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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

ciValue raises $6M in a Series A funding led by Sonae IM and Nielsen

October 2018 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES ciValue raises $6M in a Series A funding led by Sonae IM and Nielsen The new funding round will allow ciValue to expand its precision marketing and supplier digital advertising platform for retailers and to further accelerate its global expansion CiValue, a disruptive provider of cloud-based Precision Marketing and Supplier Advertising Platforms for Retailers, announced today a $6M Series A investment, led by Sonae IM and Nielsen. The investment comes at a time when the retail industry is going through rapid transformation. Retailers are facing increasing competition from new players and are looking for ways to increase revenue and customer loyalty. For this reason, they need to have a deep understanding of their customers and to be able to act fast. In this new reality, ciValue offers a unique cloud-based product that powers Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) retailers to personalize offers, increase customer engagement, and...
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By DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Sonae IM invests in Case on IT Series B round for expansion of its user experience platform MedUX

July 2018 DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE Sonae IM invests in Case on IT Series B round for expansion of its user experience platform MedUX SONAE Investment Management has today announced that is investing in Case on IT for the international growth and development of MedUX, its solution for measuring customer experience. Founded by Luis Molina and Agustín Batiz, Case on IT has developed MedUX as a machine learning solution for the measurement, prediction and analysis of landline, mobile and television services. MedUX measures the customerexperience in markets that collectively serve over 600 million users worldwide. This Series B round of international funding with SONAE IM will bolster its product development and reinforce its position as one of the world’s leading companies in the area of user experience measurement for telecom. “The persistent focus in tracking end user experience is key to the improvement of Net Promoter Score in the telecom industry”, refers...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

Sonae IM invests in Nextail, that has raised $10M to empower retailers with smart inventory decisions

July 2018 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Sonae IM invests in Nextail, that has raised $10M to empower retailers with smart inventory decisions Nextail, the fast-growing tech company that brings artificial intelligence into retailers’ inventory planning and merchandising decisions, has today announced that it has closed $10M in new funding. The Series A round was led by London and Amsterdam based venture capital firm KEEN Venture Partners LLP (“KEEN”), together with Sonae Investment Management (“Sonae IM”) and existing investor Nauta Capital. The new financing is being used to accelerate product development and double the size of the team, as it grows internationally. Founded by Joaquín Villalba and Carlos Miragall in 2014, Nextail has developed a cloud-based platform that combines artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics to upgrade retailers’ inventory management processes and store operations. Nextail provides retailers with data-driven decisions and the operational excellence of fast fashion, transforming how they buy new collections and...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Sonae IM strengthens its cybersecurity position in Iberia with the merge between S21Sec and Nextel

June 2018 CYBERSECURITY Sonae IM strengthens its cybersecurity position in Iberia with the merge between S21Sec and Nextel Sonae Investment Management (Sonae IM) hereby announces that it has reached an agreement to join Nextel’s and S21Sec’s operations, with the purpose of strengthening the position of its cybersecurity unit in Iberia and Latin America, as well as of taking a decisive step towards the creation of a European cybersecurity leader. S21Sec is a leading and pioneer Iberian cybersecurity company with a strong presence in Latin America, with a comprehensive and innovative offering of managed services and professional services supported on its proprietary platforms. Nextel is a Spanish company with 30 years of experience and considered a benchmark in auditing and consulting services and also in the integration of the most demanding cybersecurity solutions. With the completion of this operation, the combined company will have around 400 professionals, highly specialized in cybersecurity,...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Jscrambler – a strong bet in early stage investments in cyber security

December 2017 CYBERSECURITY Jscrambler - a strong bet in early stage investments in cyber security Jscrambler raises US$2.3 million in Seed Extension round led by Sonae IM Jscrambler raises US$2.3 million in a Seed Extension round led by Sonae IM with the co-investment of Portugal Ventures Jscrambler is the world leader in JavaScript application security and has more than 30,000 customers in more than 150 countries Check out our full Press Release: The Portuguese cybersecurity startup Jscrambler raises more than US$2.3 million in a Seed Extension round led by Sonae IM and co-invested by Portugal Ventures. The investment allows the company to expand its business and develop its portfolio, and is an important step in Sonae IM’s internationalization strategy. The Web startup from Oporto works on highly innovative security products to protect Web and Mobile Applications. Its flagship product, Jscrambler, is the world leader in JavaScript Application Security and the...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Continuum Security – an investment to address application security at the development stage

