Dawn’s 2021 in reviewDawn

January

Avalon Lee-Bacon joined our team as Head of Talent, to support our portfolio companies with senior hires and developing their top talent, and Alix Fawcett joined as Marketing Associate.

Our Partner Mina was named one of Venture Capital Journal’s rising stars of 2021!

February

We invested in Granulate’s $30m Series B. Our Partner Evgenia shared why we invested in the real-time continuous optimisation platform, and how it’s revolutionising the world of cloud infrastructure.

Our Associate David was included in Sifted’s list of Europe’s top 30 young VCs!

March

We led Vulcan Cyber’s $21m Series B. Our Principal Henry shared why we’re backing Vulcan’s exceptional team to deliver this new stratum of security solutions for enterprise.

We invested in LeanIX, who acquired our portfolio company Cleanshelf, and our Partner Mina shared why we’re so excited to be part of the continuous transformation platform’s journey ahead.

April

We led CluedIn’s $15m Series A, with Mina sharing why we invested in the game-changing master data management platform.

We also participated in BRYTER’s $66m Series B led by Tiger Global, having co-led the no-code automation platform’s Series A in June 2020.

Our VP Shamillah was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Finance!

May

We led Copper’s $50m Series B. Our Principal Dan shared why we’re so excited to be partnering with their impressive team as they provide the custody and settlement infrastructure needed to quickly and securely trade cryptocurrencies.

June

We participated in the $30m Series B of Divido, Europe’s leading retail finance platform, as well as the $60m Series D of document management platform Templafy, having welcomed both companies to the Dawn family in 2018. 

We co-led Ably’s $70m Series B. Our General Partner Norman shared how we will be supporting Ably’s team to deliver on their ambition of powering every real-time experience.

July

We were thrilled to announce the promotions of Mina to Partner and Dan to Principal, recognising the significant roles they have played in our success and journey to date. Read more about their paths to Partner and Principal.

We also joined leading pay and automation platform, Soldo’s $180m Series C, having first invested in 2019. Our General Partner Josh shared why we believe there are only brighter things ahead.

August

We participated in Dataiku’s $400m Series E round, led by Tiger Global. We first invested in the enterprise AI powerhouse in 2018, joining them on their mission to systemise the use of data for businesses everywhere. Now at a $4.6bn valuation, and serving 450 customers, our General Partner Evgenia shared more on our partnership.

We also participated in Gelato’s $240m round. We first invested in Gelato a decade ago and have watched Henrik Müller Hansen and Gelato’s team build the global on-demand print platform powering the creator economy.

September 

We were excited to announce the promotion of Evgenia to General Partner, making her the youngest woman promoted internally to GP in Europe! As a core member of the Dawn family Evgenia has led our investments in some of Europe and Israel’s top B2B SaaS companies, including Dataiku, Soldo, BRYTER, Harbr, Granulate, and Firebolt. Read more about Evgenia’s journey to General Partner. 

October

We led Billie’s $100m Series C – the largest to date in the B2B “buy now, pay later” market. Having first met founders Matthias, Christian and Aiga in 2019, our General Partner Josh has shared why we were immediately impressed by their vision to bring frictionless B2B payments to every merchant and business.

November 

We invested in Swimm’s Series A round, joining them on their journey to empower developers with better technical documentation. Evgenia explains why we’re thrilled to partner with the team as they push this huge, growing market even further.

December

Localisation management platform Lokalise joined the Dawn family, as we invested in its $50m Series B. Our partner Mina shared how we got to know the team, and why we are joining them on their mission to accelerate localisation from code to delivery.

We welcomed Pierre Bricault to the team as an Associate, joining us from Luko, the Paris-based insurtech startup reinventing home insurance. At Dawn Pierre will look for the new European software champions, with a particular focus on France. 

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