META Ventures is a company established in 2004 that manages several funds, the Ingenium funds, in various parts of Italy, Slovenia and Poland.  

INGENIUM is a co-investment fund specialized in providing venture capital & business support to knowledge intensive companies in the early stages of their development, located in regions of at least 1-2 million inhabitants. INGENIUM funds fill the financing gap for seed and startup companies from the targeted region by mobilizing both public and private resources. They generally operate for 10 years, and can work as a revolving instrument, gradually capitalising the entire region. 

At a glance

  • Early stage venture capital co-investment fund, typically built for regions of at least 1 -2 million inhabitants.
  • Focused on financing Seed & Start-ups in the region, but can also consider companies in their Expansion phase.
  • Focused oknowledge-intensive companies with high value of intangibles and with high growth potential.
  • Involve and align local Business Angel clubs, Business Incubators, Accelerators and Corporate Ventures
  • compliant with the European Commission's 2014-2020 framework for "off the shelf" equity investment funds for SMEs & start-up companies
  • at least 5M Euro of public resources needed, with 15-20M Euro considered optimal. 
  • matched with private funds, managed by professional fund managers
  • investments made per company: 200K Euro – 1.5M Euro.

Proven formula

Several INGENIUM funds are already completed and more under way in Catania, Sardinia, Slovenia, Poland and Umbria.

Between INGENIUM and its other funds, META Investment has invested in more than 200 companies in seed and start-up stages, and has achieved above European sector average returns with 100 exits.

As a result, META Investment possesses the professional fund management experience to manage high-calibre investment funds for institutions as the European Commission, development banks, agencies and regional governments. Our profound experience with these funds ensures the required discipline and knowledge of public sector processes & procedures, as well as the highest standards of ethics and compliance.

Example Startups

  • Fashion 3D - an e-commerce and advertising in-content platform which transforms already published images into interactive content.
  • PK Energia​​ (Polish) - Solar energy products manufacturer. 
  • Retixa  –  is a category Analytics 3.0 appliance (appliance combining hardware and software), combining algorithms, advanced analytics, Big Data and real time information processing for telecommunication companies.
  • BIA Separations - is the leading developer and manufacturer of CIM® (Convective Interaction Media) monolithic chromatographic columns for production, purification, and analytics of large biomolecules. 

To learn more about INGENIUM Regional Early Stage Fund, drop us a line right here.

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