Main enters growth partnership with Enterprise Architecture (EA) leader Bizzdesign

Main Capital Partners today announces the acquisition of a majority stake in Bizzdesign, a global Enterprise Architecture (EA) software company.

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Main Capital Partners today announces the acquisition of a majority stake in Bizzdesign, a global Enterprise Architecture software company. Bizzdesign’s Enterprise Architecture cloud platform helps customers with complex digital business changes by giving them insights to increase the success rate of business transformation and drive strategic execution. The partnership with Main strengthens Bizzdesign’s market-leadership position and fuels its growth strategy by further expanding its global footprint and executing strategic add-on acquisitions.

Bizzdesign, headquartered in The Netherlands, was founded in 2000 by a team of Dutch innovators as the commercial spin-off of a Research and Development institute. The company’s growth has accelerated significantly over the years, fuelled by its inspiring customer-centric vision, relevant and innovative product offerings, talented employees, and a dedicated global partner system. Bizzdesign has local international operating offices in Boston (USA), London (UK), and Gronau (Germany).

In 2021, Bizzdesign was recognised as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture for the 6th consecutive time. Bizzdesign Horizzon, its flagship Enterprise Architecture SaaS platform, brings together strategy, IT architecture, operating models, data, capabilities, change portfolios and ideas into a single, intuitive, collaborative business design platform. Real-time visibility of key metrics and trends allows customers to take action quickly.

Bizzdesign has more than 350 customers globally with a strong customer presence in the financial services and public sectors. The company counts many blue-chip giants amongst its global base, including Desjardins Technology Group, Maersk, T-Mobile and ASML. Bizzdesign has direct operations in EMEA and North America, and it has recently expanded to the Asia-Pacific region with a presence in Australia. 

International growth acceleration
Supported by Main’s international software expertise, Bizzdesign will now look to further develop its product portfolio offering to enable customers to achieve rapid time to value of their business transformation initiatives. In addition, Bizzdesign and Main will jointly aim to accelerate its already impressive growth trajectory. This strategy will include the expansion and delivery of its innovative product offering and roadmap, and strategic add-on acquisitions with a prerequisite for geographical expansion.

Hugo Ehrnreich, Chief Executive Officer of BiZZdesign, commented:
“We’re proud of how we’ve consolidated and expanded our global leadership position over the last five years. We’ve done so thanks to our growing world-class customer base, uniquely powerful Enterprise Architecture cloud platform, and above all, our unique culture and the unrivalled expertise, passion and dedication of our team. But this is only the beginning. We see immense untapped potential to ‘take our company to the next level’ and unleash the full value and power of Enterprise Architecture for our customers’ businesses and the broader enterprise, business, solution and security architect community. We’re therefore delighted to partner with Main to accelerate this path to ‘next-level value’ and strengthen our product offering and innovation, geographic footprint and global strategic partner network through selected strategic add-on acquisitions.”

Dr. Harmen van den Berg, co-founder of Bizzdesign, said:
“Over the past 22 years, Bizzdesign has grown from a small Dutch R&D start-up to a Global Leader in Enterprise Architecture and we’re partnering with some of the largest private and public organizations in the world. As founders, we’re proud to welcome Main as co-investors to the Bizzdesign family. It was critical for us to find the right partner with the right cultural fit and a strong expert team to support us in scaling further while ensuring continuity for our customers and our team. With Main, we’re convinced that we’ve found this partner and we’re excited to write the next chapter of our company’s story together.’’

Pieter van Bodegraven, Managing Partner Benelux at Main Capital Partners, added:
We have known the founders and management team of Bizzdesign for several years and have been consistently impressed by their performance. Bizzdesign is a leading software provider in the Enterprise Architecture market, which has been rapidly expanding in recent years. The increasing need to align business strategy with IT and the complexity of these change projects is expected to continuously drive growth moving forward. We are therefore delighted to partner with the Bizzdesign team and combine forces to further strengthen and accelerate the company’s profitable growth track record through the combination of strong continued organic growth and strategic add-on acquisitions.

Founded in 2000, Bizzdesign is the trusted global SaaS Enterprise Architecture platform and recognized as a leader by major analyst firms. They help the world’s leading public and private organizations guarantee the success of investment prioritization, transformation initiatives, and risk management. Bizzdesign helps architects and executives to see a full multi-dimensional picture, find and design the right path and execute with confidence to their targeted future. The company believes that success should not be a matter of luck. It should be by design.

Main Capital Partners
Main Capital Partners is a leading software investor in the Benelux, DACH and the Nordics. Main has almost 20 years of experience in strengthening software companies and works closely together with management teams of its portfolio companies as a strategic partner, in order to realize sustainable growth and build excellent software groups. Main counts over 50 employees and has offices in The Hague, Stockholm and Düsseldorf. As of October 2021, Main has over EUR 2.2 billion of assets under management. Main has invested in more than 130 software companies to date, whom have created jobs for approximately 5,000 employees.


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