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  • 22/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches annual study into the UK's attitudes towards entrepreneurship

    Conducted by private equity firm Idinvest Partners, which is a major investor in small- and medium-sized enterprises and currently manages around €7bn worth of assets, the survey shows that over half of those questioned are keen to start their own business and 16 per cent say that they already have concrete plans to do so at some point in the next year. That entrepreneurial spirit is particularly strong among the younger generations: of those aged between 18 and 24, 76 per cent said that they are keen to start their own business, compared to 48 per cent in the 50 to 64 range. While some future entrepreneurs will be considering their options in light of Brexit, the majority continue to see themselves as future business owners and start-up founders, Christophe Bavière, the chief executive, and Benoist Grossmann, a managing partner at Idinvest, said in a joint statement.

  • 22/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches an annual study into the UK's attitudes towards entrepreneurship

    An annual study launched today by Idinvest Partners,explored the UK's attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Despite concerns that Brexit might diminish the UK's position as one of Europe's leading business hubs, 44 per cent of the UK population still considers 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 per cent of all respondents remaining optimistic for the country's economic performance over the next 12 months where participants were 10 per cent more concerned by the European Economic outlook than that of the UK. "While some future entrepreneurs will be considering their options in light of Brexit, the majority continue to see themselves as future business owners and start-up founders", said Christophe Bavière, CEO and Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner at Idinvest Partners.

  • 22/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches 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 per cent of the UK population still consider it the best country to start a business, beating rivals Germany by a strong margin.

  • 22/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches an annual study into the UK's attitudes towards entrepreneurship

    Conducted by private equity firm Idinvest Partners, which is a major investor in small- and medium-sized enterprises and currently manages around €7bn worth of assets, the survey shows that over half of those questioned are keen to start their own business and 16 per cent say that they already have concrete plans to do so at some point in the next year. That entrepreneurial spirit is particularly strong among the younger generations: of those aged between 18 and 24, 76 per cent said that they are keen to start their own business, compared to 48 per cent in the 50 to 64 range. "While some future entrepreneurs will be considering their options in light of Brexit, the majority continue to see themselves as future business owners and start-up founders," Christophe Bavière, CEO, and Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner at Idinvest, said in a joint statement.

  • 10/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new Frankfurt office

    Paris-based venture capital firm Idinvest Partners has opened a new office in Frankfurt, aiming to increase its European presence. The opening is a result of the GP's wish to offer dedicated local support to its foreign portfolio companies, Idinvest said in a statement. The launch comes hand-in-hand with new appointments, as the office will be headed by senior adviser Florian Zimmerman, who joined the firm in 2014. He will be joined by three German nationals to be hired in the private debt team. Idinvest's Frankfurt office is in line with the firm's increased investment in the German market, particularly through senior and subordinate private debt financing, the GP said. Idinvest was previously a subsidiary of German group Allianz.

  • 10/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new Frankfurt office

    Parisian private equity firm Idinvest Partners is expanding its private debt origination network across Europe as it prepares to close two debt funds that are targeting a combined €1.2 billion. On Thursday, the firm announced that it had opened a new office in Frankfurt to expand its origination network in Germany. Three German nationals, including Senior Adviser Florian Zimmerman, Investment Director Verena Fryscheland and Analyst Thorsten Kern will source deals from the new Frankfurt hub, Francois Lacoste, co-head of the firm's debt team, told Private Equity News. Mr. Zimmerman will lead origination in the region, while Ms. Fryschel and Mr. Kern will be based in Frankfurt part-time.

  • 09/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new Frankfurt office

    Idinvest Partners has opened a new office in Frankfurt and added three German nationals to its private debt team. The new Frankfurt office will be represented by Florian Zimmerman, who has been working with Idinvest since 2014. Christophe Bavière, president of Idinvest Partners, says: "Brexit has accelerated the fact that Frankfurt is becoming one of the most active financial centres of Continental Europe. This new step is fundamental to the international development of Idinvest and our 20 years of experience across various European markets, including Germany, has reinforced our desire to be present in this region. The companies we finance in Europe will benefit from this local presence, which is part of Idinvest's commitment to an international development."

