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By CYBERSECURITY

Sonae closes investment in Sixgill, leading provider in deep and dark web cyber threat intelligence

February 2020 CYBERSECURITY Sonae closes investment in Sixgill, leading provider in deep and dark web cyber threat intelligence Funds to fuel major expansion of solutions that enable enterprises to keep their finances, networks, and reputations safe from cyberthreats that lurk on the deep and dark web Sixgill, a leading cyber threat intelligence company, announced today that it raised $15M in a secondfunding round. The new capital will be used to significantly scale global operations and strengthen core products in support of its growing portfolio. The round was led by Sonae IM and REV Venture Partners with participation by Our Crowd. Previous investors Elron and Terra Venture Partners also participated in the round. “Sixgill uses advanced automation and artificial intelligence technologies to provide accurate, contextual intelligence to customers. The solution integrates seamlessly into the platforms that security teams use to orchestrate, automate, and manage security events,” said Sharon Wagner, CEO of...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

Ometria raises $21m Series B to usher in new era in retail marketing

September 2019 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Ometria raises $21m Series B to usher in new era in retail marketing Ometria, the customer marketing platform for retailers, today announces that it has raised $21m in Series B funding The funding will be used to accelerate Ometria’s product development, expanding the platform’s specialist retail marketing capabilities and further innovating the AI-based technology being developed at Ometria Labs for the company’s 200 retailer clients. Off the back of the funding round Ometria also opens its first US-based operation in New York, establishing a team on the ground to help US retailers better communicate with their customers. Octopus Ventures led the round, with existing investors Sonae IM, Summit Action, Samos and Adjuvo, as well as ten early angel investors, making further investments. Marieke Christmann from Octopus Ventures and Eduardo Piedade from Sonae IM both join Ometria’s board. In recent years, consumers have become increasingly frustrated at...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

Daisy Intelligence Raises C$10 Million in Funding to Scale its AI Platform

September 2019 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Daisy Intelligence Raises C$10 Million in Funding to Scale its AI Platform Series A investment round by Framework Venture Partners and Sonae IM Daisy Intelligence announced that it has raised C$10 million (Canadian dollars, c. €7M) in Series A financing led by Framework Venture Partners and partnered by European-based corporate investor, Sonae IM. The funding will enable Daisy to expand globally, invest in sales and marketing, provide further support for its customer success teams, and expand its operational infrastructure as growth demands. Daisy’s AI-powered technology platform helps retailers and insurance companies generate significantly improved financial results by delivering business recommendations and automating complex processes beyond human capability. Daisy is driving a revolution in retail with its core AI SaaS platform, adding intelligence and automation to merchandising decisions. Daisy has helped its retail clients increase year over year, same store sales an average of 2.9% by optimizing...
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By SONAE

Sonae IM sells Wedo Technologies

September 2019 SONAE Sonae IM sells Wedo Technologies Two strong players in Roaming, Revenue Assurance, and Fraud Management come together to further strengthen their ability to provide cutting edge technology and solutions to the telecommunications industry Sonae IM has reached an agreement with Mobileum to sell WeDo Technologies. With this transaction, Sonae IM continues to carry out an active management strategy of its portfolio of technology-based companies, with the aim of consolidating its position as a reference international investor, while reinforcing WeDo Technologies’ growth path and relevance in the global market, which represents a clear opportunity for the company and its people. Headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, WeDo is a leader in risk and business management solutions for communication service providers (CSPs) globally, helping them to drive revenues, mitigate risk, and prevent fraud on their networks. WeDo’s rich and exhaustive portfolio of products and solutions is backed by advanced analytical insights,...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Fyde raises €2M in funding round and reinforces Bright Pixel’s cybersecurity portfolio

July 2019 CYBERSECURITY Fyde raises €2M in funding round and reinforces Bright Pixel’s cybersecurity portfolio Fyde, a disruptive US startup with a Portuguese DNA that wants to revolutionize the way users remotely access to their company’s servers, just closed a €2M post-seed round co-led by top VC investors Draper Nexus and Vertex Ventures, and subscribed by Bright Pixel, Portugal Ventures and Wells Fargo. Forget the complex, traditional VPN access and concerns about data breaches – yours and your clients’. Fyde introduces an innovative solution that changes the current paradigm and bridges the inefficiencies in remote access, adapting to the companies’ hybrid - cloud and on-premise -, decentralized and increasingly complex architectures. By using Zero Trust Security model, Fyde’s software also assures that all users are trusted and have verified access to the server. After two years of product development, by an engineering team based in Oporto, with the support of...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

ciValue Named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Retail for Excellent Execution of Customer Expectations

