Growth Investor Alfvén & Didrikson to Power Sympa’s International Expansion

08.11.2016

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Leading Nordic cloud-based HR solution provider receives €4.4M and targets growth in the Nordic and wider European markets.

alfvendidrikson-sympa-350x650Nordic growth investor Alfvén & Didrikson, a specialist in finding and backing companies with high-growth capacity, is to take a stake in Sympa, the fastest-growing HR solution provider in the Nordic region. Sympa will use the investment to develop further its cloud and mobile-based platform and to accelerate growth.

It is the first time Alfvén & Didrikson has invested in a Finnish company. “We seek to invest in pioneering, forward-thinking companies with great customer satisfaction,” says Maria Åhr, Alfvén & Didrikson’s CEO. “What we saw in Sympa was an agile, next-generation HR technology company with a game-changing product, a SaaS model that’s perfect for its market, and it can be delivered to all devices, including mobiles.” The total amount of Alfvén & Didrikson’s investment in Sympa is €4.4M.

“Alfvén & Didrikson brings more than capital to the table,” says Keijo Karjalainen, Sympa’s CEO and co-founder. “We particularly value the wealth of expertise that our new partner offers having worked with many high-growth software companies and supported their international growth.”

“Sympa is bringing both cutting-edge technology and fresh thinking to HR,” Karjalainen says. “We’re constantly working to push back the traditional limits of HR and payroll software providers. Our solution is truly flexible and it has become a critical part of the support infrastructure of companies, such as Lindex, BMW and DT Group, with international operations, across diverse territories and legal landscapes.”

Karjalainen, who developed the first iteration of Sympa’s HR solution in 2005, also sees strong parallels between his company’s values and those of Alfvén & Didrikson. “Not many investment firms list ‘fun’ in their company values, but A&D does and so does Sympa,” Karjalainen says. “The two companies are a great fit and I’m quite certain we’ll have even more fun working together.”

The investment deal comes as Sympa announces yet another major partnership, with Amesto, a Pan-Nordic accounting, payroll and HR services company. Amesto also provides business solutions in ERP, CRM and HR, employing over 1,000 people. Amesto will act as a Sympa reseller in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

 

For more information please contact:
Kati Tammisto
Marketing Director, Sympa
+358 40 775 7162
[email protected]

Alfvén & Didrikson is a Nordic growth investor founded in 2010. The company has invested in high-growth tech companies, such as Trustly group and Quinyx. For further information about the team and the investments please see alfvendidrikson.com

Sympa has become the fastest growing HR solutions provider in the Nordics through a simple formula: great software and overwhelmingly happy customers. We offer a fully integratable, global, cloud-based HR system that supports the entire employee life cycle, combining recruitment, HRM and HRD processes. Sympa is a Microsoft Silver Partner Independent Software Vendor and has become a fixture on Deloitte’s list of fastest growing technology companies in Finland. Sympa serves currently over 400 companies with users in more than 50 countries.
The company was established in 2005 by Keijo Karjalainen and his sister, Taina. The majority of the company remains family owned, employing over 60 people in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and at its Finnish headquarters. Sympa also works through several international business partners.

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