Venture Capitalist Runa Capital closes third round of funding

on May 7, 2020
  • Venture capital firm Runa Capital has just concluded its third round of funding.
  • The start-up financier raised £127 million (($157 million), about £17 million above its target.
  • Runa Capital is looking to use the additional capital to expand into quantum and “deep tech” startups.

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American international venture capital firm Runa Capital has announced a successful third round of funding. Fund III exceeded its target of £110 million by over £17 million to close at about £127 million ($157 million).

The start-up financier was established by a team of serial entrepreneurs to invest in software businesses around the globe.

Among the new investors in the company include current and previous founders of Brainly, Final, Nginx, Rocketbank and Ecwid. Runa primarily targets investments in early-stage start-ups for stakes valued at between £800,000 ($1 million) and £8 million ($10 million), usually Series A.

The firm holds strategic interests in various start-ups including open-source software, machine and artificial intelligence, infrastructure, B2B software as a service start-ups, as well as companies that aim at revolutionising conventional regulated markets like healthcare, finance, and education.

According to Runa Capital, the raised capital will be used in quantum and “deep tech” start-ups acquisitions. In a decade of its existence, the venture capitalist has invested close to £350 million in more than 13 countries, according to its website. With its headquarter in Palo Alto and offices in London, Paris, Berlin, and Moscow, Runa’s investments span over 60 companies supported by more than 150 start-up founders.

The firm is backed by eminent investors and entrepreneurs, including Ilya Zubarev and Serguei Beloussov who are founders of cybersecurity start-ups Acronis International GmbH and Parallels Inc. Acronis International GmbH, in which Beloussov is the current CEO became a unicorn in September last year following a successful funding round.

Dmitry Chikhachev, also a co-founder of the venture firm, is a former Ritzio Entertainment Group executive.

In a statement, Chikhachev said: “We’ve been around as VCs for 10 years building a truly global and founder-friendly firm, accumulating tremendous experience and a deep understanding of markets and founders’ needs.”

“Now, we are excited to see many of our portfolio companies’ founders investing in Runa Capital III, along with tech-savvy LPs from all parts of the world, who supported us in all of our funds from day one.”

Interestingly, Runa Capital expressed confidence that the current Coronavirus pandemic could present the firm with lucrative investment deals, especially early-stage opportunities.


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