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By SONAE

Corporate Venture Capital Sonae IM rebrands to Bright Pixel Capital

May 2022 SONAE Corporate Venture Capital Sonae IM rebrands to Bright Pixel Capital “Building a Brighter Future Together” is the company’s new claim and strategic drive Bright Pixel Capital has €300M to invest over the coming years, in industry-changing companies on a global scale The company maintains its strategic focus on DNA industries: Retail Technologies, Digital Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, and Emerging Technologies Sonae IM, a leading corporate venture capital company from the Sonae Group and a prominent European investor in Retail Technologies, Digital Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, and Emerging Technologies, is changing its brand to Bright Pixel Capital (www.brpx.com). The rebranding comes with a new tagline – “Building a Brighter Future Together” – and the ambition to continue identifying unique and industry-changing opportunities. Bright Pixel Capital’s new identity conveys modernity and agility while emphasizing its values of financial drive, and growth orientation. "The industries of Retail Technologies, Digital Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, and Emerging Technologies...
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By EXITS

Sonae IM signs agreement with Thales to sell Maxive Cybersecurity, the holding company that consolidates two of Europe’s leading MSSP cybersecurity companies S21sec and Excellium

May 2022 EXITS Sonae IM signs agreement with Thales to sell Maxive Cybersecurity, the holding company that consolidates two of Europe’s leading MSSP cybersecurity companies S21sec and Excellium For Sonae Investment Management, this operation represents an important success in the MSSP build-up strategy that was initiated in 2014 with the acquisition of S21sec, followed by investments in Sysvalue, Nextel and Excellium in 2018. Maxive Cybersecurity’s operations complement Thales’ businesses and will accelerate the Group’s cybersecurity development roadmap, expanding its European footprint in Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Sonae IM today signed an agreement to sell Maxive Cybersecurity, a holding company that aggregates S21sec and Excellium, two of the major pure players in cybersecurity consulting, integration, and managed security services in Europe. Formed in 2020 by the merger between the independent companies S21Sec and Excellium, led by Sonae IM, Maxive Cybersecurity provides cybersecurity incident detection and response services (Security Operations Centre...
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By EMERGING TECH

Experify Raises $4M Seed Round to Create Experiential Reviews as a Service Platform that Connects Prospective Buyers to Trusted, Authentic Product Owners

April 2022 EMERGING TECH Experify Raises $4M Seed Round to Create Experiential Reviews as a Service Platform that Connects Prospective Buyers to Trusted, Authentic Product Owners Experify, the first platform to enable a truly authentic product review experience by connecting prospective buyers with purchasers, closed a $4M seed round led by Vertex Ventures US, with the participation of Sonae Investment Management and the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund. In recent years, the rise of disingenuous influencers, hidden advertisements, and unverified purchasers have greatly undermined the credibility of online reviews. The $152B industry of fake reviews has caused people to need at least 10 reviews on average before they trust them, and for 68% of people to regularly question the authenticity of reviews. As a result, brands struggle to build trust with new and prospective customers, damaging their customer experience and ultimately leading to a loss of sales. Experify solves this problem by...
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By EXITS

NielsenIQ acquires retail AI platform provider ciValue

March 2022 EXITS NielsenIQ acquires retail AIplatform provider ciValue Today, NielsenIQ announced they have acquired ciValue, aSaaS (Software as a Service) vendor of choice for retailers globally that powers loyalty programswith advanced AI technology. With this acquisition, NielsenIQ’s Retail Media vertical takes its nextsteps towards enabling smarter, more automated and more scalable retail media programs. Integrating ciValue’s global platform assets into NielsenIQ’s powerful Connect platform will provideinnovative capabilities for retailers, including audience building and insights. This dynamic platformwill also support personalization capabilities that are incremental to NielsenIQ’s core capabilities,which the retail industry relies on for critical decision making. “Integrating the ciValue platform with Connect is a game changer for retailers globally,” says XavierFacon, Global Head of Retail Media with NielsenIQ. “This SaaS-based collaborative solution willpromptly deliver insights that align retailers and their brand partners with what consumers want,executing personalized content across physical and digital channels.” In today’s highly competitive marketplace,...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity Startup Hackuity Emerges Out of Stealth With a €12M funding

March 2022 CYBERSECURITY Cybersecurity Startup Hackuity Emerges Out of Stealth With a €12M funding Hackuity, an attack prevention cybersecurity startup, today emerged from stealth with a €12 millions funding round led by Sonae IM with participation of previous investor Caisse des Dépôts renewing its confidence. Founded by Orange Cyberdefense veterans and lifelong friends Patrick Ragaru and Pierre Polette, Hackuity empowers cybersecurity teams and leaders to comprehensively collect, prioritize, and remediate security weaknesses before they can be exploited by their adversaries. The explosion of the traditional IT infrastructure into collections of fragmented cloud & hybrid environments and distributed applications, combined with the natural growth of our digital footprint, created a perfect storm situation for cyber security teams in small and large organizations alike. The exponential complexity of their attack surface translated into an unmanageable fragmentation of cybersecurity tools, processes and tactics, which in turn considerably hindered their ability to find, prioritize,...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Cybersixgill Announces $35 Million in Series B Funding to Expand Global Footprint to Combat the Growing Cybercrime and Cyber Threat Landscape

