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  • 04/12/2017 - The gateway to China-Europe business opportunities: Idinvest SME Academy at the International Capital Conference in Beijing

    For the third year in a row, Idinvest Partners participated in the International Capital Conference in Beijing, which took place on the 29th and 30th November. This year, Idinvest Partners brought five portfolio companies from its SME Academy. This annual tour provides a selection of Idinvest's portfolio companies with the opportunity to leverage a network of entrepreneurs, businesses and key market players, and is in line with the overall mission of the SME Academy to support the international development of Idinvest's portfolio companies by offering them new opportunities.

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  • 30/11/2017 - Idinvest Industrial Assets Fund (ISIA) makes first equipment leasing investment to French SME

    Idinvest announced today the first investment by the Idinvest Industrial Assets Fund (ISIA) to fund upgraded manufacturing machinery to MBF Aluminium (MBF), a leading French aluminium parts supplier for the automotive industry. ISIA has invested €4.2m into MBF Aluminium across a financial lease and sale-and-leaseback, which has allowed MBF Aluminium to purchase three groups of pressurized injection molding machines and a tribofinishing vibrator. Providing a reactive, flexible and tailor-made financing solution will allow ISIA to support MBF's growth in French and wider European markets with the provision of leasing financing that allows MBF to purchase state-of-the-art machinery and increase productivity. Founded in 1941, MBF Aluminium has diversified its operations over recent decades to become a top European injection moulding, machining and assembly manufacturer of European parts, producing on average 4 million parts per year.

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  • 22/11/2017 - Seedcamp celebrates 10 year anniversary with £41M first close seed fund to invest in next generation of European entrepreneurs

    Seedcamp, the pan-European seed investor, today announced the first close of its fourth fund to invest in the next generation of European talent. The £41M seed fund at first close is already over 2x larger than Seedcamp's last (€20M raised in 2014) and is backed by 60 leading corporates, venture capitalists and fund of funds from across the world including: Idinvest Partners, Investec, Unilever Ventures, Thomas Cook Money, MassMutual Ventures, ADV, Draper Esprit, Index Ventures, Atomico, Underscore Ventures, Speedinvest and British Business Investments, the commercial arm of the UK-government backed British Business Bank.

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  • 16/11/2017 - Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Charles Daulon du Laurens as Partner

    Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Charles Daulon du Laurens as Partner and Global Head of Investor Relations and Marketing. This appointment marks the latest move in Idinvest's international growth strategy, where the firm is adding investment and operational expertise to help support its cross-border ambitions. 

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  • 17/10/2017 - Souscritoo becomes Papernest and raises €10m to fuel its international expansion

    Souscritoo, the digital platform built to simplify paperwork, rebrands to become Papernest . After having made life easier for thousands of home movers in France, Papernest is poised for international expansion in 2018 , alongside the diversification of its offer for a fully digital paperwork management solution. Currently available across the entire French territory, the platform's sights are now set on the European continent. In just two years, Papernest has become the go-to service for the paperwork-averse. With this rebranding, Papernest strengthens and reaffirms its ambition for a platform that liberates its users from the stress of paperwork and administrivia. Papernest has successfully closed its 10M€ Series A with Partech Ventures, Idinvest Partners and Kima Ventures. This first round confirms the growing interest for a digital solution capable of reinventing the way we manage paperwork.

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  • 16/10/2017 - Secret Escapes raises $111m investment to drive global acquisitions

    Secret Escapes, the London-based international online marketplace for affordable luxury travel deals, has today announced that it has closed a $111m (£83m) Series D investment and debt facility. This significant equity round was led by Singapore-headquartered Temasek, with participation from existing investors Idinvest Partners, and a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank. With the additional funding, Secret Escapes has now raised almost $153m (£104m) in capital since its 2011 launch. In July 2015, the company raised $60m (£37m) in a round led by Google Ventures and Octopus Ventures. Since the brand's arrival onto the global travel scene in 2011, Secret Escapes has launched in 21 territories in Europe, Asia and the US, and has grown its global membership base from four million in January 2014 to its current level of over 47 million worldwide.

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  • 11/10/2017 - LumApps raises $8m to fund global expansion

    LumApps - the only enterprise portal fully integrated with Google's G Suite - has completed an $8m Series A funding round that will allow it to continue the rapid global expansion of its service. With Idinvest Partners leading the round, the investment will allow Paris-based LumApps to grow its existing operations in the United States, the UK, Japan and across the Asia Pacific region. LumApps is the only mobile, social and smart intranet officially recommended by Google for G Suite customers who want to bring all their business content into a central hub. By providing customised content to employees, the Lumapps portal enables users to integrate their business applications directly in their collaborative and social intranet.

