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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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  • 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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