Investor Guide For Web Summit Lisbon: #1 Caixa Capital

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Web Summit will take place in Lisbon from 7th to 10th of November. Time to explore some investors that will be present so you know whom to approach. We start with Caixa Capital:

Web Summit is one of the world’s greatest events about entrepreneurship & tech. This year it will be held from 7th to 10th of November, and it will take place at MEO Arena and FIL (Feira Internacional de Lisboa), and is expecting more than 50.000 participants from all around the world.

On Febuary 4th, in Pateo da Gale, the opening event “Startups Go Global”, an introduction to Web Summit, was held – Paddy Cosgrave was present.

Why present this year’s investors at Web Summit?

One thing that was particularly interesting to me, was an advise that Paddy shared to all. In Web Summit’s last edition in Dublin, many startup founders were too focused on Peter Thiel. He was present as an investor and because of his well known story with Paypal & Facebook people blindly tried to talk to him and forgot about the other investors who were present.

What happened was that Peter Thiel only talked with a few, certainly because he studied the specific startups he would like to talk to. As a consequence people that haven’t talked with Peter were left very upset and probably also – taken into account the investment you have to make to be part of Web Summit – with a bad experience.

But “just because you fail, that doesn’t make you a failure”. And by this problem I thought it’s useful to interview as many investors who will be in Portugal during the Web Summit as possible, and help startups to faster identify which investors suits them.

Caixa Capital

Caixa Capital is the Private Equity and Venture Capital of Portugal’s largest banking group Caixa Geral de Depósitos. Caixa Capital is a pioneering operator in the Portuguese market, with 500mln Euros under management and a total potential capital of 700mln Euros for its managed funds.

The firm invests in growth equity and venture capital opportunities and funds. The venture capital team partners with incubators, accelerators, and business angels for seed and startup – investments, and with major international venture funds for opportunities above 1mln Euros.

Investment From 50k for 5-20% Equity

Caixa Capital has a hands-on approach to its startup after investments, working with the companies to strategically help them mature their business and grow internationally. Their investment focus is on Portuguese teams and companies, and non-Portuguese companies with plans to develop significant operations in Portugal.

Caixa Capital’s Pre-Seed investment tickets range from 50K to 200K € in exchange for anywhere between 5% and 20% equity in the company. The stake acquired depends on the size of the investment and company valuation. Seed investment tickets are in the or of 500K to 1M €, while investments at the Series A and beyond can range from 1mln to 7.5mln €. Again, the equity acquired in Seed, Series A and beyond varies widely, depending on the size of the investment and the company valuation.

About Series A investments Caixa Capital doesn’t require investment in previous Seed rounds, but typically the startups that get Series A already have raised seed round(s) either from Caixa Capital or other investors.

Two examples of startups they have invested are Uniplaces and Codacy (Web Summit 2014 – Jaime Jorge’s Presentation), more startups that received investment can be found here.

Caixa Capital is a generalist venture capital investor, its portfolio mainly fosues on four sectors: Enterprise IT, Digital Life, Life Sciences, and Cleantech. The best way to contact Caixa Capital is via email – just send them a pitch deck and brief description of your company.

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Editor’s note: The second investor Forward Partners is presented here!


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