Matias Collan Appointed As Partner At Earlybird Venture Capital

Hamburg, Munich, (PresseBox) - Earlybird Venture Capital, one of Europe's most successful venture capital firms, has appointed Matias Collan as Partner.

Mr. Collan has been the company's Chief Operating Officer since 2010. He oversees Earlybird's corporate, fund related, legal and other operational matters. Furthermore, Mr. Collan is involved in selected investment and disinvestment processes, such as the recent merger of Purple Labs SA into publicly listed Esmertec AG (later Myriad Software Group) and the subsequent sale of Earlybird's Myriad investment to the same group.

"Matias brings to Earlybird a wealth of domain expertise and has demonstrated excellent leadership within Earlybird's general platform operations as well as our technology practice, playing an integral role in the portfolio development, including co-managing our efforts in several successful exits" said Christian Nagel, Managing Partner at Earlybird. "We are delighted to welcome him as a Partner and look forward to the valuable insight Matias will bring to both our operational platform activities as well as the development of our current and future investments as a member of our partner team."

Before joining Earlybird as a Venture Partner in 2008, Mr. Collan worked in investment banking (Lazard; Dresdner Kleinwort) for six years, advising on various types of corporate finance transactions, in particular M&A deals (sell-side and buy-side, both listed and non-listed companies). He started his career at one of Germany's leading law firms CMS Hasche Sigle in Frankfurt. Mr. Collan holds a Master of German Law.

Earlybird Venture Capital Gmbh & Co KG

Earlybird Venture Capital is one of the most successful European venture investors. Currently, Earlybird manages 430 million Euro of assets for an international investor base. Earlybird invests in innovative, fast growing companies, with outstanding management teams and high growth potential on international markets. Earlybird's portfolio currently includes 28 companies in seven countries (Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA). Since its inception, Earlybird has invested in over 70 companies. Besides several successful trade sales Earlybird has led six companies to an IPO at four different European exchanges (Interhyp, Tipp 24, Wilex, Esmertec, entelos, and NoemaLife). Further information is available at www.earlybird.com, follow us on Twitter: EarlybirdVC or become a friend on Facebook: Earlybird Venture Capital.

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