How can new productivity products still achieve more output with less input? The new generation of solutions trends towards the fusion of applications. Sharing what we’re looking for in this category.

The global pandemic had a drastic impact on how we approach work and productivity. Out of this recalibration, there are big questions raised on the consequences of hybrid teamwork as well as work from home. Decade-long working style habits have been subject to reflection. The overarching question being asked more than ever is: How can we as a company, team, and individual be most productive?

We are excited about…


Spreadsheets — the joy or pain of almost anyone working in financial departments. Yes, even though we live in the digitized, hyper-productive world of 2021, many finance teams still spend 70% of their time manually updating financial models in tedious, old-fashioned, non-collaborative sheets and forms. And we don’t only see this in big incumbents. In fact, many young companies such as those in the Creandum funds’ portfolio still lack more automated, native collaborative solutions.

We strongly believe it’s time for a change and are thrilled to lead Abacum’s $7m seed round.

In many mid-sized companies, finance teams use a mixture…


A good deck is an important factor in maximising your success for raising a Series A. It’s your key marketing material and should spark an investor’s interest within just a couple of minutes. Building a good deck is essential.

Here is our Series A Deck Template as a Google Slides presentation.

This deck was designed as a guide to help you build your Series A deck. Every company is different, so I encourage everyone to deviate from this template and elaborate your own personalised Series A deck that represents your company even better. …


B2B marketplaces are disrupting traditional linear supply chains by removing friction and letting buyers and sellers operate in a more efficient way. They’ve been around for a while, but we believe the timing for them to really break through is coming now. While 2010–2020 has been the era in which SaaS achieved B2B mass adoption and large IPOs (Atlassian, Dropbox, Slack, Zoom etc.), the next decade will be for B2B marketplaces to play catch-up. Creandum has been backing companies in this broader space for a while, such as cargo.one, CarOnSale, Syft, Distribusion…, and we’re excited about what’s ahead.

The current pandemic brought inefficiencies to light

People have…


Transitioning from an initial Seed investment to the Series A round is a critical step for the long-term success of many ventures. How many companies make it? What are the strategies to get there? Some insights from the Creandum funds portfolio:

Conversion from Seed to A

A while ago, Dealroom published an interesting report on this journey and it inspired us to take a deeper look at the Creandum fund’s portfolio. Dealroom’s research showed that the conversion rate from Seed to Series A varies widely by seed investor. …


Remember the old days when you used to manage your day structure in a completely analogue way? Today Google, Apple and many standalone apps tried to mirror the offline experience for all the different tasks — in many different tools: One app for your calendar, a separate one for to-do lists, and a third one for note-taking etc. Comprehensive tools individually, but with too much friction from switching in between apps and inefficiencies in their workflows (think how many clicks you need to open a Zoom call from your calendar). …


COVID-19 is the global black swan event in 2020 causing a lot of uncertainty in the startup funding market. Rounds have slowed down for several reasons such as heightened economic uncertainty, reduced business for companies causing depressed revenues, the inability of funds and entrepreneurs to meet in person, and the increased focus of VCs on their existing portfolio companies.

Questions such as “can I raise currently?,” and “how will COVID impact fundraising?” have been ubiquitous when talking to early stage founders in the past few weeks.

In an attempt to respond to those questions and illustrate the current fundraising market…


Today we’re thrilled to share the €15m Series A round of Factorial. One of the largest A rounds ever in Spain. As an early partner (Creandum led the seed round), we’re excited to continue the journey with the fantastic team that Jordi, Bernat and Pau have built. The A-round was led by US-based CRV to further accelerate international expansion.

The HR market for SMEs is undergoing a large transition, from manual work to digitisation and partly automation. While the vast majority of SMEs are still using spreadsheets, word, paper & co., the tech-savvy ones have been starting to use different…


We’re thrilled to announce that Creandum is leading the 11m€ Series A funding round of Munich-based tech company TWAICE. It’s our belief that the company’s predictive analytics software is tackling some of the biggest challenges encountered along the lifecycle of a mega booming market — batteries.

It’s common knowledge that a battery’s performance declines throughout its life. But in light of today’s electrification trend, it becomes even more vital to tackle and optimise lifetime, reliability and costs. Batteries underpin so many elements of modern industry — powering everything from electric cars, industrial vehicles, to energy storages or power tools and…


Often I get asked questions around how to plan the next fundraising and how to best approach VCs. I summarised my thoughts on some of the key steps in a fundraise below. Tipps are mainly geared towards Seed and Series A, but many aspects also applicable for later stages. You can see this as a rough guideline / fundraising ABC, but as always, every round and situation is different (so don’t blame me if it didn’t work ;P).

I. How should I plan my fundraise?

  1. Take a step back: Is VC money actually the right thing for you? Raising VC money is not the best option for…

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