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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 €2 million 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 €58 M 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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