November 2017 CYBERSECURITY Continuum Security - an investment to address application security at the development stage Sonae IM invests in Continuum Security to address application security at the development stage Spanish-based threat modelling tool to continuously manage application security risks from the design phase, enabling more agile and flexible development cycles Continuum Security, a Spanish-based company, pioneer in the field of application security, has just closed its latest funding round to consolidate its product offer and build a sales team to fuel its international expansion. This investment reinforces the strategy of Sonae IM to build a world-class portfolio in cyber security, on the back of its early-stage vehicle, Bright Pixel, a venture builder studio that contributes with in-depth technology know-how and early-stage investment expertise. Sonae IM and Bright Pixel will jointly play an active role in supporting the company’s expansion plans and will join the lead investor, Swanlaabs, a Spanish...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Battle against cybercrime: Sonae IM invests in cloud security specialist Secucloud

November 2017 CYBERSECURITY Battle against cybercrime: Sonae IM invests in cloud security specialist Secucloud Germany-based IT vendor enables Telecom Operators to seamlessly protect all connected devices from consumer and enterprise customers Sonae Investment Management totally subscribed a multi million Series B financing round in Secucloud, a leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for ISPs and Telecom Operators. The company is at the forefront of the rapidly growing cybersecurity cloud movement, leveraging the Telecom Operators’ network to offer a security solution for all connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets and IoT devices, both for the consumer and enterprise segments. The adoption of this solution by a customer can be done with just one-click, not requiring any download, app, or update, which overcomes the drawbacks of the traditional solutions available in the market, that typically needs a higher level of customer effort and simultaneously affects devices’ performance. Sonae IM will be part of...
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By CYBERSECURITY

Fast Growing MDR Player

November 2017 CYBERSECURITY Fast Growing MDR Player Sonae IM Invests in Fast-growing, US-based Arctic Wolf Networks, a Cybersecurity Firm with a Disruptive Market Approach Porto, November 16, 2017 – Arctic Wolf has closed a $14.5 million financing round to continue expanding its security operations center (SOC)-as-a-Service solution in North America and European markets. US technology investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Redpoint are joined by Sonae IM and Knollwood Investment Advisory in this latest round. Sonae IM will take a seat on Arctic Wolf’s board of directors and play an active role supporting the company’s expansion plans. Arctic Wolf is a global pioneer in the SOC-as-a-Service market with cutting-edge managed detection and response (MDR), which provides a unique combination of technology and services for clients to quickly detect and contain threats. Now, small- to mid-size organizations, who traditionally lack security teams and 24x7 support, can benefit from corporate-grade cybersecurity protection. MDR...
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By SONAE

SmartSeg Project

November 2017 SONAE SmartSeg Project The SmartSeg project aims to develop a Marketing solution that has as main objective the creation of an intelligent segmentation motor to support marketing professionals in the definition of campaign targets. During the implementation of the project, Bizdirect will develop a tool that will provide the platform already in use by the Marketing professionals (Microsoft Dynamics CRM) with intelligent tools of segmentation. The challenge is to aggregate ‘dead data’ that already exists in the organizations, with ‘live data’ that results from analysis of social networks, having as a basis a specific context that is being promoted by a given campaign. This solution thus pretends to provide the Marketing departments with a tool that will also consider the feeling/behavior of the final consumer/prospect/influencer, as an essential parameter to include or exclude the individual from the Marketing campaign. This solution is based on four essential pillars: Provide...
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By RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES

Ometria – our latest venturing investment

October 2017 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Ometria - our latest venturing investment Sonae IM invests in Ometria’s $6m Series A round Sonae Investment Management (Sonae IM) announces today its investment in Ometria, a London-based AI-powered customer marketing platform with the vision to become the central hub that powers all the communication between retailers and their customers. This investment in Ometria is an additional step of Sonae IM’s venturing strategy, which has also been reinforced by the increasing role of Bright Pixel as a relevant tech early stage player in the market. We are glad to announce that Sonae IM has entered as a new investor in the $6m Series A investment round, alongside several strategic investors (Summit Action, the US VC fund of the Summit Series; Samos Investments, a UK VC fund specialising in retail and ecommerce) and other key investors in this round (Adjuvo, the UK investment syndicate; Sir George Buckley,...
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