20 crème de la crème VCs coming to SaaStock on Tour Paris11 min read
One of the biggest benefits of joining us at SaaStock on Tour is to meet with the right venture capital companies and speak the same SaaS language.
That’s the case for the upcoming SaaStock on Tour Paris on May 3rd. We have a host of investors joining us and the list below is just a taster. Grab your ticket before we run out of them.
Thibaut Revel, Managing Partner, Clipperton
After ten years in the strategy consulting firm Mars & Co, Thibaut Revel learnt a thing or two about high tech and media blue chips. He moved on to join Clipperton in 2009. Today he is a managing partner at the corporate finance advisory firm.
Clipperton provides finance advisory for high growth companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and restructurings, debt financings, and equity offering. The corporate finance boutique works in 18 countries, where it has concluded 230+ transactions. In Europe alone, Clipperton has structured more than 70 successful high tech transactions.
Marie-Hortense Varin, Principal, Partech Ventures
On her way to the VC world, Marie-Hortense Varin passed through logistics, e-commerce, as well as consultancy for Bain & Company. Her knowhow in consulting gravitates around M&A, go-to-market strategy, and supply chain optimization. In 2015, Marie-Hortense joined Partech Ventures. She teaches Business Model Innovation at the prestigious Sciences Po.
As a prominent global investment platform existing from 1982, Partech Ventures has invested in numerous digital and tech companies through the years. It has 140 portfolio companies, with 45 new investments per year for companies at the seed, venture, and growth stages. Partech’s investments range from €200K to €50M. Some of the SaaS businesses in its portfolio include SendinBlue, AB Tasty, Glofox, and Brandwatch.
Evgenia Plotnikova, Principal, Dawn Capital
Evgenia Plotnikova started her journey in the investment world as an associate at the investment company TPG Capital and later on, as a senior associate at the tech investor Atomico. In March 2018, she joined Dawn Capital where she focuses on B2B SaaS and fintech scale ups. Last year she was included in the Forbes 30 under 30 list of leading young professionals.
Dawn Capital is a London-based early stage venture capital company with a soft spot for tech. Dawn’s team consists mostly of ex-entrepreneurs keen to help out startup founders launch successful B2B tech businesses. Some of the companies in its portfolio include Mimecast, iZettle, Neo Technology, iControl, Showpad, and Gelato Group.
Pietro Bezza, Managing Partner, Connect Ventures
Pietro Bezza is an entrepreneur turned investor. He has more than 15 years of experience in tech, and co-founded and managed the mobile apps and content provider Neo Network, acquired by Zodiak Media in 2007. He shares his knowhow in business development and marketing as a mentor at Seedcamp.
In 2011, Pietro founded the venture capital company Connect Ventures. In its investment portfolio are companies such as Citymapper, Typeform, and Marvel. In most cases, Connect Ventures takes the role of lead seed investor. Its investments range from $450,000 to $1.8 million, which have been distributed to 41 companies as of date.
Alexandre Flamant, Vice President, Notion Capital
Alexandre Flamant is a man of many countries — born in Mexico, studied in Canada, today he lives in London. His fascination with AI started with his first professional steps at IBM, where he eventually joined IBM Watson’s startup program. He is also no stranger to the entrepreneurial spirit, as he managed to start (and crash) not one, but two companies while still studying in college. At Notion, Alex dedicates his time to companies focusing on machine learning.
Notion Capital invests in enterprise companies from the SaaS-based and cloud computing markets that seek Seed and Series A funding. Its founders have created and successfully led to exits two prominent companies in this space — Star and MessageLabs.
Christoph Janz, Managing Partner, Point Nine Capital
As a Managing Partner at Point Nine Capital, Christoph Janz has a long and successful history of entrepreneurship and angel investments. Christoph and Point Nine have been instrumental in the healthy growth of the European SaaS ecosystem since the firm was founded in 2011. They have contributed to its development both through their investments and follow-up support, as well as with the wealth of helpful information they have published through the years.
Point Nine Capital acts as the first institutional investor for the startups in their portfolio. They step in at the “0.9 stage”, as they call it — or the moment when a budding company has managed to pull some finances together and has released a beta, and needs a financial push. Point Nine’s investments range from a couple of hundred thousand dollars to more than two million.
