Carlos Blanco to launch €15M to €20M fund
The new fund is expected to start operating next year, following the sale of Akamon to Canada's Imperus Technologies, with which it signed a call option earlier this month.
"Carlos had already commented on previous occasions that he would not set up a fund until he sold €1M, but it seems that this date is getting closer," says Diego Gutierrez of Abra-Invest.
One of the peculiarities of the new fund will be that it will be aimed at companies that have previously gone through accelerators or startup incubators, since, according to the new fund, it will be aimed at companies that have already been through accelerators or startup incubators. Carlos Blanco, it has been proven that these companies are more likely to succeed.
Among the group of investors that would participate in the fund will be families and entrepreneurs from the online and offline world, who have already shown their interest in investing, in addition to the participation of public entities.
The modus operandi of the fund would be to contribute around €150,000 to the technological project in the first round of financing, and later, depending on its evolution, to reinforce it with another €500,000 in a subsequent round, argues Blanco.
Octopus Ventures announces new $140M fund for Europe
Octopus Ventures will launch a fund for European startups that are doing well in their growth and want to grow further.
"Octopus Ventures already created a fund for this purpose last year, the Octopus Zenith Opportunities II LP is $140M and the previous one was only $91.3M," says Diego Gutierrez.
This new fund from Octopus Ventures joins others that are appearing lately in Europe and gives a light of hope, something that was being needed due to the scarcity of financing through this type of funds in this region, if we compare it with the rest of the world.
Hotusa creates a fund for investing in hotel technology companies
The hotel chain HotusaHotusa Venture, chaired by Amancio López, has launched a fund to invest in business projects related to technology applied to the sector.Hotusa Venture has already analysed some 40 business projects and has so far selected three in which it will invest.
Up to 20 investment vehicles qualify for Fondico grants
This encouraging figure has not been seen since the first calls for applications, when large fund managers were still in the process of raising funds for new vehicles.
"In the previous call, only 15 vehicles were submitted. Another new feature this year is that 90% of the funds submitted are Spanish," says Diego.
Of the 20 funds that are eligible to receive public funds, eight are in the Expansion category (for vehicles that invest in consolidated companies with growth prospects); another eight in the venture capital section and four in the incubation section (for funds that support incipient business projects).
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