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The Hive 

End-to-end Founder support.

founders' fund

What we do

One of our core values is to bring all we can to the table.

We know that it takes much more than capital to achieve our Founders’ ambitions, so we’ve built The Hive, dedicated to empowering them in every way on the journey.

Ops, talent, fundraising and mentorship – you name it, we have it.

it's about you

Your top priorities are our top priorities

Support with fundraising.

Facilitate access to talent and recruiting.

Accelerate growth.

Self-development of founders.

success guaranteed

How we do it

Advisory Sessions with Top Experts

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Our own network of senior and experienced field experts in leading global scale-ups, who allocate a few hours per week to our portfolio founders.

The Hive Summit

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Our annual founders' retreat, organised to foster meaningful connections with every individual within the Samaipata community.

Portfolio Perks

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Discounts and Free Memberships to our large network of partners for essential services and more. 

Community of founders

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Share and learn amongst our vibrant and pan-European community of high-achieving and ambitious Founders at all stages.

Access to an Exclusive Network

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Exclusive access to Samaipata’s network of corporates, business angels and partners who are excited to contribute to the growth trajectory of our portfolio.

Trialling new initiatives

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To continue generating value for our founders.


Our Operating Partners

Lee Clancy

Lee Clancy

Operating Partner - Product-Led Growth

Lee Clancy is an Operating Partner based in Madrid, and is our expert in Product-Led Growth. ‍He is an experienced product executive, entrepreneur, investor, and board director with a long career in both Silicon Valley and Europe. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Product & Growth at Prosus / Naspers, a global consumer Internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world, with a portfolio of leading platforms in educational technology, fintech, food delivery, and online classifieds.
Julien Simon

Julien Simon

Operating Partner - Tech | AI/ML

Julien is an Operating Partner at Samaipata based in Paris and he is our resident expert in AI and Machine Learning topics.He is currently Chief Evangelist at Hugging Face. He's previously spent 6 years at Amazon Web Services where he was the Global Technical Evangelist for AI & Machine Learning.
Andrea Finnegan

Andrea Finnegan

Operating Partner - Customer Experience

Andrea is an Operating Partner at Samaipata based in Dublin and she is our resident expert in Customer Experience. She is a customer success leader with 25+ years of leadership experience, currently managing customer support for Airbnb in EMEA. She serves as co-site lead and Executive Director for Airbnb Ireland, and is a global sponsor for diversity and inclusion within the Community Support team.

Stephan Lagraulet

Operating Partner - Tech

Stephan is an Operating Partner based in Barcelona, and is our expert in Engineering and Tech. ‍He is a seasoned engineer with over two decades of experience, has left an indelible mark across diverse industries. Over the last four years, he has steered N26 as the Engineering Director, orchestrating the transformation of their Banking Foundations and playing a pivotal role in their remarkable rise within the neo banking arena.

Laura Rueda

Operating Partner - Product

Laura is an Operating Partner based in Madrid and is our expert in Product. She has over 12 years of experience within Product. Currently she is a Principal PM Manager at Microsoft and previously the director of product management at Typeform.

Paulo Rodriguez

Operating Partner - SaaS | B2B S. Engineering

Paulo is an Operating Partner based in Dublin and is our resident expert in Enterprise SaaS and B2B Sales Engineering. ‍ He has had 12+ years of experience and is the Head of International at Vanta and formerly Senior Director at Dropbox where he led their B2B expansion into Europe, Enterprise Sales Engineer at Google and Security Engineer at Amazon.

Maria Fosarello

Operating Partner - Growth | Marketing

9 years experience in successful French international scale ups. She is currently Revenue Growth Director in Qonto and she is based in Paris. She has previously worked 7 years in BlaBlaCar in acquisition and growth projects.

Wais Shaifta

Operating Partner - International Expansion & Operations

Wais is an Operating Partner based in Madrid, and is our expert in Operations and International Expansion. He is an experienced operations director having worked in over 13 countries to assist in the scale, growth and development of operations teams. He led Push Doctor, one of the leading digital healthcare companies in Europe.

Nadini Sathiyarajan

Operating Partner - Communications & PR

Nadini is an Operating Partner based in Paris, and is our expert in Communications and PR strategies. Senior communications professional with both in-house and agency experience, she has over 10 years of experience in communications with a focus on corporate & consumer PR in hyper growth tech environments - like Qonto and Spotity and is currently the Head of Comms at Sorare

Joseph de Garr Wilkinson

Operating Partner - Talent Tech & Product

Joseph is an Operating Partner based in Berlin with expertise in Talent Acquisition, particularly in Tech and Product teams.
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Our Strategic Partners

Curated providers & preferential terms for our portfolio companies across different categories, and geographies.

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Cloud services
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Cloud services
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CRM & Sales software
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CRM & Sales software
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Payments Software
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Security & Compliance
N 26 logo
Financial services
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Financial services
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HR Platform
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Document Management
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Collaborative Whiteboardj
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Coaching services

Hear it from our Founders

Hear it from our portfolio founders on how our Founder Success team supported them in their growth.

“After raising Series A, Colvin started to build a B2B market strategy. With the help of Samaipata Operating Partners we set up a go-to-market strategy, infrastructure and processes necessary for a B2B team to succeed. This was an essential element leading up to Colvin’s Series B closing.”
Sergi Bastardas testimonial

Sergi Bastardas

Co-CEO and Founder

“TOTEM is building a new category and reinventing physical retail. We needed to understand retail fundamentals & how to be 100% customer centric. With the help of The Hive, we set up strong company processes to drive performance and improve the customer experience. In a matter of months, we’ve gained best practices that could have taken years to learn.”
Rafael De Lavergne testimonial

Rafael De Lavergne

Co-Founder & CEO

“Samaipata Operating Partners and Hive network alumni have supported us since our initial seed investment right up to Series A. Facilitating core infrastructure projects from setting up our DataStack to reevaluating incentive schemes for our commercial team. We are forever grateful for the support!”

William Hoyer Millar

Co-Founder & CCO

“Samaipata has been strategic for Bigblue in our international expansion. We benefited from the Operating Partners network as an unfair advantage to grow faster, hire the best people and select the most strategic local partners.”

Tim Dumain

Co-Founder & CEO

“Samaipata has been excellent since closing our round. They have been supportive and always on hand with great advice. Their wide network of operating partners and support the offer from their Hive is fantastic, it is amazing to have such a wealth of knowledge and experience at your fingertips. For example, their Operating partners have helped us grow a tech team and refine our sales model and we've only start to scratch the surface of what they can offer.”

Declan Kelly

Founder & CEO

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