“Our goal is to help identify and promote business relationships between our corporates and startups. As a fund, we are independent in our decisions and investment management and our investments are not driven by the strategy of a particular corporation. We are not cvc for that matter. We focus on creating more business opportunities by linking entrepreneurs to corporates. Thus, often corporations act as clients or partners for our companies, but they do not determine the business strategy for them” – explains, Fabio Lancellotti, Partner at Aster Capital.
Right now Aster Capital is looking forward to increase their presence and build strong links in the Nordics: “Currently ⅔ of our portfolio comes from Europe. When it comes to the Nordics, we have done less than what we hoped, nevertheless we can show some good results, for instance our investment in the Swedish company Connect blue, which was successfully sold to ublox.com in 2014”, – says Anahita Eutrope, Associate at Aster Capital. We definitely see great potential in the Region and would like to be more present in the future.
“Our areas of investment are mainly the digitalization of the energy value chain, the connected mobilityand smart industries – including automation, machine learning, robotics, UAVs and drones to name a few. I invested in all three, but personally, I am mostly interested in energy and industrial applications.” – comments, Lancellotti. “I am currently interested to explore investment opportunities within the AI, VR / AR,IoT. While attending Slush in November I noticed those areas are really big in the Nordics. I see good potential there.” – adds Eutrope.
Passion in those areas is backed with necessary expertise. Lancellotti spent a few years in management consulting working, among others,for clients in the fields of energy, manufacturing and aerospace, completed an MBA and worked in Munich-based Early Bird VC before joining Aster in 2010. Eutrope has a degree in business and energy management, – perfect combination for a VC investor interested in innovation in energy and industry worlds.