Press review


  • 12/10/2017 - Christophe Bavière, CEO of Idinvest, expresses his views on the risk of London losing out to European start-up rivals

    Much depends on Brexit for London's businesses. Data shows that London was Europe's largest tech hub in 2016, in terms of numbers of start-ups and the amount invested over the previous five years as well as in numbers of start-up employees. But it could lose that crown to other EU capitals: Paris and Berlin are already positioning themselves to scoop up any fleeing investment or talent. "With Brexit, you are recreating borders in a market that is already perceived by [non-EU] foreigners as a complex one," says Christophe Bavière, chief executive of Idinvest Partners, a private equity firm focused on Europe.

  • 10/10/2017 - Idinvest digital portfolio company, LumApps, raises $8m to internationalise

    France's LumApps, an intranet for business content, has announced a funding round of $8 million. The Series A round was led by Idinvest Partners. LumApps is an intranet solution that brings together all content in an enterprise and is integrated with Google's G Suite. The new funding round will be used to push its international expansion in the US and APAC. "This gives us the ability to reach our goal of changing the way people collaborate and communicate at work by providing a smart digital workplace," said CEO Sébastien Ricard.

  • 05/10/2017 - Idinvest health portfolio company, Cardiologs Technologies, raises $6.4m in Series A Funding

    Cardiologs Technologies, a Paris, France-based artificial intelligence driven platform to manage cardiac patients, raised $6.4m in Series A funding. Backers included Idinvest, ISAI, Kurma Partners, Partech Ventures and Bpifrance. The company, which has raised $10m in total funding, intends to use the capital to finalize and commercialize its platform in the United States and Europe. Led by Yann Fleureau, co-founder and CEO, Cardiologs Technologies is advancing the ECG Analysis Platform.

  • 05/10/2017 - Secret Escapes, one of Idinvest's digital portfolio companies, raises $111m in Series D funding

    Secret Escapes, a London, UK-based luxury hotel flash deals site, raised $111m in Series D equity and debt funding. The round was led by Singapore-headquartered Temasek with participation from existing investor Idinvest Partners while Silicon Valley Bank provided the debt facility. The company, which has now raised almost $153m (£104m) in capital since its launch, will use the funds to continue to expand globally, including acquisitions.

  • 05/10/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, FeetMe, raises $2.3m for smart, connected insoles

    Paris-based FeetMe, which is creating smart, connected insoles, raised $2.28 million (1.95 million euro) in seed funding. The round was led by Kurma Diagnostics. Other investments came from the Paris Saclay seed fund, Idinvest Partners, Seventure, and SOSV. "This seed round will help us pursue the development of our product to target therapeutics areas in collaboration with market players," Alexis Mathieu, founder and CEO of FeetMe, said in a statement.

  • 05/10/2017 - Idinvest digital portfolio company, Secret Escapes, racks up $111m

    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.

  • 05/10/2017 - Idinvest digital portfolio company, Secret Escapes, handed keys for further expansion with $111m funding

    London-based travel startup Secret Escapes has raised $111m (£83m) in its latest funding round. Guillaume Durao, of Idinvest Partners said: "A clear leader in the travel flash sales industry, Secret Escapes has proved to be the preferred and trusted partner of thousands of hotels owners in Europe and beyond. We have been proud to support the Secret Escapes team for the last few years and today, we are excited to participate in the series D round with our Growth Fund II, enabling the brand to further develop its global leadership."

  • 03/10/2017 - Idinvest to back SME equipment upgrades with €300m fund

    French mid-market private equity house Idinvest Partners will help finance equipment upgrades at European SMEs through a new EU-backed fund. Idinvest SME Industrial Assets (ISIA) has already secured €150m of an initial target of €300m. The vehicle comes with a €450m hard-cap. The fund will seek to plug the gap that, according to Idinvest, currently exists with asset financing for SMEs. ISIA will deploy its capital in around 70 finance projects, each set to last five to seven years, in markets including France, Spain, Benelux and Germany.