June 2019 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES ciValue Named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Retail for Excellent Execution of Customer Expectations ciValue believes the recognition validates its customer-centric AI & monetization solution for FMCG retailers to personalize the customer experience to grow the bottom line ciValue enables FMCG retailers to drive revenue, strengthen their collaboration with product suppliers, and increase customer share of wallet with deep, flexible personalization and customer analytics. The powerful AI innovations allow retailers and suppliers to understand customers’ key preferences and ever-evolving needs, coordinate their joint sales and marketing activities, and deliver the personalization required to give customers exactly what they want. Its mission is to transform retail from a zero-sum game to an “everybody wins” game for retailers, suppliers, and customers. To achieve this, the company delivers an advanced AI-based, collaborative analytics and relationship marketing platform that helps retail marketers and product suppliers focus directly on consumers. According...
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By DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Sonae IM closes investment in Cellwize, leading provider in network automation and orchestration

May 2019 DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE Sonae IM closes investment in Cellwize, leading provider in network automation and orchestration Cellwize provides network automation and orchestration solutions for global telecom carriers and connected car OEMs; Telefónica, Axiata and Bell Canada are among its esteemed global clients Sonae Investment Management (Sonae IM), today announced that it has concluded an equity investment in Cellwize, a global leader in mobile network automation and orchestration. This funding will accelerate Cellwize’s growth and the expansion of its technology in automation and artificial intelligence, particularly towards supporting new 5G deployments. “Cellwize is a global technology leader and has been consistently recognized for its high quality and reliable technology by a long list of tier-1 mobile network operators (MNOs),” said Carlos Alberto Silva, executive director at Sonae IM. “Its modular and open, virtualized cloud architecture positions Cellwize as a primary vendor for mobile network operators in a world of ever-increasing...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

CB4 Raises $16 million series B to further deliver AI software to brick & mortar retail

April 2019 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES CB4 Raises $16 million series B to further deliver AI software to brick & mortar retail Retail operations and IT teams improve floor execution and customer experience through CB4’s pattern-recognition AI software CB4, an AI software company for brick and mortar retail teams, announced their completed series B for $16M. The round was led by Octopus Ventures with the participation of Sonae IM and existing investors Sequoia Capital and Pereg Ventures. Octopus Ventures is one of Europe’s largest Venture Capital teams, with successful exits from Microsoft, Twitter, Amazon, and Google. “You read a lot about ecommerce giants, but online sales account for just 14% of the total retail market share,” said Eyal Rabinovich, a partner at Octopus. “This leaves a huge opportunity for brands that can provide a better and more efficient shopping experience to their customers. The demand for easy-to-integrated and easy-to-use technologies with proven...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

ViSenze raises $20 Million Series C in a co-led funding round by Sonae IM and Gobi Partners

March 2019 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES ViSenze raises $20 Million Series C in a co-led funding round by Sonae IM and Gobi Partners This latest funding round enables the artificial intelligence company to further invest in its penetration among smartphone manufacturers, as well as with consumer and social communication applications ViSenze, the artificial intelligence company powering visual commerce, today announced it has raised $20 million in Series C funding. Sonae IM, European-based corporate venture investor specializing in retail and telco tech as well as cybersecurity and Gobi Partners, a venture capital firm focusing on innovative technologies in China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia co-led the round with participation from a number of new investors as well as existing investor Rakuten. Founded in 2012, ViSenze is experiencing significant global expansion with over 80 employees, offices in Singapore, China, the United Kingdom, the United States, South Korea, and Japan, as well as global customers...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Leading European Cybersecurity Group results from joining S21sec and Excellium, through a new Sonae IM investment in Benelux

January 2019 CYBERSECURITY Leading European Cybersecurity Group results from joining S21sec and Excellium, through a new Sonae IM investment in Benelux This operation creates one of the most relevant cybersecurity services pure players in Europe, counting with more than 500 professionals and direct presence in 13 cities across 6 countries Sonae Investment Management (Sonae IM), the technology investment arm of Sonae, announced it has acquired a majority stake on Excellium, a market-leading managed security services provider from Luxembourg, with presence in Belgium and more than 100 experts. Excellium provides professional and managed cybersecurity services, namely, through its proprietary SOC Eyeguard Solution (security operations center), being one of the market leaders in the Luxembourgish and Belgian markets. The company holds a strong blue chip customer base which includes the most renowned financial institutions, governmental entities and other economic groups with operations in the Benelux region. As a result of this transaction,...
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