Leading private equity firm in Emerging Europe, with over $1.6 billion AUM

Over 29 years of operations with more than 172 companies backed

We back visionary entrepreneurs, transforming the business landscape in Ukraine and the near region

Horizon Capital is a leading private equity firm in Emerging Europe, backed by over 40 institutional investors. We have a tenure of over 29 years in the region and manage six funds with assets under management of over $1.6 billion.

We are known for our strong team, high integrity and governance, value creation and track record of successful investments.
Our investment strategy focuses on fast-growing, export-oriented companies that leverage CEE’s cost competitive advantage to generate global revenues.

1.6 billion

assets under management

>$2.4 billion

capital attracted to the region

>29 years

tenure in the region

6 funds

managed

Our mission

We transform local leaders into regional and global champions.

We:

  • Identify the strongest companies led by visionary entrepreneurs
  • Back them with capital and expertise

To:

  • Generate superior returns
  • And help transform the region

Our principles

  • We are a model of transparency and integrity
  • We stand firmly for the interests of our investors
  • We are committed to excellence and continuous growth
  • Our relationships are based on trust and mutual respect
  • We leave no stone unturned in achieving success

History

Horizon Capital was founded in 2006 as a spin-out of the investment management team of UMAEF, a $285m fund focused on Ukraine and Moldova and established in 1994. Today, the firm has two Founding Partners, Lenna Koszarny, CEO, over 30 years based in Ukraine and Jeffrey C. Neal, Chairman of the Investment Committee, 30 years at Merrill Lynch, former Chairman of Global Investment Banking.

Horizon Capital has launched three funds under the Emerging Europe Growth Fund brand. EEGF I (launched in 2006) with $132m raised, and EEGF II (in 2008) with $370m raised. Both EEGF I and EEGF II provided buy-out and expansion capital for domestic-focused businesses. EEGF III, the firm’s latest fund, closed in December 2018 with a hard cap of $200m, far surpassing its original target of $150m. EEGF III is focused primarily on IT and export-oriented companies, and select domestic champions.

The latest Ukraine-focused fund, Horizon Capital Growth Fund IV(“HCGF IV”, the “Fund”), has reached $350 million in commitments at its Final Closing held in Tokyo on February 19, 2024. The Fund invests growth capital alongside visionary entrepreneurs leading fast-growing primarily tech and export-oriented companies, as well as select domestic champions, in Ukraine and Moldova (the “Region”). HCGF IV is the first fund in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to be awarded 2X Flagship Fund status, 1 of circa 10 globally attaining the highest 2X Challenge designation for funds, and an estimated 1 of 2 such funds led by a female Founding Partner & CEO. 2X Challenge was launched as a bold commitment to invest in the world’s women and promote gender equality in finance.

Backed by U.S. and European investors with a combined capital base of over $700 billion

Portfolio

  • Viseven

    Viseven is a leading global provider of digital marketing solutions and services for the pharma and life sciences industry, with a mission of saving lives by improving communication.

  • GoIT

    GoIT is a leading global edtech company, with a mission to democratize engineering education for the digital professions of today and tomorrow.

  • Preply

    Preply is an online language learning marketplace, connecting more than 40,000 tutors teaching over 50 languages to hundreds of thousands of learners in 180 countries worldwide

  • Miratech

    Miratech helps visionaries to change the world and is a global IT services and consulting company that brings together proven global enterprise processes and methodologies and start-up innovation.

  • Creatio

    Creatio is a global vendor of a no-code platform to automate workflows and CRM with a maximum degree of freedom

  • Rozetka-Evo

    E-commerce champion

  • Ajax

    Leading smart security systems manufacturer

  • Aurora

    Leading dollar store player

  • Makeup

    Niche e-commerce champion: beauty products

  • Genesis

    Top 100 global IT product company

  • Intellias

    Fast-growing IT outsourcing

  • Liki24

    E-commerce platform for medicine delivery

  • Purcari

    Leading wine producer in CEE

  • MAIB

    #1 commercial bank in Moldova

  • Jooble

    #2 global job search engine

  • Datagroup

    #1 B2B fixed telecom operator in Ukraine

  • Yarych

    Fast-growing confectionary exporter

  • Exited

    PURCARI (IPO)

    Leading wine producer in CEE 

  • Exited

    Ciklum

    Leading IT outsourcing company

  • Exited

    Biofarma

    Leading pharma manufacturer

  • Exited

    Ergopack

    Household goods producer

  • Exited

    GCC/GCPrim

    Leading Moldovan glass company

Our team

Strong team of investment professionals with top US and European business schools education and operational experience at blue chip companies globally.

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Investment funds

Responsible Investment

At Horizon Capital, we believe that investing responsibly aligns us with the objectives of our investors, benefits our partners and portfolio companies that we back, and the communities that we live and operate in. Doing good is also good business as we believe that high standards of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) result in a positive impact on the financial and operational performance of our investment portfolio.

ESG has been central to Horizon Capital’s DNA since we launched the firm in 2006. We have benefited greatly by the backing and support in adopting best-in-class ESG at Horizon Capital from international financial institutions and impact investors who back us, with their wealth of expertise and know-how, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”), the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (“FMO”), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (“DEG”) and a subsidiary of KfW Group, Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Économique (“Proparco”), the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (“SIFEM”), Investment Fund for Developing Countries (“IFU”), the Western NIS Enterprise Fund, and the Zero Gap Fund, an impact investing collaboration between The Rockefeller Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The high standards of our global institutional investor base, with a capital base of nearly $600 billion, motivate, inspire, and support Horizon Capital in our role as an ESG standard-bearer in our Region. Horizon Capital is a proud signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), whose principles we share and have furthered in our investment operations. We do so by taking a systematic approach to risk assessment and Environmental and Social (E&S) management through the application of IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability (IFC Performance Standards), and the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines. The established Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) is detailed in each fund’s Investment Policies and Procedures, including relevant Environmental and Social Policies and Procedures and incorporates E&S issues into the investment decision-making process. Funds under management include relevant E&S Covenants, which are integral elements of each Fund’s Limited Partnership Agreement.

Horizon Capital pays particular attention to ESG issues from the very beginning of a new partnership, incorporating a thorough evaluation of such issues in conducting due diligence of prospective investment opportunities, and during the life cycle of our investments. We identify gaps between ESG requirements and best practices during this evaluation stage, and post-investment, incorporate suggested improvements into action plans for implementation by portfolio company management, supporting this process with templates, best-practices shares and ongoing consultation.

Corporate governance is a crucial component of ESG. Horizon Capital focuses extensively on establishing effective corporate governance mechanisms together with each  investee, negotiating key elements prior to entering the investment and ensuring strong corporate governance . rights post-investment.

Horizon Capital has also implemented a strong Integrity and Anti-Corruption Compliance System at the firm, incorporating EBRD Integrity Guidelines to identify and manage integrity and anti-corruption compliance risks with respect to firm operations, operations of funds under management, and supporting the implementation at the investee level led by portfolio company management.

We work closely with portfolio companies to implement improvements, providing our partners with guidance and assistance as they strive to raise standards within the portfolio, and provide annual as well as ad-hoc comprehensive firm and portfolio company E&S reporting to our esteemed investors.

Join us

If you are interested in being a part of the Horizon Capital team, please send your CV to: [email protected]