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  • 02/10/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches Industrial Assets Fund (ISIA) to finance and accelerate the modernisation of equipment for European SMEs

    Idinvest Partners, the specialist European SME investor, announces today the launch of the ISIA Fund (Idinvest SME Industrial Assets), the first large-scale fund intended to finance the modernization of production tools for European SMEs, to help increase their competitiveness and productivity in both local and international markets. The fund is targeting an €300m close, having raised an initial €150m from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Investment Fund (EIF), and a number of European institutions. This will enable Idinvest to guarantee the financing of around 70 projects across European target markets including France, Spain, Benelux and Germany.

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  • 29/09/2017 - Onfido raises $30m for identity verification that helps millions of people access online services

    Identity verification provider Onfido today announces $30M in funding, led by Crane Venture Partners with support from MicrosoftVentures, Salesforce Ventures and other current investors, including Idinvest Partners. The funding follows a Series B round of $25M in April 2016, allowing the company to take its identity verification technology global. With just a photo of an identity document and a selfie, users can now gain access to a host of online platforms such as Square, Zipcar, and Revolut. Onfido's machine learning technology enables companies to automate checks on over 600 document types across 192 countries, detecting anomalies automatically, and using human experts to verify outliers.

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  • 18/09/2017 - FeetMe, Idinvest healthcare portfolio company, announces the closing of a seed round

    FeetMe, a medical device company that produces smart and connected insoles for improved running, walking and gait analysis, today announced it has raised € 1.95 million in seed funding. The investment round was led by Kurma Diagnostics, with additional investment from the new Paris Saclay seed fund, Idinvest Partners, Seventure and SOSV (a current shareholder of FeetMe). The innovative technology from FeetMe allows gait and posture analysis in real-time and real-life conditions. The technology combines pressure sensors, motion sensors and learning algorithms to analyse patients' functional capacity, as well as empower rehabilitation among sufferers of gait disorders.

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  • 14/09/2017 - Promoting Innovative and Inclusive Finance along the Belt & Road at Boao Forum for Asia Paris Meeting

    On September 14th and 15th, the Boao Forum for Asia held an exceptional meeting in Paris to discuss the Belt & Road Initiative and how to build synergies with EU policies and strategies. Co-organized by Foundation Prospective & Innovation, this 2-day event brought together government officials and C-level businessmen from "Belt and Road" countries, to reflect on infrastructure connectivity, trade and investment promotion, inclusive and innovative ways of funding. The Boao Forum had opening remarks from former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia.

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  • 08/09/2017 - Idinvest Partners supports French Tech Tour China and its French Startups to accelerate their business potential in China

    On September 7th, Business France and BPI France, the French sovereign fund, unveiled the name of 12 French innovative startups selected for the 5th edition of French Tech Tour China. From December 4th to December 15th 2017, this selective program will give laureates the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chinese market, discovering and validating their business potential in China.The French Tech Tour China has been sponsored by Idinvest Partners for several years in a row. As an immersion program, it aims to provide over a two-week program the full package of knowledge French startups need to know to successfully roll out their Chinese developments over the next 12 months.

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  • 07/09/2017 - Cyber Group Studios and L-GAM announce a financial partnership to further international growth

    Cyber Group Studios and L-GAM are pleased to jointly announce a partnership to fuel the company's growth and help finance new opportunities. Founded in 2005, Cyber Group Studios is a producer and a distributor of international animated series targeted at TV and digital media platforms. The company has developed numerous partnerships with major industry players all around the world and is operating on all continents. L-GAM takes over Cyber Group Studios' minority shareholders and brings the financing enabling the company to launch an ambitious international acquisition strategy which will fuel up the company's strong organic growth.

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  • 26/06/2017 - Life Sciences company M2i receives €12m in funding from Idinvest Partners

    Idinvest Partners today announced €12 million in funding for life sciences company M2i as part of the firm's continued support of high-growth European SMEs. The funds raised will enable biocontrol producer M2i to finance the approval process of its Biocontrol products, pursue its R&D investment strategy and accelerate its international development. Matthieu Baret, Partner at Idinvest, commented: "This investment comes from the Idinvest Growth Fund II which targets small-mid cap companies that have the potential to expand globally and become industry leaders within the Digital, Health and Smart Cities sectors." 

