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🍉 Our June Update
We hope you are all well!
As summer has finally arrived, we're celebrating a new addition to the team! Please join us in welcoming Mattheus Dias, Brighteye's new Head of Finance, based in our London office. Mattheus overseas finance and reporting 🏦 activities across the fund, and supports 💪🏻 our Founders with finance-related matters. Previously, Mattheus worked at Student Finance, a startup at the intersection of edtech and fintech, after having been an analyst at BNP Paribas and an auditor at EY. A Brazilian native 🇧🇷, Mattheus also adds Portuguese 🇵🇹 to the languages spoken by the Brighteye team, Bem-vindo Mattheus.
We have some other updates, too, including:
Investment Updates – A new Family member, a reinvestment and an Acquisition
Selected News from the Portfolio – Headlines and Awards
Events – VivaTech Paris and London Edtech Week
☀️ Enjoy the rest of your week!
The Brighteye Team
💰 INVESTMENT UPDATES
🆕 Liceo de Farmacia - €500K Pre-Seed
We welcomed Liceo de Farmacia 🇪🇸 to the Brighteye portfolio family, leading their recent €500k Pre-Seed round. Liceo de Farmacia bridges the worlds of technology and the pharmacy industries by offering an online platform 💻 for practical training to improve the patient experience, apply sales techniques in the pharmacy context and improve general pharmacy operations 👩🏻⚕️. We are super excited to be along for the ride with Jose Lozano, Javier Baquero Portero, and the Liceo team! 🚀
🔂 Oneday - £5M Series A (Reinvestment)
It is with great pleasure we share the news 📣 of our reinvestment in Oneday, the company reinventing formal entrepreneurship education. The London-based startup just launched its new, accredited MBA following a successful £5M second round of funding that we were part of alongside Ananda Impact Ventures, Outward VC, Flint Capital and Sparkmind.vc. The company has raised a total of £8.25M to date.
🔔 Beekast - Acquisition
Congratulations, Beekast 🇫🇷 on your successful acquisition by saas.group 🙌🏼. It has been exciting to follow and support your dynamic online platform for engaging and collaborative corporate learning from the start, alongside UI Investissement and M CAPITAL. Founded by Yassine CHABLI in 2015, Beekast has reached more than 1 million active users employed by 1000+ corporate clients 🚀. We wish the team all the best of luck for the future and we are grateful to have been a part of this journey🙏🏻. Full story on the French Web here!
📣 SELECTED NEWS FROM THE PORTFOLIO
📺 Ornikar on TV x2
Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Ornikar’s Co-Founder Benjamin Gaignault made 2 appearances on French TV talking about not just the company’s growth — 40% of driving students in France now use Ornikar - but also the impact they’ve had on the industry overall. The cost of getting your license in France has dropped by 23% since Ornikar launched as the industry as a whole has had to adapt. While Ornikar remains 30% cheaper than the market average for driver’s ed, it is now set to help young drivers save even more via a new car insurance product which uses data gathered during the driver’s education process to reduce premium prices by 2-3x for Ornikar users. More details in these interviews on BFM Business and BeSmart – (en 🇫🇷 bien sur)!
🏆 Company of the Year Award for FundamentalVR
We are proud to learn that FundamentalVR was identified as best in class in the global VR surgical simulation and training industry by Frost & Sullivan earning their 2023 Global VR Surgical Simulation and Training Company of the Year Award. “FVR can lower the cost of adoption and deliver a significant return on investment for its customers,” noted the Jury.
🔦 Create Academy in the Entrepreneur Spotlight
Brilliant to see Create Academy’s Julian Parmiter in the Entrepreneur Spotlight on financial comparison website NerdWallet, speaking about the inspiration behind the business, the importance of creativity, and the company’s unexpected US audience. Way to go!
🇫🇷 Our Paris-based team are in full swing working VivaTech in the French capital this week, 14-17 June. Make sure you don’t miss the Tools for Transformation: Edtech session tomorrow, Friday, where our Principal David is on the panel, and feel free to reach out to him and Associate Hannes to catch up.
🇬🇧 London Edtech Week is just a few days off, and we are excited to be involved in oh-so-many ways. On Monday 19 June, the very first day, we are hosting a session on fundraising - Inside the Deals: Conversations between Founders and the VCs that backed them. We have invited 3 Brighteye portfolio Founders and some of the investors that have invested in them to have conversations about the process around the fundraising. There are still some spaces left, you can register by clicking on the flyer!
🎀 We are also happy to co-host the London Edtech Week Official Opening Reception 🎈, together with Oppenheimer & Co, in Shoreditch on Monday evening. The event is full, but we may be able to find 🔍 some secret spaces if you register your interest here for getting on the waiting list!