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Entrepreneurs

Who we invest in

We invest in visionary founders with unquestionable reputation and integrity, who have already built a successful business and have the ambition to take it to the next level of development. We invest in people who are not afraid to punch above their weight, take risks, challenge their own assumptions, and be radically open-minded for new ideas.

Our investment strategy

We invest in high-growth companies with proven business models across Southeast Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia). Our focus is on export-oriented companies with unique competitive advantages on a regional or global scale or on clear domestic market leaders in specific niches. We invest tickets of EUR 4-10m primarily in growth equity, but can employ a range of structured finance instruments, such as mezzanine or convertible debt, to match the founders’ unique funding needs.

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Investment Process

We follow a structured, efficient investment process with the objective of ensuring high quality investment evaluation and early identification of growth and improvement opportunities for the business. The process has the following steps:

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Pre-screening:

Initial management and team interaction and understanding of business model and growth potential

2

Initial Assessment:

Detailed initial view of the business and its business plan and summary term-sheet

3

Due Diligence:

Internal and third-party due diligence

4

Final Approval and Deal Closing:

Final Investment Committee approval and legal documentation completed

5

Monitoring, value-added, and Exit:

Joint work with company on corporate governance, reporting, growth initiatives, preparation for exit, and exit

Our value added

We truly enjoy working with outstanding entrepreneurs because of their vision, drive, ambition, ingenuity, and strong opinions. We will challenge you and we will support you. We have an intimate understanding of the challenges of scaling growth on a regional or even global scale. Some of the areas in which we can help you, include:

Strategy formulation

Formulate a coherent, data-driven strategy for the next stage of growth

Strategy formulation

Regional or global expansion

Support you in expanding your global footprint on the basis of our experience and contacts

Regional or global expansion

Inorganic growth through acquisitions

Pro-actively identify and execute add-on acquisitions

Inorganic growth through acquisitions

Follow-on equity and debt raising

Pro-actively identify and execute next-round financing to ensure uninterrupted growth

Follow-on equity and debt raising

Operational improvements

Work with your management team to identify and execute operational improvements

Operational improvements

Financial management

Institute professional financial management and reporting

Financial management

Digitalization

Support you in undertaking digitalization initiatives for your business

Digitalization

Corporate governance

Institute world-class corporate governance processes and procedures that significantly enhances decision-making process

Corporate governance

Introduction of ESG principles of management

Undertake initiatives for transition to Net Zero and improvement of social benefits for all stakeholders

Introduction of ESG principles of management

Middle management recruitment and hire

Support in identifying and recruitment of middle managers

Middle management recruitment and hire

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