OXO Group, a leading venture capital market player in the CEE region announced the signing of a European Investment Fund (EIF) commitment under InnovFin Business Angels, to set up a technology fund focusing on startups in Central and Eastern Europe.
With the expected launch in Q3-Q4 2017, and a target fund size of EUR 50 million, the Fund will invest into innovative, early stage technology companies, with equity ticket size of EUR 3 million, on average. OXO CEE Angel Fund is supported by the “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators” initiative under Horizon 2020, the EU’s Research and Innovation Programme, and the European Fund for Strategic Investments.
Since its foundation in 2014, OXO Group has accepted 40 companies into its accelerator program, while provided funding to 20 projects. Besides, it manages the Power Angels angel investment company, which unifies some key players of the Hungarian angel investor market. In 2016, Power Angels invested in 8 early-stage technology companies and is planning to close additional 8-12 investments in 2017, with an average investment size of EUR 150,000.
OXO Group and the EIF show the growing importance of Central and Eastern Europe on the global startup landscape. “Our experience in the region and EIF’s dedication to support ambitious new businesses in Europe have brought together partners that can create world-class innovation and support the birth of a new generation of high-quality entrepreneurs,” said Péter Oszkó, founder of OXO Group.
Commenting on the agreement, EIF Chief Executive Pier Luigi Gilibert said, “EIF is very pleased to sign an InnovFin Business Angels operation in partnership with OXO Group, one of the key venture capital players and startup accelerators in the Central European early stage startup arena. This cooperation will clearly contribute to the strengthening of the European VC and startup ecosystem and we are proud to support this effort.”
OXO Asset Management s.a.r.l. will serve as the fund manager, while the Budapest-based OXO Ventures Zrt. will be the investment advisor of OXO CEE Angel Fund. In addition, OXO Labs, the accelerator member of the OXO Group, will actively contribute in the selection process and management of the Fund’s portfolio. A further unique feature of the new Fund is that it managed to forge an extensive partnership among angel investors of the region and plans joint investments with them. On top of that, seasoned business angels and institutional private investors from Central Eastern Europe, will invest alongside EIF into the Fund, which provides a great value proposition to potential investee companies that will be able to leverage on the business experience and network of these private investors.
Notable investments in the portfolio include AeroGlass, which has recently been selected among the TOP 100 Most Disruptive Companies, and its next round of investment was provided by the Luxembourg-based Howzat Partners. Another member of the portfolio is Commsignia, which develops solutions for self-driving cars to leading global manufacturers and is also part of the Czech Credo Ventures’ portfolio. Another promising company is Liber8Tech, the developer of smart design products, that has already closed a successful crowd-funding campaign, is present on the US market and is about to closea Series A funding round. Indivizio, the leading provider of HR tech solutions and SpringTab, successfully operating in AdTech and big data, are further examples of OXO Group’s highly promising investment portfolio.