Would you like to know what it is like to work at the highest level in strategy and finance? The Private Equity Cycle aims to bring students in touch with the private equity sector in the Netherlands to get introduced to a variety of prominent private equity companies. The Private Equity Cycle consists of five in-house days, a Private Equity Dinner with three companies and a Venture Capital day. Are you interested in experiencing what it is to work for a Private Equity company? Seize the opportunity to join this unique event!
Applications for this event open on 2023-04-07
Who are we looking for
This project is designed for students from all backgrounds in the final stage of their Bachelor or Master’s study. An economic related study is not a requirement for this cycle. Therefore, we welcome students from all fields of study who have affinity with finance. Fluency in Dutch is required.
Last year’s participating companies
Inhouseday: Gimv, HAL Investments, Holland Capital, Torqx Capital & Main Capital
Private Equity Dinner: 3i, Egeria & Rivean Capital (formerly Gilde Buy Out Partners)
Venture Capital day: Peak Capital & Slingshot Ventures
|Holland Capital - Inhouse day||9th of May|
|Main Capital Partners – Inhouse day||10th of May|
|Peak Capital & Slingshot Ventures – Venture Capital day||11th of May|
|3i, Egeria & Rivean Capital (formerly Gilde Buy Out Partners) – Private Equity Cycle dinner||12th of May|
|Torqx Capital Partners – Inhouse day||13th of May|
|HAL lnvestments – Inhouse day||16th of May|
|Gimv – Inhouse day||17th of May|
Program of each day*:
The PE Cycle consists of both in-house days, a Venture Capital day and a PE dinner. Note that applications for multiple days will be considered separately. It can for example happen that you are selected for one of the two in-housedays that you have applied for.
*The program and the participating companies are still subject to change
During an inhouseday, you will get to meet the private equity companies and venture capital companies by making a case at the office of the participating firms. In this way, you can see what the culture of the participating companies is like and network with employees of the firms.
During the PE dinner you will have dinner with 3 different private equity companies in The Grand Amsterdam. During each course, you will switch tables to get to meet all participating companies.
Venture Capital day
Get to know 2 different VC boutiques at their offices in Amsterdam. Each half inhouseday will be hosted by one of the companies to give insights into their practices, followed by a lunch or drink.
What is Private Equity?
Private equity is a general term used to describe all kinds of funds that pool money from a bunch of investors in order to amass millions or even billions of dollars that are then used to acquire stakes in private companies.
Technically, venture capital is also private equity. But “PE” is often associated with funds looking for mature, revenue generating companies in need of some revitalization — maybe even some tough choices — in order to become worth much more.
While venture capital often goes into younger companies involved in unproven, cutting-edge technologies. Venture Capitalists will be looking for promising start-ups that have yet to prove themselves and might not even have made a profit at all.
Below you’ll find a description of each participating company.
Holland Capital, founded in 1981, is one of the first independent private equity firms in the Netherlands. We have been successfully and responsibly investing in promising small and medium-sized Dutch and German businesses with growth ambitions for more than 40 years. With a clear investment strategy, we anticipate long-term trends in attractive growth markets, focusing on the Healthcare and Technology sectors. Our experienced and dedicated investment team knows what entrepreneurship is. We aim for an open, sustainable and professional relationship with the management teams, with the common goal of achieving growth. We are supported by a broad network of successful entrepreneurs in Healthcare and Technology. Holland Capital invested in more than 150 companies and currently holds EUR 250m assets under management.
Main Capital Partners
Main is a strategic investor with an exclusive focus on enterprise software companies in the Benelux, DACH and Nordics regions. We have a long-term, value-added investment horizon centred around successful partnerships with founders and management teams. Our common goal is to create operational and strategic value, and build large and healthy software groups driven by solid business fundamentals.
Within the software sector, we are the most specialized company for management buyouts and later-stage growth capital. With an experienced team of financial- and operational professionals we have over €2.2bn in assets under management for investments in mature, profitable and growing product software companies that disrupt markets and trigger change.
Since 2003 we successfully support and closely collaborate with our portfolio companies to realize their full potential, focusing on sustainable growth through strategic product-market positioning and selective buy-and-build, partnerships and internationalization strategies.
Slingshot Ventures is a Dutch venture capital fund solely backed by successful entrepreneurs that invests in digital consumer brands, platforms and marketplaces. We back ambitious, talented and charismatic entrepreneurs and actively help them accelerate their businesses with our knowledge, experience and international network of people and companies. By providing smart growth capital we help these start- and scale-ups catapult their business to the next level. This makes us the partner of choice for consumer-focused fast growing ventures with international growth ambition and potential.
We believe that proven entrepreneurs are the best inspiration for the next generation of entrepreneurs. That’s why both our team and our carefully selected group of investors consist of proven entrepreneurs and venture builders. This makes us truly hands-on in our investment approach. It’s what we call “inspirational growth capital”. We currently manage a portfolio of multiple investments across Europe and Israel, all with a cross-border ambition. Since inception we have invested in companies such as Chronext (online luxury watch platform), Wundermart (autonomous, self-checkout stores), Wild (sustainable deodorant brand), Temper (online marketplace for freelancers), Wasteless (dynamic pricing solution for supermarkets), Stox Energy Socks (innovative pressure socks), VanMoof (smart design city bikes) and Boldking (online male grooming).