  • 03/10/2017 - Idinvest launches €300m asset leasing fund

    Idinvest Partners has launched a new €300m fund dedicated to asset leasing. Idinvest SME Industrial Assets (ISIA) will provide European companies with funding for the acquisition of production tools. It will offer an average of €5m per deal for a duration of five to seven years, focusing on the industrials, consumer staples, healthcare and materials sectors. The ISIA fund will enable companies to manage cash flow while investing in modernised production methods.

  • 02/10/2017 - Christophe Bavière, CEO of Idinvest, discusses new asset finance fund to help SMEs tool up

    Paris-based alternative investment firm Idinvest Partners is seeking up to €400 million to help small companies buy industrial equipment, according to Managing Partner Christophe Bavière. Idinvest would use the proceeds to lease advanced machinery to fast-growing businesses in Europe, Mr. Bavière told Private Equity News. He said the new strategy would let Idinvest back companies that did not fit its venture, buyout and private-credit strategies, but nevertheless needed money to finance their investments in equipment.

  • 02/10/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches €300m fund to modernise production tools for European SMEs

    Private equity firm Idinvest Partners has launched a large-scale fund to finance the modernization of production tools for European SMEs, to increase their competitiveness and productivity in both local and international markets. Idinvest SME Industrial Assets fund (ISIA Fund) is targeting a €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 finance around 70 projects across European target markets including France, Spain, Benelux and Germany.

  • 02/10/2017 - Idinvest launches new vehicle to finance industrial assets

    Idinvest Partners has raised €150m towards a new vehicle, Idinvest SME Industrial Assets (ISIA), which will aim to help companies modernise their production equipment. Idinvest is aiming to raise €300m in total for ISIA. The firm stated it launched the fund because SMEs are struggling to get adequate financing structures to modernise their means of production, especially in the context of tighter restrictions placed on banks with Basel III.

  • 02/10/2017 - Idinvest eyes asset finance fund to help SMEs tool up

    Paris-based alternative investment firm Idinvest Partners is seeking up to €400 million to help small companies buy industrial equipment, according to managing partner Christophe Bavière. Idinvest would use the proceeds to lease advanced machinery to fast-growing businesses in Europe, Mr. Bavière told Private Equity News. He said the new strategy would let Idinvest back companies that did not fit its venture, buyout and private-credit strategies, but nevertheless needed money to finance their investments in equipment.

  • 27/09/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, Onfido, raises $30m more for its AI-based identity verification technology

    Onfido, a company that has built a way to help websites verify people's identities using a photo-based identity document, a selfie and artificial intelligence algorithms, has raised $30 million. This brings the total raised by Onfido, which is based out of London, to around $60 million. This latest round was led by new investor Crane Venture Partners, with participation also from Microsoft Ventures in its first European investment, Salesforce Ventures and existing backers including Idinvest Partners.

  • 12/09/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, DNA Script, raises €11m in Series A Financing

    DNA Script, a Paris, France-based Synthetic DNA manufacturer, raised €11m ($13m) in Series A funding. The round was led by Illumina Ventures, with participation from Merck Ventures BV, the corporate venture arm of Merck KGaA, and existing investors Sofinnova Partners, Kurma Partners, and Idinvest Partners. The company intends to use the funds to strengthen its enzymatic technology and nucleotide chemistry platform in order to manufacture oligonucleotides faster and affordably.

  • 11/09/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, Frichti, raises $33.7m for its meal delivery service

    French food startup Frichti announced that it has raised $33.7 million (€30 million). Frichti is currently available in Paris and nearby cities, and is now the most-funded food startup in France. It handles everything in-house from cooking to orders and deliveries. Verlinvest and Felix Capital invested in today's funding round, with existing investors Alven Capital and Idinvest Partners also participating.