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  • 23/06/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches the Idinvest SME Academy, to kick-start international growth for innovative enterprises

    Idinvest Partners announces today the launch of its SME Academy as an initiative to help foster European innovation and encourage collaboration and international expansion amongst its portfolio companies. Aiming to provide small and medium-sized European companies with the means to become global enterprises, Idinvest has established this permanent program to help its portfolio companies both understand and navigate an increasingly competitive, globalised world.

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  • 07/06/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens the door of exclusive CIC Forum to its portfolio companies

    On June 6th, the sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation held its Belt and Road and Cross-Border Investment CEO Summit. This exclusive annual event brings together government officials and policy makers, the world's top sector experts and prominent business investors. Co-organised by leading Chinese financial institutions (CICC, Shenwan Hongyuan Securities, China Securities, China Galaxy Securities) and sponsored by China Association for Public Companies, it welcomed handpicked top-end executives from 200 Chinese and international corporations including China Mobile, ZTE, Citic and CSSC.

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  • 16/05/2017 - Idinvest Partners promotes Sino-European integration at Belt & Road Forum

    At the Belt & Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing on May 14th and 15th, Idinvest Partners participated in the French delegation led by Senator Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Under President Xi Jinping's impetus, this forum brought together representatives of more than 47 countries, including 28 Heads of State. All opinions converged towards tighter and win-win integration to create value, jobs and social empowerment on a transcontinental way.

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  • 16/05/2017 - Idinvest Partners signs strategic cooperation agreement with China Orient Asset Management International in presence of former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin

    Idinvest Partners and China Orient Asset Management (International) signed a strategic cooperation agreement to support the growth of European small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and further increase Sino-European cooperation. Under the agreement, both parties will carry out a comprehensive business relationship to increase funding to innovative non-listed European companies. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister and Chairman of the Prospective & Innovation Foundation, and Wu Yue, Chairman of China Orient Asset Management Co., Ltd., both attended the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement between China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding Co., Ltd. and Idinvest Partners at the company's headquarters.

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  • 05/05/2017 - Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Caroline Steil as Senior Legal Advisor

    Today, Idinvest Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Steil as a Senior Legal Advisor. Caroline Steil advises clients on the incorporation, approval, and monitoring of management companies as well as investment service providers in connection with their activities and their relationships with the AMF (the French financial markets authority) and the ACPR (the French prudential supervision and resolution authority). Caroline's practice extends to the legal and tax structuring of venture capital mutual funds and companies (typically FPCI, FPS, SLP, SCR, and all other types of alternative investment fund), auditing funds on behalf of potential investors, and negotiating with French and foreign LPs and GPs with respect to the documentation of the funds and the carried interest of the management team.

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  • 24/04/2017 - Idinvest's Venture Capital fund ranked one of the most prominent in Europe in 2017

    Business Insider has ranked the 22 most prominent venture capital investors operating in Europe in 2017. Number 16 on the list, Idinvest has offices dotted around the continent, including Paris, Frankfurt, and Madrid - as well as further afield, in Shanghai and Dubai. Its portfolio includes Happn, Onfido, Secret Escapes, and Deezer. See the full rankings here: http://www.businessinsider.fr/uk/biggest-most-prominent-venture-capital-investors-europe-dealroom-2017-4/#16-idinvest-partners-7


  • 19/04/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company DAMAE Medical raises €2m to develop its lead product for non-invasive, in-depth imaging and characterization of the skin

    DAMAE Medical, a leading French medtech company, announces the closing of a €2 million investment round with Kurma Partners, Idinvest Partners, News Invest, Paris-Saclay Seed Fund co-managed by Partech Ventures, and private investors. DAMAE Medical was founded in September 2014 to revolutionize skin cancer diagnosis through its one-of-a-kind technology based on optical tomography. The company's strong ambition has already paid off: since its inception, over €1 million has been raised from Bpifrance and other sources.

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  • 12/04/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Actility, energised by $75m funding round to accelerate industrial IoT solutions globally

    Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has successfully completed its Series D funding round, raising $75M to enhance its portfolio of IoT solutions. The company's expansion will focus on enabling industrial IoT solutions in key verticals: logistics and supply chain; smart buildings; and energy & utilities. In the first closing, Creadev, Bosch and Inmarsat are among the new investors, alongside existing investors such as Idinvest, Bpifrance, Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange Digital Ventures, Swisscom and Foxconn.