  • 09/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new Frankfurt office

    French private equity boutique Idinvest Partners has opened an office in Frankfurt. The firm, which is a former subsidiary of Allianz Group, already supports German companies through private debt financing, whether senior or subordinate. Among others, Idinvest has financed Stanz und Laser Technik Jessen, Feuer Powertrain, Prae-Turbo (Booster), J&S, Backwerk, Christ, Compo Expert, SportGroup, Ameos, WMF Group, HSE 24, Hoffmann Menü, ASK Chemicals, Synlab, Douglas, Automic. Idinvest has strengthened its private debt with the hire of three German nationals, and the new Frankfurt office will be represented by Florian Zimmerman, working at Idinvest since 2014.

  • 09/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new Frankfurt office

    Paris-based venture capital firm Idinvest Partners has opened a new office in Frankfurt, aiming to increase its European presence. The opening is a result of the GP's wish to offer dedicated local support to its foreign portfolio companies, Idinvest said in a statement. The launch comes hand-in-hand with new appointments, as the office will be headed by senior adviser Florian Zimmerman, who joined the firm in 2014. He will be joined by three German nationals to be hired in the private debt team. Idinvest's Frankfurt office is in line with the firm?s increased investment in the German market, particularly through senior and subordinate private debt financing, the GP said. Idinvest was previously a subsidiary of German group Allianz.

  • 09/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners boosts German presence with Frankfurt office

    French mid-market private equity firm Idinvest has boosted its presence in the German market by opening a Frankfurt office. Idinvest already holds a number of German companies in its portfolio. It has also provided German businesses with private debt financing, a sector that is seeing signs of growth in the German market. Idinvest believes it can capitalise on an increase in business and finance activity in Frankfurt following the Brexit referendum. "Brexit has accelerated the fact that Frankfurt is becoming one of the most active financial centres of continental Europe," said Idinvest president Christophe Bavière.

  • 07/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners recruits Alban Wyniecki as Investment Director

    Idinvest Partners has appointed Alban Wyniecki to the position of investment director the Growth fund, the firm has announced on its website. Wyniecki, who joined the firm in November 2016, previously worked for two years at Partech Ventures, where he was responsible for several investments in Europe and the United States. He previously served at Dassault Systems, where he successively led the strategy team for the Catia brand and then the strategy team for the group. In this period he was responsible for technical alliances, financial and strategic planning for 3DS and its brands, and made more than 10 acquisitions.

  • 07/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners recruits Alban Wyniecki as Investment Director

    Wyniecki will provide strategic direction and oversight of Idinvest's Growth Capital Fund II, which recently held its first close at €250 million, the company said in a statement. He joined the firm in November 2016. We are very much looking forward to Alban joining the Growth team here at Idinvest, says Benoist Grossmann, managing partner at Idinvest, in the statement. 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. Based in Paris and founded under the name AGF Private Equity in 1997, Idinvest was formerly part of Allianz until 2010 when it joined forces with IDI as an independent firm. The company manages more than €7 billion in assets deployed into mid-market European primary, secondary and mezzanine investments.

  • 07/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners recruits Alban Wyniecki as Investment Director

    Idinvest has appointed Partech Ventures's Alban Wyniecki as investment director with responsibility for overseeing the investment of its new growth fund. Idinvest reached a first close of the fund, its second, at €250m in November. Wyniecki spent two years at Partech, most recently as principal. Before that, he worked in corporate strategy at French software company Dassault Systemes. He started his career in engineering.

  • 06/02/2017 - Idinvest hires former Partech principal Alban Wyniecki as Investment Director

    Pan-European private equity firm Idinvest Partners has expanded its investment team with the hire of Alban Wyniecki. Wyniecki, previously a principal at global venture capital firm Partech Ventures, has joined Idinvest as an investment director. In his new position, he will provide strategic direction and oversight of Idinvest's Growth Capital Fund II, which recently held its first close at €250m according to the firm. Before joining Idinvest, he spent two years at Partech Ventures where he sourced and executed investments in Europe and the US. Prior to that, Wyniecki worked at Dassault Systèmes where he successively led the CATIA Strategy team and then the 3DS Group Corporate Strategy team from 2008 to 2014.


