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Chair « Finance for innovation » NL #3 - Interview

01 août 2019
Interview of Romain Gardereau, Student at Audencia and Analyst at Edenred Capital Partners, London. He presents his activity and his motivations to work in the environment of Corporate Venture Capital, in an international context.

Hello Romain, could you introduce yourself in a few words?

I graduated from Audencia (Grande Ecole Program) in 2019. Before starting as an Analyst at Edenred Capital Partners in January 2019, I did a first internship in audit at Mazars and then in strategic development at Accor where I joined a team making investments and acquisitions in the Travel and Hospitality markets.

Can you briefly describe Edenred Capital Partners' activities?

Edenred Capital Partners is a CVC fund making investments in innovative businesses with high growth potential in sectors related to Edenred's activities, such as Human Capital Management, Fleet & Mobility, Payment and Retail Technology. We invest from Series A to Series C with a traditional and independent VC governance. We aim at supporting companies we invest in with more than capital, bringing them access to Edenred sector expertise and commercial reach to accelerate their growth.

And precisely, what does your activities at Edenred Capital Partners consist of?

I am involved in the many aspects of the fund, from sourcing opportunities and developing relationships with entrepreneurs and the tech ecosystem to taking part in the investment process (meeting with companies, financial and business due diligence, market analysis…). My focus is on Mobility and Retail payment. Therefore, I also contribute to manage our portfolio companies in those verticals: review their performance, working closely with management on strategic and financial planning as well as ad hoc projects, help them grow within Edenred ecosystem…

And in your opinion, what is the role of CVC funds in the startup ecosystem?

Each CVC will have its own investment strategy with different objectives. I think that CVC funds can help startups leverage corporate assets (technology, international network, knowledge…) to accelerate their growth, bringing more than just money. On the other side, a CVC fund will help the Corporate accelerate innovation. At ECP our objective is to create an ecosystem of innovation around Edenred and its various business units, that will benefit both Edenred and startups. The independent structure is made to align all stakeholders, this is a win-win relationship.


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