.
These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies.
Ares Management is a leading global alternative investment manager operating across major asset classes. As of September 30, 2022, the firm had approximately $341 billion assets under management, with nearly 2,500 employees operating across 30 offices globally.
Ares European Direct Lending (“EDL”), established in 2007, provides flexible capital across the capital structure and for a variety of financing situations with an ability to invest up to €1 billion in a single company.
Ares EDL invests across Europe, with offices in six countries and a total deployment in excess of €48 billion in over 320 investments since inception.
Ares EDL has a longstanding track record of investing in software and tech-enabled services having invested approximately €2.8bn in over 25 names since 2007. Ares EDL looks forward to utilising the Boardwave platform to provide opportunities for new and existing portfolio companies.
Arma Partners provides independent corporate finance advice to companies and investors active in the global Digital Economy.
They act as trusted advisors to Digital Economy leaders throughout their entire corporate lifecycle, from raising private capital for fast-growing disrupters and founder-led businesses to orchestrating complex cross-border M&A deals for private equity investors and global large-cap public companies.
Over the last 5 years, over half of the top 20 and all three of the $10 billion-plus European software buy-outs were advised by Arma. Founded in 2003, Arma today employs a large, dedicated advisory team with unparalleled domain expertise and an enviable track record in each of the diverse sub-segments that together comprise the ever-expanding global Digital Economy.
Astorg is a global private equity firm with over €18 billion of assets under management.
Astorg works with entrepreneurs and management teams to acquire market-leading global companies headquartered in Europe or the US, providing them with the strategic guidance, governance and capital they need to achieve their growth goals.
Enjoying a distinct entrepreneurial culture, a long-term shareholder perspective and a lean decision-making body, Astorg has valuable industry expertise in healthcare, software, technology, business services and technology-based industrial companies.
Astorg has offices in London, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Milan and Luxembourg.
Axiom is a new breed of growth investor in the UK. Our Investor-Operator founding team drives a product and growth-led approach – just like the businesses we partner with.
We believe that focus drives performance, which is why we only invest in B2B SaaS businesses. This purity of focus helps us create value and support growth, by using a suite of value-creation tools designed to specifically help SaaS businesses scale.
We are a flexible and active investor, and can invest in minority, growth and majority situations. We typically look to invest £10m - £50m in businesses generating £5m - £20m ARR, growing at 20% - 50%.
We are keen to partner with Boardwave as its ethos resonates powerfully with Axiom: we are both looking to support, enhance and build the software ecosystem by giving founders more power and opportunity to scale their businesses successfully.
BC Partners is a leading investment firm with over €40 billion in assets under management across private equity, private debt, and real estate strategies. Established in 1986, BC Partners has played an active role for over three decades in developing the European buy-out market. Today BC Partners integrated transatlantic investment teams work from offices in Europe and North America and are aligned across our four core sectors: Healthcare, TMT, Services & Industrials, and Consumer. Since its foundation, BC Partners has completed over 126 private equity investments in companies with a total enterprise value of over €160 billion and is currently investing its eleventh private equity buyout fund.
Bain & Company
Bain & Company is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change-makers define the future.
Across 65 cities in 40 countries, we work alongside our clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition, and redefine industries.
We complement our tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster, and more enduring outcomes. Our 10-year commitment to invest more than $1 billion in pro bono services brings our talent, expertise, and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity, social justice, economic development, and the environment.
We earned a gold rating from EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social, and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains, putting us in the top 2% of all companies.
Since our founding in 1973, we have measured our success by the success of our clients, and we proudly maintain the highest level of client advocacy in the industry.
Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading private investment firms. Founded in 1984, our global team aligns our interests with those of our investors and partners for lasting impact.
Bain is an active technology investor across the full company life cycle with BCV (Venture), Bain Capital Tech Opportunities (Growth) and Bain Capital Private Equity (Buyout).
Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services.
The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 67 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,100 retail financial centers, approximately 16,000 ATMs, and award-winning digital banking with approximately 54 million verified digital users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world.
Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business households through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Beringea is a transatlantic venture capital investor with more than $800m under management that seeks to create lasting success for rapidly scaling entrepreneurial companies. With offices in Detroit (U.S.) and London (UK), we provide patient and intelligent capital and a global footprint to back founders throughout their journey, helping them overcome barriers to scale and build international success stories.
Blackstone is the world’s largest alternative asset manager. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems.
Blackstone Growth (BXG) is our dedicated growth equity investing platform. It has experienced growth investors backed by the scale, operating expertise, and global reach of the global Blackstone platform.
BXG focuses on providing capital to companies seeking to manage the execution risks associated with high-growth environments. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone
Cinven is a leading international private equity firm. Founded in 1977, it has offices in London, Frankfurt, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York and Paris.
Funds managed by Cinven acquire companies with a European focus that will benefit from Cinven’s expertise of growing and building companies globally.
