Fil Rouge Capital (FRC) is a private investment company run by its Founders. FRC invests in early stage businesses from angel investment, seed, VC and Series A rounds through a combination of equity and debt structures. FRC’s approach is to target investments that complement the skills and experience of its Founders so that they can bring more than just capital to help a business grow. Both FRC’s Founders have a core knowledge of technology, services, and an entrepreneurial history that they can bring to the benefit of an investment. Fil Rouge Capital is financed by the Founders and a group of private individuals all of whom share the same entrepreneurial approach and a desire to help early stage businesses grow.
Fil Rouge Capital invests in Early Stage businesses: from those with little more than good ideas, to operational businesses that need capital to grow rapidly. In total the Founders have invested in over 50 small enterprise, of which those in Fil Rouge Capital are listed below. FRC is Europe-centric, and with a base in Ljubljana, Slovenia, there is an additional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Austria and Southern Germany. On an opportunistic basis FRC will look at deals throughout Europe and also the United States. The Founders are well-connected to accelerators in Central Europe and in Silicon Valley.
In making its investments, FRC looks to partner with existing management so that a common business strategy is agreed as well as common goals for investment and exit. The FRC partners have extensive management experience and bring this to bear when discussing plans with potential investment targets. As Mentors in various programmes in Europe, the Founders are well placed to provide not only advice and expertise to its investments, but also to bring them into contact with other businesses, investors and individuals who can assist with growth. FRC’s investment strategy is to build a diverse portfolio with a focus on businesses that are approaching or at the Series A round of investment. Earlier stages of investment, e.g. seed, are considered but are a smaller part of the portfolio.
Fil Rouge Capital’s Founders have extensive experience in services and technology, and businesses combining one or both of these are an automatic focus. The investment target must either show or demonstrate capability to grow rapidly into a significant market and be scalable. Targets will have to show the potential for being either a market disrupter, an innovator with proprietary intellectual property, or the ability to build a significant customer data base for exploitation.
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The Founders have an extensive experience in both managing companies as well as managing investments and acting as investors. Having held operational roles and having successfully invested in many companies in the region they have a unique understanding of the targeted sectors, their regional dynamics, and the specific competences required to create value in the long term. For the last 15 years they have worked in the region as investors and managers. In particular they have extensive experience in start-up accelerators and the nurturing of early-stage companies.
Julien Coustaury has over 20 years of relevant experience in manufacturing and services, much of it at CEO level. He has worked in more than 80 countries across five continents and participated in over $1.7bn of purchase, sale and financing transactions. More recently with his partner, he invested in more than 40 early stage ventures, mainly focusing on B2C software with some HW exception like H20Pal, the first hydration tracker on the market. As part of the founding team of Double Recall, Julien attended YCombinator S11 class. Julien currently serves on the board of Symvaro, H20pal and Europronet. He holds a master’s Degree in Telecom engineering. Julien is an avid wakeboarder and never says no to a good glass of Bordeaux wine.
Roger Blott is an experienced professional manager with 30 years of experience in manufacturing and service industries, mostly in telecommunications and technology. He has managed businesses in the Far East, United States, Africa and Europe in many capacities, most recently at CEO or regional CEO level. He has extensive experience in the formulation, financing and management of joint ventures, and of mergers and acquisitions, having managed over $2bn of transactions including IPO’s, secondary and public debt issuances. He is also a significant investor in early stage ventures. Roger Blott holds a first class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and until recently was a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants (UK). He is almost too old to still be wakeboarding and likes to drink his partner’s Bordeaux.
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