  • 06/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners recruits Alban Wyniecki as Investment Director

    Paris-based securities brokerage Idinvest Partners SA named Alban Wyniecki as an investment director. Prior to joining Idinvest in November 2016, Wyniecki worked at Partech Ventures where he sourced and executed investments in Europe and the United States.

  • 20/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, an AI startup with ties to NASA, lands $14M in funding

    The research activities that NASA's Curiosity rover conducts on Mars are directed from its Jet Propulsion Lab in California, but many navigational decisions are instead relegated to an artificial intelligence that the space agency brought online in 2013. The space agency's efforts to make its rovers more independent traces back many years and has involved not only internal personnel but also other participants, most notably a low-key startup called Neurala Inc. from Boston. After years of flying under the radar, the outfit will burst into the spotlight Wednesday by revealing that it has raised a $14 million funding round. The consortium of investors was led by Pelion Ventures and saw the participation of about a half-dozen other funds, including early Uber Technologies Inc. backer Sherpa Capital and Idinvest Partners, one of the largest venture capital firms in Europe... Read more on www.siliconangle.com

  • 19/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes USD14m Series A funding round

    AI software company Neurala closed a USD 14 million series A funding round that was led by Pelion Venture Partners. Other investors joined Pelion, including Sherpa Capital, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, SK Ventures, and Idinvest Partners through its Electranova Capital II Fund and in partnership with Ecomobility Ventures...
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  • 19/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, raises $14m to expand market for NASA-tested AI into drones and cars

    Neurala has raised $14 million in a series A round led by Pelion Venture Partners, bringing the total amount raised by the company to $16 million. Additional Series A investors include Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, and Idinvest Partners. Neurala recognised that its software, which mimics the way the human brain learns and analyses its environment, has broader applications. The company is now focused on expanding the market for its software, called the Neurala Brain, so that it can be used in toys, cameras, drones, cars, and other Internet of Things devices to make them more autonomous and interactive...
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  • 18/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes USD14m Series A funding round

    Neurala, developer of a deep learning neural networks platform, has raised $14 million in Series A funding. Pelion Venture Partners led the round, and was joined by Pelion Venture Partners, with participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, SK Ventures and Idinvest Partners... Read more on www.venturebeat.com

  • 18/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes USD14m Series A funding round

    Software company Neurala has closed a USD14 million series A funding round led by Pelion Ventures. The funding round included participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, and Idinvest Partners through its Electranova Capital II Fund and in partnership with Ecomobility Ventures...
    Read more on www.privateequitywire.co.uk

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes $14M Series A to bring machine learning to the edge

    Neurala, the Boston-based company that's developed The Neurala Brain, announced it has closed $14 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Pelion Ventures, with participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, SK Ventures, Idinvest Partners, as well as previous investors 360 Capital Partners and Draper Associates Investments. The company will use the funding to service its growing customer demand. Capital will also go toward developing additional applications to The Neurala Brain, a deep learning neural networks platform that enables autonomy and interactivity in smart products - from toys to vehicles... Read more on www.bostinno.streetwise.co

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes $14M Series A to bring machine learning to the edge

    The company, based in Boston Massachusetts, uses what it calls a 'Neural Brain' which enables smart products, including toys, drones, autonomous vehicles and cameras, the ability to learn, adapt and interact with their environment in real time. The new round of funding was led by Pelion Ventures with participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, and Idinvest Partners through its Electranova Capital II Fund and in partnership with Ecomobility Ventures. Draper Associates also provided the seed funding...Read more on www.access-ai.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes $14M Series A to bring machine learning to the edge

    Artificial intelligence is swiftly becoming a commodity thanks to the rise of AI-as-a-Service offerings from Amazon and IBM. Today, Neurala is joining this list thanks to a $14 million Series A led by Pelion Ventures. The team is looking to put AI in the hands of toy makers, drone enthusiasts and IoT engineers alike. In addition to Pelion Ventures, Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments and Idinvest Partners are also participating in today?s round. Motorola Ventures is particularly of note as Motorola Solutions is one of Neurala?s early customers...
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  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes $14M Series A to bring machine learning to the edge

