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Our role as a private equity partner
We basically do three things:
1) We co-define a growth plan for your company together with you;
2) We join the entrepreneurial team (becoming a shareholder of the company) and we raise the capital necessary to the development of the plan;
3) Once we raised the capital, we co-execute the plan together with you, working on strategy, business development and corporate finance.
Our collaboration model
We act as an equity partner (co-entrepreneur), working for a limited number of companies in which we are involved as an active shareholder*, with a long term commitment.
-> We add one or two companies per year to our portfolio.
* NOTE: Grafo Ventures is the brand name of a small partnership of professionals.
The equity involvement in the different companies is referred to the individual partners of Grafo Ventures and not to Grafo Ventures as an entity. Grafo Ventures as a legal entity doesn’t take equity participations.
Our (un)exit strategy
We are not interested in an exit from our companies in the short period.
On the contrary we are interested in an exit in the long term, but with no hurry.
We are comfortable with the idea of working for the same companies for many years.
Current company involvement
MailUp has created a professional e-mail marketing system that allows SMEs to effectively send rich e-mail and SMS to their customers while tracking statistics to assess the results of each campaign.
-> MailUp went public on the Italian Stock Exchange on July 2014 (MAIL:MI).
Up&Sell.me has created a SaaS platform that allows digital makers to easily sell sell music, ebooks, software or any other downloadable product. Up&Sell.me is a seed stage startup.
Past company involvement
Digital Magics is one of the Italian Venture Incubators of digital startups. It has invested 10M+ Euros, accelerated 40+ companies (4W Marketplace, Prestiamoci, TheBlogTV, Telecom design) and contributed to the creation of 300+ jobs.
-> Digital Magics went public on the Italian Stock Exchange on July 2013 (DM:MI).
Since 2011 we have participated as a shareholder in 2 IPOs (both on the Italian Stock Exchange, AIM Market) and we have supported as an advisor our clients in raising more than 20 million Euros.
MailUp (2014) – IPO, 3M Euros
MailUp has created a professional e-mail marketing system that allows SMEs to effectively send rich e-mail and SMS to their customers while tracking statistics to assess the results of each campaign. We participated in the IPO as a shareholder of the company.
Premiumstore (2014) – Seed round, 1M Euros
Premiumstore has developed the Italian Newsstand, thanks to the exclusive agreement signed with Edicola Italiana, a consortium founded by the leading Italian publishers. We supported Premiumstore in structuring and closing its seed round.
Plannify (2014) – Seed round, 725k Euros
Plannify is a search engine vertical on the entertainment industry. It displays shows, cultural meetings and social events as well, providing around 300.000 activities per month. We supported Plannify in structuring and closing its seed round.
Prestiamoci (2013) – Angel round, 550k Euros
Prestiamoci is one of leading P2P lending platform in Italy. Certified by Banca d’Italia in 2009, Prestiamoci aims to develop the social lending market in Italy. Prestiamoci is a trademark owned by Agata SpA. We supported Prestiamoci in structuring and closing its angel round.
Digital Magics (2013) – IPO, 10M Euros
Digital Magics is one of the Italian Venture Incubators of digital startups. It has invested 10M+ Euros, creating 40+ companies and 300 jobs. We supported Digital Magics as a shareholder and strategic advisor in structuring and closing its IPO.
Digital Magics (2013) – Convertible note, 3M Euros
Digital Magics is one of the Italian Venture Incubators of digital startups. It has invested 10M+ Euros, creating 40+ companies and 300 jobs. We supported Digital Magics as a shareholder and strategic advisor in its convertible note financing.
4W Marketplace (2012) – VC Round, 2.5M Euros
4w MarketPlace has created the Italian Advertising Network for the management of contextual spaces of the Italian premium publishers’ major online media. We supported 4W Marketplace in structuring and closing its round A.
Docebo (2012) – VC Round, 2.5M Euros
Docebo is a Cloud E-Learning solutions provider that is revolutionizing the online training market with its Software as a Service (SaaS) Learning Management System (LMS). We informally supported Docebo in finding the VC fund for its round A.
Applix (2011) – VC Round, 2.5M Euros
Applix is a company which develops customizable app platforms as well as innovative solutions for all mobile devices from smartphones to tablets. We informally supported Applix in finding the VC fund for its round A.
Where we are
Our offices are in via Giacomo Watt in Milan, Italy.
However in our daily journey it is easier to find us in one of the offices of the companies in which we are involved as a co-entrepreneur.