Capital-E is a leading venture capital fund in Europe with exclusive focus on micro/nano-electronics and advanced materials, facilitating collaboration with European R&D centers and leveraging on their top-notch knowledge base.
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Novel tools, materials, systems, processes and device structures for power generation and control, energy scavenging and storage with emphasis on power density, efficiency and lower cost. Functional coatings or conductive polymers enabling renewable energies, tiny-tech filter or purification materials, structural composites, sustainable catalysis or simply the recovery of high value materials. Future mobility solutions (components) with electric vehicles as an integral part of intelligent power networks, smart grids, and the corresponding infrastructure.
Consumer electronics & multimedia
Analogue and mixed signal chip technologies for ambient, slimmer, less power hungry, better performing electronic devices.
Semicon processing & metrology
Equipment and materials technologies for the fabrication, process control or inspection of (un) patterned wafers compatible with standard CMOS integrated circuits aiming for unparalleled device performance and yield.
Communications & networking
Novel concepts and components as well as sub-system level solutions for both wired as well as wireless applications. Our main interest areas lie in analogue and mixed signal chip solutions, RF technologies and components for communication and sensor networks with significantly higher integration/performance/power efficiency benchmarks for existing markets.
Entrepreneurs make the world go round and round
At Capital-E you will find a hands-on team with sole focus on electronics and materials, and facilitating collaboration with R&D centers such as IMEC when desirable. We help you with technology targeting, segment positioning, intellectual property landscaping, go-to-market and operating models. Through our partnership with IMEC, we can offer you a cost-effective platform for simulations, co-development / design, prototyping, system integration, small production runs and exposure to over 500 industrial partners.
Our interaction with Capital-E has been very positive, from the pre-investment due diligence phase through to participation on the Board of Light Blue Optics after the investment. Since then, we have benefited from Capital-E’s considerable experience as investors in early stage companies and their network of contacts. We are very pleased to have Capital-E as a key investor in the Company.
Capital-E has been an enabling partner to make Excico become real. They have been very supportive and their knowledge of the industry and business practices is a real asset. Obviously, the decision of Capital-E to invest brought credibility in front of our customers. The whole team at Excico values highly the backing from Capital-E and they will be key to our success moving forward
Capital-E has been very constructive and guiding prior to investing in CMOSIS, while sharply probing for our motivation, market understanding and technology. The team added a lot of value to our business plan and their fast response helped us start up in a couple of months. Supported by Capital-E, we see CMOSIS growing from the planned incubation to a real start-up in virtually no time.
The Capital-E team are seasoned semiconductor investors whose experience, energy and networks have been invaluable in helping Movidius to hone our business strategy, attract new investors, and advance relationships with key players in our market. For an early stage semiconductor company, I’d definitely recommend approaching Capital-E.
Investors surf the waves of risks and returns
The first closing of Capital-E II occurred end of 2012. This European venture capital fund, solely specialized in electronics and materials, is a dedicated and confined investment opportunity in terms of asset allocation within the private equity and corporate venturing space.
We believe that by managing relatively smaller pools of capital, and with our deep technology and sector knowledge, we will outperform the market by taking advantage of price and market inefficiencies in a segment left aside by the larger VCs.
We only invest in European seasoned teams with strategic and protected technologies and solutions for large replacement markets important to top class semiconductor and materials companies.
Why invest in Capital-E II?
Whether you are a strategic investor or a financial investor, there are multiple reasons why you should invest in Capital-E II.
Capital-E II is focused on the semiconductor and materials industries that offer abundent opportunities to invest. These industries are marked by continuous waves of innovation in demand for venture capital. Left aside by larger VC’s, it is more than ever a buyer’s market. It is a confined allocation opportunity for fund to funds with an attractive risk/reward profile.
From a value-added perspective, hardware is more than ever a reciprocal complement to software marked by the recent moves of Intel, Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft. Most of the acquisitions done were to appropriate solid intellectual property assets and because electronic devices are the personal gatekeepers to consumers. For strategic investors in our funds such as IMEC, we can be the ears and eyes to capture strategic technologies accross Europe.