Managed by a team of 6 Partners gathering more than 80-year experience as investors , Ventech puts its operating and financial expertise at the service of the management team
Alain is a Managing Partner and founded Ventech in 1998. He is driving investments in Internet, Media and Mobile. He serves as a board member for Augure, Believe, Curse, Eyeka, Mamsy, Oktogo, Shopmium, SoJeans, Viadeo, Webedia.
Alain has achieved numerous successful exits such as MeilleurTaux (first listed then sold to Group Caisse d’Epargne), Alapage (sold to France Telecom), Cyrano (IPO), Com6-Busines&Decision (IPO), Genesys (IPO), Internext (sold to Primus Telecom), Racing Live (sold to ESPN).
Alain joined the private equity sector in 1986. He founded 3 management companies and has built a large experience in various types of operations (venture, expansion, buy-out & turnaround) as well as on several geographies, during several economic cycles.
Alain Caffi holds a Master of Sciences from the University of Kansas, Lawrence (USA). He is also a C.P.A. (Chartered Public Accountant).
Emmanuelle joined Ventech in 2011.
Previously, Emmanuelle was the Corporate Secretary at NPEIM in 2007 and was responsible for finance, legal, tax and middle/back office matters.
From 2001-2007, Emmanuelle served as a Corporate Secretary at DWS Investments, the asset management arm of Deutsche Bank, France.
Emmanuelle began her career in 1988 at CCF (now HSBC Group) as a Controller, before joining the asset management business in 1992, where she served in both the Controlling and Tax & Legal departments.
Emmanuelle graduated from ESC Rouen and holds a Master's Degree in Management Control from Paris Dauphine University. Based in Ville d'Avray, Emmanuelle has 3 'grow-up' children.
Jean is a Managing Partner with Ventech, and has been investing in the Mobile and Infrastructure sectors since 2000, as well as online marketplaces. He brings to the team his expertise in this area as well as knowledge of these industries' business models and key actors. Jean serves as a board member for Crocus technology, Ekinops (EKI), Intercloud, Ogury and Unilend. He was instrumental in many of Ventech’s investments, including Altitude Télécoms (ILD), Arteris (QCOM), Ateme (ATEME), Musiwave (MSFT), Muzicall (RNWK), Wengo (VIV) and Withings (NOK).
Claire joined Ventech as General Partner in 2008. She focuses on Internet/Mobile Services and Software. She currently sits on the boards of Bonitasoft, Botify and Vestiaire Collective in France, and Asgoodasnew in Germany.
She was board member of Stickyads, video programmatic adtech solution (acquired by Comcast, US in May 2016) as well as b-process (acquired by Ariba, US) and Arkoon (acquired by Airbus group).
Claire started her career at Crédit Lyonnais in project financing activities in France and in the USA. She later participated in the creation and development of the Venture Capital department of Crédit Lyonnais (which later became Crédit Agricole Private Equity) from 2000 to 2005, leading their investments in companies such as Musiwave (sold to Openwave), and Meiosys (sold to IBM).
In 2005 Claire co-funded the “Infrastuctures” fund for AXA Private Equity, handling investments in the Utilities sector (energy, water, waste) and particularly in the renewable energies in Europe.
Claire is an electronics engineer (Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris) and graduated from ESSEC. Claire supports the non-profit organization Ashoka, which allows her to meet and collaborate with passionate social entrepreneurs.
Christian has been a Managing Partner with Ventech since 2013 and brings his 16-year experience as an investor in innovation. With offices in Munich and Paris, he leads Ventech investment activities in the DACH region. He serves as a board member for Picanova and TV Smiles.
As a partner with TVM Capital (Munich-Boston, 1998-2008) and with OMNES Capital (Paris, 2009-2013), he led numerous investments, such as Tantau Inc. (listed on NASDAQ), T.I.M.E. AG (acquired by Genesys), Telesnap GmbH/Stuttgart (acquired by Netwise), CoreOptics Inc./Nuremberg (acquired by Cisco), Silicon Hive B.V. (acquired by Intel), Netviewer AG (acquired by Citrix), Arteris Inc. (acquired by Qualcomm), Plista GmbH (acquired by GroupM), Definiens AG (acquired by Astra Zeneca), Trusted Shops GmbH (Certification- and Confidence Solutions for e-Tailers), Turtle Entertainment GmbH (Digital Media Group for e-Sports), TennisPoint GmbH (Europe's leading Tennis-Sport and Apparel e-Tailer), European Games Group AG (next gen F2P Online Games Publisher) and Trust You GmbH (SaaS-Provider for Online Reputation Management).
Prior to joining the VC industry in 1998, Christian worked for 10 years in Europe's Telecommunications industry as Head of Strategic Bus Dev and Product Management in Siemens' Public Networks Group.
Christian holds an MSc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe (Germany), University of Essex (UK) and the Ecole Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique (France). Christian is a passionate Jazz pianist and can occasionally be found in jazz club sessions in either Paris, Munich or Berlin.
Tero has been Venture Partner with Ventech since 2016 and brings operational, entrepreneurial and investment experience in innovation. With an office in Helsinki and Paris, he covers Ventech’s investment activities in the Nordic countries, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
During his times as an investor (1998 – 2006) for Sitra and as General Partner with Nordic Venture Partners he led numerous early stage Nordic investments such as u-Nav Microelectronics (acquired by Atheros), CRF Health (acquired by Vitruvian Partners), Continuent (acquired by WMware), and MAC (acquired by Meconet). He has also held several Investment Committee and Advisory Board positions in European and US VC funds. During his tenure with Nokia (2006 – 2012) he held leadership positions in Corporate Development, Venturing and M&A. Earlier in his career he worked in business development for Boeing Corp.
Most recently Tero founded and was the CEO of PulseOn (2012-2015), a connected wearables company specializing in optical sensors and algorithms.
Tero holds a Msc. in Industrial Economics from Université de Genève and an MEB from Solvay Business School, Université libre de Bruxelles. Tero has lived and studied or worked in Belgium, Switzerland, UK, Russia, USA, and Finland.
Audrey Soussan joined Ventech in 2011. As a Principal, she identifies and analyses new IT opportunities, contributes to investments and follow-up of technological companies. She monitors seed pocket investments.
Audrey graduated from Université Paris Dauphine and ESSEC, and benefits from first-hand experience in Venture Capital at DN Capital in London. She is a Co-Managing Director at GirlsInTech Paris, an organization focusing on the empowerment of women in technology. She is also a mentor at the Founder Institute, a global entrepreneur training and startup launch program.
Stephan is a Principal and joined the investment team for the European markets in 2012. Beside working on core investments for our funds with companies such as Picanova, Speexx or European Games Group, he is also managing seed investments like CrossEngage, Crobox, and Realbest.
He holds a B.S. in Information Systems, specialized in Software Engineering (FUAS Flensburg, Germany) and a M.S. in Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control (WU Vienna, Austria), while studying abroad at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark).
Romain joined Ventech in 2015
Paolo joined Ventech in 2002.
Paolo graduated from University Panthéon Assas (Paris II) Master's Degree in Company Law and Taxation and holds a DESCF.
Khedidja joined Ventech in 2009.
Kannika joined Ventech in 2008.