FRENCH TECH ANGELS AND VCs IN NEW YORK


ANGELS 

Fabrice Grinda - Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors. He has over 100 exits on 400 angel investments. Fabrice has served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Flexport, Zume Pizza, Delivery Hero, Betterment and Brightroll. Fabrice is currently running the startup studio and venture fund FJ Labs, which he cofounded with business partner Jose Marin. Prior to FJ Labs, Fabrice was co-founder and co-CEO of OLX, one of the largest websites in the world with over 300 million unique visitors per month. The company operates in 50 countries and has over 3,000 employees. OLX is the largest classifieds site in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Portugal and many other emerging markets. Before OLX, Fabrice was co-founder and CEO of Zingy, one of the largest wireless media companies in the Americas. Fabrice successfully grew the business to $200 million in sales in four years. Fabrice started his entrepreneurial journey in 1998, at 23, when he co-founded and was CEO of Aucland. Soon after, Aucland grew into one of the largest auction sites in Europe. Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Fabrice worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Fabrice holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996, and was awarded the Halbert White prize, given to the most distinguished economics student, as well as The Wolfe Balleisen memorial prize, awarded for best thesis. In his free time, Fabrice likes to travel the world, heli-ski, kitesurf, play tennis, and blog about his personal and professional life at www.fabricegrinda.com.

Ilan Abehassera - Co-Founder and COO @ Willo

Ilan Abehassera is a NY-based Entrepreneur, now a Co-Founder and COO at Willo, a health tech startup building a device that's reinventing the oral care experience, making it automated, super fast, and efficacious like never before. Ilan previously founded Producteev, a productivity suite for SMBs, acquired by Jive Software ($JIVE) in 2012, and a consumer electronics startup, Ily, a new kind of communication device for young kids, acquired by Nucleus in 2016. Ilan is also an angel investor in great companies such as Sunrise (acquired by Microsoft), Wit.ai (acquired by Facebook), Algolia, Checkr, OKPanda, Campaign, SkyGiraffe (acquired by ServiceNow) and 15 more. Ilan likes to back young teams of disruptors. He doesn't have a specific space or category preference: hardware, SAAS, e-commerce... As long as he can see the business becoming a $100M company at least.

Catherine Barba Chiaramonti - Founder @ PEPS Lab

A serial entrepreneur and digital pioneer in Europe, Catherine Barba is one of the top global experts in the intersection of retail and digital transformation since 1996. She develops the New-York-based PEPS Lab, a Retail Innovation Center that discovers the most promising retail omnichannel practices, from major retailers to fashion brands. Prior to that, Barba founded several digital businesses in France, among which Malinea, acquired in 2012 by the founders of Vente Privee, and Cashstore, acquired by Plebicom Group in 2010. She is also the author of several books about the future of retail, including “Stores are not dead”. A trusted advisor and mentor, Barba is one of the few French female business angels, and serves on the board of several successful tech start-ups, including Leetchi, MangoPay, Reech and Retency, among others. In 2015 and 2016, Barba was named one of 50 most influential figures in Europe’s digital economy and in 2014 one of 3 most influential female figures in France. In June 2017, she has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Renault-Nissan.

She invests in retail tech startups, b2b and b2c. 

Alexei Chemenda, USA Managing Director @ Adikteev

Alexei Chemenda is the Chief Revenue Officer for Apps and Managing Director, U.S at Adikteev, where he focuses on leading the company's U.S expansion for its app retargeting product. Prior to Adikteev, Chemenda co-founded MotionLead, a mobile creative solution that built and ran campaigns using in-house playable and interactive ads, with co-founders, Arthur Querou and Louis Bur, after realizing that ad banners on their app were not driving enough revenue. In 2014, MotionLead was accepted into the Y Combinator program, making it the first French company to make it to Silicon Valley’s top start-up acceleration program. MotionLead was acquired in June 2015 by Adikteev.

Alexei now invests in early stage companies with Louis, with a preference for B2B and SaaS (and even B2C apps) but generally speaking any business where they can add value. Their favorite companies are French companies expanding /moving their business to the US.

