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Scarlett Pierce
Mar 17, 2021 9:00:00 AM

London, 17 March 2021Capdesk, Europe’s fastest-growing equity management platform, is today announcing a Series A extension led by Fidelity International Strategic Ventures, a dedicated venture capital team at Fidelity International, and MiddleGame Ventures, the early-stage fintech venture firm.

The top-up funding follows an initial raise of £3 million in 2020, led by Fuel Ventures, and brings the Series A total to £8 million. Capdesk, which enables privately owned companies to manage their equity digitally via a single platform, has raised £11.7 million since being founded in 2015. The company counts hundreds of Europe’s fast-growth businesses as its clients, including Gousto, Secret Escapes, Privitar, Voi Technology and Billie.

Today Capdesk caters to founders, employees and investors by digitising equity, options and warrants transactions and giving shareholders access to Europe’s largest private secondaries market through a partnership with Seedrs.

The Series A extension will position Capdesk to build a fully integrated ‘seed to post-IPO’ equity solution for a traditionally underserved space in Europe. This entails extending its market offering to established private and publicly listed companies, while enhancing services for its existing customer base, and ensuring all stakeholders are empowered to meaningfully leverage their equity.

CG 2022-3 

 “Today’s announcement makes Capdesk the best-funded equity management solution in Europe. More importantly, it combines the fintech expertise and capital support from MiddleGame Ventures and Fidelity, paving the way for Capdesk to build an equity solution never before seen in Europe. With this investment we can take a significant leap forward in our journey to create a European-wide digital ecosystem that allows for the safe, secure and fair transaction of equity.”

Christian Gabriel, CEO and Co-Founder, Capdesk

About Capdesk:

Capdesk is a rapidly growing equity management platform that enables high-growth companies to keep track of their cap tables as they scale, with greater accuracy and efficiency. Its unique cap table software is complemented by a suite of features that turn equity, options and warrants into a tangible bonus for employees, and a powerful method for employers to incentivise their workforce. It’s on a mission to change finance for good with a vision where equity is a core component of the employee experience in companies, better utilised by employers and better understood by workers.

To do this, Capdesk is building a digital ecosystem that allows for the safe, secure and fair transaction of equity. It envisions employees empowered to access the wealth they helped to create at a time that suits them.


Alokik 2022 

“Capdesk has positioned itself as a leader in digital equity management. We’ve been watching the company’s growth closely and have been impressed with its digital capabilities for cap table and employee stock option plan management. We look forward to supporting Capdesk’s ambitious growth plans and leveraging potential partnership opportunities with Fidelity.”

Alokik Advani, Managing Partner, Fidelity International Strategic Ventures

About Fidelity International:

Fidelity International offers investment solutions and services and retirement expertise to more than 2.5 million customers globally. As a privately held, purpose-driven company with a 50-year heritage, we think generationally and invest for the long term. Operating in more than 25 countries and with $706.3 billion in total assets, our clients range from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, large corporates, financial institutions, insurers and wealth managers, to private individuals.

Fidelity International Strategic Ventures (FISV) is a dedicated venture capital team within Fidelity International set up to invest in fintech businesses and technologies. The team invests meaningful minority stakes in early stage fintech businesses, backing bold, disruptive entrepreneurs who are looking to change the face of finance. Data as at 31 December 2020. Read more at fidelityinternational.com

Michael Meyer 

“We are thrilled to be backing the best equity management platform and team in Europe. Capdesk has the product, vision and dedication to customer service that will enable them to accelerate their market leadership.”

Michael Meyer, Managing Partner, MiddleGame Ventures

About MiddleGame Ventures: 

MiddleGame Ventures (MGV) is a fintech venture capital firm focused on backing world class teams creating transformative companies that will re-architect financial services for decades to come. MGV is headquartered in Luxembourg with offices in Dublin and Washington DC. For more information visit http://www.middlegamevc.com/