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How is the Venture Capital model evolving?


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BY : Diego GutiérrezJune Thu, 2014
venture-capitalMay saw 26 Venture Capital deals, the highest number so far this year according to data provided by TTR. Despite this, the total amount invested was €31m, almost half the amount invested in April 2014.

Most popular sectors

The sector that leads the list of investments The next largest sector in venture capital is the internet, which so far this year has achieved a total of 42 operations, followed by the technology sector with 37 operations registered, and well behind, the distribution and retail sector, with 4 operations.

"The latter sector only closed 5 VC deals last year, which shows that although technology and internet companies are still the preferred sector for VC firms, they are still the most popular. venture capitalinvestment in non-technology companies is gradually growing," according to Diego Gutierrez of ABRA INVEST.

Operations May

Among the most noteworthy operations in May were the following financing roundsNuubo, a startup dedicated to the development of wearable technologies, has received a €3M round from Caixa Innvierte BioMed II, and CRB Inverbío, through its CRB Bio II fund.

Tritium Software, a Barcelona-based startup that develops the Force Manager business management software, has closed a new deal with the company investment round 2.8m led by the fund Nauta Capital and which has been accompanied by existing shareholders such as the family office Histemi Inversiones, owned by the Ventós family.

Playthe.net, a Cuenca-based startup dedicated to digital signage, has just closed a €1.5 million financing round led by Kibo Ventures, through its Amerigo fund, participated by Telefónica and CDTI and other institutional investors and business angels.

Fashion Pills, an online shop selling trendy clothing and accessories, has closed a new financing round 500,000.

New funds

In addition, in May, venture capital firms such as Caixa Capital Risk and Inveready raised new funds, which will inject more liquidity for SMEs.

La Caixa" has reinforced the instruments of funding for early-stage innovative companies with the creation of a new investment vehicle, Caixa Capital Micro II. The fund, managed through Caixa Capital Risc, the "la Caixa" Group's venture capital management company, has been set up with an initial endowment of €9M.

Inveready has launched, together with CDTI, Inveready Biotech II, which will have a total capital of 17 million euros and will finance companies in the biotechnology sector.

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