March 2022 CYBERSECURITY Cybersixgill Announces $35 Million in Series B Funding to Expand Global Footprint to Combat the Growing Cybercrime and Cyber Threat Landscape Funding Led by More Provident, Pension Funds, REV Venture Partners - Additional Investors Include CrowdStrike Falcon Fund, Elron Ventures, OurCrowd, and Sonae IM Tel Aviv, Israel – March 10, 2022 - Cybersixgill, the premier vendor of real-time and actionable threat intelligence, announced today the company has raised $35 million in Series B funding led by More Provident and Pension Funds and REV Venture Partners. Additional participating investors include CrowdStrike Falcon Fund, Elron Ventures, SonaeIM, and OurCrowd. This latest investment brings the company’s total investment to $56 million. The funds will be used to build on customer momentum, continue innovation of Cybersixgill’s threat intelligence solutions, expand global footprint and grow sales and marketing. “We are extremely pleased to be working with world-renowned cybersecurity investors and tech leaders...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

Customer data and marketing platform Ometria raises $40M to automate CRM growth for retailers

November 2021 RETAIL TECHNOLOGY Customer data and marketing platform Ometria raises $40M to automate CRM growth for retailers Customer data and marketing platform, Ometria, announces today that it has completed a $40M Series C round, led by InfraVia Growth, with participation from existing investors Octopus Ventures, Sonae IM, Summit Action, Adjuvo, Columbia Lake Partners as well as many early investors, including Chairman Lance Batchelor. This brings its total funding to over $75M. The funding will be used to triple the size of the company’s product and engineering team in order to further accelerate the development of the Ometria solution, and of the platform’s AI-based optimisation layer: the Ometria Co-Marketer™. As brands strive to succeed in the current retail climate, offering seamless customer experiences is a core driver of differentiation and growth. With consumers gaining more control about what personal data they share and with whom, it’s never been more important...
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By CYBERSECURITY

SafeBreach Closes $53.5 Million Series D New Funding to Fuel Momentum

November 2021 CYBERSECURITY SafeBreach Closes $53.5 Million Series D New Funding to Fuel Momentum Breach and Attack Simulation leader to accelerate growth with investment led by Sonae IM, Israel Growth Partners and strategic investor ServiceNow SafeBreach, the pioneer in breach and attack simulation (“BAS”), today announced that it has raised $53.5 million in Series D funding, led by Sonae IM and Israel Growth Partners (IGP), with additional participation from Sands Capital and Bank Leumi. The latest round also includes strategic investment from ServiceNow, the leading digital workflow company that makes work, work better for people, as well as participation from existing investors. Carlos Alberto Silva, Managing Partner at Sonae IM and Assaf Harel, General Partner at IGP will be joining the SafeBreach board, and Scott Frederick, Managing Director at Sands Capital will be added as a board observer. This new capital – representing the largest investment to date in a...
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By FINTECH

Citcon closes $30m Series C funding

October 2021 FINTECH Citcon closes $30m Series C funding Norwest Venture Partners and Cota Capital Lead Funding Round to Scale Global Enterprise Solutions for Seamless Mobile Wallet Payments Citcon, the leading mobile wallet payment provider enabling global commerce at scale, today announced that it has received $30 million in Series C financing led by Norwest Venture Partners and Cota Capital. Sierra Ventures and Sonae IM also joined the round. The new funding will support the rapid addition of world-class staff and global expansion that builds on the company’s international presence on four continents. “Citcon enables global commerce at scale by allowing merchants to accept payments by mobile wallet and alternative currencies with the same ease as they process traditional credit card payments today,” said Chuck Huang, CEO and founder at Citcon. “We are honored to have earned the support of incredible investors that will strengthen our efforts to continue driving...
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By EMERGING TECH

Replai Announces Funding as it Pioneers New Software Category in Customizable, AI-based Video Intelligence

October 2021 EMERGING TECH Replai Announces Funding as it Pioneers New Software Category in Customizable, AI-based Video Intelligence $4.7 Million Seed Investment From Hoxton, Sonae IM, Lux Capital, Sequoia and Accel to drive Hyper-Growth Replai, the world’s first video-based creative insights platform, announced today it has raised $4.7 million in seed funding, bringing its total funding to $6 million. Replai provides custom computer vision and AI technology to any company that uses video online. The round was led by Hoxton along with Sonae IM, Lux Capital, Sequoia and Accel and includes expanded participation from existing investors. Replai’s funding came from renowned investors and proven tech entrepreneurs who have fueled and built some of today’s most celebrated tech unicorns such as WhatsApp, Unbabel, Anchorage and Jellysmack. Replai has already reached more than $2.5 billion in video spend through its platform. The company will use the funds to expand its product suite,...
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