London-based Pretiosum Ventures has reached the first close of what TechCrunch understands could eventually be a $20 million second fund.
Founded in London in 2019 by Yana Abramova, the solo GP fund invests in ‘infrastructure’ startups, (enterprise SaaS, Fintech, and Web3). Pretiosum (a witty inflexion of the Latin phrase ‘pretiōsus’ meaning ‘precious’) typically writes cheques in the $250-500,000 range in a ‘follow-on’ manner.
Abramova sits on Cambridge University’s Judge Business School alumni board and was previously an ambassador at Tech Nation (recently acquired by Founders Forum).
As one of Europe’s very few female GPs, Abramova backs startups at the pre-seed, seed, and occasionally at the Series A stage.
To date, Pretiosum has co-invested in startups alongside Cherry Ventures, Greycroft, Seedcamp, IQ Capital and Y Combinator.
The trend has only just begun in Europe and I very much doubt it will stop just because we are in a new, bearish, cycle.
As I wrote in June, this model of VC has arrived late enough in Europe for it to become a more viable way forward for many European startups.
We have already seen the launch of Underline Ventures, started last year by Bogdan Iordache in Romania, as well as the launch of Hypernova, a $25 million fund of funds that plans to not only invest in other funds but also directly into startups.