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The real difference between normal and corporate Venture Capitals

June 2016 SONAE The real difference between normal and corporate Venture Capitals This is the first part of a 3-part blog post called “The real difference between normal and corporate Venture Capitals”. One of the questions we get asked a lot when we meet entrepreneurs as well as other VC’s is “What is a Corporate VC? In what ways do you differ from the regular ones?” Venture Capital firms span a wide range. They go from regular firms, where the partners raise funds from institutions such as pension funds, banks, university endowments or family offices, to corporate VC’s, where large corporations set aside a certain amount of cash to invest in start-ups and scale-ups in different phases of their development for a number of reasons, one of them being, that they don’t want to miss the boat on the next big thing. The truth is that there are advantages and...
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Back to School

May 2016 SONAE Back to School Here at Sonae IM, we are very close to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and follow, on a daily basis, the emergence and development of the next generation of companies. In a way, it is a lot like what happens in the education sector from a teachers’ perspective – he also follows the development of the student’s next generation. During the last 20 years we witnessed so many tens of transformations and still our education system looks yet the same. Many cross-industry big buzz words like big data, mobile, customer-centrism and so on, are yet to enter our education systems. Take the shocking example of college students who are still forced to choose among a restricted set of bundled courses with barely static programs with no saying over their learning path. Besides the limitations this brings, in terms of individual development, it also has repercussions on...
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ScaleUp for Europe is coming to Porto, buckle up!

May 2016 SONAE ScaleUp for Europe is coming to Porto, buckle up! Did you ever feel you might have an interesting technological concept, a very strong team, the perfect business model, grab your first customers, and even managed to raise capital, but somehow it seems your business isn’t growing as much as you would expect or you aren’t sure of which next steps to take, in order to scale? We, at Sonae IM, know (from our own experience) that one thing is to create a business and prove a concept, but an entirely different thing is actually to grow and sustainably scale the business, without letting your company die in the middle of the process. It is hard, definitely hard. One day you’re working with a small team, taking the first steps in your brand new business, and in the next day you’re suddenly overwhelmed with a list of management...
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We’re adding Value

May 2016 SONAE We’re adding Value Just starting our adventure and already adding great value. I am really happy to announce that Sonae IM and S21sec have strengthened their position in the European market of cybersecurity with the acquisition of SysValue. Synergy, knowledge in this field and great teams together will be key to the development of international leadership in this area. SysValue represents an important operation in our portfolio management, enlarging the offer and capabilities in this hot theme that is cybersecurity. Sonae IM through S21Sec is already member and assumes now the presidency of the European Cybersecurity Group. I personally welcome the team of SysValue to our group.
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Lets talk about AdVenturing

May 2016 SONAE Lets talk about AdVenturing Carlos, Eduardo and Alexandre tell us why Sonae IM is a great investor and point out the challenges of the venture capital adVenture. Watch and share this talk here:
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The Future is Bright

April 2016 SONAE The Future is Bright I consider that portfolio development in a tech company requires forward looking and talented people in order to foster value creation. That’s the reason why the partnership between Sonae IM and Bright Pixel, headed by Celso Martinho, is an important bet in the future and in innovation-led businesses. Celso is a talented and compelling leader in the technology sector in Portugal and has accepted our challenge to partner with us, to attract talent in a new venture with the goal of creating a Company Builder Studio. We believe this is only the beginning of a bright partnership aimed at developing new ventures based on exploring digital technologies that can help transform several industries at a global scale. The world is always changing and our future can only be bright. https://brpx.com/
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