  • 04/09/2017 - Christophe Bavière, CEO of Idinvest, discusses the motivation behind Idinvest's international expansion

    Idinvest expanded into the German and Chinese markets simultaneously earlier this year. "The two situations are completely different for us," he said. "Europe is our homeland: our investment universe is the entire European market." The logic of expanding portfolio companies into the international market is increasingly compelling due to the growing internationalisation of niche markets, said Mr. Bavière. He explained that regardless of where it was based, a company with an innovative offering or top-quality product had the chance to become the market leader in that niche across the world. In particular, "there is absolutely no longer any kind of national market in innovation".

  • 01/09/2017 - Eric Gallerne, Partner at Idinvest, talks to Private Debt Investor about "passive" vs. "aggressive" deals

    "Aggressive" deals aren't an issue if managers do their homework and participate in a part of the market which lends itself to higher-yielding terms, says Eric Gallerne, Partner at Idinvest. The lower end of the mid-market isn't as competitive. At the higher end of the market, where larger corporates with strong credit quality may have access to bank financing, some lenders may be willing to take greater risk when it comes to credit quality, Gallerne notes. "It's different between the lower end of the market and the higher end of the market. It's at the higher end where you see such aggressiveness."

  • 27/08/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, Onfido, named 'Startup of the Week' by The Innovator

    Onfido uses machine learning to verify people's identities, helping the unbanked to open accounts and migrants to get jobs. "Our company mission is to build a trust engine for the digital age", co-founder and CEO Husayn Kassai stated. Onfido has raised over $30 million in funding from investors including Salesforce Ventures and France's Idinvest Partners. It is one of 30 young companies that made it to the final selection active in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, biotechnology, blockchain, cybersecurity, the industrial Internet of Things, and other pioneering technologies.

  • 21/08/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, FinanceFox, closes $28m Series A funding round

    FinanceFox, which is announcing $28 million in Series A funding today, is one of a number of European insurtech startups who are attempting to bring insurance into the digital age. Target Global, and Horizons Ventures led FinanceFox's Series A funding. Existing investors Salesforce Ventures, Idinvest, Speedinvest, Seedcamp, AngelList, Victory Park Capital, and Samuel Skoblo have also continued their support.

  • 18/08/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, Onfido, announced as one of the "Technology Pioneers" by the World Economic Forum

    London based Onfido, was recently announced as one of the "Technology Pioneers". They help verify people's identities digitally. Founded by three entrepreneurs from Oxford University, Onfido uses AI to perform background checks and spot frauds. They validate a user's identity by comparing biometrics with identity documents. They operate across the globe in about 195 countries with a team of 150 employees, and support close to 1500 businesses. They have recently managed $30 Million in funding from Salesforce ventures and Idinvest Partners.

  • 11/08/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, Botify, names Frank Vitovich Head of US Customer Success

    Botify, the premiere technical SEO platform for enterprise companies, named Frank Vitovich Head of US Customer Success, where he will be responsible for helping customers extract the maximum value out of their partnership with Botify and deliver impact to their organisations. Hiring top talent is the answer to the company's plans to grow sustainably at a global scale. Frank's appointment is a critical move in a series of hires Botify is making to build the global team.

  • 07/08/2017 - Idinvest continues its fundraising tear with Digital Fund launch

    European private-equity firm Idinvest Partners is in talks with investors about raising a €250 million fund to invest in digital and technology businesses across Europe. Idinvest's managing partner, Benoist Grossmann, stated that if it hits its target it will be over 40% larger than its predecessor, Idinvest Digital II, which closed on €140 million in 2015. Mr. Grossmann added that the "quality of opportunity" for digital and tech investing in Europe had never been better.

  • 05/08/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company, Kantox, raises £4.6m from investors as it targets profitability

    Foreign exchange fintech company Kantox has raised £4.6 million from its existing investors as it aims for profitability. CEO and founder Philippe Gelis stated that the company raised the money from existing investors Partech Ventures, Idinvest Partners, and Mundi Ventures. Gelis added, "We have great traction so we did not want to look for new investors but wanted to stay focused on the business and product development."

