Omnes Capital's investments
AgomAb was founded through a collaboration between argenx and the University of Torino, Italy, based on the groundbreaking work of Paolo Michieli and his translational medicine team. The Company is developing growth factor-mimetic agonistic monoclonal antibodies to regenerate damaged tissues and has produced a comprehensive preclinical package illustrating different applications in the fields of fibrotic, inflammatory, autoimmune and degenerative diseases. Based in Ghent Belgium, it is backed by an International syndicate of experienced life sciences venture capital investors.
Teach on Mars
Teach on Mars is a 100% mobile-native learning technology provider. Our solution helps today’s organisations connect people with the learning and the communities they need to do their jobs and live their lives better. Winner of numerous industry awards, Teach on Mars is recognised as European leader in the mobile learning space. Since its foundation in 2013, the company has delivered its solution to over 130 blue-chip clients, in 20+ languages across more than 90 countries throughout the globe, and today it has bases in Sophia-Antipolis, Paris, Milan, London, Brussels and Casablanca. 80 Teach on Mars staff and an extensive worldwide network of 50 content and technology partners collaborate to equip organisations with the toolset, mindset and skillset required to create their next-generation learning ecosystem. And because Teach on Mars takes its responsibility for the future of our planet seriously, it invests 1% of its revenues in education projects contributing directly to the United Nations Sustainsable Development Goals.
ABMI est un cabinet de conseil en ingénierie et innovation industrielle, créé il y a près de 35 ans. Il s’adresse aux grands comptes qui souhaitent externaliser leur R&D en mettant à leur disposition des consultants-techniciens et des ingénieurs dans trois domaines d’expertise : l’ingénierie produit (conception de nouveaux produits, prototypage et tests pour la pré-industrialisation) ; l’ingénierie process (amélioration des processus de production) et l’installation industrielle (notamment la construction de sites industriels).
Omnes becomes majority shareholder in the engineering consultancy ABMI through a proprietary primary MBO.
It is a milestone in ABMI’s history, which, for the first time since its creation 35 years ago, is including financial investors in its shareholder base to accelerate its transformation.
As an engineering company, we build teams of consultant- technicians and engineers dedicated to carrying out the projects we’re entrusted with. Our sectors cover product development, industrial vehicles, aeronautics, railways, energy and nuclear power. Our technical teams are always involved, and the management teams build organizations dedicated to each client’s specific issues. This ability to offer unique solutions is at the heart of our action and is key to the performance we deliver. Engineering is about turning ideas into concrete reality: this is ABMI’s mission for projects, equipment, production processes, industrial installations, or projects involving new products.
My managing partners were wanting to retire and I was looking for a new shareholder core to transform ABMI. The connection with Omnes was fluid and natural. Beyond skills, it is above all about the human factor. I really appreciate listening to the Omnes team and their willingness to understand how we work.
Our roadmap is ambitious and combines organic and external growth deals. In terms of organic growth, we are looking to upgrade the company’s service offerings and activities. We are also working to structure and industrialize processes and good practice. With regards to acquisitions, we have several objectives: supplementing existing business know-how, attracting new customers and internationalizing ABMI, which currently operates mainly in France.
With Omnes, we have built a supportive environment that is based on listening, regular interaction and quick decision-making. Together, we formed ABMI’s new supervisory board so that we have the right people around us to execute our transformation plan efficiently and quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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.