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  • 05/04/2017 - Is the 21st century 'Asian Century' for innovation? Read Idinvest's article by Sophie Beric

    With about two-thirds of the world population and led by the world's second largest economy, Asia is at the core of global economy growth and might well transform the 21st century into 'Asian Century'. Under one condition though: that Asia takes the lead in innovation. Asia has seen a boom in economy, first with the rise of Japan and the Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea) then with China, now the world's second largest economy. Lately however, Asia has beenin the midst of a very challenging transition to slower growth, higher production costs and the imperative to produce higheradded value products and services in a more and more globalizedand competitive economy. It is only natural that this competitiveedge can be found in innovation.

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  • 04/04/2017 - The BOAO Forum for Asia 2017 annual conference lowered its curtain on the 26th of March in Hainan: Arnaud Leurent, Venture Partner, represented Idinvest Partners at the forum

    As the Secretary-General of the China Economic and Cultural Exchange Association, Mr. Wu Zhong, said, the 'Belt and Road' is the Chinese version of the idea of "globalization" which is significant for both China and Europe. The Belt and Road opens a wide array of opportunities for increased cross-border investments between both regions. As a leading pan-European private equity firm focused on financing innovative Small & Medium-sized companies, Idinvest brought its contribution to help reach that objective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8MWjQWDLG4

  • 24/03/2017 - Idinvest Partners presents the Executive Summary from its new digital study

    Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed the emergence of a new form of innovation that no longer takes place within large corporates, even the market leaders. More disruptive and game-changing, these innovative models grow outside the traditional environment of corporate R&D departments and are increasingly developed by young start-ups.This tendency has resulted in a higher proportion of trade sale operations led by established market actors willing to capture the next disruptive trends and to broaden their knowledge. 

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  • 09/03/2017 - TrustInSoft raises $1.2m from Idinvest Partners

    TrustInSoft raises $1.2M from Idinvest Partners to change the rules in software development and automate code vulnerability detection at a wide scale.TrustInSoft is the first company to offer developers a guarantee on the quality of their code, a significant breakthrough for the software industry. After 10 years of R&D at CEA, the National Research Center in France, TrustInSoft has successfully applied its technology in critical applications for industry and detected crucial source code vulnerabilities. The company is now preparing the release of a SaaS version of its TrustInSoft Analyzer for commercial applications, making this powerful tool available to any software developer and enabling code vulnerability detection and remediation at a very large scale.

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  • 08/03/2017 - Idinvest Partners supports CASH undertaking to develop the global growth of innovative European SMEs

    Idinvest Partners and Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings (CASH) have agreed to support the growth of European small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the signature of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), during the RAID event of March 14th 2017 held in Beaubourg museum in Paris. To do so, a fund of funds for Green Development will be launched, which main objective is to finance innovative European SMEs which have the potential to develop and grow in China. The fund of funds will be managed by CASH, advised by Idinvest, and targets a first closing by the end of 2017

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  • 23/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new Shanghai office to support the internationalisation of its portfolio companies

    Idinvest Partners, the specialist European SME investor, has established a Shanghai office to support the growth of its portfolio companies in Asian markets. The office will be led by Solomon Moos, Corporate Development Asia, who joined Idinvest in July 2016 from Allianz Global Investors. Solomon will be supported by three Chinese partners.This marks the most recent milestone in Idinvest's strategic international development and ability to offer in-country support to portfolio companies with hypergrowth ambitions, coming shortly after the opening of a Frankfurt office earlier this month. Christophe Baviere, CEO of Idinvest commented, "This latest development is part of our commitment to internationalise and facilitate the growth of our portfolio companies into global SMEs."

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  • 22/02/2017 - Sigfox, one of Idinvest's digital portfolio companies, raised the largest amount of funds in France in 2016. And Idinvest ranked #3 in the amount of VC & Growth Capital funds raised

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  • 21/02/2017 - Idinvest's UK Entrepreneurship Barometer shows 44% of population says UK best country to start a business

    Idinvest Partners today launched an annual study into the UK's attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Idinvest's UK Entrepreneurship Barometer measures the concerns of the next generation of entrepreneurial talent and therefore addresses the health of the UK's innovation ecosystem. In its first year, the Barometer poses questions about Brexit consequences, personal motivations, fundraising challenges and economic climate. Despite concerns that Brexit might diminish the UK's position as one of Europe's leading business hubs, 44% of the UK population still consider it the best country to start a business, beating rivals Germany by a strong margin. These findings can be seen as a vote of confidence in the outlook for the UK Economy with 57% of all respondents remaining optimistic for the country's economic performance over the next 12 months where participants were 10% more concerned by the European Economic outlook than that of the UK.