Louis Coppey, Associate, Point Nine Capital
After completing master degrees in Computer Science and Management, Louis Coppey also graduated from MIT. As a thoroughly trained engineer, he made his first steps in investments as an investment analyst at the well-known French investment firm Alven Capital Partners.
Today Louis is an associate at Point Nine Capital, focusing on SaaS and ML startups that seek seed funding. He is particularly fond of companies that employ machine learning and data to bring dynamic changes in their fields.
Samantha Jerusalmy, Partner, Elaia Partners
Samantha Jerusalmy’s fascination withtech companies began when she joined Clipperton Finance, a tech-focused corporate finance company. Since 2008, Samantha has managed investments for SaaS, e-commerce, marketplace, and digital media businesses at Elaia Partners. FretLink, Scoop.it! and SmartAngels are just a few of the companies under her supervision.
Elaia Partners is an independent venture capital fund focusing on high-growth startups building up the digital economy. It makes Series A investments, and currently operates with €250 million. The current Elaia portfolio spans 48 investments, boasting 13 exits.
Yann du Rusquec, Managing Director, Eurazeo Croissance
Yann du Rusquec joined Eurazeo in 2007. From 2007 to 2014, he has participated in the structuring or the oversight of large transactions such as Europcar and Moncler. Since 2014, he has been in charge of Eurazeo Growth, the growth equity arm of Eurazeo and has led the investments in Vestiaire Collective, Younited Credit, PeopleDoc and Farfetch. Prior to 2007, he was part of the investment banking teams of Lazard and then Morgan Stanley.
Eurazeo Croissance, part of Eurazeo which manages approximately €8 billion in assets, seeks to actively support businesses with a large potential for growth. The initial investment ticket is around €15 million to €20 million. Companies are primarily chosen from sectors driven by digital transformation and focusing on changes in lifestyle and consumption (mobility, online buying, collaboration models, etc.).
Raffi Kamber, Partner, Alven Capital
Raffi Kamber has been in the VC space since 2008 when he worked at the European fund GIMV. That’s when he first started with tech investments after his first career choice in engineering. In 2001, he joined Alven Capital as partner and has been with the company ever since.
Alven Capital has invested in a number of notable French SaaS companies such as Algolia, BIME, Dataiku, Mention, ChartMogul, and PeopleDoc. For its 18 years, the French venture investment firm has supported more than 100 budding digital businesses. It operates five consecutive investment funds and manages more than $500 million. Alven’s focus is on seed and early stage companies.
Bartosz Jakubowski, Principal, EQT Ventures
Before joining EQT Ventures as a principal, Bartosz Jakubowski spent almost three years at XAnge as a VC associate. His focus was on online marketplaces, consumer internet, machine learning, and SaaS enterprise software, among others. The exits of Shopmium and Conexance were executed under his watch. He is now based in the Stockholm office of EQT Ventures, but works with French-speaking companies.
EQT Ventures was founded in 2016 and manages $650 million. The VC fund backs businesses at various development stages with investments ranging from $1 million to $90 million. It is a part of EQT, which is a large-scale alternative investment company with 22 different funds. EQT Ventures’ team comprises of professionals well-versed in the tech and entrepreneurial world who can provide solid operational support to startups as an addition to the investments.
Gabrielle Thomas, Investment Manager, BlackFin Capital Partners
Prior to joining BlackFin Capital Partners as a VC investment manager, Gabrielle Thomas was a VC associate at XAnge. Under her supervision, a number of companies made their exits, including La Ruche Qui Dit Oui!, Docéa Power, Idéal Connaissances, Roctool, and Digiteka. At BlackFin, Gabrielle focuses on fintech, regtech, and insurtech startups.
BlackFin Capital Partners is an independent private equity firm with a special focus on financial services in Europe. Among its interests are companies dealing with topics such as asset management, institutional and retail brokerage, insurance and banking products, debt management, payments, and more. BlackFin provides funding at all development stages.
Romain Vidal, Partner, CapHorn Invest
Romain Vidal’s passion for startups and tech gradually led him from web entrepreneurship to VC. He started out as an analyst — and the first employee — at the investment company CapHorn Invest. Today he is a partner there, and his role is to source, choose, execute and follow-up venture capital deals.
