Aster Capital

Aster Capital Aster is a VC that fast-tracks their founders' visions by giving them immediate access to mentorship. And, with access to a global network of corporates built on two decades of backing exceptional talent, Aster helps build scalable businesses.
Aster is a venture capital firm that is organized as a business hub – a new generation of growth accelerator for startups. Resolutely serving entrepreneurs that are looking to establish new industry models (particularly in the energy, manufacturing and mobility sectors), the Aster Business Hub is a complete ecosystem of opportunities supporting growth companies in their development. By mobilising the support of industrial investors in its funds, coupled with a significant international presence (San Francisco, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Nairobi and Paris), Aster acts as a catalyst for venture rounds, market access and geographic expansion. Currently, Aster manages over 300 million dollars in funds raised from major global groups and institutions. For 16 years, Aster has invested in more than 50 startups, including Solairedirect (acquired by Engie in 2015) and ConnectBlue (acquired by u-blox in 2014).

Aster is a venture capital firm that is organized as a business hub – a new generation of growth accelerator for startups. Resolutely serving entrepreneurs that are looking to establish new industry models (particularly in the energy, manufacturing and mobility sectors), the Aster Business Hub is a complete ecosystem of opportunities supporting growth companies in their development. By mobilising the support of industrial investors in its funds, coupled with a significant international presence (San Francisco, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Nairobi and Paris), Aster acts as a catalyst for venture rounds, market access and geographic expansion. Currently, Aster manages over 300 million dollars in funds raised from major global groups and institutions. For 16 years, Aster has invested in more than 50 startups, including Solairedirect (acquired by Engie in 2015) and ConnectBlue (acquired by u-blox in 2014).

Aster is joining forces with 60+ VCs and Station F to publish a comprehensive study on the impact of Covid-19 on the sta...
15/05/2020

Aster is joining forces with 60+ VCs and Station F to publish a comprehensive study on the impact of Covid-19 on the startup ecosystem.

If you are a startup founder or a C-level executive and would like to contribute, please fill in the form: https://stationf.typeform.com/to/rYuosZ

#venturecapital #startups #covid19 #study

Ask us Anything —  tomorrow we'll be joining forces with Microsoft for Startups Europe to bring you an informative Q&A s...
11/05/2020

Ask us Anything — tomorrow we'll be joining forces with Microsoft for Startups Europe to bring you an informative Q&A session!

To register: https://lnkd.in/dV-3kxk

In this fight against #Covid19, we all have a role to play. At Aster, we are delighted to see such a sense of #solidarit...
07/05/2020
4 Aster Family startups helping tackle the Covid-19 crisis

In this fight against #Covid19, we all have a role to play. At Aster, we are delighted to see such a sense of #solidarity among our #AsterFamily. In this article, we have chosen to shed light on 4 initiatives carried out by our startups Karos, Opendatasoft, Hadean and Atlantium Technologies. Congrats to them! 👏

By Hélène Maxwell

🥇Huge congratulations to our portfolio company DCbrain for coming 1st of the 'Value Chains & Logistics' category of the ...
05/05/2020

🥇Huge congratulations to our portfolio company DCbrain for coming 1st of the 'Value Chains & Logistics' category of the #EUvsVirus hackathon this weekend.

20,900 participants, 2,160 projects pitched and 27 participating countries tackling #covid19.

The project the team pitched: https://devpost.com/software/deal-with-aleas-save-lifes

#AsterFamily #hackathon #covid19 #EU #startups

💻 e-pitching to global investors via Zoom? Monday 5 Italian startups will be pitching to Sergey Gribov (US), Melissa Guz...
29/04/2020
Axis Webinar - Italian Startups Pitch to Investors & Corporations

💻 e-pitching to global investors via Zoom? Monday 5 Italian startups will be pitching to Sergey Gribov (US), Melissa Guzy (Hong Kong), David Fogel (UK), Peter Lasinger (Austria), Almudena Trigo Lorenzo (Spain) and Fabio Lancellotti (France).

Sign up here: https://lnkd.in/d9yz76z

Flint Capital l Arbor Ventures l BeAble Capital SGEIC SA l Alma Angels l Israeli Tech Parliament l Capital300 l Axis Innovation LLC

#covid19 #venturecapital #pitch #italy #startups

Axis Webinars are virtual events featuring leading investors, corporations & thought leaders about critical issues facing entrepreneurs.

When is it time to #pivot? And how do you make sure it's a good move to make?💡Join Amy Lewin, Deputy Editor at Sifted; J...
28/04/2020

When is it time to #pivot? And how do you make sure it's a good move to make?

