Spanish-founded and now Spanish-backed: Jinn closes $7.5 million Series A led by Samaipata Ventures

Jinn, a delivery startup based in London, has closed a $7.5 million Series A round led by Samaipata Ventures, the Madrid-based VC fund launched by La Nevera Roja’s co-founder José del Barrio.

TechCrunch has all the details.

Jinn has healthy unit economics and growth, according to data I’ve seen which was shopped around to potential investors late last year. That said, participation of Samaipata Ventures looks strategically like a good fit.

In a call, Jinn co-founder and CEO Mario Navarro tells me the startup is now seeing 50,000 monthly orders via its app in Central London just two years after launch. This, he says, equates to an annual run rate of $25 million in sales (that is revenue passed through the app, not Jinn’s cut alone), and seeing the company grow 30 per cent month on month with customers ordering on average once a week. Perhaps crucially, Jinn is now also hitting an average delivery time of 32 minutes, down from 45 minutes six months ago.

This is not the only Spanish connection of the UK-based startup. Jinn’s co-founders (Mario Navarro, Leon Herrera, Joseba Mendivil) are all Spaniards who move to London in recent years.

The way Jinn operates is very similar to Barcelona’s Glovo, which to date has raised more than €2 million from investors. The app lets you order anything locally for delivery.

Samaipata Ventures: La Nevera Roja’s co-founder launches €20M fund for ecommerce and marketplace startups

Samaipata Ventures is a new Spanish Venture Capital firm with €20 million to invest in ecommerce and marketplace businesses.

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It’s a new week. Which means there has to be a new investment fund launching in Spain. Of course there is, and it’s called Samaipata Ventures.

This new Venture Capital firm is being led by Jose del Barrio, one of the co-founders of La Nevera Roja, acquired by Rocket Internet for €80 million earlier this year. Del Barrio is joined by Alvaro Gonzalez-San Pedro and Ignacio Tovar in this project.

These are the relevant details: Samaipata’s fund will have a size of €20 million, its LPs are some of the backers of La Nevera Roja (Nicolás Luca de Tena, the Juantegui family and more) and its objective is to invest in ecommerce and marketplace businesses.

“We believe in the specialisation of VCs and we want to do that from the get-go”, del Barrio told me in a recent interview. “These are the areas where we have expertise and we want to have a hands-on approach with startups”.

Most VCs say exactly that when it comes to their relationship with startups, but as many of you might already know, doing it and saying it are two very different things.

The fact that Samaipata is going to focus on two specific industries is also interesting, given the fact that there are not many Spanish VCs that invest in certain verticals instead of shooting at anything that moves.

Samaipata says that it will invest not only at the seed stage, but mostly in later rounds. 80% of the fund’s size will be invested Series A and B rounds and in “companies that can become market leaders”. The firm will allocate €0.5 to €0.7 million per round and up to €1.5 million, including follow-on rounds.

The remaining part of the fund, 20%, will be used for seed investing (€50K to €200K).

The first company Samaipata has backed is Deporvillage, which clearly fits their criteria: mature ecommerce business with an international focus.

“I really wanted to build my own fund. While I was at PWC, before starting La Nevera Roja, I worked in the M&A department. So this is kind of going back to my roots”, del Barrio concludes.

Samaipata joins a crop of new funds and firms that have fresh money to back Spanish startups, including: