Our Sponsors

The People Who Support Us

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Advent International

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.

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Apax Partners

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.

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Ares Management

Ares Management
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.

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Arma Partners

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.

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Axiom Equity

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.

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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.

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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.

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Beringea

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.

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Blackstone

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

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CINVEN

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.

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CPP Investments

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.

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DevOn

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.

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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

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FPE

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.

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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.

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Francisco Partners

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.

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General Atlantic

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.

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GoTo

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.

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Govrn

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.

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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.

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Hg

Hg is a leading software and services investor, focused on building champions and backing businesses that change how we all do business, through deep sector specialisation and dedicated operational support.

Hg has spent over 20 years with a strong focus on enterprise software, leading over 170 investments in the software and services sector during this time. This focus means we have developed an institutional expertise and a deep understanding of the sectors and businesses in which we invest.

Hg has a large portfolio of over 40 software and services businesses, with business models that share similar characteristics, but differ in size and maturity. Thats why it was natural for us to partner with Boardwave, together creating an environment for knowledge sharing, networking and mentoring. This is why we believe in collaboration and power of a strong network in this sector.



Based in London, Munich and New York, Hg’s portfolio comprises businesses worth over $100 billion aggregate enterprise value, with over 55,000 employees globally, growing at over 20% per year.

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Index Ventures

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.

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Inflexion

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.

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KKR

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.
For more information follow our KKR Technology Team for latest news and updates.

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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.

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Livingbridge

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.

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Marks & Clerk

Marks & Clerk are a leading global intellectual property firm who help businesses protect, enforce and maximise the value of their intellectual property.

Marks & Clerk’s clients range from the largest global software companies to the most innovative start-ups and university spin-outs. With one of the largest teams of attorneys and litigators with expertise in software, Marks & Clerk provide unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise across the digital ecosystem.

Whatever the technology, Marks & Clerk have IP experts who specialise in it and can therefore quickly understand the technology and help provide the best protection for it. In software technologies, Marks & Clerk lead the IP market and are now helping define the future.

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Permira

Permira
Permira is a global, growth-focused investment firm founded in 1985. The firm has assets under management of €60bn+ 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 €15bn+ in the sector to back and help scale more than 60 companies across software, cybersecurity, 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.

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Rothschilds & 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.

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Silver

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.

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Smedvig

Smedvig
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.

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Snowball

Snowball
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.

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Solano Partners

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.

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TPG


TPG
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

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Techspace

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.

Techspace

Where change makers are made.

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Waypoint Partners

Waypoint Partners is an expert Growth, Capital and M&A advisory firm offering guidance and operational support to owner-led businesses in the marketing and technology sectors across Europe and North America.

From progressive start-up, to ambitious scale-up and all the way to trade exit, we deliver authentic, actionable advice and operational services to drive each unique business journey.

Waypoint serves as a growth partner for emerging B2B CX-focused software ventures, connecting them to our expertise and networks to optimise market fit, source the capital to fund growth and build high-performing sales channels.

Our team of specialists use their first-hand knowledge and experience of the market to equip our clients with the essential insights, skills and tools they need to advance their growth.

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Wilson Sonsini

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