    Boston-based Neurala, which makes artificially intelligent visual systems, has raised $14 million in a Series A round of funding as it turns the corner from a startup focused on developing cutting-edge technology to one focused on expanding its market presence. Early-stage venture capital firm Pelion Ventures, based in Utah, led the round, with participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, SK Ventures, and Idinvest Partners. 360 Capital and Draper Associates previously contributed to Neurala's $2 million seed round... Read more on www.bizjournals.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes $14M Series A to bring machine learning to the edge

    A Boston startup focused on artificial intelligence has raised $14 million from investors to develop software used with drones, self-driving cars, and other machines. Neurala Inc. makes software that lets machines equipped with cameras interpret images and recognize objects, partially automating tasks. For example, companies can use the software to aid in drone inspections of infrastructure such as cellphone towers, lowering the need for employees to review tape... Read more on www.bostonglobe.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes USD14m Series A funding round

    Artificial intelligence software firm Neurala cut its teeth developing technology for government entities, including working on advanced navigation software for NASA's planetary exploration robots. Investors are bullish on Neurala's prospects. The Boston-based company recently closed a $14 million Series A funding round. Xconomy reported the investment in late December, based on an SEC filing, but Neurala is sharing more details about the deal this week. Pelion Venture Partners led the round. Earlier Neurala backers 360 Capital Partners and Draper Associates also contributed, along with Sherpa Capital, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, SK Ventures, and Idinvest Partners. Idinvest participated in the round through its Electranova Capital II Fund and in partnership with Ecomobility Ventures... Read more on www.xconomy.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, raises $14 million in Funding

    Boston-based deep learning company Neurala, creators of The Neurala Brain, has closed on a $14 million series A funding round. The round was led by Pelion Ventures, with participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, SK Ventures, and Idinvest Partners through its Electranova Capital II Fund and in partnership with Ecomobility Ventures. Both 360 Capital Partners and Draper Associates also provided seed funding. "Based on work originally developed for NASA, The Neurala Brain enables a new generation of smart products that learn, adapt and interact with their environment in real time" says the company... Read more on www.dronelife.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes USD14m Series A funding round

    Neurala, a Boston, MA-based developer of a deep learning neural networks platform to make smart products more autonomous, interactive and useful, closed a $14m Series A funding round. The round was led by Pelion Ventures, with participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, SK Ventures, and Idinvest Partners (through its Electranova Capital II Fund and in partnership with Ecomobility Ventures)... Read more on www.finsmes.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, raises $14 million to build brains for drones, autonomous cars, and more

    Neurala, a software and services company that helps bring artificial intelligence (AI) to drones, robots, cars, and consumer electronics, has announced a $14 million series A funding round led by Pelion Ventures, with participation from Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, SK Ventures, and Idinvest Partners... Read more on www.venturebeat.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes $14M Series A to bring machine learning to the edge

    Neurala, a Boston-based artificial intelligence startup, raised $14 million in funding. Pelion Ventures led the round. Versace's startup, which on Tuesday said it had landed a $14 million investment round led by Pelion Ventures, specializes in a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning. Other Neurala investors include Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments, and Idinvest Partners. The startup now has $16 million in total funding...
    Read more on www.fortune.com

  • 17/01/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, closes $14M Series A to bring machine learning to the edge

    Artificial intelligence is swiftly becoming a commodity thanks to the rise of AI-as-a-Service offerings from Amazon and IBM. Today, Neurala is joining this list thanks to a $14 million Series A led by Pelion Ventures. The team is looking to put AI in the hands of toy makers, drone enthusiasts and IoT engineers alike. Neurala?s real value-proposition is its ability to execute machine learning frameworks, locally, with limited resources. In addition to Pelion Ventures, Sherpa Capital, Motorola Ventures, 360 Capital Partners, Draper Associates Investments and Idinvest Partners are also participating in today?s round... Read more on www.techcrunch.com

  • 03/01/2017 - Here's why Nasdaq is the best stock exchange to list on by Benoist Grossmann

    While the Paris and Frankfurt stock markets preen their feathers to entice those disillusioned with Brexit, one financial centre glides on unchallenged: Nasdaq. The American market remains by far the reference exchange for companies looking to finance their growth. In the first half of 2016, 35 new companies listed on Nasdaq with combined proceeds totalling €3.8 billion? Read more on uk.businessinsider.com



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