We are an early-stage venture capital fund based in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Berlin with a European focus. We are fully funded and ran by experienced entrepreneurs. We value eye-to-eye conversation, transparency, and complete teams. As investors, we specialize in models, rather than particular industries or verticals. We have more than a decade of experience in scaling marketplace, platform, and SaaS companies. Our sweet spot is Seed to Series A. We are proud of our colorful portfolio of over 37 investments (and awesome founders!) with strong exits including IENS (exit to Tripadvisor in 2015), Radionomy (exit to Vivendi in 2016), CheapCargo (exit to PostNL in 2017), United Wardrobe (Exit to Vinted in 2020), and Catawiki.
3i is a publicly listed (FTSE 100) investment company with complementary businesses, Private Equity and Infrastructure, specialising in core investment markets in northern Europe and North America with over 70 years’ experience. As proprietary capital investors we have a long-term, responsible approach. We create value through thoughtful origination, disciplined investment and active management of our assets, driving sustainable growth in our investee companies.
Through our Private Equity business comprised of c.55 investment professionals across offices in 7 countries we invest in mid-market companies with an enterprise value between €100m – €500m by taking a majority stake. Our current Private Equity portfolio of c.€18bn AUM and c.€13bn proprietary capital consists of 27 companies present in over 70 countries. Access to both 3i’s balance sheet and external capital allows us significant flexibility in how we finance deals and the length of our investment hold period. Our typical investment holding period is 3-5 years, although we may hold investments for longer depending on the strategy for the investment. We focus on four core sectors: Business and Technology Services, Consumer, Healthcare and Industrial Technology. In each we have a proven track record and a deep international network of contacts.
In the Benelux, we operate with a team of 12 investment professionals together managing a portfolio of 8 companies including Action, Basic-Fit and Hans Anders. In the past year we completed the acquisitions of Dutch Bakery, Mepal and Yanga.
With over 20 years of investment experience, we are passionate about building healthy and growing businesses, developing great places to live and work and engaging in meaningful dialogues with management teams. We are pragmatic and no-nonsense investors who do not shy away from a challenge. In fact, that is when we thrive. We believe in growth and we believe in cooperation. Whether this means working together with entrepreneurs, management teams, architects or our vast network of industry experts, we aim to be value-adding partners every step of the way.
We work closely together in our teams. We learn from each other every day, by building together and creating and sharing solutions. Celebrating successes together is an important part of our culture. Investing in the growth of our people is our key to success. To ensure this we have a mentor and coaching system. All employees get the opportunity to participate in various development programs. But most important; we believe in learning by doing. That is why we offer possibilities for secondments to our portfolio companies and our international offices.
Rivean Capital (formely Gilde Buy Out Partners)
A pioneer in European mid-market private equity, Rivean Capital (formerly known as Gilde Buy Out Partners) has been partnering with aspiring management teams to cultivate differentiated opportunities for 40 years. With €3 billion under management, Rivean has executed over 250 transactions, guiding the transformation of compelling businesses with complex opportunity sets and helping to execute creative growth solutions for aspiring business leaders. The firm has offices in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, creating a distinctly local presence that allows for alignment and engagement with management teams while maintaining a global reach for international M&A, organic growth initiatives, and structural enhancements to bolster winning platforms.
HAL Investments’ Inhouse event gives selected students the opportunity to meet HAL. HAL Investments holds significant positions in a number of listed and non-listed companies in a wide range of industries both in the Netherlands and internationally. HAL’s strategy is focused on acquiring significant shareholdings in companies, with the objective of increasing long-term shareholder value. Curious to find out more?
Apply and perhaps you will be invited to join on May 16th, 2022!
Torqx Capital Partners
Torqx is a leading investment firm focused on medium-sized companies headquartered in the Benelux with attractive improvement and / or growth potential. We currently invest out of a EUR 150 million fund backed by highly reputable, international institutional investors and the Torqx team itself. We have a highly experienced team with one of the best track records in the market. Our team consists of 15 investment professionals with a down to earth approach, diverse international business backgrounds and complementary skills and expertise. We work closely together with executives and entrepreneurs to expand, improve or transform their enterprise. We take an entrepreneurial approach to investments and can offer both analytical and practical support to management to accelerate planning and implementation. By doing so, we help them to build momentum and drive performance. Leading to better results and winning companies. The Torqx company culture is professional, entrepreneurial, ambitious and open. Our office is located in Bussum and is easily accessible by car and public transport.
Gimv is a European investment company with over four decades’ experience in private equity. Listed on Euronext Brussels, Gimv manages a portfolio of 55 portfolio companies with a combined turnover of EUR 2.8 billion and 15,000 employees in various industries and businesses.
We have a successful trackrecord of identifying entrepreneurial and innovative companies with above-average growth ambition. We aim to create value in these companies by bringing in our operational and financial skills, as well as by offering our international network and expertise. We invest in companies that fit into one of our four investment platforms: Consumer, Health & Care, Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities. Each of these platforms operates with a dedicated and experienced multidisciplinary team located across our European offices located in Antwerp, the Hague, Munich and Paris.
The Dutch investment team consists of 10 investment professionals supported by 2-4 interns (internships between 3-6 months).
09/05/2023 - 17/05/2023
Fluency in Dutch required