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 success of Catalyst Romania Fund I and will primarily invest in expansion stage ICT and technology enabled services companies, that already have launched products into their target markets, generate revenues and are led by strong management teams. For the first time in Romania, a venture capital team succeeded in raising a successor fund.

Fund II has a target size of €40-50 million, out of which €15m has been committed by the European Investment Fund (EIF) from JEREMIE Reflows and EIF’s InnovFin Equity Programme. The rest of the capital in the first closing of €26 million was secured from more than 30 private investors – seasoned local entrepreneurs and senior executives from various industries, including a number of portfolio companies’ founders from Catalyst’s first fund.

To read more read the official press release.

Becoming a Venture Capitalist by Marius Ghenea
Catalyst Romania Managing Partner Marius Ghenea reflects about his own entrepreneurial journey to venture capital and joining the Catalyst team at a time when the local ecosystem in Romania was still relatively under-developed. Only a few people knew anything at all about venture capital investing. Entrepreneurs themselves were still unsure about the advantages of using this type of financing for their growth.

Now after successfully developing a very good portfolio companies in Fund I and already exiting some of them to blue-chip corporates like FitBit and Visma, the team has now shifted focus into analyzing the many exciting technology companies and making new investments. With the support of the Catalyst team, many experienced entrepreneurs, EIF and 3TS, these portfolio companies are highly likely to succeed in Romania and abroad. We are thrilled to embark on this adventure!

Read more in this blog article.

Meet the Catalyst Romania Team
The Catalyst Romania team consists of Marius GheneaAlin StanciuAlina Georgescuand Jozsef Kover and is supported by various members of the 3TS Capital Partners’ team. They are investment professionals who have either started their own companies or ran businesses to grow them. Their entrepreneurial spirit ensures that they can meet the expectations of the most ambitious founders in Romania and in the region. They add value beyond providing funding by becoming active business partners for the management teams of the portfolio companies.

Meet the Catalyst Romania Investors
Catalyst Romania has secured significant financial support from EIF and more than 30 private investors, including seasoned local entrepreneurs and senior executives from various industries.