Amadeus Capital Partners eyes LatAm tech growth, European scale-ups with new partner...

Amadeus Capital Partners eyes LatAm tech growth, European scale-ups with new partner hires

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Global technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners has hired two new partners and a healthcare analyst in a major expansion of its investment team.

New partner Edward Kliphuis, pictured, joins from M Ventures, the €400m AUM corporate VC-arm of Merck KGaA, where he was responsible for healthtech, frontiertech and sustainability investments.

He will lead Amadeus’ ‘Scale’ investment activities, supporting the next generation of Europe’s transformational companies, alongside managing partner Andrea Traversone, the firm said.

Fellow new partner Kai Schmitz will be based in Colombia, investing in growth opportunities in Latin America alongside existing partner Pat Burtis.

The team invests in emerging technology champions in Latin America focusing on fintech, edtech, SaaS and next generation e-commerce.

Schmitz, who has 20 years of experience in emerging markets, joins Amadeus from World Bank investment arm IFC, where he was regional head of Latin America for fintech.

Ana Bernardo-Gancedo joins the Amadeus early stage funds team as a healthcare analyst from OC&C Strategy Consultants, where she conducted due diligence and strategy projects for private equity and corporate clients.

Kliphuis said of his appointment, “I’m really proud to be joining Amadeus with its 23-year track record in venture capital and growth investing.

“Amadeus has a long history of forward thinking with investments such as Vocal IQ, Solexa and Graphcore.

“The Scale team will be applying this knowledge and experience to backing entrepreneurial businesses in healthtech, industrial technology and agritech across Europe.”

Schmitz said, “I’m looking forward to working alongside my long-term ally Pat Burtis to capitalise on our previous experience in the booming Latin American technology market and provide badly needed growth capital for successful digital innovators.

“With a track record of $1bn in commitments to over 160 global technology companies, Amadeus offers a tremendous platform for investing in Latin America’s leading tech companies.”

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