💡Join Amy Lewin, Deputy Editor at Sifted; Jérome Joaug Partner at Aster Capital; Rachel Carrell, founder of Koru Kids and Craig Beddis CEO of Hadean this Friday 1st May, 12.30 BST.

Sign up here: https://lnkd.in/gmnhRVs

#MSFT4Startups #startups #scaleups #entrepreneurship
#pivot #startupstrategies

17/04/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Multi-Agent Systems Contagion Simulation

Hadean has partnered with The Francis Crick Institute to accelerate the development of a single and massive scale simulation of how viruses, like COVID-19, spread.

Craig beddis, Hadean CEO said “our partnership with the Francis Crick Institute is a critical step forward in defeating the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. We are very pleased that Hadean’s core technology will be used to advance the development of a contagion simulation that has the potential to save lives, not just now but in the future.”

Congrats team!
#AsterFamily

https://lnkd.in/dwPpz5i

UPDATE: We're delighted to announce we are renewing our partnership with The Francis Crick Institute. The project will combine analysis of person-to-person i...

Congratulations to ekWateur for running the largest French #crowdfunding campaign in history with €1.2 million. 💛 This c...
09/04/2020

Congratulations to ekWateur for running the largest French #crowdfunding campaign in history with €1.2 million. 💛

This campaign, which was powered by Aster Crowd, gave anyone the opportunity to invest alongside us, via Sowefund's platform.

Read more: https://lnkd.in/g53JpyH

06/04/2020

🌟 #SharingIsCaring that's why Opendatasoft has decided to help you share your local community Covid-19 related data, free of charge.

Why pool and share your data?
- To collectively get a quicker idea of the criticality of the situation
- To organize us collectively to better manage the situation
- To collectively help authorities fine-tune their predictive models and prepare for the future

A few inspiring examples:
👉France & Covid-19: https://lnkd.in/e2yyJt2
👉Issy-les-Moulineaux & home deliveries: https://lnkd.in/ebvAesa
👉Dunkerque & its local producers: https://lnkd.in/ejWAXD5

📩 Interested in helping by sharing your data? Drop Ysée an email at [email protected] or check out https://lnkd.in/g6EFFWp

💟 To all the devoted people working in hospitals in Paris: Karos has decided to donate 100,000 comfortable carpool rides...
06/04/2020

💟 To all the devoted people working in hospitals in Paris: Karos has decided to donate 100,000 comfortable carpool rides completely free of charge to make your lives a little easier.

If you know anyone working in a hospital, tag them to let them know ⬇

Swiftly just announced the finalization of their $10M Series A funding. Here is why our team is particularly excited to ...
10/06/2019
Why we invested in Swiftly - Aster Capital

Swiftly just announced the finalization of their $10M Series A funding. Here is why our team is particularly excited to contribute to making this young company a global platform that enables smarter public mobility.

By Fabio Lancellotti, Partner at Aster Swiftly just announced the finalization of their $10m Series A led by VIA ID, Renewal Funds, Wind Capital and Aster to grow its software-as-a-service business for cities’ transportation agencies. The new funding reinforces Swiftly’s ambition to become a glo...

Do you believe in flying cars? At Aster, we do - and here is an article by our Venture Partner Kevin Sara to prove it! F...
21/05/2019
Flying Cars: Fool’s Gold or Paradigm Shift?

Do you believe in flying cars? At Aster, we do - and here is an article by our Venture Partner Kevin Sara to prove it! From the beginning of the 20th century until today, everything you need to know about electric aviation.

Dozens of start-ups have emerged over the past few years boldly announcing we have the technology; flying cars are here (or almost)…

Relive the 2nd VC Night, the official Viva Technology launch party, set in Montorgueil Street on May 15th. Just like las...
20/05/2019
Aster at VC Night: an overview of the night's highlights - Aster Capital

Relive the 2nd VC Night, the official Viva Technology launch party, set in Montorgueil Street on May 15th. Just like last year, our team welcomed international startups attending the event in a casual atmosphere at Le Lézard Café. Don't miss the next one!

For the second year in a row, Aster was thrilled to be sponsor of the VC Night, the official Viva Technology launch party set in Montorgueil Street on May 15th. From 7pm until late, Aster welcomed international startups attending VivaTech in a casual atmosphere at Le Lézard Café. See a few picture...

