Groupe ADP Steps up Its Innovation Efforts by Investing in the White Star Capital Investment Fund

As part of its Innovation Hub programme, to amplify its investment strategy, Groupe ADP (Paris:ADP) has just invested in the White Star Capital fund. This subscription is done as part of a $180-million round of financing. Based in New York, Montreal, London and Paris, the fund has invested in more than 20 innovative companies since its inception in 2015.

 

"Our investment strategy, directly in start-ups and through external funds, has proven its relevance as a powerful tool for transforming and supporting innovative projects. Almost a year after the launch of the Innovation Hub initiative in March 2017, our overall investment capacity has now reached 40 million euros and extends our initiative to look forward and cover all steps of the innovation process. Our hybrid model is unique in our industry, so that other airport players, among the international leaders, are now showing a strong appetite for this model." said Edward Arkwright, Deputy CEO.

 

Groupe ADP's Innovation Hub: an effective investment model based on two complementary pillars

 

This new venture is at the heart of an investment model based on two pillars:

 

  • an internal fund for direct minority holdings in start-ups ;
  • and subscriptions to external funds : This approach also gives Groupe ADP the opportunity to explore co-investment opportunities with funds and identify synergies with other large corporate partners.

Three investments in external funds have already been made: X-Ange, Elaia Delta and Cathay Innovation. This new system allows Groupe ADP to broaden the scope of its technological awareness and to benefit from complementary expertise in targeting start-ups that could become strategic partners of the group.

 

An investment fully complementary to previous deals

 

This investment is complementary geographically because White Star Capital is focused on Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States and Japan, while Cathay Innovation looks more towards the West Coast of the United States and China, and Elaia makes the majority of its investments in France.

 

Moreover, from a sectoral point of view, White Star Capital has made retail disruption a priority growth area, which is one of the priorities of the Innovation Hub programme as well as one of the strategic objectives of Groupe ADP.

 

Finally, each fund is also complementary in terms of the maturity of the companies they target. While X-Ange and Elaia invest more at an early stage, and Cathay Innovation supports more mature start-ups, White Star provides support to mid-stage entrepreneurs to accelerate their international rollout.

 

Groupe ADP will have a seat on the White Star Capital fund board, which will enable it to play a full part in the fund's decisions.

 

 

 

 

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