New Venture Capital Funds October 2015: Resilence, mVenturesBCN and Columbus

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BY : Diego GutiérrezNovember Thu, 2015
In 2015, 625 new entities have been created worldwide in the private equityaccording to a study by the statistics service Preqin. In Spain we have also witnessed the emergence of new funds. In the last month, for example, funds that are not very common in our country have been created, such as a debt fund and a fund dedicated to scientific research.

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Resilience partner: debt fund

Resilience Partnersis a fund for medium-sized companies that intend to grow, rather than by injecting capital with long-term debt.

The firm is driven by Agustí Pla, one of the pioneers of venture capital in Catalonia. In 1992 he opened 3i's Barcelona office and worked for the British investment group until last year.

"As we mentioned in a previous post, debt funds, which are already very popular in the USA and Great Britain, are beginning to break into the Spanish market. At the beginning they were all foreign funds, but we have already seen how national funds have been created, such as the one created by Renta 4 Bank and AFI and " comments Diego Gutierrez of Abra-Invest.

According to Pla, the first closing of the €50 million fund will take place before March next year. The ultimate goal is for the vehicle - a Luxembourg-based private equity investment company (Sicar) - to have between €100 million and €150 million at its disposal.

Pla explains that these resources will come from Spanish, European and US investors, such as pension funds, insurance companies and family offices, as well as public entities.

The venture capital company of the MWC seeks private capital to re-launch 110 young businesses

 mVenturesBCN will create three accelerator programmes per year with private equity partners. From this coalition will emerge a union of companies or joint venture that will muscle ten start-ups. The operation will be repeated over three years, launching 90 young enterprises.

The mVentures company will not be a normal venture capital company. It will seek to accelerate global talent projects that set up in Barcelona, and then seek a return, perhaps by selling the stake that mVentures has in them.

Two Valencian scientists create Columbus Ventures Partners

Damià Tormo Carulla and Javier García Cogorro have created the €50M Columbus Ventures Partners fund.

This is a fund with a target of €50m, the first closing of which is expected to take place next January and we estimate to have €25m.

The company seeks to develop early, quasi-laboratory Spanish science and bring it to a value inflection point with investors, who are mainly foreigners from the US and Europe where they have good contacts.

Given their experience and knowledge of the field, the formula for success for these entrepreneurs García and Tormo is to find co-investors.

"Foreign investors tend to come to our country accompanied, they like to have someone close to them who knows this market because Spanish legislation is not as flexible in business terms as American and/or English legislation. But when quality Spanish science is presented, people recognise it and the problem of whether to invest or not is secondary".

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