The Seventh Cinven Fund, raised in 2019, is currently investing EUR 10bn of equity across Europe and North America. Cinven has a long track record of investing in TMT with over EUR 5bn of equity invested in the sector in the last 10 years including a range of software businesses such as Visma, Jaggaer, Drake Software and Think-cell.
Cinven takes a responsible approach towards its portfolio companies, local communities, the environment and society.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) is a global investment management organization managing the assets of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and at December 31, 2021, the Fund totalled C$550.4 billion. CPP Investments is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Luxembourg, and Sydney.
CPP Investments has a private equity portfolio valued at ~C$125bn of which ~C$24bn is invested in technology private equity (including software, payments, internet and IT services). CPP Investments invests in businesses across the growth spectrum, from next generation technologies and business models, to more established businesses, focusing our direct investments in areas of high domain expertise. Our partnership approach leverages a strong network of industry leaders, with a proven track record of supporting our investee companies throughout their lifecycle.
Dawn is Europe’s largest specialist B2B software investor, with total commitments of $2.0bn. Dawn partners with founders building the next generation of global software leaders, supporting them to harness extraordinary teams, exceptional technology and scalable business models to create category-defining global companies. Dawn is an early-stage investor, backing companies from Series A and B, and continuing to fund the top-performing through growth rounds to exit.
Its roster of investments includes Mimecast (formerly NASDAQ-listed, taken private by Permira in a $5.8bn transaction), iZettle (sold to PayPal for $2.2bn cash), Tink (purchased by Visa for $2.0bn), LeanIX (recently acquired by SAP), as well as current market-leaders, Collibra, Dataiku, Quantexa, Minute Media, Copper, Elwood, Gelato and Soldo, amongst others.
Dawn is led by General Partners Josh Bell, Norman Fiore, Haakon Overli and Evgenia Plotnikova, and its team of 35 highly experienced investors, proven entrepreneurs, business strategists and operational specialists are based in London.
At DevOn, we believe that organizations need to radically improve their software development competency to achieve their mission better & stay ahead of the competition.
We do not make step-by-step improvements, on the contrary, we implement innovative solutions that radically change software development for the better. We help organizations solve their impediments and move beyond traditional ways of work.
Moreover, with over fifteen years of experience with DevOps and Distributed Agile Software Development, DevOn is a trusted partner of various organizations.
Since 2004 we have been combining best practices in the field of Lean and Agile Software Development with our experience from Agile transformations. Our Agile Software Development Labs in India and Europe consist of self-managing teams that deliver every sprint new functionalities, which are ready for production.
ECI is a leading private equity investor, focussed on offering collaborative support to management teams. ECI pride themselves on being straightforward to deal with, helping where they believe they can add value, and working in absolute alignment with management teams. This is how they have delivered such exceptional results for over 45 years.
ECI manages funds of over £2bn and invests in growth businesses valued up to £300m, investing as either a majority or a minority investor, and with a strong track record across software, tech, and tech-enabled businesses. Its growth focus is integral to how it has built its team. ECI has created the capability to support management teams on anything from sourcing and executing acquisitions, developing market entry strategies, understanding and improving employee engagement, or ensuring tech platforms can scale as quickly as the companies they back, and much more.
Expedition Growth Capital
Expedition Growth Capital is a software-specialist growth equity firm focused on €10m - €30m minority investments in rapidly growing, bootstrapped companies across Europe. Target investments typically have €5m - €10m of diversified ARR at the time of investment and display annual growth rates of 50% - 150% per annum across domestic and international markets.
Expedition is an active minority partner for its portfolio companies, allowing founders to unlock the value of performance improvement initiatives before selling control. Expedition is typically the first outside investor in its portfolio companies, fuelling founder ambitions through the provision of shareholder liquidity and growth capital.
Boardwave is a powerful complement to Expedition's portfolio performance team, adding breadth and depth to our collaboration with the most accomplished operators in the European software ecosystem
We are specialist private equity investors who partner with ambitious software, data, and software services companies to help them scale and deliver sustainable outperformance.
We invest £5m-25m in UK and Irish headquartered companies that have developed a proven, profitable business model, and wish to accelerate through the next stage of their growth.
Farview Equity Partners
Farview Equity Partners specialises in investing in growth-oriented enterprise technology companies in Europe. Founded in 2019, Farview’s mission is to empower European enterprise and financial technology companies to grow beyond their current horizons. Farview invests exclusively in SaaS; technology-enabled information and business services; and financial technology companies.
The firm makes both minority and control investments that range from €15 to €50 million. In addition to capital, Farview delivers the entire firm to every portfolio company, leveraging its deep network, extensive resources and pattern recognition of past successes to help drive differentiated outcomes. For more information, visit: www.farviewequity.com.
