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French startup Qonto has raised another €10 million from existing investors Alven Capital and Valar Ventures
Qonto, the neobank of small businesses, officially opens its services and increases their growth, with a second fundraising.Read
In 17 years Alven has invested in over 100 companies. Here are listed some of the finest businesses in the digital industry. For most of them the journey is only beginning.
Who we areOur mission. Our values. Our team
Alven Capital is an independent venture investment firm with a successful track record of 5 successive funds backing more than 100 startups over 17 years. Our mission at Alven consists in
supporting the long-term success of outstanding French digital & technology entrepreneurs
Read our Manifesto to learn more about our values.
We remain fiercely intentional in all our investments and stand by our investment thesis.
Our team is well-versed in the art and science of growing fast companies. Here are our backgrounds:
Guillaume Aubin co-founded Alven with Charles Letourneur. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and IEP Paris. Guillaume joined Paribas in 1991 and worked successively in Paris, New York and London in the Corporate Finance department (M&A, IPO) for French and European companies, more particularly in the technology sector. He then developed an activity of investor in fast growing companies which led in 2000 to the creation of Alven.
Charles Letourneur co-founded Alven with Guillaume Aubin. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE, and IEP Paris. Charles joined the M&A department of Lazard in 1991 in New York, and then in Paris. In 2000, he was also appointed member of the Executive Committee of Gaz & Eaux (renamed Eurazeo). He then developed an activity of investor in fast growing companies which led in 2000 to the creation of Alven.
Fond of technologies and Internet more particularly, Jeremy Uzan started his career in the venture capital team of Société Générale Asset Management. He then spent three years as an Associate at Clipperton Finance, a Corporate Finance boutique specializing in growth companies, notably in the Internet sector. Jérémy joined Alven in 2008. He holds a Master in Computer Sciences and a Master in Finance.
Raffi joined Alven in 2011. He started his career as an engineer, joining Bouygues Telecom where he worked on core data networks. Prior to joining Alven, he was part of the venture capital team of the Parisian office of Gimv, a pan-European fund where he focused on tech investments. He graduated from Ensimag and holds an MBA from Insead.
Rodolphe Menegaux holds a Master in Business Management from Paris IX Dauphine University and a Master in Finance from Brandeis University (Massachusetts). He started his career at Xange Private Equity, a prominent French VC firm, in 2003 and was promoted Partner in 2014. He was actively involved in numerous deals as principal investor and board member in the Internet and Enterprise Software fields. He joined Alven as Partner in 2015.
François Meteyer started his career in technologies and Internet in 2010 in the Strategy & Innovation Department of Vivendi. In 2012, he created Decovery, a community marketplace in home design that was accelerated at leCamping before being acquired by Express-Roularta Media Group in 2014. François Meteyer then managed HEC Incubator. François Meteyer graduated from EDHEC and joined Alven in 2015.
Maxime Le Dantec
Passionate about digital and AI technologies, Maxime holds a Master in Data Sciences from Ecole Centrale Paris. He was the co-founder and CSO of Conv.ai, a startup that developed AI-powered chatbots to automatize business conversations. Before joining Alven as analyst in 2017, Maxime worked at Total Energy Venture, the corporate venture arm of Total investing in energy startups.
Head of Marketing
Jonathan started his career as a digital expert at Microsoft. He joined a consulting firm as head of marketing with the mission to reinvigorate the brand. Investor in a foodtech company, he discovered the startup ecosystem as an entrepreneur, before joining Alven in 2017 as Head of Marketing and Communication. He holds a Master in Brand Management and a Master in Digital Business.
Julie Barchilon joined the Asset Management / OPCVM practice of the audit firm Constantin Associates in 2002. In 2005, she joined Alven where she is currently in charge of Administration and Finance. Julie holds a Masters Degree in Financial Management and Taxation from La Sorbonne University in Paris.
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