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Headline raises $943M to invest up to $15M in next-gen early-stage startups

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Headline, a global venture capital firm that backs tech companies, has raised $943 million capital across three distinct early-stage funds. It will use the capital to fund the next generation of industry-defining companies.

Trio of early-stage funds

The US management team, headquartered in San Francisco, closed Headline US VII, a $408 million North America-focused fund. Also, Headline’s EU management team, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, raised Headline EU VII, a €320 million fund focused on Europe. Lastly, the Headline Brazilian management team closed Headline Brazil III, a R$915 million fund based out of Sao Paulo to focus on Latin America.

Each fund is regionally focused and independently managed by its respective local Headline investment team.

This latest generation of Headline funds will invest $1.5 million to $15 million into tech startups across B2B and B2C.

Mathias Schilling, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Headline US said “We believe Headline is uniquely positioned with our teams on the ground and a measured, methodical approach to investment that relies on our homegrown technology. The Headline teams will continue to take a founder-first philosophy as we invest these funds in each region.”

“Our early-stage focus enables us to closely work alongside the best and brightest entrepreneurs with a leader mindset to nurture their growth and accelerate market adoption,” said Christian Leybold, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Headline EU. “We have built a strong multi-local portfolio of European up-and-comers by following a guiding principle, ‘work as a team and with great people,’ and we will continue to follow this North Star with our latest fund.”

Romero Rodrigues, Managing Partner of Headline Brazil, based in Sao Paulo said, “With R$915 million in newly secured funding for early-stage startups, we are excited to bolster the next generation of founders in the consumer internet, software, and fintech space as they continue to evolve the fabric of the Latin American startup ecosystem.”

Proprietary business analytics platform

Founded in 1999 by Andreas Haug, Christian Leybold, Mathias Schilling and Thomas Gieselmann in San Francisco, Headline (formerly e.ventures) is a Venture Capital firm. The firm’s early-stage funds are based in the US, Europe, Asia, and Brazil, and invest locally.

Headline has grown from its Silicon Valley origins to over 50 investment professionals across the US and Europe. It has affiliated local early-stage investment teams in Asia and Latin America.

Headline uses its global team and proprietary data-informed investment approach to identify, track, and invest in the fastest growing early-stage technology companies at the Seed and Series A. However, the firm unites under a single Headline culture, technology, and investment philosophy.

Its in-house built AI sourcing system, EVA, seeks to cut through bias to pinpoint companies that redefine industries regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, or headquarters location. ATHENA, its proprietary business analytics platform, quantifies product-market fit at the earliest stages by measuring the signals of customer obsession.

Some of its portfolio companies include Acorns, Angie’s List, AppFolio, Bumble, Creditas, Farfetch, Fetch Rewards, Flutterwave, Gopuff, Grin, Gympass, Honeycomb, Icertis, Pismo, The RealReal, Scopely, Segment, SEMRush, Sonos, Sorare, Staffbase, and Yeahka.

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