Facts about Standout Capital
|What we do||Nordic Tech Growth Equity|
|We invest in||Companies with an established business, typically with revenues of SEK 50-250 million (EUR 5-25 million) and proven profitability. We like scalable business models and good growth (at least 15% per year) enabled through technology. Overall, we invest in the digitization of business and society.|
|Don’t invest in||Seed or early stage, or sectors like biotech, cleantech or gambling|
|Investment size||Typically SEK 50-150 million (EUR 5-15 million) per company|
|Our engagement||We’re an active shareholder and usually a main owner, and participate on the board|
|Type of investments||Both new capital for growth (primary shares), and buying shares from existing owners (secondary shares), often a combination|
|Ownership||We can own a minority or majority share in companies, typically 30-70% ownership depending on the situation|
|Region||Companies based in the Nordics (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway) normally with international markets|
|Our office||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Our investors||Top Swedish and international institutions and pension funds|
|Fund size||SEK 1 billion|
Investing in Nordic Growth Stories
Standout Capital is a private equity firm investing in growing Nordic tech companies, we call it “Investing in Nordic Growth Stories”, because behind every company there’s a unique story of entrepreneurship. Our overall idea is to invest in the digital transformation of business and society.
Entrepreneurs with a personal approach
We have a personal approach and entrepreneurial know-how. The founders and investment team build on personal experience in entrepreneurship, investments and finance. As an active owner, we are personally highly engaged in our firm and the companies we partner with.
Partnering for growth
Standout helps innovative companies to grow and succeed by partnering with founders and other owners. We provide capital for growth, participate in growing the company via the board, help making decisions that build value, contribute with digital strategy, sales and marketing experience, assist in key recruitments and help managing exits when the time is right. We open up our networks to our portfolio companies for specific expertise and operations.
Our five success factors
- Operational experience from building companies
- “Both sides of the table” perspective, combining entrepreneurship and finance
- Strong networks, both locally and globally
- Full focus on technology, digital and online
- Creative business thinking, the ability to unlock full potentials
Standout was founded by Klas Hillström, Fredrik Arnander and Erik Wästlund. The co-founders combine significant experience in investing, entrepreneurship, operations and technology, having made 30 investments, starting 10 technology companies and serving on 30+ boards. Each partner has been the CEO of a technology growth company.
Standout Capital I AB benefits from the support of the European Union under the Equity Facility for Growth established under Regulation (EU) No 1287/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council establishing a Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium enterprises (COSME) (2014-2020)