A pioneer in innovation capital in France, Innovacom has invested nearly a billion euros since 1988 and in so doing assisted several hundred digital startups. Recognized as the specialist in highly technological projects, Innovacom has participated in several tens of stock exchange IPOs, some 150 corporate buyouts and has been involved in some of the most successful and iconic examples of French innovation (Business Objects,Gemplus, LastMinute.com, Inventel, Soitec, Aufeminin.com, Digitick). Its most recent success stories relate to a wide range of sectors such as video games, medical imaging or, most recently, components for smartphones as produced by Licorne Heptagon.
Fundraising in February 2014
Kima Ventures is a French investment fund created in 2010 by Xavier Niel, CEO of Free and iconic figure of the startup ecosystem in France, and Jérémie Berrebi, entrepreneur and well known business angel. The fund invests in the young innovative shoots of industry, notably in the telecoms, video games, Internet and mobile sectors. Notably, it has invested in Transferwise and Afrimarket (international money transfer), Leetchi (online money pot) and Lyft (carsharing site).
Fundraising in July 2016
Started in 2008, Starquest is a capital investment structure dedicated to industrial innovation. Currently, it supports today more than 100 young companies, with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency, cyber security and industrial components with a very high value added. Starquest has become one of the key players in French venture capital with more than 30 operations per year.
Fundraising in July 2017
Safran is an international high technology group, a first division components supplier in the aerospace and defense sectors. To respond to markets developments, the group is committed to research and development programs which in 2016 represented expenditure of 1.7 billion euros.
Safran Corporate Ventures is the corporate venture subsidiary of Safran with the financing of startups or innovative technology-based SMEs as its mission.