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  • 20/02/2017 - Famoco raises €11m of funding to boost its international growth

    Famoco, leader of Android-based transactional devices, today announced a €11m round of financing led by Idinvest Partners, together with Orange Digital Ventures, SNCF Digital Ventures, BNP Paribas Développement and alongside their historical investors Hi inov, Fonds Ambition Numérique managed by Bpifrance, and Aurinvest. This new round of funding will enable FAMOCO to meet growing international demand for transactional solutions in the fields of cashless payment, transportation, smart city as well as the digital transformation in mobility faced by large corporations. The startup experienced tremendous growth in 2016, driven by its innovative solution that secures transactions on mobile devices. It combines a secure Android-based device with a built-in Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform. FAMOCO plans to double in size this year with over 50 recruitments planned and will also open offices in Europe, Middle-East, Africa, USA and Asia. Already present in India, FAMOCO will expand the team in this growing market of digital transactions.

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  • 09/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners expands European presence with Frankfurt office opening

    Idinvest Partners, a leader in financing the growth of European SME's, has announced the opening of a new office in Frankfurt along with new additions to its team. This new office highlights Idinvest's resolve to develop further internationally and offer dedicated in-country support to assist the growth of its portfolio companies.As both a former subsidiary of the Allianz Group, and by financing the growth of German companies, the establishment of a Frankfurt office marks the latest step in the strong relationship that Idinvest has maintained with the German market, particularly in its support of German companies via private debt financing, whether senior or subordinate. In addition, Idinvest has added three German nationals to its private debt team, and the new Frankfurt office will be represented by Florian Zimmerman, who has been working with Idinvest since 2014.

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  • 07/02/2017 - Idinvest Insights, Idinvest's newsletter (January 2017)

    This presentation has been prepared by Idinvest Partners and/or its affiliates ("Idinvest Partners") for the exclusive use of the party to whom Idinvest Partners delivers this presentation (together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, the "company") using information provided by the company and other publicly available information. The valuations, forecasts, estimates, opinions and projections contained here involve elements of subjective judgment and analysis...

  • 06/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Alban Wyniecki as Investment Director

    Idinvest Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Alban Wyniecki as an Investment Director. Alban will provide strategic direction and oversight of Idinvest's Growth Capital Fund II, which recently held its first close at €250 M. The fund's first investment this year was in Vestiaire Collective, an online e-commerce marketplace for pre-loved clothes. "We are very much looking forward to Alban joining the Growth team here at Idinvest," says Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner at Idinvest. "We are currently seeing a good amount of opportunity for European companies looking to scale-up, particularly in the tech sector and where Alban brings a huge amount of expertise."

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  • 03/02/2017 - Idinvest sells Social Point, a digital portfolio company, to Take-Two Interactive

    Idinvest Partners announces the sale of Social Point to Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. for $310 million. This outstanding transaction allows Idinvest to make a multiple of 10x and an IRR of more than 60%. Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner of Idinvest, said: "The growth of the company Social Point will take a new turn at Take-Two, it will have an even more international dimension. Idinvest has once again demonstrated its expertise in transforming European start-ups / SMEs into world leaders. I am delighted that, throughout the years, Idinvest has accompanied the growth of Social Point, led by a talented team".

  • 25/01/2017 - Idinvest digital portfolio company, Vestiaire Collective, secures a €58m funding

    Vestiaire Collective, the European leader in luxury and premium pre-owned fashion today announced the completion of a €58 million round of financing to fuel continued international growth and increase operational capabilities. The round was led by new investor Vitruvian Partners as part of Vitruvian's increasing focus on French opportunities. As an existing major shareholders, Idinvest Partners participates, reaffirming its support to the company. Created in October 2009, Vestiaire Collective has since raised a total of more than €110 million.

  • 19/01/2017 - Kurma Partners, Idinvest's investment manager in the health sector, is experimenting with a new investment model

    The idea is to syndicate with industry partners from the get-go, bringing them in at a pre-seed stage, prior to forming the company, to provide expertise that matches the newco's technology. Moreover, it should allow Kurma to compete for seed or series A stage assets with the bigger players. According to managing partner Vanessa Malier, the new approach is unique among French life science investors and makes it possible for a small firm like Kurma to create new companies without tying up a large percentage of its capital in seed investments. The firm's industry partners for these investments include Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH and Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Kurma's target is to split its capital 40-60 between newcos and standard venture investments, with a goal of creating one to two new companies each year. While it makes investments all over Europe and occasionally in the U.S., Kurma is focusing the new platform in France.

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