Five Arrows is the alternative assets arm of Rothschild & Co and has €23 billion AuM with offices in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Luxembourg. With over €9 billion of assets under management, the corporate private equity business of Five Arrows is focused on investing in companies with highly defensible market positions; strong management teams; business models with high visibility of organic unit volume growth and strong unit economics; and multiple operational levers that can be used to unlock latent value. Sectors are limited to data and software, technology‑enabled business services and healthcare.
Founded in 2013, Forward Partners is a London-based venture capital firm, recognised for its commitment to propelling high-growth, early-stage technology businesses in the UK. The Group marries venture capital with dedicated growth support from Forward Studio that equips founders with the resources to rapidly build robust businesses, improving outcomes for both companies and investors alike.
Francisco Partners is a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch over 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has invested in over 400 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. With approximately $45 billion in capital raised to date, the firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential.
Our DNA is transformation and backing leaders to help transform the companies we invest in. We are thrilled to partner with Boardwave, both to support the European software industry but also to help mentor and create opportunities for future leaders of our companies.
Frog Capital’s core focus is investing in and supporting purpose-led European Software Scale-Ups.
Frog has its own Scale-Up Methodology, which is a framework for evaluating and helping the companies they invest in. Frog's in-house operating partners offer world-class guidance to help scale businesses quickly and sustainably, and retain their focus on purpose. We call this Positive Growth Equity.
Frog invests €5m-€25m in purpose-driven European Software companies who have reached product-market fit and passed €3m ARR to help them continue their high-growth phase and fulfil their purpose.
General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm with more than four decades of experience providing capital and strategic support for over 445 growth companies throughout its history.
Established in 1980 to partner with visionary entrepreneurs and deliver lasting impact, the firm combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to scale innovative businesses around the world.
General Atlantic currently has over $84 billion in assets under management inclusive of all products as of December 31, 2021, and more than 215 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stamford and Tel Aviv. For more information on General Atlantic, please visit the website.
GoTo’s flexible-work software — including GoTo Connect, GoTo Resolve, Rescue, Central, and more — is built for small and midsize business IT departments, but powerful enough for the enterprise.
GoTo software is designed to support end-users' unified communications & collaboration (UCC) and IT management & support needs, and nearly 800K customers contribute to the more than 1 billion people joining meetings, classes, and webinars through GoTo’s UCC products, and half a billion connections on the company's remote access and support tools. By building its secure, easy-to-use software, GoTo is committed to ensuring the time at work is well spent so that time outside of work is better spent.
With over 3,000 global employees and over $1 billion in annual revenue, the remote-centric company’s physical headquarters is in Boston, Massachusetts, with additional offices and thousands of home offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond.
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Bringing together traditional and alternative investments, Goldman Sachs Asset Management provides clients around the world with a dedicated partnership and focus on long-term performance. As the primary investing area within Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), we deliver investment and advisory services for the world’s leading institutions, financial advisors and individuals, drawing from our deeply connected global network and tailored expert insights, across every region and market—overseeing more than $2 trillion in assets under supervision worldwide as of June 30, 2023. Driven by a passion for our clients’ performance, we seek to build long-term relationships based on conviction, sustainable outcomes, and shared success over time. Goldman Sachs Asset Management invests in the full spectrum of alternatives, including private equity, growth equity, private credit, real estate and infrastructure.
Govrn is a leading board management software providing an effortless and intelligent solution which allows Board Directors, Executive committees, CxO to stay always plugged in to the business context.
Govrn not only simplify board administration but also offer a modern solution for enhanced collaboration, a permanent link between the different board members and an “analyst as a service” providing market information and the latest governance information.
Govrn was created by successful technology entrepreneurs with an impressive track record as the triple unicorn Odoo (Market value: 3 billion 3), Monizze, Proxyclick, and more. The founders are also board members of several companies in Europe and the US. This experience has given them a deep understanding of how boards work and how to address the gaps in managing board excellence.
The client personas are all companies over €25M, venture capitalists and private equity firms. This allows them to stay connected to their portfolio company board at all times without jeopardizing the confidentiality between the different independent organizations
The features include multi-board management, calendar builder, minutes builder, task management, secure private chat, board analytics, e-signature, document management, interactive knowledge base, intelligent data market feeds, personal workspace, board KPIs management and much more.
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative investment firm with $57 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with European offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, and U.S. and Latin American offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/ value-added approach:
1. H.I.G.’s equity funds invest in management buyouts, recapitalizations and corporate carve-outs of both profitable as well as underperforming manufacturing and service businesses.
2. H.I.G.’s debt funds invest in senior, unitranche and junior debt financing to companies across the size spectrum, both on a primary (direct origination) basis, as well as in the secondary markets. H.I.G. also manages a publicly traded BDC, WhiteHorse Finance.
3. H.I.G.’s real estate funds invest in value-added properties, which can benefit from improved asset management practices.
4. H.I.G. Infrastructure focuses on making value-add and core plus investments in the infrastructure sector.
Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 400 companies worldwide. The firm's current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of $52 billion.
