eCAPITAL and Demeter conclude cooperation agreement
Münster/Paris — eCAPITAL (Münster) and Demeter Partners (Paris) have signed a cooperation agreement to mutually complement their expertise in the common investment areas of Cleantech, Industry 4.0 and New Materials and to jointly develop a comprehensive sector understanding at European level. The partnership means additional added value for both the investors in the funds and the entrepreneurs in the investments.
As part of the cooperation, the two venture capital companies will support each other in monitoring industries and investment trends, exchange country-specific knowledge, provide the partner’s portfolio companies with access to their own networks and support each other in fundraising.
Demeter (www.demeter-im.com) is a leading European private equity investor in the field of ecological transformation and energy transition. The company’s funds invest amounts ranging from €500,000 to €30 million to support companies in this sector at all stages of development: thus, Demeter accompanies innovative start-ups, high-growth SMEs, as well as mid-cap companies and infrastructure projects. The Demeter team, consisting of 33 employees in Paris, Grenoble, Metz and Madrid, manages a total of €1 billion and has realized 120 investments in the last twelve years.
eCAPITAL (www.ecapital.de) is a leading German venture capital firm that invests in innovative companies in early to later stage phases. For almost two decades, eCAPITAL has been supporting fast-growing companies in the areas of Cleantech, Industry 4.0, Software / IT and New Materials — with the goal of developing them into global market leaders. Currently eCAPITAL manages six funds with a subscription capital of more than € 220 million.
“On the one hand, the cooperation between Demeter and eCAPITAL allows both companies to further focus as well as build on their strengths in their respective home markets, while on the other hand, the reach in terms of additional European networks is increased to best support the global ambitions of the portfolio companies,” says Willi Mannheims, Managing Partner at eCAPITAL.
“We are very excited about the partnership of our companies, which share a common vision and culture. Our primary goal is to enable the development of champions of environmental change and energy transition, and to support them in moving into new dimensions in these markets,” says Stéphane Villecroze, Managing Partner at Demeter.