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BNP Paribas Développement, an independent subsidiary of the international banking group BNP Paribas, was created in 1988 to invest its own funds directly to support the development of successful SMEs and midcaps. In 2016, BNP Paribas Développement created dedicated innovation capital unit that invests in seed and in subsequent rounds to support the growth of start-ups with potential. Beyond the financial resources made available, the BNP Paribas Développement supports the management team in achieving its medium-term strategic growth plan. Minority positions ensure that our partners have appropriate governance without interference in day-to-day management, while benefiting from the strength of a recognized group and the experience of a partner with a portfolio of over 300 holdings.

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) is the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services. RBVC invests worldwide in innovative start-up

companies at all stages of their development. Its investment activities focus on technology companies working in areas of business of current and future relevance for Bosch, above all, automation and electrification, energy efficiency, enabling technologies, and healthcare systems. RBVC also invests in services and business models that are relevant to the above-mentioned areas of business.

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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.

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Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Creadev is a French longterm evergreen company controlled by the Mulliez family, with offices in Paris, Shanghai, New York and soon in Nairobi.Launched in 2002, Creadev accompanies businesses driven by long-term growth potential projects whose general values are consistent with those of the Mulliez Family.Creadev invests in four main sectors : Healthcare, Sustainable Development, Human Skills and Digital tech. Investment tickets vary between 5 to 50 M€. To date, Creadev has invested in 14 companies.Creadev’s vision is to pursue new business opportunities and to back entrepreneurs and to help them grow their businesses with no limit in ambition or timeWe are acknowledged for our long-term commitment and our meaningful investments.The Mulliez family is one of the most successful entrepreneurial families in Europe. The largest asset of the family is Auchan, an international retail group with revenues of about $55 Billion. The family assets also include large retail companies such as Decathlon and Leroy Merlin as well as a diversity of other retail businesses ranging from apparel to electronic devices and restaurant chains.

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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