Heidrick & Struggles
Heidrick & Struggles is a premier provider of global leadership advisory and on-demand talent solutions, serving the senior-level talent and consulting needs of the world's top organizations.
In our role as trusted leadership advisors, we partner with our clients to develop future-ready leaders and organizations, bringing together our services and offerings in executive search, diversity and inclusion, leadership assessment and development, organization and team acceleration, culture shaping and on-demand, independent talent solutions.
Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 65 years ago. Today, the firm provides integrated talent and human capital solutions to help our clients change the world, one leadership team at a time.
Hellman & Friedman
Founded in 1984, Hellman & Friedman (H&F) is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity investment firms operating today. We are well respected for our distinctive investment philosophy and focused approach targeting large-scale equity investments in companies in select sectors. H&F has offices in San Francisco, New York and London.
Hg is a leading investor in European and transatlantic software and services businesses.
Over the last 30 years we have built on our scale, focus and capabilities to become a leading investor in European and transatlantic software and services businesses.
We support the building of sector-leading enterprises that supply businesses with critical software applications or workflow services, delivering a more automated workplace for their customers.
This industry is characterised by digitisation trends that are in early stages of adoption and are set to transform the workplace for professionals over decades to come.
Our support combines deep end-market knowledge with world class operational resources, together providing compelling support to entrepreneurial leaders looking to scale their business – businesses that are well invested, enduring and serve their customers well.
With a vast European network and strong presence across North America, our 400 employees and around $65bn in funds under management support a portfolio of more than 45 businesses, worth over $120 billion aggregate enterprise value, with over 100,000 employees, consistently growing revenues at more than 20% annually. If you’d like to see more, check us out at www.hgcapital.com.
About Him For Her
Him For Her is a social impact venture aimed at accelerating diversity on corporate boards. To bridge the network gap responsible for the sparsity of women in the boardroom, Him For Her engages business luminaries and partners with 100+ leading private equity and venture capital firms to connect the world’s most talented “Hers” to board service.
Drawing from its ever-growing referral-only talent network of 7000+ women, a third of whom are women of color, Him For Her introduces board-building companies to board-qualified candidates. More than one hundred board appointments have resulted directly from Him For Her introductions to date.
Together with guest hosts like Scott Cook, Carmine Di Sibio, Robin Washington, and Eric Yuan, Him For Her also convenes roundtable discussions that extend networks for CEOs and current and aspiring board members.
A 501c3 corporation, Him For Her operates through the generosity of its founding partners GV, IVP, L Catterton, Mayfield, Silver Lake Partners, Softbank, Starboard Value and Tiger Global Impact Ventures, and supporters like Brad Feld & Amy Batchelor, Reid Hoffman, Jeff Weiner, Nasdaq and many others.
Learn more about our Impact.
Index Ventures partners with exceptional entrepreneurs—those with unique insight who are intrinsically driven to make their vision a reality. We help them turn their bold ideas into global businesses, and through the companies they build, have a long-lasting and positive impact on the world around us.
Index-backed businesses are supported by an experienced team of investors, strategists, and an extensive global network built over three decades of startup investing. Working side-by-side through the scale up journey, we forge deep and long-lasting relationships with founders and their teams. The vast majority of these partnerships begin early in the company’s life, at Seed and Series A, and extend to IPO and beyond.
Operating as one team, with feet firmly on both sides of the Atlantic - from San Francisco to New York, and London to Tel Aviv - we are an international team with a global mindset, with experience supporting founders wherever they emerge. When they succeed, they generate returns that in turn support Index’s investors, including non-profit foundations; education, healthcare and research endowments; and other mission-driven organizations.
Inflexion is a leading mid-market private equity firm which works in partnership with ambitious management teams of high growth, entrepreneurial businesses to accelerate sustainable growth. Inflexion’s flexible approach allows it to back both majority and minority investments, typically investing £10m to £400m of equity in each deal.
As one of the UK’s leading wealth management firms, we are trusted with managing £40.7 billion (as at 31 March 2023) of our clients’ money. Our wealth teams work hard at providing Out of the Ordinary levels of service to our clients and with an investment heritage dating back to 1827, we’re built for the long term.
Join Talent is a ‘talent acquisition as a service’ (TAaaS) business - dedicated to driving business scale up growth performance.
As leaders in the Talent Acquisition space we provide strategic consultancy and delivery support to founders & business leaders on designing & implementing highly effective recruitment models for your company, as well as on how to build a unique & compelling employer brand to attract top talent.
Our business is a 100% founder-owned British start-up/scale-up that has successfully supported 250+ clients in their growth plans, earning us recognition as one of EMEA's stand-out scale-up success stories of the last 3 years in our own right.
Today Join Talent employs over 250 professionals across 21 countries and has an enviable roster of clients from start-ups to Unicorns and through to FTSE 30 household names.
