Omnes Capital's investments

Sector 
Retail & Distribution
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Mid-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital

Captain Tortue

European leader in direct selling women's ready-to-wear clothing
Founded in 1993 and based in Aix-en-Provence, Captain Tortue is the European leader in direct selling women's ready-to-wear clothing. Every year, it designs around 330 models through its four brands: Trend (trendy collection, urban chic), Miss (classic and casual collection), Little Miss (children's collections, teenagers and small sizes) and Java (home wear comfort-casual).
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“In another life, I would have liked to have been a writer! As it turned out, my job as a leader is not so far from that of writer: I train my employees in a story towards a common goal: our vision. We write together the chapters of this story and live the twists and turns."
Nathalie
Coppola
Managing Director
Captain Tortue
Captain Tortue

Last December, Omnes invested in Captain Tortue, the European leader in direct selling of women’s ready-to-wear clothing, alongside BIP Capital Partners.

We sit down with Nathalie Coppola, Managing Director of Captain Tortue.

Why did you join Captain Tortue in 2016?

After spending 25 years working for UScompanies (Avon and Tupperware), Ifound it very invigorating joining this French family success story to continue its development and double its international success. My challenge is exciting: convincing teams to embark on a bigger journey, by applying the big American groups’ recipes, while maintaining Captain Tortue’s qualitative ingredients. As a Parisian, I did not know anything about the direct selling sector, but I ended up dedicating my entire career to it. It is a fascinating profession because it is deeply human and feminine.
The women who join us have often left their first job to devote themselves to selling our products. We must support them and identify talents capable of leading sales teams and developing their business.

How would you describe your management style?

One of the particularities of direct selling is the independent status of our sales force on the ground. As a result, you have to make people want to do things, rather than dictate. I therefore adopt a human management approach, making sure I motivate my teams, coach them and support them towards more autonomy and success. I try to inject good humour and passion in my employees, so that they feel good at work and give the maximum. I also pay particular attention to the age pyramid, to ensure good balance between all generations.

What attracted you to Omnes?

Their curiosity, their desire to understand our business model and their willingness to support us in our internationalization. The Omnes teams are very present and attentive, our discussions are lively and open. Omnes brings us their network and expertise on topics further away from our fields of expertise such as digital transformation for example.

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Sector 
Web
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Venture Capital

GEEV

The first app for donating items between individuals

Thanks to a simple and fun service, "Geevers" can easily give and receive items for free in the proximity of their own homes. Available in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux, Nantes and Toulouse, GEEV has become an obvious alternative to selling, unnecessary storage and the proliferation of waste in the public space.

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Sector 
Pharma
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Venture Capital

Antabio

Biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibacterial treatments in areas of highest unmet needs

Antabio is a private biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibacterial resistance-breakers to treat drug-resistant infections in areas of highest unmet medical need. Two of Antabio’s programs have received Wellcome Trust Seeding Drug Discovery Awards to date: [i] a novel, safe and efficacious inhibitor of bacterial metallo ß-lactamases to be combined with a carbapenem for the treatment of drug-resistant nosocomial infections and [ii] a first-in-class inhibitor of Pseudomonas virulence to be co-administered with standard-of-care antibiotics for the long-term management of chronic respiratory infections. This second program has recently received up to $8.9 million funding from the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X). 

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Sector 
Business services
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Mezzanine Buyout & Growth Capital

Marquetis

Communications agency specializing in operational marketing

Headquartered in Boulogne Billancourt and part of the French marketing and communications sector since 1996, Marquetis has been managed for more than 20 years by Virginie Massa and Evangelos Vatzias. Marquetis operates through its subsidiaries Marquetis One, Marquetis Connect and Marquetis Call. It offers a 360 ° service, ranging from global communication consulting to automated cross-channel marketing in SaaS mode.

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Sector 
Infrastructure
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Renewable Energy

Ilmatar Energy

Joint venture with a pioneer of Finnish wind unsubsidized market
The company is a joint venture created between Capenergie 3 and the Finnish developer Ilmatar Windpower. Ilmatar Energy objective is to develop, acquire and construct onshore wind projects in Finland. The Finnish market benefits from very attractive conditions to develop wind farms including excellent wind conditions, attractive cost of production and financing appetite. Moreover, Finland currently imports a significant share of its electricity and wishes to reinforce its energy independence by constructing additional capacities. Finland is one of the driving European countries to build and operate economically viable wind farms without public subsidies. Leveraging on Ilmatar’s technical expertise and experience, the joint venture aims to identify and acquire the most promising wind projects in Finland in order to build a portfolio of up to 1 GW without subsidies. Ilmatar Energy is held by Capenergie 3
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"Earlier in my career, I worked as much as I possibly could. Today, I realize that with a better balance between your professional and private life, you can actually achieve more."
Kalle
Pykälä,
Chairman and Co-Founder
of Ilmatar
Ilmatar
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Omnes and Ilmatar recently launched a joint venture to build and operate wind power projects in the Nordic region.

