Demeter – Supporting Innovative Start-ups, High-Growth SMEs, and Infrastructure Projects

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Demeter acts as a major player in venture capital and private equity. As such, it finances a sustainable future by supporting companies that develop projects in the fields of new energy and ecological transition.

The French VC fund invests anywhere from 1 million to 30 million to support businesses in all stages of development, including:

  • Infrastructure projects
  • Groundbreaking start-ups
  • High-growth small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

Personal Background and Values That Drive the Investor’s Leadership

After graduating from Emlyon Business School with a specialisation in finance and strategy, I joined bpiFrance. A few months ago, I became part of Demeter as an analyst in the venture capital teams,” shares Mr. Gaspard Devissaguet, Venture Capital Analyst at Demeter.

Venture Capital is fascinating because it’s about meeting passionate entrepreneurs, funding their unique ideas, making them actionable, and supporting them to turn those ideas into cash flow-positive companies.

Demeter’s Commitment

The fund is a committed and responsible investor. For that reason, it signs a number of initiatives, including Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Principle for Responsible Investment (PRI), The Shift Project, iC20, and many more.

Portfolio and Success Stories

Since 2005, Demeter has always been placing the environment at the core of its investment strategy. With over €1 billion under management, the company pioneers the investments in ecological transition sectors.

In the course of 15 years, Demeter has partnered with more than 120 companies. “Currently, we support over 80 companies with the aim of making each of them either a reference actor or a key player on its market,” says Mr. Devissaguet.

In 2014, Demeter invested in Ynsect. Quickly, Ynsect turned into the leader in natural insect protein. A testament to that is the whopping €316 million investment the company recently raised to build its first vertical farm. The facility will reach a production volume of 100,000T.

We are very delighted with this outcome as this is one of our greatest success stories to date,” proudly shares Gaspard Devissaguet.

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Connection with InvestHorizon

“InvestHorizon brings real added value to us – whether that’s to support our portfolio companies or to source new start-ups,” concludes Mr. Devissaguet.