07/05/2019

How to scale in the industrial sector? Relive the 2nd Industrial Tech Talk event Aster organized along with Speedinvest in Paris on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, to discuss the topic of scalability for industrial startups. Thanks again to our amazing speakers (Maher Chebbo, Annie Saillard, David Vauthrin and Simone Pugliese) and stay tuned for the next one!

Can trains, subways, tramways and the Paris RER, which criss-cross large cities daily with a low carbon footprint, answe...
17/04/2019
Rail freight, the missing link in urban logistics?

Can trains, subways, tramways and the Paris RER, which criss-cross large cities daily with a low carbon footprint, answer the current challenges of urban logistics? Read Claire Lepelletier's new opinion paper on Medium about rail freight and enter the debate!

By Claire Lepelletier, Market Development, Aster

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Sowefund through the launch of Aster Crowd. This program offers entrepr...
11/04/2019
Sowefund et Aster créent un programme de co-investissement

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Sowefund through the launch of Aster Crowd. This program offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to add a crowd effect to their funding without the complexity of having too many Business Angels directly on captable and thus leveraging a wide support of hundreds of individual ambassadors. Everyone can be a Business Angel! Check it here: https://urlz.fr/9s1t

Le site de financement participatif Sowefund et le fonds Aster s'allient pour permettre aux entrepreneurs de compléter une levée de fonds auprès d'acteurs professionnels avec une campagne sollicitant les particuliers investisseurs.

"AI does not transform all companies. And AI does not transform all sectors as fast as one could think. The main reason ...
18/03/2019
Automated Machine Learning: what it means for companies

"AI does not transform all companies. And AI does not transform all sectors as fast as one could think. The main reason behind that is simple: deploying artificial intelligence is resource intensive and challenging for most businesses." Read our last article on Medium by Pierre Cordelle 👇

By Pierre Cordelle, Senior Associate, Aster

Hadean just announced the closing of their €8.3m investment round. Read why we decided to invest in this outstanding com...
12/03/2019
Why we invested in Hadean - Aster Capital

Hadean just announced the closing of their €8.3m investment round. Read why we decided to invest in this outstanding company that combines tech expertise and go-to-market drive: https://lnkd.in/dJVCXU3

By Jérome Joaug, Principal at Aster Hadean just announced the closing of their €8.3m investment round, where Aster invested along with Draper Esprit. This round aims to expand the team’s engineering capabilities and accelerate their commercial development, which has already gained strong moment...

We are thrilled to announce our investment in Hadean, a London-based startup optimizing the entire compute stack so deve...
07/03/2019

We are thrilled to announce our investment in Hadean, a London-based startup optimizing the entire compute stack so developers can run algorithms at any scale. More on their website: https://www.hadean.com/

Aster's Associate Raphaëlle Martin-Neuville attended the CES one month ago and went back with an overview on the future ...
14/02/2019
What does CES 2019 tell us about the future of mobility?

Aster's Associate Raphaëlle Martin-Neuville attended the CES one month ago and went back with an overview on the future of mobility and some key lessons to share. Here is her Medium article!

One month after the show, take a look back through the eyes of a French VC

We are thrilled to kick off with Speedinvest a new series of events gathering startups, VCs and corporates to discuss to...
17/01/2019
Watch the replay: Aster joins forces with Speedinvest to create the "Industrial Tech Talk"events - Aster Capital

We are thrilled to kick off with Speedinvest a new series of events gathering startups, VCs and corporates to discuss topics surrounding industry 4.0: let's watch the industrial tech talk video with Fabio Lancellotti

Aster is thrilled to kick off – alongside the European VC Speedinvest – a new series of events gathering startups, VCs and corporates to discuss topics surrounding the industry 4.0. For the first edition on December 11 at Speedinvest’s rooftop location in Munich, we had a thrilling evening of ...

Aster is in Las Vegas for CES 2019! Startuppers, corporates, innovators and friends, don't hesitate to ping Raphaëlle Ma...
11/01/2019

Aster is in Las Vegas for CES 2019! Startuppers, corporates, innovators and friends, don't hesitate to ping Raphaëlle Martin-Neuville to know more about us 👋

Aster's team wishes you a happy new year 2019, full of innovations, projects and achievements! 🚀✨
02/01/2019

Aster's team wishes you a happy new year 2019, full of innovations, projects and achievements! 🚀✨

Aster is thrilled to support FINALCAD's international development with their $40M in Series C fundraising, aiming to pur...
13/12/2018
Finalcad, the mobile platform for the construction industry, raises $40M Series C

Aster is thrilled to support FINALCAD's international development with their $40M in Series C fundraising, aiming to pursue the building industry's digitization with the recruitment of 100 employees and investment in R&D! 👏

Finalcad, a mobile platform that enables the construction industry to digitize much of its processes, has closed $40 million in Series C funding. The round was led by publicly listed London venture capital firm Draper Esprit, and Cathay Innovation, with the support of Salesforce Ventures. Existing ....