  • 01/08/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Ogury, sees tremendous revenue growth in the US in the first half of 2017

    Ogury, the mobile data platform that provides the most comprehensive view of mobile user behavior globally, announced today that it achieved revenue growth in the US for the first half of 2017 of over 500%. This growth follows $15 million in a Series B funding round from Idinvest, Ventech, CoVent Partners and ACG, last July for a total of $20 million raised since 2014.

  • 26/07/2017 - Idinvest provides debt finance to support Omnes Capital deal

    Omnes Capital has acquired French housebuilder InCa from LBO France. GSO Capital and Bpifrance Investissement also invested in the deal. Operating in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region in the south-west of France, InCa constructs built-to-order detached houses across a wide price range. InCa sold around 500 houses in 2016 and reported sales of €38m. Idinvest Partners, LCL and Crédit Agricole provided debt finance to support the deal.

  • 19/07/2017 - Idinvest Partners expects to complete a €250m fundraising in the coming weeks

    French VCs Idinvest Partners and Petrarch Ventures' latest investments and fundraisings demonstrate the UK's potential to remain a major financial hub post-Brexit. Uncertainty surrounding Brexit hasn't stopped European startups and their investors from raising money in recent weeks. Idinvest Partners, a Paris-based VC, said this month it expects to complete a 250 million euro fundraising in the coming weeks.

  • 10/07/2017 - Idinvest's Fundraising Shows Startup Cash is Pouring into Paris

    Two of France's bigger venture-capitalists, Idinvest Partners and Partech Ventures, are closing funds this month, adding to recent examples of investors pouring money into European startup investments. Idinvest Partners expects to close a 250 million euro fundraising in the coming weeks, including from state-backed Bpifrance, insurance companies, and financial investors, said Benoist Grossmann, managing partner. "The European entrepreneur ecosystem today is just magic," Grossmann said in an interview. "We're seeing quality people, serial entrepreneurs, younger and younger, all over Europe."

  • 30/06/2017 - Idinvest Partners launches SME Academy

    French private equity firm Idinvest Partners has launched its SME Academy, an initiative to help foster European innovation and encourage collaboration and international expansion amongst its portfolio companies. The permanent program to help its portfolio companies both understand and navigate an increasingly competitive, globalized world. The SME Academy combines networking support and dedicated advice to help companies optimize their operations and is tailored to each company's specific objectives.

  • 26/06/2017 - Idinvest Partners invests €12m in M2i

    Idinvest Partners has secured EUR12 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. M2i Life Sciences is a world leader in the field of pheromones for crop protection, animal health and human health, producing agricultural chemical products in the Biocontrol sector.

  • 24/05/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company Stanley Robotics raises €3.6m

    French start-up company, Stanley Robotics, has raised 3.6 million euros ($4 million) to advance the development of its signature automated valet service. The Paris-based start-up firm has created giant robots, named Stan, to pick up your vehicle and securely park your car without any assistance. The service, which is already being rolled out at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, is designed to return the user's car at the airport exit when the driver has returned from vacation. The company said it intends to use the funds to boost the global expansion of its robotic parking solution. Backers of the Paris-based start-up include Elaia Partners, Bpifrance and Idinvest Partners.

  • 23/05/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company Stanley Robotics raises €3.6m to expand internationally with its robotic parking solution

    French robotics startup Stanley Robotics has raised €3.6 million from Elaia Partners, Idinvest Partners and Bpifrance's Ville de Demain investment fund.The company has developed an autonomous robotic parking valet, dubbed Stan, that collects a car and carries it to its parking location. It has launched in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport so far. "Beforehand, we were working in a research lab developing autonomous vehicles. Stan is the product of 15 years of research in this field," said Aurélien Cord, CTO, who along with his other cofounder have worked extensively on driverless technology.

