Capital

Capital

Seed

For startups that already have a viable product in place and are generating their first revenues, we offer equity tickets of approx. USD 50 thousand along with our Skill for Equity. Our investment vehicles for Asia are Skillnet Capital in Hong Kong and Easy Capital in China. Next Media Accelerator acts globally for media-related business models and New Times Ventures bundles our German investments. We get involved in approx. 20 startups per year around the globe.

Case Studies

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Investing in the leading mobile parking place platform ETCP

In China, parking space is an extremely limited resource. Using ETCP, you can find a parking spot that fits your vehicle, reserve it, and pay the bill with your mobile phone, without any cash. Our subsidiary Easy Capital was the first investor in the company. By May 2016, the company had raised USD 50 million and become the absolute #1 in this area with exclusive rights to about 8000 car parks and an additional one million parking spaces in 12 cities. As of January 2016 approx. one million drivers were registered to use this service.

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Drinks Online Only

Shouquanzhai is a drink company with its own brand using Chinese ginger and tea. The most interesting thing about it is that the company has a pure internet brand. Easy Capital is the first investor, buying in when the founder had just developed the business concept. After the investment, Easy Capital brought very useful resources and further investors, such as the founder of FocusMedia, StarVC, Sequoia Capital. Revenues will reach into the triple-digit millions in 2016 with a 600% growth rate year-on-year and a very attractive gross margin. Now the company is well on track to becoming the “Chinese Coca Cola”.

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Early Stage

When startups have successfully delivered their proof of concept, we cover A and B financing rounds ranging from USD 500 thousand to USD 3 million with New Times Ventures or in cooperation with more than 200 personally known, early-stage investors from our network. These financing services of up to USD 10 million are provided by our specialized team at New Times X.

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Eventown.com is the Chinese version of cvent.com (listed in the US) 

It’s also the leading SaaS for the MICE (meeting, incentive, conference, event) industry in China. Easy Capital is the first institutional investor, getting in the door when Eventown had just changed its business model from an online information portal for MICE to a B2B SaaS platform. By June 2016, Eventown had closed several investments rounds with the support of Skillnet and had developed its online financial business for MICE, based on its B2B SaaS platform.

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Growth Capital

Are you reporting “structural profitability” and sales of USD 10 million or more but you’re still burning through money because you’re focusing on rapid growth? Skillnet’s core business is to handle requests of USD 10 million up to USD 600 million. Our typical cases are fast growing businesses with a CAGR of more than 50% and C and D rounds of USD 10 million to USD 50 million. We also meet financing requirements for “buy & build” approaches ranging from USD 50 million to 300 million when the company is growing at a CAGR of approx. 25%.

Case Studies

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Financing Growth of No. 1 European Online Fabrics E-Commerce Player FabFab

When it was a startup, Fabfab asked us if we’d like to help develop the company with our What’s Next approach. We took a look at the high gross margin, very low rate of product returns and weak significance of comparison shopping in a nearly untapped market and we jumped on the chance to get involved, not just as a Skill for Equity shareholder and strategy co-developer, but also to organize several rounds of financing. Now FabFab operates in 12 European countries. It’s the European market leader for online fabric sales, targeting more than EUR 100 million in revenues for this year.

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Investing in Wajiu.com - the Leading B2B Platform for Foreign Wines in China

China’s weather isn’t conducive to wine growing. Most wine is imported. A bottle of wine produced for EUR 1.5 will be sold to retail shops for RMB 150 (EUR 20) or the end consumer for RMB 300 (EUR 40) because there are three or four middlemen along in the value chain. Wajiu is building its own SaaS platform and selling the wine to retail shops directly for just RMB 40. Retail shops can buy wines through Wajiu.com without any middlemen or unnecessary price rises. Easy Capital has invested in the company and is supporting in its future financing. 2016 is developing according to plan and profitable sales of more than USD 100 million are expected by the end of the year.

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Placement Agent Services

What are your financing needs? Are you an accelerator aiming for USD 2 million, a midcap fund seeking around USD 100 million or a later-stage fund trying to raise more than USD 500 million? We’ve already provided dedicated services in those asset classes over the years. Skillnet has maintained close working relationships with our partners and clients for decades and our unique access to corporate investors is extremely helpful in serving these funding requirements.

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Next Media Accelerator, Financing Europe’s Leading Accelerator for Media-related Business Models by 10 Blue Chips 

The dpa, Germany’s largest news agency, which operates in more than 100 countries, developed a new digital strategy. For support, it engaged Skillnet to find an accelerator for media-related business models concerned with content, advertising, technology and services. The concept and the team were so powerful that we were able to bring 10 renowned investors on board. Axel Springer, G+J, Spiegel and the Zeit newspaper are just a few of the companies interested in the NMA startups. These investors anchor the business of NMA and ensure the financing for the first 20 startups of the first four batches.