Connecting mobility startups with major groups to make them cooperate is Claire Lepelletier's mission at Aster's Busines...
07/12/2018
Profession : entremetteuse entre start-up et grands groupes - La Fabrique des Mobilités

Connecting mobility startups with major groups to make them cooperate is Claire Lepelletier's mission at Aster's Business Hub: don't miss her last article in which she develops the challenges of this "matchmaker" job 👇

Article rédigé par Claire Lepelletier, membre du Business Hub d’Aster – Aster est une société de capital-risque qui a levé 520 …

Why do we believe in Wluper's unique technology and potential to make conversation assistants much more intelligent, hum...
26/11/2018

Why do we believe in Wluper's unique technology and potential to make conversation assistants much more intelligent, human-like, and effortless to build?
Let's read our latest post by Jérome Joaug 👇
http://aster.com/why-we-invested-in-wluper/

Aster is proud to participate in Wluper's €1.2m fundraising, a London-based startup building a conversational AI to powe...
23/11/2018

Aster is proud to participate in Wluper's €1.2m fundraising, a London-based startup building a conversational AI to power knowledge-based voice assistants, thus contributing to the startup’s expansion in research and development capabilities! https://tcrn.ch/2FEzudP

Aster was delighted to participate in Mondial Tech first edition, the new international event for mobility innovators! I...
09/10/2018

Aster was delighted to participate in Mondial Tech first edition, the new international event for mobility innovators! It took place from October 1st to 6th and welcomed over 40,000 participants and 100 exhibitors. It was a great opportunity to meet & exchange with startups dedicated to mobility worldwide!

As burn rate is a major issue for startups, how can founders manage and optimize their costs to achieve profitability? L...
08/10/2018
Pourquoi vous devez (vraiment) faire attention à votre burn rate

As burn rate is a major issue for startups, how can founders manage and optimize their costs to achieve profitability? Let's read Fabio Lancellotti, Partner at Aster, latest opinion paper in Maddyness!

Lever beaucoup pour dépenser toujours plus, une stratégie risquée pour les startups qui doivent avoir pour priorité la création de valeur et, à terme, la rentabilité. Fabio Lancellotti, partner chez Aster, explique pourquoi les entrepreneurs ne doivent pas perdre de vue leur burn rate.

We are proud to renew our investment in Cosmo Tech, French startup that develops decision aid softwares based on Big Dat...
12/09/2018

We are proud to renew our investment in Cosmo Tech, French startup that develops decision aid softwares based on Big Data & AI enabling directors anticipate strategic decisions effects! This €18M fundraising will foster their international development http://bit.ly/2Nw9jsl

28/08/2018
Why venture capitalists invest in digitization of construction with FINALCAD

Why we invested in FINALCAD? More than a year after we invested in FinalCad, the company has come a long way and positioned itself as a leader in the digitization of the building industry.
Let's watch Jean-Marc Bally, Managing Partner at Aster sharing his thoughts along with other investors about their choice of investment.

From FINALCAD's office in Singapore, Jean-Marc Bailly (Aster Capital), Philippe Hayat (Serena Capital) and Laurent Dumas (Cap Horn Invest) share their though...

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Aster is a Venture Capital firm with offices in 4 major innovation hubs: Paris, Cambridge (UK), Tel Aviv and San Francisco. Since 2000, we have partnered with more than 60 teams of entrepreneurs that are transforming markets with disruptive offers and technologies. We are always open to exploring new ideas related to mobility, energy and industry sectors that we have been covering until now. We invest in all stages, with a preference for the early phase.

We are more than investors and we intend to act as an ally for entrepreneurs by connecting them to a valuable ecosystem of experts, influencers and business leaders. From marketing to executive talent, our commitment to the growth of our portfolio companies as well as the entire venture ecosystem also involves the commitment of our dedicated Operations team, our innovation strategy consulting firm (Aster Fab) and a crowdfunding branch to further expand opportunities (Aster Crowd).

Some of our success stories include Solairedirect (acquired by Engie in 2015), Digital Lumens (acquired by Osram in 2017) and Avantium (IPOed in 2017).

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