  • 22/05/2017 - Christophe Bavière, CEO of Idinvest, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Orient Asset Management

    Christophe Bavière, CEO of Idinvest Partners, a French private equity firm, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Orient Asset Management Co., with Jean-Pierre Raffarin witnessing the signing ceremony. Bavière told Yicai Global that Macron is France's youngest-ever president. "Being young is very important, for it means he is very modern," he suggested. "When he was the minister of economy, he was a strong supporter of funds and innovation. During his time as a minister, he was a big promoter of French technology and was open to innovation. He vigorously implemented reforms about the ways companies can get financing, and on how to get resources from young technology companies. In his team, you can find a lot of French tech entrepreneurs," said Baviere. "It is not only the tech companies or venture capital industries look forward to his presidency, but the whole business community in France has expectations."

  • 16/05/2017 - Idinvest Partners announces the appointment of Caroline Steil as Senior Legal Advisor

    Idinvest Partners, the mid-market alternative assets investor, has hired Caroline Steil as senior legal adviser. Caroline was previously with law firm Jones Day, where she worked in the fund formation team as a senior associate. She also did a six-month work assignment with the French financial market authority (AMF). At Idinvest she will oversee the legal and tax structuring of funds and companies, audit funds on behalf of potential investors, negotiate fund documentation and terms with LPs and GPs and advise on secondaries transactions.

  • 14/05/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Neurala, brings more humanity to computing with its Neurala Brain

    Deep learning company Neurala thinks it can bring in yet more humanity to computing with its Neurala Brain, a deep learning neural networks platform. The software itself claims to enable AI to function more like a human brain because it integrates multiple brain areas. According to the firm, "Human brains integrate sight, sound and other senses when making a decision, but existing AI systems do not. Traditional AI systems are engineered by first implementing separate subsystems (for instance, visual and auditory perception, spatial navigation and obstacle avoidance) and then they attempt to integrate them in a unified system. In biological brains the different senses work together to achieve a task." 

  • 13/05/2017 - Christophe Bavière, Idinvest's CEO, published an article on 'How French President Macron may help Europe challenge Silicon Valley's global tech dominance'

    On 7 May, Emmanuel Macron claimed a decisive victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election. This news provides welcome relief for globalists and fellow EU supporters in a political landscape which until now has been dominated by rising populism and profound uncertainty. For entrepreneurs across Europe, Macron's presidency is the sign of a new pro-business era. France is currently home to the second largest venture capital market in Europe, behind only the UK, and favourable changes to the business environment could heighten cross-channel competition and see this order inverse. See the full article here:


  • 11/05/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, OnTruck, raises $10m

    OnTruck, a Madrid-based startup that has built an "on-demand logistics platform" to connect businesses directly with road freight carriers, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by VCs Atomico and Idinvest, with participation from existing backers Point Nine Capital, La Famiglia, and Samaipata Ventures. Noteworthy, LocalGlobe also previously invested in the company but I understand hasn't joined this current (and oversubscribed) round. Founded in 2016, OnTruck is one of numerous startups attempting to 'digitise' the road freight market and bring with it a little more transparency to what is still a very arcane and opaque industry. 

  • 11/05/2017 - OnTruck raises $10m in a Series A round led by Idinvest Partners

    Spanish startup OnTruck has raised $10 million (£7.7 million) in a Series A round led by Atomico and Idinvest for a freight delivery platform. OnTruck is an on-demand platform that pairs businesses with freight carriers to ship their goods. The idea is to undercut intermediaries which, according to Atomico partner Carolina Brochado, charge a hefty commission fee. She said: "Road freight remains a massive market that is still largely undisrupted by technology, representing around 10% of European GDP."

  • 09/05/2017 - Idinvest portfolio company Neurala solves AI 'catastrophic forgetting' problem with new deep learning system

    One of the current constraints of artificial intelligence is called "catastrophic forgetting", and researchers have been struggling with it for a while. According to sources from the company, Neurala's breakthrough solves the 'catastrophic forgetting' problem for deep learning neural networks instantly at the computing device, without the need of being connected to a server. "The ability to learn on the fly and at the edge means that the Neurala approach enables learning directly on the device, without all the drawbacks of cloud learning. In addition, it eliminates network latency, increases real-time performance, and ensures privacy where needed. Most importantly, it will unlock the development of a sea of cloud-less applications," Massimiliano "Max" Versace, CEO, says.

