3TS – A Leading European Tech Growth Capital Investor
3TS Capital Partners is one of the leading European technology focused private equity and venture capital firms. 3TS provides expansion capital and buyout funding for small and medium-sized businesses in growth sectors including Technology & Internet, Media & Communications and Technology-Enabled Services. Investors in the current and past 3TS funds totaling over €300 million include EIF, EBRD, Cisco, OTP, Sitra, 3i and KfW among others.
Our team of highly qualified experts become active business partners of the portfolio companies and deliver substantial value added beyond financing. When analyzing new investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies, we often augment our core team by our sector partners, various co-investors and other industry experts. 3TS is also an active member of several international industry associations and other organizations like – Invest Europe (formerly the EVCA), the International Venture Club and the Draper Venture Network.
Sample Current and Past Technology, Communications and Services Investments
3TS primarily targets investments in the broader TMT sectors including Technology & Internet (Software, Hardware, Mobile, Ecommerce, etc.), Media & Communications (Digital Media, Operators, etc.) and Technology-Enabled Services (Consumer and Business Services, Healthcare Services, etc.). We focus on exceptional high growth SMEs, which are either proven businesses becoming local leaders or truly innovative global challengers. As a stage-agnostic investor we typically invest in the range of €300,000 to €10 million to finance expansion plans, acquisitions and buyouts.
Piano Software, Inc.
MobilTel GSM AD
ITH Sp. z o.o.
BKS Cable Ltd.
Internet Corp SRL
Netretail Holding B.V.
Orange Slovensko, a.s.
Cable TV operator and ISP
Centrul Medical Unirea SRL
Simartis Telecom SRL
PXP Software AG
Entrepreneurial Investors and Active Business Partners
Vienna, Budapest & Helsinki
Washington DC & Bucharest
Vienna & Luxembourg
Vienna, Prague & Warsaw
Vienna & Luxembourg
Vienna, Bratislava & Luxembourg
Managing Partner – Catalyst Romania
Partner – Catalyst Romania
Investment Manager– Catalyst Romania
Office Manager– Catalyst Romania
News & Materials
Some of Our Latest Press Releases
Dear friends,As you might now, 3TS Capital Partners has been helping companies to expand not only in Europe but very often also to the US. With an office in Washington, D.C., we brought 15 companies into the US over the years, out of which 8 are already exited and 7 are currently active in our portfolio.One of the largest is the New[...]
By Alina Georgescu, Investment Manager Catalyst Romania Over the last 5 years with Catalyst Romania, I have had the opportunity to take part both in making new investments and in developing our portfolio companies. Further, I have also helped some of the companies through successful exit processes, which are one of the most import[...]
Dear friends, We are glad to be able to share more good news from our funds and our portfolio with you this month. What we are most excited about is that Catalyst Romania has had the second closing of its second fund and reached the target size 6 months before the deadline. On our portfolio side, new fundraising rounds, succ[...]
By Jasmina Henniova, Communications & Investment Manager, 3TS Capital Partners The fact that diverse teams perform better is already a well-known fact. A 2019 McKinsey study of 1000 large companies found that those in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 36% more likely to have financial retu[...]
Dear friends,The first quarter of the year has been a quarter of good news for 3TS and Catalyst Romania. We have started the year with a newly launched fund and accelerated discussions with many interesting companies in the region. We have exited two portfolio companies, Green Horse Games (read a short interview with the founder below!)[...]
By Andreas Huber, Partner and COO, 3TS Capital Partners As COO of 3TS Capital Partners, I am among others responsible for investor relations and the day-to-day communication with our limited partners (LPs). Before joining 3TS almost six years ago, I have been an LP for more than 10 years managing the private equity program of a ba[...]
Dear friends, we are beyond excited to share some major EXIT NEWS with you in this newsletter issue: It has just been publicly announced that Catalyst Romania has sold its stake in mobile games developer Green Horse Games to Tencent and generated spectacular returns. You can find more information and a link to the press releas[...]