We took this opportunity to meet Kalle Pykälä, Chairman and Co-Founder of Ilmatar.
What drove you to found Ilmatar seven years ago?

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I do have some entrepreneurial blood in my veins, but I actually didn’t realize how much until 2011 when I founded Ilmatar. I began my career in 2000 in the venture capital unit of ABB and soon realized that I didn’t enjoy working in a huge international company. I then spent five years in a small Finnish-based venture capital company before setting up my own venture fund in 2005. In 2010, Mikko Toivanen (also Co- Founder of Ilmatar) approached me about investing in the Finnish wind market. I had no experience in the energy sector but my financial background and Mikko Toivanen’s solid history in the electricity transmission and distribution fields were the perfect combination.

According to you, what makes a good leader?

Being a good leader is about giving responsibility to others and believing in your team. I was the CEO of Ilmatar from day 1 until 2016, when I stepped down to become Chairman and appointed a new in-house CEO. It proved that my “baby” had grown up and could be run by someone else. I also believe that a good leader needs to be an expert in some areas and to know the other aspects of the business to some degree. This is why I try to keep an expert understanding of the financing and growth issues, whilst keeping a good level of knowledge in other areas, such as business development, engineering, services and operational issues. I believe that finance is a crucial part of driving the development of the wind power industry.

How do you see your collaboration with Omnes?

This joint-venture represents a major step in our strategy. Our joint project to construct and operate up to 1,000 MW of wind power positions us as one of the leading players in the European and Finnish subsidy-free wind industries. We met Omnes in 2017 while looking for partners to develop subsidy-free growth, and we immediately appreciated their entrepreneurial spirit, their approach to business partners and their open mindset. We share the same values and we feel that we have enough independence to successfully execute our strategy.

ilmatar
Sector 
SaaS / Cloud
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Venture Capital

Tiller

Tiller is the French leader in cash registers and connected management. Spanning 5,000 customers in more than 35 countries, Tiller offers a comprehensive management tool (order taking, cashing, real-time performance monitoring, integrated digital solutions marketplace) for merchants. With a team of nearly 150 people, offices in Paris, Barcelona and Milan, Tiller began its phase of hyper growth over a year ago and has now reached profitability.
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Sector 
Business services
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Small-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital

Groupe Mistral

Créé en 1980, le groupe Mistral commercialise une solution logicielle intégrée (ERP) dédiée au marché et au métier des concessionnaires, loueurs, revendeurs de matériel agricole et de matériel de BTP. Le groupe se compose de deux entités, Mistral Informatique (éditeur de logiciels et d’applications de mobilité) et Mistral DataCenter (prestations d’hébergement et d’infogérance).
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Sector 
Construction and building materials
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Venture Capital

Nanomakers

Founded in 2010 and based in Rambouillet, the French start-up Nanomakers has been designing and producing since 2012 patented silicon-based nanopowders which transform the mechanical, chemical or thermal properties of materials. Its disruptive technology has made it possible to triple the energy density of Li-ion batteries anodes, or to lighten and reinforce the mechanical properties of certain materials (metal alloys, elastomers) used in various industrial sectors.
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Sector 
Hardware
Entry Date 
2018
Business 
Venture Capital

Tilkee

Tilkee was founded by Sylvain Tillon and Timothée Saumet in decembre 2013. The company offers a complete suite of document tracking solutions: Tilkee for Sales, Tilkee for Marketing, Tilkee for Jobs and Tilkee for Events. Tilkee currently employs 24 people and is growing in Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, Spain). Tilkee’s clients include EDF, Orange, Schneider Electric, Credit Agricole and Adecco

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Sector 
Telecom
Entry Date 
2017
Business 
Mid-Cap Buyout & Growth Capital

Circet

French market leader in telecommunications infrastructure for telecoms operators

Founded in 1993, Circet is the market leader, having pursued an active acquisition policy for eight years.

 

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NewsRoom
3 minutes for innovation - FCPI innovation funds : Omnes' new investments
Publication
Scope, the Omnes review, June 2019
Press release
28 October 2019
Solvionic completes a €4 million funding round from Omnes and IRDI Soridec
Solvionic completes a €4 million funding round from Omnes and IRDI Soridec
Press release
08 October 2019
Omnes invests in Biosyl as part of a sponsorless deal
Omnes invests in Biosyl as part of a sponsorless deal
Press release
01 October 2019
Glennmont purchases 211MW unsubsidised Finnish wind project from Ilmatar Energy
Glennmont purchases 211MW unsubsidised Finnish wind project from Ilmatar Energy
Publication
Table ronde à LP/GP : les clés de la relation. A lire dans le Magazine des Affaires avec la participation d'Omnes (avril 2019)

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