Join Talent have been winners of the Scotland & NI region of Great British Entrepreneur Awards for Start-up (2021) and Scale-Up (2022), as well as 2nd place in the Top 100 UK SMEs 2023. We were included in the Times & LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2022 list and individual winners of their Disruptor of the Year award for 2022.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities.
Our KKR Technology Team partners with technology businesses and their founders, combining our sector and operational expertise with a global network to help them grow and succeed. We invest in a variety of sub-segments including Software, Security and IT Services from both our private equity and growth funds across the US, EMEA, and APAC. We are one of the most active investors focused on building leading global technology enterprises, with global tech investments including Körber’s supply chain software business, o9, Leapwork, Cegid, Exact Software, Cloudera, Outsystems, Darktrace, MYOB, Barracuda, Calabrio, Alchemer, Yayoi, among others. Beyond access to financial capital, KKR offers the companies we partner with access to our substantial global network, industry expertise, and operational expertise.
We are delighted to partner with Boardwave supporting their mission to build a unique and powerful network of seasoned executives in the software sector.
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La Fosse provides talent solution for every level, from the C-suite leaders of today to the junior rising stars of tomorrow. We don’t just fill your immediate tech skills gaps, but more importantly solve your future needs with outstanding and diverse talent.
Our team of 450 includes over 200 recruitment and sales specialists who work across five offices in the UK, Europe, and North America, placing top talent on a permanent and contract basis from C-suite to entry-level positions, management to technical roles.
Liberty Corporate Finance
Liberty Corporate Finance is an independent corporate finance advisory business supporting management teams in transactions across the globe on their incentive plans. They focus solely on working with the management to navigate the complexities and intricacies of incentive plans and negotiating the economic and commercial terms with both investors and corporate owners alike.
Their specialist team has advised management teams across a multitude of sectors, meaning they have unrivalled knowledge of the industry and the key decision makers within it.
Liberty endeavours to strike the right balance between getting their client the best deal whilst maintaining a good relationship for the client with their new owner.
Livingbridge is a leading mid-market private equity investor of over 100 people across the UK, the US and Australia.
We are a longstanding investor in software and technology companies. We look for disruptive solutions that will transform the way things are done and our job is to help these businesses reach their full potential. We’ve been doing it for 25 years and have the track record to prove it.
All of the software businesses we invest in, have had early success driven by a great product that customers love. At this point, management teams are typically faced with a unique set of scaling challenges which require industry specific expertise and support.
To that end we are delighted to join the Boardwave network, offering great opportunities for our investee partners to benefit from the experiences of some of the most experienced individuals in the European software community.
Currently, only 2 in 5 girls go on to study maths beyond GCSE, many fewer than boys. This is happening at a time when the World Economic Forum has identified maths as one of the top 10 most desirable skills for jobs in all industries by 2025. Maths4Girls is an initiative run by the charity Founders4Schools, which is pioneering a national campaign to inspire and empower 11–14-year-old girls to pursue maths to achieve their ambitions.
The mission is to reach 250,000 girls with a maths role model by June 2024. An initial pilot for Maths4Girls was run as a collaboration between 200 schools, 1,200 volunteers, and 60 maths organizations and positively impacted 25,000 girls in close coordination with the Department of Education.
The interventions with their trained volunteer role models brought about material increases in these girls' awareness, confidence, and intentions regarding carrying on in maths.
It is our ambition that no girl is left behind.
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organizations accelerate sustainable and inclusive growth. We work with clients across the private, public, and social sectors to solve complex problems and create positive change for all their stakeholders. We combine bold strategies and transformative technologies to help organizations innovate more sustainably, achieve lasting gains in performance, and build workforces that will thrive for this generation and the next.
We help inspired entrepreneurs and enterprising management teams to bring their dreams and goals to life. We started working at our kitchen table in 2007. Now, we have grown into a strong collective of professionals with solid financial and operational business experience. We help companies become successful on a scale much bigger than they ever imagined.
We focus on established, medium-sized and profitable companies in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Germany with clear growth opportunities, such as organic growth, international expansion and buy-and-build. We like to team up with unique entrepreneurs and enterprising managers to jointly realize ambitious growth plans. With our companies, we seek an active approach that is based on true entrepreneurship, growth acceleration and transformation, and is spurred by the human factor and sustainability.
With over 25 (international) transactions every year, we have a strong track record in market consolidations and operational transformations. Our focus is on companies with EBITDA of €2 to €20 million.
We develop strategies with our clients that are creative, sometimes provocative, always practical and, above all, actionable.
More than 35 years of unpicking the most complex business challenges with simple, uncommon sense™.
We’re an international consulting firm, but we’ve never seen size as an end in itself. Our expertise is focused on a few core specialisms, allowing us to deliver results that get noticed.
Our people are agile thinkers, cut from different cloths but united by a relentless curiosity and desire to solve problems.
