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Atomico raises new $820M fund to back mission-driven European founders at Series A and beyond

Atomico, the European venture capital firm founded by Skypes Niklas Zennstrom, has announced that it has closed its fifth fund Atomico V giving it another $820 million to invest in European startups.
The London-headquartered VC firms previous fund closed at $765 million, so this is an increase over three years ago. However, the remit remains largely the same, as Atomico says it plans to double down on its strategy of backing mission-driven European founders at Series A, but with the ability to also invest at Series B and C into what it calls breakout companies.
The new fund brings to a hefty $2.7 billion the total assets that Atomico has under management. Investors are said to include various institutional investors, such as pension funds, fund-of-funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowments, banks, family offices and government-backed entities from across the world.
A number of individual LPs have backed Atomico V, too, including what are described as founders and early team members from some of Europes most successful startups over the last 10 years, including Adyen, Klarna, TransferWise, Spotify, Supercell, Skype and Zoopla.

Founders delivering positive, transformational change


Atomicos Zennstrom has long argued that entrepreneurs, not politicians, are the new changemakers because of the way technology is reshaping society and the economy. Inherent in this world view is that technology and entrepreneurship can and should be a force for good and that venture capital (and Atomico, specifically) has a critical part to play in a world with so many urgent challenges from sustainability, fixing education, to better healthcare. However, unlike a pure Silicon Valley perspective, Zennstrom doesnt believe that for good is inevitable and will require formal checks and balances to be put in place (see the firms Conscious Scaling programme).
To that end, Atomico says that fund V will allow it to continue to partner with ambitious European founders, who deliver positive, transformational change across every aspect of society and the economy, with the aim of building category-winning and sector-defining companies. Were guided by a simple belief: profit and purpose are mutually reinforcing, not mutually exclusive, says Zennstrom in a statement.

The Zennstrom manifesto
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