OUR FUND PARTNERSOUR PARTNER FUNDS INVEST IN FOUNDERS THEY BELIEVE IN ACROSS SECTORS, STAGES, AND GEOGRAPHIES
Who Are We?
We see investment in women not just as impact investment, though it is. We see it as something that makes business sense and a great source of opportunities. Many reputable studies have shown that businesses with more gender balanced senior teams perform better than the rest of the market (e.g. Quantopian, Credit Suisse, Catalyst, Nordea). _ It is our sincere desire that in a few years time, as a result of work done by companies like Voulez Capital, our focus on women will no longer be required. That the venture capital market will 'normalise' and we will be able to broaden our investment criteria. In the meantime, Voulez Capital invests in exceptional management teams which include at least one woman founder, businesses focused on less traditionally feminine sectors, such as energy and sustainability, technology (SaaS, IoT, data, etc.), market places, manufacturing, engineering, product design, healthcare, and education. We also invest in outstanding products and services aimed at improving women's (and family's) lives, such as women's health, things that enable better work-life balance, easier, more effective, more convenient and less gender biased childcare and education. We like businesses that focus on improving effectiveness, style, convenience, comfort, and fit. We like to come in at late seed stage, typically at the first 'institutional' investor, and help our companies get ready for the growth phase, as well as then leading them through the Series A and subsequent rounds of financing. We provide our companies with a global platform and post-seed growth capital they need to succeed and always focus on the specific resources each business needs in order to become self sufficient and profitable. Our collaborative approach of working together with the founding team, as well as our Investment Readiness Programme (for companies that are a little too early for VC capital), create an environment where trust and confidence flourish, resources (including capital) are used effectively, all stakeholders are aligned around the same roadmap, and success is measured not by how much money is raised but by the value our founders create, not just for investors and shareholders, but also for customers.
Target Size of Funds
Anya is an unrepentant entrepreneur and is deeply committed to levelling the playing field for female founders and to Voulez Capital Fair Venture Principles. She has almost twenty years of experience building businesses in multiple sectors and geographies, including running a £250m renewable energy venture, founding an incubator for social impact businesses and turning around growth companies on behalf of investors. Having started her career gaining useful training with the likes of PwC (Project Finance), Goldman Sachs (M&A) and NERA Economic Consulting (Economist), she then discovered her true calling and refocused her career on entrepreneurship. Along the way she has assisted a European government on structuring and execution of an investment fund to facilitate growth of Ôtechnology SME championsÕ, was a Director of the INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship, and advised JP Morgan on innovative funding instruments for renewable energy transactions. Anya's approach to doing business and focus on strong, deep relationships, forms the very core of Voulez Capital culture and DNA. Her deep roots with INSEAD and its founding story provided an inspiration for re-claiming the legacy of Georges Doriot - the founding father of Venture Capital - which formed the very core of our Fair Venture Principles.
Stage : Seed, Series A
Sector : Energy, Big Data, SaaS
Region : Europe
Country : UK