To us, each client challenge is unique, so boilerplate solutions don’t cut it. We interrogate a problem until we find its root. Then we develop a powerful way to solve it. We don’t duck the difficult answers, we give clients the strategies they need.
Oakley Capital is the partner of choice for entrepreneurs and management teams with the ambition to build successful, global businesses. With a diverse team of over 150 professionals across five locations including London, Munich and Milan, we back high-growth, mid-market companies across Europe. We have deep sector-expertise across Education, Technology, Consumer and Business Services and a track-record of supporting businesses accelerate their growth with proven value creation strategies, including M&A, digitisation, talent acquisition and internationalisation. Our unique origination capabilities help unearth attractive investment opportunities yielding consistently strong returns for all stakeholders.
Osprey is a technology investor that partners with market leaders in the European B2B software and payment markets. We seek investment opportunities and management partnerships where our sector expertise and network enable management teams to achieve their growth ambitions
Osprey invests across active minority and majority stakes. Equity investments range from €10M - €50M in size
PSG is a growth equity firm that partners with software and technology-enabled service companies to help them navigate transformational growth, capitalize on strategic opportunities and build strong teams. Having backed more than 130 companies and facilitated over 430 add-on acquisitions, we bring extensive investment experience, deep expertise in software and technology, and a firm commitment to collaborating with management teams. Founded in 2014, PSG has since raised over $14 billion in capital and has a team of more than 150 investment professionals. PSG operates out of offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, Paris, Madrid and Tel Aviv.
Our cross-border “buy and build” strategy is a key differentiator in the European market. We focus on creating European tech champions in a fragmented regional market. We seek to scale single-country, single-product companies into multi-country, multi-product businesses with solid management teams. In partnering with Boardwave, we look forward to supporting the European software industry, nurturing knowledge sharing, and building connections. This collective effort forms a foundation that drives companies forward and builds stronger businesses.
Permira is a global, growth-focused investment firm founded in 1985. The firm advises funds with total committed capital of €77bn and has made over 300 private equity investments across Europe, North America and Asia in Technology, Consumer, Healthcare and Services.
Permira is one of the most active technology investors globally, having invested €17.5bn+ in the sector to back and help scale more than 70 companies across enterprise cloud adoption, cybersecurity, SaaS, fintech and digital commerce. Our dedicated growth equity strategy, PGO, partners with disruptive technology and tech-enabled companies led by visionary management teams to help accelerate growth.
Our technology investments include some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing software companies globally, including Zendesk, Mimecast, Mirakl, TeamViewer, Seismic, Nexthink, Klarna, McAfee, GoCardless, Carta and G2
The Pictet Group is a partnership of eight owner-managers, with principles of succession and transmission of ownership that have remained unchanged since foundation in 1805. It offers only wealth management, asset management, alternative investment solutions and related asset services. The Group does not engage in investment banking, nor does it extend commercial loans. With GBP 538 billion in assets under management or custody at 30 September 2022, Pictet is today one of the leading Europe-based independent wealth and asset managers for private clients and institutional investors.
Pipedrive is the easy and effective sales CRM for small businesses. From lead tracking and opportunity spotting to streamlining workflows and closing deals, Pipedrive empowers sales teams from over 100,000 small companies to thrive and succeed.
Since Pipedrive was founded in 2010, our product development has been driven by direct input and feedback from our valued customers. With an intuitive kanban view, advanced automations covering the entire sales cycle, instant and comprehensive reporting capabilities, and an AI-powered Sales Assistant, Pipedrive CRM allows salespeople to save valuable time and concentrate on what truly matters: closing more deals faster. Our ever-expanding Marketplace offers seamless integrations with over 400 software apps that complement our CRM.
Backed by Vista Equity Partners since 2021, our dedicated team of nearly 900 employees is committed to developing the best sales CRM that enables small businesses to grow and unlock their full potential. The results speak for themselves, as Pipedrive users achieve an average of 28% more deals in their first year alone.
Plural strategy is a strategy consultancy for the media, information and technology industries, with offices in London and New York.
We drive growth and deliver real impact for our clients through analytical problem-solving, deep industry expertise, and our customer-first approach.
The industries we work in are undergoing accelerated change. Information, media and technology are converging, leading to new products, new business models, new competitors and new routes to market. This presents considerable challenges and opportunities for businesses and investors.
We develop strategies that help our clients achieve growth, at group and business unit levels. We also provide commercial and strategic due diligence, M&A pipeline development, post-merger integration and vendor due diligence.
Propel have been supporting high growth VC/ PE backed technology businesses with recruitment for over 25 years, often working alongside them through rounds of funding as they scale in UK and Internationalising. A core focus for us has been helping businesses scale into Europe, in particular Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Paris. Over the years, we have been trusted by International embassies, government bodies and expansion partners to support their representative businesses that land in the UK and need ‘first boots on the ground’ and further go-to-market support. Propel have a trusted and experienced team of specialist recruiters that align with our clients departments; Commercial, Marketing, Technology, Product, Operations and Executive Search.
