Growth.

Driven by Reason.

Acton Capital is a leading growth-stage Venture Capital investor in Europe and beyond.
We invest with a clear focus in tech-enabled business models in Europe and North America – ready to scale and built to last.

Investing In Value For
The Long Run

Since 1999, the Acton team supports digital pioneers on their way to market leadership.

With two decades of investment experience and a deep understanding of tech-enabled business models, we help skilled and driven founders to establish value for the long run.

Since 1999
Investment Experience
Europe, North America
Investment Region
Acton V (2019)
Current Fund
500+ mio EUR
Invested Capital
80+
Companies Funded
40+
Exits to Date
Tech-enabled Business Models
Investment Focus
Growth
Investment Stage
5-10m EUR
Ø Investment per Company

Our Investment Principles

We invest in the business model
We are backing the market leaders of tomorrow, not the next hype.

We seek transformational growth, driven by technology and sustainable cash flows. We invest in scalable business models, committed to real customer value and a clear path to profitability.

Ready to scale and built to last.

We partner with world-class teams.
We invest in founders who build strong leadership teams and look for active support, not just money.

Our aim is a strong and balanced portfolio of winners. Based on a deep belief in integrity and enduring partnerships, we contribute our expertise, hard work and passion to support young teams in building great companies.

All along the way.

We contribute our experience. With success.
We have invested over 500 million Euro in more than 80 companies in Europe and North America.

Our values, persistence and commitment have contributed to create one of the most successful venture portfolios in the internet segment and to achieve superior and highly consistent returns across five fund generations.

Sustainable growth, driven by reason.

People. Support to Create.

Our History

Our track record in Venture Capital dates to 1999, when the Acton team started to invest in digital pioneers on behalf of Hubert Burda Media. While “the Internet” and thus our portfolio has evolved along digital transformation since, our beliefs have remained the same.

First Investment

1999

Established in Munich
Our initial investment in Alando and the following exit to eBay kick-started our story in Venture Capital.

Our first years as VC were all about national first movers in ecommerce and digital media.

We partnered with zooplus, JustBooks, OnVista or GameDuell, Germany’s true data-mining pioneers leading into the digital markets of today.

Post Dotcom & Pre Social Networks
The burst of the bubble didn’t keep us from a glance across the Atlantic.

By adding rising starts like Etsy and AlphaSights to our venture portfolio, we first tapped into the Anglosphere.
Meanwhile in Germany: Long before Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, investments like ElitePartner or HolidayCheck paved the way for the “Social Internet”.

 

Presence in Vancouver, British Columbia
To scout the local startup potential, our first Venture Partner for North America joined the team.

“Acton Capital Partners”
With moving to our new office right under the wings of Munich’s Friedensengel, we put “Acton” on our nameplate.

BDV Fund II

2004

Acton Fund III

2010

Disrupting Food & Fashion
With adding companies like momox, Linas Matkasse or Mytheresa or pioneers in SaaS like Clio to our list, we cast our net wide, counting on the digital transformation across industries.

Rise of FinTech, SaaS & Future of Work
As new technologies found their way in long established industries, the next generation of up-and-comers like iwoca, Mambu, HomeToGo or COMATCH extended the diversity of Acton’s portfolio.

Acton Fund IV

2014

Acton Fund V

2019

Ready to back the pioneers of tomorrow
AI, DTC, IoT – We can’t predict what’s the next acronym, but we can help shaping the future by focusing on what we do best: Supporting exceptional entrepreneurs in building great business models, ready to scale and built to last.