Berlin-based venture capitalist allygatr is expanding internationally for the first time with Board Owl. The Swiss start-up brings decision-makers together with suitable companies. After successes in Asia and Europe, Board Owl is now also launching in Germany.
allygatr continues growth
The operational venture capitalist for HR tech, allygatr, continues to grow. In the process, CEO and founder Benjamin Visser’s team is entering into an investment outside of Germany for the first time. The internationally oriented Swiss start-up Board Owl is now the 15th investment of the Berlin VC.
allygatr’s portfolio includes the “Recruiting as a Service” service provider Searchtalent, the “Benefit as you like” app for employees emplu and the team-matching solution Recunited.
allygatr had closed a successful funding round earlier this year, raising more than €2.5 million. More than 25 scene bigwigs invested in the Berlin VC. Money that allygatr is using to continue investing in groundbreaking solutions in HR tech such as Board Owl. allygatr’s portfolio includes the “Recruiting as a Service” service provider Searchtalent, the “Benefit as you like” app for employees emplu and the team-matching solution Recunited.
‘Board Owl has proven it works’
The start-up occupies a niche that is likely to become even more important in the future: the placement and networking of suitable decision-makers for board positions. The digital matching platform and community for decision-makers brings companies together with the best candidates. In addition, the future board members are specifically prepared for their role – for example through face-to-face coaching with senior members, webinars and events. “Board Owl has already proven it works. As they are targeting other strategic European markets, they can fully rely on the experience and operational support of allygatr and our ‘allyance’, the unique network of knowledge and contacts of our investors”, says Benjamin Visser, CEO and founder of allygatr.
“As they are targeting other strategic European markets, they can fully rely on the experience and operational support of allygatr and our ‘allyance’, the unique network of knowledge and contacts of our investors.”
Successes in home markets
The Swiss start-up had already proven to be very successful in its home market. In addition, the founders have proven that Board Owl also works internationally – with a whole series of placements in Europe and Asia. Behind Board Owl are the three experienced founders Daniel Aghdami (CEO), Sasha Savic (COO) and Delphine Trabaldo Togna (Head Growth). With Board Owl, they bring together the right people with the right organisations for board positions.
Now targeting DACH and UK
Strengthened by initial international successes and given the potential in the DACH region, it is only a logical step to enter the very attractive market. In addition to the DACH region, Board Owl also wants to focus on the UK as another strategically important market. “We are delighted to have found a strong, trusted partner in allygatr, with explicit expertise in HR Tech and a committed operative team”, said Daniel Aghdami, CEO and founder of Board Owl.
“In the surrounding DACH region, a significant number of the 80 board appointments in 2022 were made here through our platform.”
“They have already begun to support our continued growth in the surrounding DACH region, where Board Owl’s HQ is nested and where we have already demonstrated a strong track record of success — a significant number of the 80 board appointments in 2022 were made here through our platform.”