Rothschild & Co
Rothschild & Co is one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups. Our Global Advisory division designs and executes strategic M&A and financing solutions for our clients, taking a long-term and independent view of the challenges they face. Our clients include large and mid-sized corporations, Private Equity, families and entrepreneurs, and governments. Our deep understanding of financial transactions, the high volume of transactions we advise on, and our unrivalled network of 1,200 industry and financing specialists in over 40 countries, provide clients with a comprehensive perspective to achieve their strategic goals.
We consistently rank among the world’s top advisers to the technology industry and in particular the software sector. We provide global coverage through our dedicated sector specialists in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Israel, Tokyo and across the US, from Silicon Valley to New York where we partner with tech’s major players, innovators and disruptors, working with companies from early-stage growth businesses to global leaders.
We are excited to be partnering with Boardwave, its members and partners, which allows us to share our considerable experience in helping clients position their businesses, our understanding of the drivers of value, and our expertise in helping clients structure and execute transactions.
Sheffield Haworth is a global consultancy founded in 1993 with over 250 employees across 12 offices in Europe, North America, and APAC. We have a history of placing executives in high-impact roles year after year, giving clients a competitive advantage in a fast-changing world. Our vision is to be the leading global consultancy in people and transformational change. We specialise in executive search and interim, talent intelligence, leadership advisory and organisation change management.
Our technology practice works with start-up, scale-up and mature enterprise software and SaaS companies, assisting with their senior international talent requirements and specialising in executive search for leadership roles across the UK, Europe and the US. We have dedicated expert teams on the ground in our major international markets, delivering the best senior leadership talent for our clients and the highest quality experience for our senior candidate network. We deliver leadership talent that makes a positive difference, helping organisations and individuals to reach their potential.
Silver is an award-winning independent B2B marketing agency with a focus on the technology market. Creative, strategic and agile, we deliver marketing campaigns that ignite conversations and drive good business.
Flexible, right-sized teams of smart people with the necessary expertise who are able to adapt to, delight and deliver all your marketing ambitions.
We believe in connecting people with inspired ideas and compelling stories with a human to human approach. We are privileged to work with start-ups through to major global enterprise clients, including Dell, Digiplex, Finastra, Telefonica and IriusRisk.
Silver is delighted to be a founding sponsor of Boardwave. We believe in the ethos of supporting and mentoring the software industry to drive good business and giving back to charity in the process.
Founded in 2009, Sixth Street is a leading global investment firm dedicated to developing themes and offering solutions to companies across all stages of growth. With over $70 billion in assets under management and more than 500 team members, Sixth Street is designed for cross-platform collaboration at scale with a platform that includes growth equity, direct lending, asset finance, infrastructure, real estate, insurance solutions, and corporate strategic capital investing strategies. The firm uses its long-dated, flexible capital to regularly develop first-of-their-kind structures to meet the strategic objectives of management teams. Sixth Street invests globally and as one unified team of investment and control-side professionals working on behalf of the firm’s institutional investors and their beneficiaries around the world.
Since 1996 Smedvig Capital has partnered with and helped scale over 75 companies. Leading Series A/B rounds, we are passionate about finding and investing in the best fast-growing businesses across the UK, Nordics, and Netherlands.
We work closely with a small number of high-quality teams and build strong relationships with our founders. We’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and be there for our portfolio when needed through the inevitable ups and downs of growing a business.
We’re a flexible source of capital supporting and accelerating ambition with a long-term view, often backing companies over multiple rounds all the way to exit. We understand that great things can take time.
Snowball is an ingenious blend of conference and retreat, set in a five star alpine resort. Every year, a stellar mix of remarkable entrepreneurs, technologists and investors, are invited to share experiences and discuss the challenges and opportunities in business and society.
Throughout the year, Snowball hosts dinners and events across Europe that connect alumni and catalyse ideas. Operating as a non-profit, Snowball has changed many lives. It could change yours.
Solano Partners (“Solano”) is a next generation boutique investment bank.
Solano works exclusively with businesses at the forefront of innovation, providing tech entrepreneurs with a trusted partner at pivotal moments in their journeys.
Solano provides strategic advice and out-of-the-box thinking, from fundraising to full exits, for fast growing tech scale-ups and more established software businesses. Solano delivers results by utilising its team of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, advisors and investors who leverage a wealth of deal experience, industry knowledge, funding relationships and a global network of value-add partners.
Solano is uniquely positioned in the market as a sell-side only investment bank, remaining independent and unconflicted, acting only for the entrepreneur.
Solano delivers unparalleled results that launch businesses into the future.
