Elaia Partners has recruited a partner and is raising a new €120m fund

Elaia Partners has recruited a partner and is raising a new €120m fund

Elaia Partners, an independent VC fund focused on disruptive digital economy, and having invested notably in Criteo, Sigfox, Mirakl or Teads, is raising a new €120m fund, Elaia Delta Fund. As part of this next step, Marc Rougier, a serial entrepreneur, will join Elaia Partners as Partner in early 2016.


Elaia Partners, an independent VC fund dedicated to disruptive digital economy, is raising a new fund, Elaia Delta Fund. With a target size of €120m, the fund aims at investing in 25 to 30 French and European early-stage start-ups.

With over 12 years of experience in backing worldwide leaders in digital technologies such as Criteo, Sigfox, Mirakl or Teads, Elaia Partners aims at creating a new generation of global champions with a unique capacity to gain leadership positions on booming markets. The fund, being currently raised from institutional investors, corporations, Family Offices and entrepreneurs, targets a first closing in Q1 2016.

Xavier Lazarus, Partner and co-founder of Elaia Partners, comments: « The investment opportunities triggered by the digital economy are far from being over. On the contrary, we are at the very beginning of a new wave of opportunities, which is the advent of data, offering ever more valuable opportunities than the previous ones. And this time, leaders will not all be Californians! France has major assets such as a renowned expertise in mathematics and a mature entrepreneurial ecosystem, which gives all the keys to experienced entrepreneurs to convert disruptive ideas and technologies into rocketing start-ups. With an excellent track-record, an established role within the digital ecosystem and a strong and high-quality deal-flow, we are able to offer our LPs a privileged access to these unique growth opportunities. »

In addition to the new fund, Elaia Partners enriches its team’s existing expertise with the recruitment of Marc Rougier, a serial entrepreneur. Currently CEO of Scoop.it in San Fransisco, Marc Rougier has been an entrepreneur for 25 years, has created 4 start-ups and has supported over a dozen more as a mentor, advisor or business angel. Marc focuses on early-stage projects with a strong technological focus combined with international outlook. Marc also worked in large corporations such as Thales or IBM, which adds both international experience and a strong exposure to corporate and M&A issues to his entrepreneurial expertise. He will join Elaia Partners as Partner in early 2016.

Philippe Gire, Partner and co-founder of Elaia Partners, adds: « I am pleased that Marc decided to leave California to join us. We have known him for over 10 years and we share the same values and vision. His experience as an international entrepreneur perfectly fits within our team, and I am convinced that together we will be even more able to detect the next global leaders ».

Marc Rougier confirms that he « was immediately seduced by the idea of joining Elaia Partners. Joining an ambitious team with such a renowned expertise, who values both performance and human criteria, and places the respect of the entrepreneur as a core value, are key for me to continue to contribute to the dynamism of the French start-up ecosystem. »

About Elaia Partners:

Elaia Partners is an independent VC fund focused on Digital Economy and early-stage investments. Elaia Partners currently manages over €135m and invests in high-growth start-ups offering ground-breaking technologies, products and services, from initial financing rounds to their emergence as global leaders. The investment team brings together 50y+ of expertise in both VC and digital technologies and aims at playing an active role alongside entrepreneurs.

Elaia Partners diversified portfolio includes companies such as Sigfox, Mirakl, Criteo, Teads, Marfeel, adomik, Talent.io, ZenChef, Easyrecrue, Shift Technology, Vodkaster, tinyclues, Orchestra Networks, Agnitio, etc.

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