In December 2019, Eureka!Venture sgr, the venture capital management company that belongs to Stefano Peroncini (40%), Salvatore Majorana (20%), Anna Amati (20%), and Meta Group (20%), received the authorization to operate from Banca d’Italia (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The fund will have initial resources of 30 million euros (ahead of a target of 50 million) from the European Investiment Fund and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti subscribed through the ITAtech platform.
BagBnB, a provider of luggage deposit services, raised 2.5 million euros from Vertis (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company previously raised a seed round from Picampus. In November 2016, Alessandro Seina, Giulio De Donato, and Giacomo Piva founded BagBnB who has sales of 2 million and an ebitda of 0.101 million.
Swiss impact investing company Quadia acquired a minority of Gelato Club, an innovative startup for the dairy field (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Bank Degroof Petercam coinvested with Quadia. Alessandro Nunziante founded Gelato Club in 2015. The company will invest the proceeds in its organic development. Gelato Club has sales of 4.4 million euros. Since 2010 Quadia invested 200 million in more than 40 startups di euro.
Visabit, an Italian startup that provides videoidentification and videosignature services, raised 646k euros from private investors (see here a previous post by BeBeez). The company will invest these resources in its organic development ahead of the launch of an IPO eventually in London. Visabit applied for a 2.5 million grant from the programme Horizon 2020. Massimo Merlino is the ceo of Visabit.
Rejoint, an Italian startup manufacturer of tailored knee implants, raised 1.35 million euros in a round subscribed by business angels members of IAG (Italian Angels for Growth) and by the equity crowdfunding investors community of Doorway (see here a previous post by BeBeez). In June 2016, Rejoint raised a seed capital amount of 1.5 million for a total of 2.85 million. Gian Guido and Lorenzo Riva founded Rejoint in January 2015, while Maurilio Marcacci is the head of the company’s scientific board.
Mauro Del Rio, the chairman of Docomo Digital and previously founder of Buongiorno, invested in Entire Digital Publishing (EDP) (see here a previous post by BeBeez). EDP is working on a 6 million euros capital increase for supporting its international expansion. In October 2019, the company raised 3.5 million and a further 1.2 million through a capital increase. Massimiliano Squillace founded EDP in 2017. EDP has sales of 0.631 million and an ebitda of 0.171 million.
Conio, the fintech startup for blockchain services, launched the Multi-Signature Virtualization (see here a previous post by BeBeez). In 2015 Christian Miccoli founded Conio in San Francisco together with Vincenzo Di Nicola. In 2016, Poste Italiane paid 3 million euros for a 20% stake. Banca Finanziaria Internazionale, Fabrick, Boost Heroes, Italian Angels for Growth, and David Capital also invested in the company.
Business incubator Bio4Dreams invested 250k euros in the equity crowdfunding campaign that Biovalley Investments Partner (BIP), an investor in BioHighTech (BioMed, Biotech, BioICT) and life sciences, launched on CrowdFundMe (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Biovalley has raised a total amount of 895k euros till now already above the target of 500k euros for a stake of 4.8% and below the 2.4 million hard cap. The company’s pre-money enterprise value is of 10 million euro and the least investment ticket is 20k euros. Biovalley’s chairman Diego Bravar previously said that the company aims to list on Milan market between late 2020 and early 2021. BIP was born in 2016.
Housers, Spain’s lending crowdfunding portal for real estate, active in italy too, launched Housers Corporate for financing SMEs of other sectors (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Silva y Asociados SA, a risk analysis and scoring company, will assess the projects that will apply for launching campaigns on the portal. In autumn 2017, Housers raised 0.785 million British Pounds (above the least target of 0.1 million and below the 3 million hard cap) through an equity crowdfunding campaign on CrowdCube.
On 3 February Tifosy, a British equity and debt crowdfunding platform for sport clubs, will launch Tifosy Exchange, a secondary exchange (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Fausto Zanetton, an Italian seasoned investment banker, and former Italian footballer Gianluca Vialli founded Tifosy in 2015. The platform raised 1.325 million British Pounds in September 2017, and 2 million for a stake of 11.3% (pre-money value of 15.7 million) in June 2019.
CrowdFundMe, a Milan-listed portal for equity crowdfunding, aims to support the IPOs of some other companies that started a fundraising campaign on its platform said Tommaso Baldissera Pacchetti, the firm’s founder and ceo (see here a previous post by BeBeez). In 2019 CrowdFundMe supported the crowdlisting of Innovative-RFK (i-RFK), that went public on Euronext Access on 27 December after it carried on an equity crowdfunding campaign for 2.5 million euros for a 23.5% stake. The Italian short-term rental platform CleanBnB previously listed on Milan Aim in July 2019. Fabio Allegreni, the ceo and co-founder of EdiBeez srl (the publisher and owner of BeBeez) said that in 2019 the equity crowdfunding in Italy allowed to fundraise 65.6 million euros.
Walliance, the Italian equity crowdfunding platform for real estate that belongs to Gruppo Bertoldi, launched Walliance France (see here a previous post by BeBeez). In December 2019, the company received the authorization to operate from the French stock market authority Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) and the insurance watchdog Organisme pour le Registre Unique des Intermédiaires en Assurance, Banque et Finance (ORIAS). According to CrowdfundingBuzz database, in 2019 Walliance raised 10 million euros (6.94 million in 2018 and 0.583 million in 2017). Bertoldi Holding, a company of Giacomo and Gianluca Bertoldi, founded Walliance who raised one million in September 2019 through a capital increase and increased its cash to 2 million. The company attracted the resources of Trentino Invest and of Lago, an Italian high-end furniture company that has sales of 35 million. In December 2019, Walliance carried on the exits from the projects Cala Blu and Apfelanger.
In 2019, Italian blockchain-based projects attracted investments amounting to 30 million euros, said the Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Observatory of Milan Polytechnic University (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Valeria Portale and Francesco Bruschi are the COOs of the Observatory.
Hub Innovazione Trentino (HIT) and Trentino Sviluppo launched Trentino Startup Valley , the support programme for startups that accepted 15 applications out of 36 (see here a previous post by BeBeez). Marco Senigalliesi, a director of HIT, explained that the programme is focusing on decarbonization technologies, biotechnologies and healthcare, agrifood, natural resources and bioeconomy. On 14 January, the Bootstrap&Validation phase of the programme started and will end on May 2020. In July 2019, HIT signed a partnership with Progress Tech Transfer, an above 40 million euros fund that the European Investiment Fund and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti subscribed through the ITAtech platform.