  • 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. So from Benchmark to Balderton Capital, here are the highest-profile VC firms in Europe today on the hunt for the next Spotify or Skype.
    European investment firm Idinvest Partners 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.

  • 14/04/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Actility, raises $75m

    Actility, a French AI communication platform, raised $75 million in Series D funding. Investors include Creadev, Bosch, Inmarsat, Idinvest, Bpifrance, Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange Digital Ventures, Swisscom, and Foxconn.

  • 14/04/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Actility, raises $75m

    Actility, a provider of low power wide area networks for the internet of things, has closed its Series D funding round at $75 million. Actility's investors include Creadev, Bosch, Inmarsat, Idinvest, Bpifrance, Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange Digital Ventures and Foxconn. "We believe that Actility continues to be a world leader in networking for the internet of things," says Matthieu Baret, partner at Idinvest Partners, "and we're excited to be able to support the company's global growth. We believe the company is well-placed to be at the forefront of the internet of things revolution for the enterprise."

  • 14/04/2017 - Idinvest's portfolio company, Actility, raises $75m

    Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) provider Actility has raised USD 75 million in a Series D funding round which saw the participation of several existing investors (Idinvest, Bpifrance, Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange Digital Ventures, Swisscom and Foxconn), alongside new investors including Creadev, Bosch and Inmarsat. The company said that the funding round was achieved without involving banks. Additional investors are expected to participate to a second closing later in April in support of the over-subscribed capital increase.

  • 23/03/2017 - Idinvest Partners has collected over €400m for its fourth Private Debt fund

    Idinvest Partners has passed the halfway mark on raising its fourth private debt fund, which is targeting between €600m and €700m. The Idinvest Private Debt IV fund has received commitments in excess of €400m, Real Deals understands, and is expected to close at the end of 2017. Idinvest has already made seven investments from the fund in France, Germany and the UK. These have included supporting the acquisition of Sogelink by Naxicap from Keensight Capital and Fondations Capital, providing investment to Baird Capital's SR Group, supporting Nixen Partners' Vulcain Ingenierie, and backing Steadfast Capital's acquisition of Stanz und LaserTechnik.

  • 20/03/2017 - Idinvest's 3rd Secondary Fund expected to reach above target

    Paris based private equity firm Idinvest is expected to close its third secondaries fund imminently, above the upper end of its target of between €350 million and €400 million, the firm's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner Christophe Bavière told Private Equity News. The oversubscribed fund is expected to collect between €420 million and €440 million in total funds, according to Mr. Bavière. A spokeswoman for the fund said the vehicle did not have a hard cap. "We're just to finalise with investors," he said. "We are waiting for them to complete due diligence. We will be reaching our target at €400 million for sure, probably a little north of that."

  • 09/03/2017 - Idinvest Partners invests $1.2m in TrustInSoft

    Idinvest Partners has made a USD1.2 million investment in TrustInSoft, a spin-off from the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) that has developed a novel technology capable of mathematically demonstrating the safety and security of software code. The company, which was ranked among the top 10 most innovative companies at the RSA Conference in 2015, has been widely recognised in the US and in Europe for its technology. Julien Mialaret, operating partner at Idinvest Partners the French venture capital firm which has supported technology companies such as Criteo and Talend in the US until their IPOs on Nasdaq says: "We were really impressed by the disruptive potential of the technology, as were our industrial sponsors."

  • 28/02/2017 - Idinvest Partners opens new office in Shanghai

    French SME sector focused private equity firm Idinvest Partners has opened a new Shanghai office in a bid to support the internationalisation of its portfolio companies or rather expansion in the Asian markets. In an announcement last week, Paris-based Idinvest said that 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

  • 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 $14m 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 $14m 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 $14m 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 $14m 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 $14m 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 $14m 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 $14m 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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