Mathieu Nouzareth - Founder and CEO @ FreshPlanet

Serial web entrepreneur, Mathieu Nouzareth is CEO of FreshPlanet, the New York-based developer of the highly-popular award winning social mobile game SongPop, the turn-by-turn, simulated real-time play game for music lovers that has built a global following of over 100 Million players since its launch in June 2012. Mathieu is a frequent panelist at tech conferences such as LeWeb Paris, CES Las Vegas, GDC or CrunchUp.

Frédéric Montagnon - CEO & Co-Founder @ Legolas Exchange

Frédéric Montagnon is an internet entrepreneur and investor in tech-savvy startups. He has been a co-founder and CEO at Codanova, OverBlog, Nomao, and Ebuzzing. He now serves as the founder and CEO of Secret Media, an AdTech company that helps publishers deal with AdBlocking. In June 2017, he co-founded Legolas Exchange, a platform for institutions to access cryptocurrency.

Arcady Lapiro - Fintech Investor, Mentor, Venture Partner @ BlackFin Capital Partners 

Arcady Lapiro was a founding member and member of the Executive Committee of the successful Group ProCapital – Fortuneo France & Belgium (2000-2008) where among other things he was its Head ofCompliance, Legal & Risk and co-responsible of the business development. From its creation to 2008, Fortuneo-ProCapital grew to more than 600,000 retail European clients, and over 35B$ Assets under custody with more than 40 institutional clients as Deutsche Bank Belgium, ING Direct, etc. Arcady was instrumental in the sale of the Group in 2006 to Credit Mutuel Arkea.

Arcady is based since 2010 in New York where he worked as an independent strategy consultant in the banking and financial sectors for European clients. Since 2009 Arcady was a Senior Advisor for Blackfin Capital Partners and since 2017 is a Venture Partner of Blackfin Fintech Fund. Arcady is also an investor and mentor for North American and Israeli early stage Fintech.


VCs 

Paul Strachman - Venture Partner @ ISAI

After a first work experience with LBO fund PAI Partners then with Bain&Company, Paul spent 5 years at the leading US premium fitness centers Equinox as Strategy Director. Over the past few years, Paul has been simultaneously business angel, consultant, interim manager for NYC start ups.
Based in NYC, Paul represents ISAI in the US : he is in charge of helping ISAI portofolio companies to launch in the US and find financing there ; he is also in charge of ISAI investments activities in the US. 

Jean-Noël Poirier - Managing Director @ Clean Energy Venture Group

CEVG is an investment group that provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies. The group is comprised of seasoned operating executives with strong capabilities in the energy and environmental sectors, and is affiliated to CEVF, a venture capital fund focused on cleantech investments.

Jean-Noel is also a founder and managing partner at Planet-A-Technology Partners, a group focused on licensing, technology transfer, and management support for sustainable businesses. Prior to CEVG, Jean-Noel was CEO of Inventec Performance Chemicals USA, a global manufacturer of environmentally friendly materials for precision cleaning and electronics assembly. Prior to this, Jean-Noel was Chief Sales Officer and SVP of Marketing at Global Solar Energy, a VC backed company that he positioned as a global leader of the flexible solar market, before the company was acquired by Hanergy. Jean-Noel was also Vice President of Market Development at First Solar. Prior to this, Jean-Noel spent 7 years at Honeywell in global leadership roles including Vice President of Global Marketing for the Honeywell Security Group (5 divisions, 10,000 employees, $3B in revenue), Director of Corporate strategy, Director of Worldwide Marketing of Honeywell Turbo technologies, and General Manager of the Turbo Racing unit.

Jean-Noel holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor in Applied economics and a Bachelor in Management Sciences from Dauphine University in Paris.

Elie Denfert-Rochereau - Principal @ White Star Capital

Elie joined White Star Capital as an Associate in 2014 after working with several New York business accelerators and startups in the consumer space. He started his career in private equity at Altus Capital Partners in New York, a mid-market LBO investment fund, before making the move to private banking in Geneva. Along the way, his ambitions led him to a position at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in Hong Kong, where he specialized in credit and risk analysis on structured, corporate and distressed assets across the bank’s nine units in Asia.

