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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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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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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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Inovretail – Growth in the Retail Analytics Space

January 2017 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Inovretail – Growth in the Retail Analytics Space Extending the boundaries of possible “Imagination is more important than knowledge for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein I always found this quote from Albert Einstein mind opening. A theoretical physicist, someone who devoted his life to the expansion of our knowledge of the universe, so adamant about the notion that to be able to truly innovate and outgrow the boundaries of our current knowledge, one has to have the power of imagination! It sounds so simple, but the reality is that it implies thinking outside of what’s deemed possible, which couldn’t be more fitting with what we’ve been working hard to do at Inovretail since our inception. From Business Intelligence to Predictive Intelligence Back in...
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Sonae IM invests in StyleSage’s Series Seed $ 2 Million USD Round

October 2016 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Sonae IM invests in StyleSage’s Series Seed $ 2 Million USD Round Sonae IM, Sonae’s Corporate VC, invested in StyleSage, an US-based machine learning and image recognition company that delivers data-driven insights to retailers and brands to help them get ahead of competitors. Sonae IM participated in the $2 Million USD Series Seed investment round, led by US investor Trammell Venture Partners, an existing StyleSage investor, joined by other existing investors. StyleSage is a predictive analytics and real-time sales optimization platform that enables brands to price, design, and buy new products in the fashion, home and beauty sector. Every day, StyleSage pulls product data from competitors’ ecommerce websites from around the world. Then, with groundbreaking technology in machine learning and visual recognition, StyleSage cleans, organizes, and analyzes the massive amounts of collected data into a cloud-based dashboard that empowers brands and retailers to make informed, data-driven...
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Sonae IM invests in InovRetail

July 2016 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Sonae IM invests in InovRetail Sonae IM, Sonae’s Corporate Venture Capital, has just announced the investment in InovRetail, becoming a reference shareholder in the technology startup. InovRetail’s core business is focused on advanced analytics tools, aiming to assist retailers in improving their performance, by making more informed decisions. Sonae IM will play a decisive role in supporting InovRetail to become a global data analytics reference for retailers. InovRetail’s solutions allow retailers to adjust their offer and increase sales by processing their data, as well as in making highly reliable predictions. Moreover, these tools will create opportunities for retailers to improve their customers’ in-store experience. Over 500 reference retailers’ stores have implemented InovRetail solutions, in diverse segments such as sports, consumer electronics, fashion, food, among others. Sonae IM believes that InovRetail’s distinctive and innovative positioning, together with the quality of the management team, is key in turning...
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