We look for well managed companies that have the potential to be positioned as platform companies in their own market, namely a starting point for follow-on acquisitions in the same industry.
Our value proposition is based on two pillars. We work to minimize the dilution of all the entrepreneurial team in the different steps of the fundraising process and to maximize the equity value of all the shareholders executing a sound acquisition strategy and properly communicating the value creation to the market.
We join the companies as a minority shareholder through one of our investment vehicles. We support them in developing a growth plan based on follow-on acquisitions (we adopt a “buy and build” approach) and in raising the acquisition finance necessary to execute the plan. Our sweet spot is up to 5M EUR of equity capital plus debt if and where necessary. We take an active role in the company and, once the planning and fundraising process is completed, we work on business strategy together with our co-entrepreneurs, leading the M&A, corporate finance and investor relations practice with the goal of executing the growth plan based on acquisitions.
We invest our own capital and act as a long term shareholder. We exit from the company once the industrial project is completed, without pre-defining a duration for our investments. Once we join the company there is a clear division of roles between us and our co-entrepreneurs: our co-entrepreneurs take care of the management of the company while we take care of acquisitions and corporate finance. Together we think of the group strategy.
Giandomenico (Nico) Sica is an entrepreneur in the venture capital industry with a passion for technology and technology-enabled services businesses. He is co-founder and president of Dominion Hosting Holding, web hosting group listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (IPO 2016). He is shareholder and director of MailUp, industrial group active in the messaging technologies field and listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (IPO 2014). He is former shareholder and director of Digital Magics, venture incubator of digital startups listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (IPO 2013)
Digital Magics is an incubator of digital projects that provides consulting services and acceleration services to startups and enterprises, to facilitate the development of new technological businesses. Thanks to the partnership with Talent Garden and Tamburi Investment Partners, Digital Magics has created one of the most important national platform for innovation for DIGITAL MADE IN ITALY, by offering services for the digital transformation and “Open Innovation” to excellent enterprises, while providing support to innovative startups to create successful projects, from conception to IPO.
Digital Magics invested in more than 70 digital startups. We joined the company in 2012, the company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 2013.
We exited in 2014.
MailUp Group is a technology company created in Italy. MailUp has developed a digital platform of cloud computing (Software as a Service – SAAS) used by small, medium and large companies for the creation, sending and monitoring of newsletters, email and SMS. With more than 25 billion messages sent each year and over 9,500 clients, MailUp is the leader in the ESP sector in terms of both the number of emails sent and number of clients.
MailUp Group acquired Acumbamail (Spain and LATAM), Globase (Nordics), Agile Telecom (Continental Europe) and launched BEE startup (Silicon Valley). We joined the company in 2014, the company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 2014.
We are still an active shareholder.
Established on July 2015 and located in Milan, Italy, Dominion Hosting Holding SpA (DHH) invests in the best hosting providers localized in the emerging digital economies of the Euro-Mediterranean area. Currently DHH has portfolio companies in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia.
DHH delivers strategic thinking, technology solutions and marketing know-how to help hosting companies in emerging European countries improve their business and maximise their market impact. We co-founded the company in 2015, the company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 2016.
We believe in the power of true and genuine networking. Since 2009 we organize “innovation dinners”, events to gather the local communities of innovators in the ICT industry (we involved more than 300 entrepreneurs in our events).
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