TA Associates (“TA”) is a leading global private equity firm focused on scaling growth in profitable companies. Since 1968, TA has invested in more than 560 companies across its five target industries – technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and business services. Leveraging its deep industry expertise and strategic resources, TA collaborates with management teams worldwide to help high-quality companies deliver lasting value. The firm has raised $48.6 billion in capital to date and has more than 150 investment professionals across offices in Boston, Menlo Park, Austin, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong.
TNW is an unmatched entrepreneurial hub for you to network with people from around the world and immerse yourself in the world of tech.
At TNW, we believe that tech is shaping the world around us. We don’t want to be part of it, we want to lead it, inspire it and cheer about it.
We believe that tech plays a tremendous positive role in society. It allows us to connect, inform, do business, and be entertained all at the touch of a finger.
Since 2008, we’ve been holding our annual TNW Conference in Amsterdam, inviting the brightest minds, startups, investors and tech enthusiasts to explore what is next in tech.
TPG is a leading global alternative asset management firm founded in San Francisco in 1992 with $127 billion of assets under management and investment and operational teams in 12 offices globally.
TPG invests across five multi-product platforms: Capital, Growth, Impact, Real Estate, and Market Solutions and our unique strategy is driven by collaboration, innovation, and inclusion. Our teams combine deep product and sector experience with broad capabilities and expertise to develop differentiated insights and add value for our fund investors, portfolio companies, management teams, and communities.
TPG’s Software and Enterprise Technology team brings deep sector expertise and operating capabilities to companies across all stages of growth. We have worked with disruptors to build their playbooks, and we know how to transform today’s platforms into next-generation leaders. Our approach prioritizes active and engaged partnership, working with management teams to make their companies stronger and more strategic than they were before our investment. Over our history, we have partnered with game-changing companies across the U.S. and Europe that are creating new solutions and driving efficiencies in their markets. For more information on our team, visit www.software.tpg.com
Techspace is the place where innovative and ambitious tech companies thrive.
With locations in the heart of Europe’s key tech hubs and populated with like-minded businesses and enterprises, these are spaces built to create inspirational communities. Sharing thoughts. Being inspired. Inspiring others.
That's where Boardwave and our development programs come in. Created to nurture and support ambitious founders and their teams. Hosting informative and thought- provoking programmes to enrich and inspire leaders in tech.
So, whether your business is a scale-up or a grown-up, looking for a new space or more space, needing to innovate or simply be inspired, you’ll find we have the perfect place to meet your needs with an ecosystem that can drive your business forward.
Where change makers are made.
Thoma Bravo is one of the largest private equity firms in the world, with more than $120 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2022. The firm invests in growth-oriented, innovative companies operating in the software and technology sectors. Leveraging the firm’s deep sector expertise and proven strategic and operational capabilities, Thoma Bravo collaborates with its portfolio companies to implement operating best practices, drive growth initiatives and make accretive acquisitions intended to accelerate revenue and earnings. Over the past 20 years, the firm has acquired or invested in more than 420 companies representing over $235 billion in enterprise value. The firm has offices in Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.
Travers Smith is a leading full service UK law firm, with a wealth of experience in advising clients in the software sector.
Our multi-disciplinary sector team combines exceptional industry knowledge with technical excellence to deliver seamless advice across the full range of legal issues.
We are constantly reviewing and implementing creative solutions to better support our clients with their legal matters. At the forefront of this innovation is our Legal Tech team, providing a bespoke offering of technology solutions that help drive efficiencies across our clients’ businesses.
We are delighted to partner with Boardwave in their mission to create powerful relationships that accelerate success in the software sector
Upliift partners with founders of European B2B software companies with €1-25m in revenue considering a full or partial exit in a way that’s right for them and their business.
As a founder, there are many factors at play when thinking about what’s next for your company – particularly when looking for a new shareholder to come on board.
Can you protect your employees and customers from the disruption that comes from frequent changes to the shareholder base? Will the individuality of your culture and brand be preserved? Can you ensure sustained growth over the coming years without compromising the integrity of what you have worked so hard to build?
Upliift is here to help you write the next chapter in a way that works best for you and your business. Gain financial freedom whilst unlocking a leadership position in your market. Benefit from a long-term partner that brings deep software expertise. Maintain the successful brand and culture that you have carefully crafted over many years.
Silicon Valley-headquartered Wilson Sonsini has represented more tech companies on their venture financings, M&A transactions, and IPOs than any other law firm globally.
The firm has taken public Apple, Doordash, Google, Linkedin, Lyft, Netflix, Palantir, Roblox, Square, Tesla, Twitter and many others, and regularly leads milestone tech M&A transactions, including the sale of Twitter to Elon Musk and the sale of Linkedin to Microsoft.
Wilson Sonsini’s London office is a unique full-service team of US, UK and dual US/UK-qualified Tech lawyers that have supported over 1000 venture-backed UK/EU startups and scaleups through all points of the US life cycle – US launch and scaling, US fundraising, US partnerships, and US M&A/IPO exit - and facilitate access to the firm’s global network of capital providers, corporates, and advisors