Dear friends, While being in full speed in the new year already, we would still like to wish you a successful 2021. It goes without saying that the most important wish this year is for everyone’s good health and we have high hopes that 2021 will be a good year when it comes to business too. With a new fund raised, several companies ap[...]
By Sever Totia As we kick off 2021, we look back at highlights and notable learnings from 2020, as well as a few strategic enablers for this year. I would like to point out several great happenings among the portfolio companies, from funds raised, to amazing growth, to notable awards or recognitions they have received. I would als[...]
This Christmas we will continue sponsoring our three godchildren - Noraogo Sawadogo in Burkina Faso, Rakim Mohommed in Sri Lanka and Roger Josue Corrales Carcamo in Honduras - through “Plan Intermational”. Plan is a humanitarian, child centered development organisation without religious, political or governmental affiliation. ([...]
By Jasmina Henniova, Communications & Investment Manager, 3TS Capital Partners I spoke with many distinguished investors and entrepreneurs this year while moderating events, podcasts, and having other discussions. Based on these conversations and my own experiences, I put together 3 main learnings from this extraordinary year,[...]
Catalyst Romania Launches Fund II with backing of 3TS Capital Partners, EIF and Private Investors We are delighted to announce that Catalyst Romania, sponsored by 3TS Capital Partners, had the first closing of its 2nd-generation technology focused venture capital fund for Romania and the neighboring countries. It builds on the[...]
Dear friends, In a panel discussion I moderated last week we reviewed all the positives 2020 brought us. Among other things, we talked about the fast pace of digitalization and thus a climate where many exciting new companies are being born. What are the most impressive technologies you are seeing? Write me on firstname.lastname@example.org.[...]
Dear friends, With what seems like a second wave of the Corona pandemic in many regions, most of us are getting used to the “new normal” by now. Work from home and getting things done in a digital manner without in person meetings are almost routine. What tools are you using in your daily work to ensure that business runs smoothly? Write[...]
Dear friends, As you have probably noticed, 2020 hasn’t been very kind to humanity so far. Not to be all negative, there are always opportunities in crises and we truly hope you found some positive ways to power-through. We bring you a new section in the newsletter titled “Good Reads & Great Ideas” to help manage during these chall[...]
By Artturi Tarjanne, Partner Nexit Ventures This time we invited Artturi Tarjanne, Partner at Nexit Ventures, as a guest writer and we will be looking at his key learnings on how Covid-19 affected the investment landscape and where he sees the opportunities going forward. This article is based on his original piece on the Activist VC Bl[...]
3 Key Learnings on B2B Sales in Difficult Market Circumstances – “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”
By Thomas R. Werner, Business Angel and Business Development Advisor, Venture Partner at 3TS Being a serial entrepreneur myself, I’ve worked with a number of founders and managers supporting them in various areas including Sales and Business Development. For this blog post, I put together the key learnings about successful sales in B2B a[...]
Dear friends, The summer has been eventful on our side. While making sure to take some time off and recharge our batteries, we didn’t laze about too long and neither did our portfolio companies. In the last months, Piano has closed over 50 new clients including names as Forbes Media, Axel Springer or South China Morning Post. Perfect Gy[...]
by Katarzyna Pac-Malesa, Investment Director 3TS Capital Partners Exits are an exciting and gratifying moment for companies, and their management teams, employees and investors. For many founders, an exit is a once-in-a-lifetime event that could determine their wealth for many years or even decades. Exiting does not just happen, it’s a p[...]
Vienna, 25 June 2020 – 3TS Capital Partners, a leading European technology focused private equity and venture capital firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Katarzyna Pac-Malesa and Piotr Śliwa to Investment Directors with immediate effect. Katarzyna has significant private equity and corporate finance expertise. She joined 3TS[...]
