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Samaipata Venture Capital

Pre-seed & seed-stage marketplaces and digitally native vertical brands (DNVBs) across Southern Europe, France and the UK.
Samaipata Venture Capital
Leadership team

Jose del Barrio (Founder)

Eduardo Diaz de Guereñ (Founder)

Number of Employees
0 - 50
Headquarters
Madrid, Spain
Established
2015
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Summary

Samaipata Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups based in Europe and Latin America. The firm was founded in 2015 by Jose del Barrio, Eduardo Diaz, and Patricio Hunt with the mission of supporting entrepreneurs who are building innovative businesses that can transform industries and create value for society.

Samaipata takes a hands-on approach to work with its portfolio companies, providing not only financial support but also strategic guidance and operational expertise. The firm's team of experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts work closely with founders to help them scale their businesses, navigate challenges, and seize opportunities.

Samaipata invests in companies that are targeting large and growing markets with significant potential for disruption. The firm looks for startups with innovative products or services that offer a unique value proposition to customers and have a clear competitive advantage and a defensible business model. Samaipata also values diversity and inclusion and seeks to invest in companies that reflect these values.


History

Samaipata is a European venture capital firm that was founded in 2015 by Jose del Barrio and Eduardo Diaz de Guereñu. The firm is headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and has a strong focus on investing in early-stage technology startups in Southern Europe. This venture capital firm invests in early-stage startups based in Europe and Latin America.

The founders of Samaipata had previously co-founded the successful Spanish e-commerce startup, La Nevera Roja, which was acquired by the global food delivery company, Just Eat, in 2015. Following the acquisition, del Barrio and Diaz de Guereñu decided to launch Samaipata to help support and invest in the next generation of promising startups in the region.

Since its founding, Samaipata has become one of the leading early-stage venture capital firms in Southern Europe. The firm has raised over €120 million in capital across two funds, and has made investments in a range of successful startups in the region,

Samaipata's history reflects the firm's commitment to identifying and investing in the most promising early-stage startups in Southern Europe. The firm's focus on backing founders with strong technical expertise and a deep understanding of their markets has helped it to build a successful portfolio of companies that are transforming industries across the region.


Investment criteria

The firm has a set of investment criteria that it uses to evaluate potential investments and identify companies with the greatest potential for success.

  • Founder and team: Samaipata looks for founders with a strong vision, deep industry knowledge, and a track record of execution. The firm also considers the team's experience, expertise, and ability to work together effectively.
  • Market potential: Samaipata invests in companies that are targeting large and growing markets with significant potential for disruption. The firm looks for startups that are solving real problems and addressing unmet needs in their respective markets.
  • Product or service: Samaipata invests in companies with innovative products or services that offer a unique value proposition to customers. The firm looks for startups with a clear competitive advantage and a defensible business model.
  • Traction and growth potential: Samaipata evaluates a company's traction and growth potential based on its customer acquisition and retention metrics, revenue growth, and other key performance indicators. The firm looks for startups that are showing strong early signs of traction and have the potential to scale rapidly.
  • Fit with Samaipata's values: Samaipata values diversity, inclusion, and social impact, and seeks to invest in companies that reflect these values. The firm looks for startups that are committed to building diverse and inclusive teams, and that are creating positive social impact through their products or services.

Values

The firm is committed to investing in disruptive, innovative startups that have the potential to transform traditional industries and address important social and environmental challenges. Some of the core values that guide Samaipata's investment decisions include:

  • Ambition: Samaipata believes in supporting ambitious entrepreneurs who are committed to building successful, sustainable businesses that can make a positive impact on society.
  • Diversity and inclusion: Samaipata values diversity and seeks to invest in companies that reflect a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives. The firm is committed to supporting female founders and entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities.
  • Integrity: Samaipata operates with transparency and integrity in all of its dealings with founders, investors, and stakeholders. The firm believes in building long-term relationships based on trust and mutual respect.
  • Innovation: Samaipata is dedicated to investing in cutting-edge technologies and innovative business models that can disrupt traditional industries and create new opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship: Samaipata is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes in the power of startups to drive economic growth and social change. The firm is committed to providing support and guidance to early-stage companies as they navigate the challenges of building and scaling their businesses.

Mission

Samaipata's mission statement is to "help exceptional founders build companies that transform industries and positively impact society." The firm believes that entrepreneurship is a powerful force for positive change in the world, and it seeks to identify and support founders who share this belief.

To achieve its mission, Samaipata takes a hands-on approach to work with its portfolio companies. The firm provides not only financial support but also strategic guidance and operational expertise. Samaipata's team of experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts work closely with founders to help them scale their businesses, navigate challenges, and seize opportunities.


Portfolio

Samaipata has a diverse portfolio of investments across various sectors, including e-commerce, proptech, logistics, and SaaS. Some notable companies in Samaipata's portfolio include:

  • OnTruck: OnTruck is a Spanish logistics platform that connects shippers with local carriers to provide more efficient and cost-effective transportation solutions.
  • Spotahome: Spotahome is a Madrid-based startup that provides an online marketplace for medium to long-term rentals of properties.
  • CartoDB: CartoDB is a geospatial data platform that helps organizations to visualize and analyze location-based data.
  • Housfy: Housfy is a Spanish proptech startup that enables homeowners to sell their homes without the need for intermediaries.
  • Wefox: Wefox is a Berlin-based insurtech startup that provides a digital platform for insurance brokers and customers to manage policies and claims.
  • Singularu: Singularu is a Spanish jewelry e-commerce platform that uses 3D printing technology to create customized designs for customers.
  • Cobee: Cobee is a Spanish fintech startup that provides an employee benefits platform to help companies manage their employee perks and rewards.
  • Minu: Minu is a Mexican fintech startup that provides salary advances to employees through its mobile app.

References
Samaipata Venture Capital
Leadership team

Jose del Barrio (Founder)

Eduardo Diaz de Guereñ (Founder)

Number of Employees
0 - 50
Headquarters
Madrid, Spain
Established
2015
Social Media