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‘Exceptional’. ‘Unprecedented’. ‘Remarkable’

Name your favourite VC marketing cliché. You’ve heard all these charming epithets from us, our competitors, our portfolio companies.

It’s somewhat a shame that this delightful group of 3 words is met with quite the eye roll. Not only rendered meaningless by overuse from VCs; but also by your employer in their patronising email describing the ‘unprecedented’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘exceptional’ circumstances under which we have worked, and continue to work, throughout the COVID crisis.

But what if now were one of those times when, behind these words, we actually mean what we are saying. What if: by…

Romain Lavault, General Partner at Partech

Every iconic company has a legend about how it started. Some were born in a garage, some were prototyped in a dorm, some were planned while waiting for a cab that never came, etc.
Alan started from the kitchen table of Jean-Charles Samuelian-Werve and Charles Gorintin. That’s where our first Boards happened for the first 6 months before they could afford a proper office, and no offense to JC and Charles, that kitchen was everything but legendary ☺.

Today, as Alan announces the closing of a €185M round at a €1.4B post-money valuation, right…

By Jean Sini, General Partner

Memfault’s cofounders

Connected devices have become a ubiquitous fixture in our everyday lives. There are approximately 20 billion of them out there, two thirds of which are consumer-facing (1) and the rest found in industrial settings, with smart cities, manufacturing, logistics and connected buildings among the top categories (2). And with a CAGR over 10% (3) , IoT, already prevalent, is poised to become inescapable.

And whether it’s at home, at work, or in transit we expect and often rely on these devices to just work. Easier said than done: most of us have experienced that dreaded…

2020 was an unprecedented year for most businesses due to the novel Covid-19 pandemic none of us saw coming. However, one thing we knew was that it would bring out the best of management teams. One such team is the Tugende team. Their resilience was truly tested in 2020 due to confinement measures related to Covid-19 but they took the time to build an even better business and have emerged stronger.

Tugende is a tech-enabled asset finance company in East Africa, with operations in Uganda and Kenya. Based in Kampala, Uganda and launched in 2012, the company uses asset finance…

Two years ago, Partech began a study on its founders — the end goal being to create a rounded snapshot of the people behind our portfolio companies and to look at how it has evolved over time.

Most notably, with 186 companies at different stages in 29 different countries as of January 1st 2021, this study gives a detailed overview of the diversity of our founders in terms of gender, geography, and professional experience. In 2020 only, we invested in 82 startups across 24 countries, of which 31 are new companies to join the Partech family.

Tomáš Čupr, Rohlik CEO

While 2020 has been a tumultuous year, it has had its silver-linings. One such silver-lining is Rohlik, an exceptional company disrupting the grocery industry. Rohlik is a high-growth e-grocery retailer that is customer obsessed. Rohlik launched in Czech Republic in 2014, Hungary in 2019, Austria in 2020 and will launch in Germany during 2021. We are very proud to have led its €190M growth round and to partner with Tomáš Čupr, Rohlik’s founder and CEO. …

We’re proud to present the 2020 Partech Africa report!

It appears that, in the middle of the global pandemic, the African tech ecosystem is still growing fast, with more deals closed, and is getting a boost from the accelerated digitalization of foundational economic sectors.

More equity rounds in a challenging year

In 2020, more startups have closed deals than in any previous year: 359 deals were closed by 347 startups, compared with 250 rounds in 2019, i.e., a +44% growth YoY. Another very positive signal is the number of seed deals which massively accelerated, reaching 228 deals (+80% YoY). Venture stages (Series A & B) are continuing to grow (+11% deals YoY) despite a general erosion of round sizes. Growth stage sees a low deal count and a marked drop in ticket size (-60% YoY).

See more below and download the full report here!

2020, a year like no other and with the world gripped by Covid, we were glad to see the back of it!

Despite the challenges posed to businesses all over the world, our startups managed to grow, we were thrilled to welcome some exciting new companies to our portfolio, and all this with the support of great investors.

Here’s a glimpse:

  • 82 transactions
  • 31 new companies in 24 countries
  • $2B raised by our portfolio
  • $1.3B aggregate exit value
  • 10 new team members
  • 4 new babies

See more below!

CoachHub, Co-Founder Yannis Niebelschütz

Digital Coaching Leader, Coachhub, recently raised $30M in funding led by Draper Esprit, alongside existing investors HV Capital, Partech, Speedinvest, signals Venture Capital and RTP Global. The new investment will scale up their number of Coaches to 2,000, reaching employees from over 100 continents speaking over 70 languages!

To celebrate this, we sat down with Yannis Niebelschütz, Coachhub co-founder, to find out more about his business and the world of professionnal coaching.

1. First thing first, tell us more about CoachHub and why you decided to set up a digital talent development platform?

When I was working for LinkedIn in…

By Réza Malekzadeh, General Partner

Marc Rougier, Raphael Maunier, Benjamin Schilz & Réza Malekzadeh (from left to right)

F5, the leader in application security and delivery, just announced their acquisition of Volterra for an aggregate consideration of $500M ($440 million in cash and approximately $60 million in deferred consideration). At Partech, we could not be happier for the Volterra team which included our original investment in Acorus Networks, an investment of our PEF 3 fund.

We invested in Acorus Networks back in 2018 along with Elaia, working with Marc Rougier on the deal. Marc and I met the team early on and spent considerable time with them, impressed by their backgrounds and achievements…


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