CapHorn Invest is a prominent French venture capital firm with a clear focus on B2B digital startups, most notably fintech, SaaS, and Artificial Intelligence. Its portfolio spans more than 20 companies. The independent VC company runs two funds comprising of €180 million, with investments mostly in Series A and B rounds.
Eleonore Crespo, Investor, Index Ventures
Having graduated two master degrees — in physics and engineering, Eleonore Crespo became a product analyst for Google. Later on, she moved on to become a financial analyst at the tech giant. Her professional journey continued in London with her current role as an investor at Index Ventures. She works with early-stage companies from all sectors based in France and the Benelux countries.
Since its opening in 1996, Index Ventures has supported more than 160 companies in 24 countries. Adyen, Dropbox, Etsy, Sonos, SoundCloud, King, BlaBlaCar, Squarespace, Just Eat, Lookout, Hortonworks, Pure Storage, Supercell, Criteo, and Funding Circle are just some of the businesses that the firm has backed. Index Ventures invests in startups at all development stages — but they have to hold transformative potential to innovate their sectors.
Philippe Botteri, Partner, Accel
After a rich experience at Bessemer Venture Partners, and earlier in the high-tech practice at McKinsey, Philippe Botteri joined Accel in 2011. Philippe has concentrated his efforts on finding the right investment fit for SaaS, enterprise and marketplace companies. You can check out his profound industry insights on his blog, Cracking the Code.
Accel has backed present-day giants such as Facebook, Dropbox, and Atlassian, just to name a few. Under Philippe’s watch, the fund has made investments in DocuSign, Peopledoc, Qubit, Algolia, Blablacar, and Doctolib. One of the main focuses of Accel are SaaS businesses from all development stages.
Matthieu Baret, Partner, Idinvest Partners
Matthieu Baret is a Partner in the Venture & Growth Capital team working mainly in the telecoms/media, software sectors. He has overseen around 20 digital investments including Talend (completed an IPO in Nasdaq), Scality, Synthesio, Actility, Enlighted, Vestiaire Collective, Curse (acquired by Amazon), Zeturf, Erenis (acquired by SFR), Nosto, WeFox, Onfido and Zenly (acquired by Snapchat), among others. He also regularly lectures on entrepreneurship at the CentraleSupélec engineering school.
Idinvest is the most prominent — and largest — French venture capital company. The yearly investments of this private equity manager gravitate around €150M in Series A and B funding. It focuses on low and middle market segments. The most notable SaaS companies that Idinvest has supported include Peakon, Talend, Botify, Cardiologs, Planday, and Lumapps.
Jonathan Userovici, Associate, Idinvest Partners
Jonathan Userovici is a tech VC investor at Idinvest Partners. He helps Spanish, British, and French tech startups obtain the right investment. Previously, Jonathan was busy with fundraisings and mergers & acquisitions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He’s on the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list, and for a good reason.
Anne-Charlotte Philbert, IdInvest Partners
Anne-Charlotte Philbert gained her Master’s degree in Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the prestigious École Polytechnique in France. Part of her education took place at UC Berkeley in California in the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. After co-founding the startup MediLinx, she decided to join the investment world.
Michael Shephard, Investment Analyst, Insight Venture Partners
Michael Shephard got a solid foundation in tech investments with his studies at Wharton College, where he got his Bachelor’s degree in Venture Finance and Information Systems. While still in university, he founded his startup Lagom.io. Michael joined Insight Venture Partners in 2016 after working in fintech and private equity.
Insight Venture Partners has invested in software for more than 20 years. It has successfully raised $18 billion, which has funded more than 300 companies through the years. Forty of them have had their stock market launch. Insight’s focus in on growth-stage software businesses in emerging tech sectors.
Vinny Pujji, Investment Associate, Insight Venture Partners
After completing the Huntsman Program in International Business, Vinny Pujji immersed himself in the marketing world of online customer acquisition. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-founding a couple of startups, mostly focusing on education technology and online payments. He moved on to VC in 2015 when he joined Insight Venture Partners.
Fancy meeting these 18 VCs to help you bring your SaaS to the next level? Don’t miss out on the opportunity at the SaaStock on Tour in Paris, coming up on May 3rd. Grab a ticket now.
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