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CommerzVentures to invest €300M in budding fintech unicorns and climate tech space

Heiko Schwender

CommerzVentures, the German fintech investor, has recently announced their third €300 million fund supporting early and growth-stage companies in the fintech and insurtech sectors. 

Further, the fund will support emerging climate fintech space, building on their position as Europe’s foremost VC in this space. The latest fund, which saw Commerzbank return as the sole LP, brings their combined total fund size to €550m.

Targeting exceptional founder teams

CommerzVentures’ third fund follows on from their first €100m fund, launched in 2014, and their second €150m fund in 2019, as well as successful investments in 28 companies to date. Continuing their strategy of targeting exceptional founder teams with the ambition to solve billion dollar problems, CommerzVentures continue to invest with a global outlook, focusing on Europe, Israel and the USA. 

The launch of Fund III will see CommerzVentures grow their headcount by 50%, enabling them to strengthen their position in fintech globally, and establish a foothold in new geographies, notably Africa. 

This follows CommerzVentures’ recent participation in MFS Africa’s $100m Series C and desire to support founders in the region’s vibrant fintech market.

Investing in unicorns

Founded in 2014, CommerzVentures’ track record has seen 30% of their early investments develop into unicorns (Bought By Many and Mambu), including two decacorns (eToro and Marqeta). CommerzVentures have a leading presence within Climate FinTech, the first to define the term back in early 2020, recently leading investments with ClimateView and Doconomy. Other notable investments within fintech and insurtech include Afilio, ByMiles, GetSafe and iwoca. Portfolio company Marqeta IPOed on Nasdaq, while Curv and Payworks were acquired by Paypal and Visa, respectively. 

Commenting on the launch of the Fund III, CommerzVentures partner Heiko Schwender said: “Over the past eight years, our team has leveraged our extensive experience to back founders reimagining the financial services industry across Europe, the US, Israel, and Africa. 

“We are proud and grateful to our portfolio of companies we have worked alongside, now including almost a dozen current and future unicorns. With our third, €300m fund, we are thrilled to continue establishing CommerzVentures as one of most successful early stage FinTech VCs with roots in Europe.”

Speaking on their carbon offset commitment, CommerzVentures partner Paul Morgenthaler said: “As the pioneering investor in European Climate FinTech, we feel an obligation to support all our portfolio companies on their path towards carbon neutrality. With our access to high-quality carbon offsetting projects, we can help them to make credible net-zero commitments, while working on emission reductions. 

“In the growing war for talent, this is a powerful tool for startups to attract the best people to their ranks, and serve as role models for the broader venture ecosystem. Europe is at the avant-garde of climate tech, and we’re thrilled to continue our work with the Climate FinTechs shaping the future of fintech.”

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