Sabadell launches an investment vehicle for startups
Sabadell has created Sabadell Venture Capital, an investment vehicle that will enter into the shareholding of start-ups, with investments of up to one million euros per operation.
Sabadell will invest up to €25M to build a portfolio of 15-25 investees over a three-year period.
Although Sabadell has traditionally focused its investments on industrial and energy companies, as early as 2013 with the launch of the BStartup 10, an initiative to support technology entrepreneurs has already entered the world of tech startups.
Sabadell Venture Capital wants to participate in larger financing rounds, in co-investment with other venture capital funds and companies. Thus, it will enter into the shareholding of companies that have already passed the pre-seed capital phase and need resources to finance their expansion plans once they have demonstrated their capacity to generate revenue and a promising business model. In terms of sectors of activity, Sabadell will focus on e-commerce firms, software, applications or technologies for the medical sector, as well as, of course, the fintech sector.
La Caixa New Venture Capital fund
Caixa Innvierte Start, is the new vehicle of Caixa Galicia's Caixa, which aims to raise a maximum of €30.6m from institutional investors, mainly for technology SMEs in their early stages of development.
Specifically, the entity will focus Caixa Innvierte Start on SMEs "that present a disruptive technology in the process of protection, with a long maturation cycle (i.e. which is not expected to be marketed in less than two years)". The reference sector is health and biotechnology, but the La Caixa fund manager does not rule out additional investment areas for this vehicle, such as photonics, semiconductors and nanotechnology, among others.
"These general guidelines are quite favourable for the new fund to receive the injection from Fond-ICO Global again, after having received it twice before," says Diego Gutierrez of Fond-ICO Global, who is a member of the Fond-ICO Global team. Abra-Invest.
Samapaita ventures, for tech startups, is born
Samaipata Ventures will have a size of €20m and will invest in the eCommerce and marketplaces sector, primarily in later stage growth startups. The firm will raise €0.5 to €0.7 million per round and up to €1.5 million including later rounds. The remainder of the fund, 20% will be used to invest in seed capital (€50,000 to €200,000).
Public funds also launch new funds :CDTI, Red.es and Incibe, new cybersecurity fund
CDTI, Red.es and Incibe have signed a twelve-year collaboration agreement for the implementation of a financial support programme for technology companies in the field of cybersecurity.
Red.es and CDTI will be responsible for selecting and supporting private investment initiatives, while INCIBE will provide technical advice.
Support to the selected investment vehicles will take the form of temporary and minority equity stakes in these vehicles (venture capital funds) and will always be subject to budgetary availability..
Accelerators are also signing up for funding: Demium Startups
Demium Startupsa Valencian incubator, has launched an investment fund with €200,000 to finance startups born and promoted from its incubation programme. For Jorge Dobón, CEO of Demium, "this is the last leg we had left to finish consolidating our position as the first incubator in Spain to cover all phases of the creation of technology startups".
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