New Caixa Impulse call for applications
Caixa Impulse is a programme developed by La Caixa Foundation, together with Caixa Capital Risc and international experts, to accompany and provide financial support for projects in the field of life sciences and health, proposed or presented by Spanish research centres that are owners or co-owners of protected assets or in the process of being protected.
The first edition was held last year and, as a result of its success, this year it will be held again but with a series of changes: the number of beneficiaries of the programme has been increased from 15 to 20; the amount of financial aid per project has been increased, which can reach 70,000 euros, and the period of accompaniment has been extended from 6 to 8 months.
This call, which has just opened in March, will be open until 15 July.
The projects submitted will enter a two-stage selection process: evaluation of the proposals by evaluators from the life and health sciences and the business world; and face-to-face interviews with a panel of European experts from different fields: pharmaceuticals, business schools, health and biotech companies.
Sodena invests in TedCas
TedCas is a technology company in the healthcare sector that has developed the TedCube plug&play solution, which revolutionises access to and management of medical information in operating theatres, offering surgeons autonomy in the use of their equipment during their operations. The equipment allows, by means of gesture control and voice commands, to manage different devices in the operating theatre, which translates into greater asepsis, time and cost savings and improved patient safety by preventing the focus of the surgeon's activity from being diverted.
Sodena, which had already invested in TedCas in 2013, has strengthened its participation in the company, leading a new round of funding, which exceeds €500,000. The following have also joined the operation as new partners Start Up Capital Navarre (a vehicle managed by Sodena and in which 23 companies and institutions in favour of entrepreneurship in Navarre participate), which is a financial partner with 2.19%, together with private investors, some of which belong to the network Grow+ (promoted by Orkestra-Basque Competitiveness Institute).
The main objective of the round is to boost its commercial activity and scale its business in Europe. To this end, TedCas will reinforce its current management team with the incorporation of high-level executives, all of them with extensive commercial and business development experience in the medical sector.
Ysios Capital adds new investors to its fund
Since its launch in 2014, Ysios has reached €80M and aims to reach €100M by the end of the year.
Ysios Capital's partners - Joël Jean-Mairet, former minister Cristina Garmendia, Karen Wagner, Julia Salaverria and Josep Lluís Sanfeliu - say that part of the good reception of the second fund is due to the success of the first. "The business plan has been fulfilled by 99.9%," they say. Ysios BioFund I is now in the divestment phase. For now it is reaping a seven-year return of 48% and a multiple of 2.8 times invested capital. "A good return in the sector is 15%," they say. The fund still holds eight active firms in its portfolio.
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