Elie holds a Masters in Economics and Finance from ISG in Paris. A dual American-French citizen, he now shares his time between New York and Europe.

Matt Turck - Managing Director @ FirstMark Capital

Matt Turck invests across a broad range of early-stage enterprise and consumer startups. Prior to FirstMark, he was a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, the investment and incubation arm of Bloomberg LP, which he helped start. Previously, Matt was the co-founder of TripleHop Technologies, a venture-backed enterprise search software startup that was acquired by Oracle. Matt is passionate about building communities, and organizes two large monthly events, Data Driven NYC (which focuses on data-driven startups, Big Data and AI) and Hardwired NYC (which focuses on the Internet of Things, AR/VR, drones, and other emerging technologies).

Sarra Zayani - Investor @ Greycroft

Sarra's responsibilities at Greycroft include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and supporting existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Greycroft, Sarra worked at The Raine Group in New York advising companies and evaluating investment opportunities in the telecom, media and technology sectors. Sarra also worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where she focused on private equity and venture capital fund commitments and co-investments. Sarra started her career in investment banking at Nomura in London, advising consumer and retail companies. Sarra holds an MSc in Strategic Management from HEC Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Hugues de Braucourt- Partner @ Global Founders Capital

Hugues de Braucourt is a Partner at Global Founders Capital. He brings over 8 years of experience in entrepreneurship, strategic consulting, operational restructuring & performance improvement. He has worked across a wide range of industries including consumer goods, retail, agri-food, business services, and tech / web related in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia for various private investors and large corporates.

Hadrien du Fayet de La Tour - Founder & Investor @ DuF Investments Group

Hadrien began his career in NYC, working with TimesSquare Capital Management and Oddo New York where he gained experience developing financial models and valuation projects on both the sell-side and the buy-side. Those experiences strengthened his enthusiasm to pursue a career in the investment field. In 2016 he decided to launch his own venture capital fund to support entrepreneurs with big ideas, to help them build strong brands which stand out and that helps move the world forward.

Focusing on pre-seed and seed, he is looking for disruptive technologies targeting large markets (or even creating new ones) and companies with great potential and global ambitions. Categories that he focuses on include eCommerce, SaaS/Digital Media, FinTech, Gaming.

Jean-Pierre Chessé - Founder @ Bleu Cap

Jean-Pierre is the Founder of Bleu Capital, a leading early stage investor in the Future of Commerce / Retail Technology in the US. Before launching the fund in 2018, Jean-Pierre and his 2 partners, Vincent Diallo and Joseph Sartre, invested for 3 years in the Future of Commerce in NY and SF building a great portfolio of successful start-ups like Cargo, OTO or Fordays. Before moving in NY in 2014, Jean-Pierre worked 20 years in China where he founded and was the CEO of Sinodis, the leading imported food and beverage distributor in China. When Jean-Pierre exited Sinodis in 2013 - when it was acquired by Savencia - the company had a revenue exceeding 200M$ with the exclusive distribution of MNCs Brands from 16 countries around the world.

Joseph Sartre - Partner @ Bleu Capital

Joseph is a Partner at Bleu Capital. Passionate about how we consume products and services, he regularly organises events for consumer and retail industries in NYC. After a few years in the French startup scene, he spent five years in China managing finance for Evian at the Asia Pacific level and then sales for the Chinese market. 

Eric Hippeau - Partner @ Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Coppelia Marincovic, Investment Manager North America @Solvay Ventures

Coppelia is Investment Manager North America at Solvay Ventures, the venture capital fund of Solvay. She invests in start-ups in the advanced materials space, with application in energy transition, health & wellbeing, industry 4.0 and sustainable resources. Her prior experience in VC was at Sofinnova Partners, where she specialized in cleantech and industrial biology. Before joining Solvay Ventures, Coppelia was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. 

Coppelia holds a MBA from INSEAD, MSc. in Environmental Sciences from Harvard University and MSc. in Chemistry from Chimie ParisTech.