In the first quarter of 2013, according to a report by Clipperton finance, the ranking of the most active funds by number of deals was led by High-Tech Gründerfonds, Index Ventures (USA) and Intel Capital.
With 11 investments in Q1, HTGF leads European funding activity. HTGF is a public-private partnership, including 14 industrial groups such as Daimler, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom, etc. With € 560 million under management, the fund focuses mainly on seed investments. Its investment area covers the entire field of innovation financing: 6 companies in IT, 3 in Cleantech and 2 in Biotech have been co-financed.
"Several PPP initiatives are emerging that demonstrate their impact on the innovation finance sector. In Spain we also have several good examples, such as ENISA's agreements with the main players in the Spanish VC sector and the Isabel La Catolica Fund co-investment with business angels. It would be interesting to see a fund like the German one appear, in collaboration with the big corporations", says Diego Gutierrez (CEO ABRA IVNEST), a company specialising in alternative financing for SMEs.
Index Ventures, the US venture capital firm based in Geneva and London, has been a very active player in the European market, with 5 investments. Most notably, it participated in $130 million in the Supercell deal and $24 million in Elasticsearch - an open source search and analytics moptor. It also co-led a financing round for the fashion business, namely a news website dedicated to analysing and reporting on the fashion business.
Intel Capital, the corporate venture capital initiative of technology giant Intel, participated in 3 major rounds. It has invested $21 million in Tobii, a hardware and software solutions provider for eye tracking. The other two investments include AltoBrigde - a wireless networking solutions provider - for $ 7.8 million, and Nexmo - an API provider for pushing SMS - for $ 3 million.
"Intel has also had a presence in significant transactions in Spain, participating in the Spanish firm Intelligent Dialogue Systems (Indisys) with a financing deal worth USD 5 million (EUR 3.87 million) and with the participation of the Spanish investment group Inveready SCR," according to Diego Gutierrez.
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