Urban Sports Club receives €95 million investment, led by Verdane
Berlin, 14.12.2023 – Urban Sports Club, Europe’s leading platform for sports and wellness, announces its latest financing of €95 million. The investment is led by Verdane, a specialist growth investment firm that partners with tech-enabled and sustainable European businesses. Several existing investors such as HV Capital and ProSiebenSat1 have also participated. With the support of Verdane, Urban Sports Club plans to invest the new capital into further acceleration of its fast-growing B2B business in seven European markets: Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and soon also Austria. Further, the new capital will be used to enhance the platform and member experience as well as further growing the partner network, which already includes more than 11,000 venues covering over 50 types of sports and wellness activities.
Growth fueled by B2B
The investment is a consequence of Urban Sports Club’s focus on the employee benefits market, which now accounts for the vast majority of its member base. Together with Verdane, Urban Sports Club will continue to strengthen its position as a leading provider of corporate sports and fitness in Europe. A strong signal is that Urban Sports Group is profitable and growing fast. Net revenues grew by 100% from 2021 to 2022 and continue to grow strongly in 2023, with corporate clients as the major driver of growth. Urban Sports Club was able to grow its corporate client customer base by 2.5 times since 2022, to now over 7,000 active companies across all sizes, ranging from SMEs to large enterprises.
Employee wellbeing as a major trend
Tailwind is coming from a post-pandemic shift of companies investing more into their employees’ wellbeing. According to Gallup research in 2022, over 70% of employees would not look for a new job if their employer invested in employee wellbeing. With today’s shortage of skilled workers, this has become a key differentiating factor. Consequently, the main touchpoint for Urban Sports Club members that leads to joining the platform is through their employer. Further, about 70% of Urban Sports Club’s corporate members responded that the membership led to reduced stress (48%), better sleep (9%) or less sickness (9%).
Staffan Mörndal, Partner at Verdane, says: “We’re beyond excited to partner with Urban Sports Club. The company is a driving force behind employee wellbeing and has revolutionised access to sports and wellness for companies and individuals alike. The team has displayed great execution over the years, which has put it in today’s position of sustainable and continued growth. We are very much looking forward to shaping the future of the industry together.”
Moritz Kreppel, CEO and co-founder of Urban Sports Club, adds: “With Verdane, we welcome on board one of the most renowned growth investors. We are fully convinced that Verdane’s expertise and investment culture is a great fit to our purpose of inspiring people to lead active and healthy lives. Together we are well positioned to scale Urban Sports Club to the next level in the months and years to come.”
Urban Sports Club was advised by tech investment bank GP Bullhound on this transaction.
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