Actility energised by $75m funding round to accelerate industrial IoT solutions globally
Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has successfully completed its Series D funding round, raising $75M to e...Read more
Cougar Automation brings Actility LPWA IoT solutions to UK as first Gold Solution Partner
Industry 4.0 Summit, Manchester, 4th April 2017: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces that Cougar Automation, one of the UK’s largest independent co...Read more
Actility and Ginko Ventures launch ThingPark China to support rapid development of LPWA IoT in China
Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), has announced it will co-invest in a new corporate entity called ThingPark China, along with Ginko Ventures, in a move to speed t...Read more
BPI France, a management company approved by the AMF, and a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary, is in charge of the group’s capital investment activities. Its mission is to develop the different sectors of this market in France. The objective: to promote equity capital financing of growing French SMEs in the technological sector or in traditional industry which create value and jobs. BPI France invests in capital investment vehicles which, in turn, invest directly in SMEs. This involvement goes from technological support to small transmissions, on a national and regional level. It acts as an advised investor, taking time and assuming riskier positions than those taken by private entities. It invests in market conditions, looking for levels of efficiency, liquidity and profitability allowing it to draw in private investors. BPI France is pivotal to the public general interest mechanism France Investissement, founded on a partnership between Caisse des Dépôts and private institutional investors. To this end, it contributes annually to the France Investissement Guarantee Fund managed.
Electranova Capital, a venture capital fund, works with entrepreneurs to build global companies in new energy and environmental technologies and partners with industrial sponsors to accelerate the growth of these technology companies. Electranova Capital’s mission is to help high-growth companies become leaders in new energy and environmental technologies. We are dedicated to businesses that address pressing environmental challenges and significantly improve the economics of the energy, power, water and transportation sectors Our model is collaborative and global. We work closely with entrepreneurs in Europe, North America and North-East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) to help them accelerate the growth and scale of their companies. We believe that by partnering with large corporations we will make them succeed faster: our distinctive advantage lies in our industrial sponsor EDF who provides the business partnerships, technological collaborations and sales references that are critical to entrepreneurs at every stage of their development.
Established in 1974, Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”), under the leadership of Founder and CEO Terry Gou, offers the most competitive production manufacturing technology in the world. A recognized global industry leader, Foxconn created the 3C OEM service business model, eCMMS, incorporating vertical integration of mechanical, optical and electronic components. Foxconn offers many of the world’s leading companies a one-stop integrated manufacturing solution. Foxconn has in recent years expanded into technology services, providing customers the most comprehensive solutions for their technology and manufacturing needs. In addition to maximizing value creation for customers, Foxconn is also dedicated to enhancing the concept of environmental protection in the manufacturing process. In addition to being a trusted partner for its customers, Foxconn is working to be a best-practices model for global enterprises.
Founded in 2015, Ginko Ventures is a venture capital Firm targeting technologies, devices and solutions that will improve the way people work, play and live. We primarily focus on investments in European and Israeli companies whose technologies have the potential to rapidly access global markets. Together with our limited partner Foxconn, we are also keen on creating tangible industrial leverage for our portfolio companies. Our mission is to enable sustainable partnership between industry leaders and amazing entrepreneurs for disruptive innovations and superior value creation. For more information visit: www.ginkopartners.com
With €5 billion under management and 50 people, Idinvest Partners is a leading pan-European manager focused on the middle market segment. Idinvest Partners has developed several complementary areas of expertise including investments in innovative European start-ups, primary, secondary and mezzanine investments in European non-listed companies, and private equity consulting. Founded under the name AGF Private Equity in 1997, Idinvest Partners was formerly part of the Allianz group until 2010 when it joined forces with IDI Group to become independent. www.idinvest.com
Inmarsat has been connecting people, businesses and governments across the globe for almost 40 years. As the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat offers an unrivalled portfolio of satellite communications solutions and value-added services to keep organisations and individuals connected at all times; on land, at sea or in the air. Delivering mission-critical services means that Inmarsat understands the importance of customer care, which is why we have dedicated 24/7 customer support facilities and a worldwide network of independent distribution partners and service providers, in more than 80 countries. Powering connectivity since 1979, the company helps businesses and organisations to stay in touch where terrestrial telecom networks are unreliable or simply cannot reach. Inmarsat was set up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enable ships to stay in constant touch with shore or to call for help in an emergency; today the company’s customers also include governments, airlines, broadcast media, the oil and gas industry, mining, construction and humanitarian aid agencies, to name but a few. inmarsat.com
KPN is the leading telecommunications and ICT provider in the Netherlands, offering fixed and mobile telephony, fixed and mobile broadband internet and TV to retail consumers. KPN is also market leader in the Netherlands in ICT services, infrastructure and network related ICT solutions to business customers, including other telecommunications operators. In Belgium, KPN pursues a challenger strategy and offers mobile telephony products and services through BASE Company. KPN also provides wholesale network services to third parties and operates an IP-based infrastructure for international wholesale customers through iBasis.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 98,000 employees in France. Present in 29 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 247 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 188 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customers’ needs at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.
Swisscom Ventures is the venture capital arm of the Swisscom Group, the leading telecommunications and IT company in Switzerland. Since its inception in 2007, Swisscom has acquired minority stakes in over 35 companies with a strong focus on digital media, IT and telecommunications. Swisscom Ventures offices are located in the innovation hubs of Switzerland (Zurich and Lausanne) and the USA (Silicon Valley). As a strategic investor, we invest in companies that are strategically relevant to the Swisscom business. In return, we offer entrepreneurs access to telecommunications expertise, technical infrastructure and marketing channels – in addition to financial support. For more information visit: www.swisscom.ch/en/ventures.html
Truffle Capital is an independent European venture capital firm founded in 2001 and whose assets under management and advisory total €700 million, as of December 31, 2014, mostly via institutional and retail private equity funds (FPCIs and FCPIs). Truffle Capital specializes in investments in companies developing breakthrough technologies and products in the Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors, often in the form of spin-offs and new ventures. The firm is led by a team of three co-founding partners, Henri Moulard, Dr. Philippe Pouletty and Bernard-Louis Roques, with decades of successful investment and entrepreneurial experience in Europe and the U.S. Backed by a team of 17 international investment experts and support professionals, Truffle Capital aims to achieve superior financial returns by leveraging its industry knowledge, extensive network, and operational experience to identify business opportunities that match latent market needs. For further information, please visit www.truffle.fr and www.fcpi.fr