Elbruz Yilmaz from 3TS Most entrepreneurs do not get the best out of their boards because they don’t have the experience to utilize the board or the discipline to set up a working platform.Or because their investors do not know how to be good board members, they mix shareholder matters at board meetings and some of them are simply not[...]
Dear friends, Every time we send the next newsletter, we realize how fast the time is passing. Many positive things have happened within our portfolio and our industry in general, and we are happy to be able to bring you yet another issue digesting the most interesting news. In the past month, eyerim has successfully closed a financing[...]
Dear partners, investors, entrepreneurs and other friends, Another month has passed and with restrictions around the COVID-19 lockdown being slowly lifted in some countries, we see people returning to our Vienna office (equipped by sufficient amount of disinfectant of course). Depending on governments’ recommendations in various places[...]
by Todd Walrath CEO HomeCare.com, 3TS Portfolio Company We started HomeCare.com as a Gig Economy Marketplace in 2015 to disrupt the Home Care Agency space in the US first, then in other geographies. The idea was to connect caregivers directly with families, keep costs low, attract high quality caregivers with higher hourly pay rates an[...]
Dear partners, investors, entrepreneurs and other friends, With another month of remote work and limited social life under our belts, there is hope that the measures taken have helped to control the spread of COVID-19 in some regions. Thanks to everyone’s contributions and sacrifices made on both personal and business level, various co[...]
By Sever Totia, Partner 3TS Capital Partners None of us have a playbook, or even a crystal ball, to manage through a crisis like COVID-19. Welcome to zero visibility driving. But here are 3 things we know to be true in a time of great uncertainty. After ensuring your employees are safe and sound, read on, assess and see what’s relevant[...]
About the Impact of Coronavirus on Sales and the Digital Media World With Bas Nawijn, Senior Vice President Sales – GM EMEA Piano and Elbruz Yilmaz, Investment Director 3TS Here is the fourth episode of the 0100 Conferences 3TS podcast. Below, you can find the key messages that Bas Nawijn, Senior Vice President Sales – GM EMEA at Pian[...]
What entrepreneurs and VCs can do to survive the COVID-19 crisis? With Marcin Szeląg, Partner Innovation Nest and Elbruz Yilmaz, Investment Director 3TS Here is the third episode of the 0100 Conferences 3TS podcast. Below, you can find the key messages that Marcin Szeląg, Partners at Innovation Nest and Elbruz Yilmaz, Investment D[...]
Dear partners, investors, entrepreneurs and other friends, In these difficult times with unprecedented measures being taken worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. We believe everyone is doing their best to contribute to the efforts to contain the virus spread, making both person[...]
The World of Limited Partners With Pete Flynn, Founder and CEO Candela Capital and Elbruz Yilmaz, Investment Director 3TS Here is the second episode of the 0100 Conferences and 3TS podcast. Below, you can find the key messages that Pete Flynn, Founder and CEO at Candela Capital and Elbruz Yilmaz, Investment Director at 3TS C[...]
by Grzegorz Błażewicz, CEO SALESmanago, 3TS portfolio company Me and Konrad Pawlus founded SALESmanago in 2012 and with 200 people on board and €10M ARR, we are striving to become the European marketing automation champion. There have been thousands of learnings throughout these years and trying to describe this is a feeling similar to w[...]
3 Key Learnings When Looking For Successful Entrepreneurs - by Pekka Mäki, Managing Partner at 3TS Capital Partners Over the years, I have had the pleasure to meet with hundreds, if not thousands, of entrepreneurs and get to know them both as captains of their businesses and as individuals. It is a well-known fact[...]
By Pekka Mäki, Managing Partner 3TS Capital Partners Over the years, I have had the pleasure to meet with hundreds, if not thousands, of entrepreneurs and get to know them both as captains of their businesses and as individuals. It is a well-known fact that a team is one of the key aspects of a prosperous business. At 3TS, we have[...]