Athos Capital invests in Agroptima

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BY : Diego GutiérrezOctober Tue, 2020

Athos Capital's investment in Agroptima is analysed from a Corporate Finance point of view. Athos Capital is a startup that has designed a tool for the mobile management of harvests and crops.  

Agroptima, la solución tecnológica para mejorar la eficacia del sector agrícola 

Agroptima, la startup creada en 2015 por Emilia Vila y Ferran Gascón, se creó con el objetivo de agilizar el trabajo y ahorrar tiempo a los profesionales agrícolas: agricultores, empresas agrícolas y agroalimentarias. La propuesta de Agroptima permite, mediante una aplicación móvil, el registro de las cosechas, así como los informes de rendimiento y trazabilidad.  

Athos Capital invests in Agroptima

Para la consecución de este proyecto Agroptima cuenta con un equipo de agricultores e ingenieros que han orientado sus esfuerzos en crear una aplicación que permite al agricultor llevar a cabo de una manera simple un análisis a tiempo real del proceso completo de explotación de sus cosechas, registrando los trabajos diarios del campo a través de la aplicación móvil y después consultar toda la información en una plataforma web, donde se puede descargar todos los datos de los cultivos, informes de rendimiento, así como los informes de trazabilidad obligatorios que requiere el Ministerio de Agricultura. 

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Agroptima 1.2M€ investment to internationalise its service 

La startup Agroptima ha conseguido reunir 1,2M€ de inversión en una ronda liderada por Athos Capitalaccompanied by Esade Ban y por sus socios actuales. Para Esade Ban esta ha sido la mayor ronda de inversión de su historia, después de la aplicación móvil Signaturit, cerrada en 2017. 

Athos Capital is a venture capital whose objective is to make selective investments in unlisted companies with high growth potential. It was founded by Fernando Castiñeras, who began his career at Arthur Andersen in 1990 and twelve years later founded, together with other partners, the consultancy firm Management Solutions. At the end of 2013, he left Management Solutions as a partner, and in 2016 he created Athos Capital with the help of a team of experts in venture capital and strategic consulting. The firm is currently managing its first fund: Athos Capital Fund I. 

With the closing of this transaction, Agroptima expects to exceed one million euros in turnover in the next twelve months, allocating the capital raised in the investment round - the second investment round in which Esade Ban has participated - to its internationalisation and the continued development of the platform. 

Analysis of the figuresThe sector AgTech 

Reflecting global venture capital markets, there was a considerable decline in deal flow (-17%) in this sector mainly due to a large contraction in early stage financing. While agri-food technology is maturing, loss of activity at the planting stage or weather instability is still a relevant factor undermining investor confidence. 

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