Kairos and U-Start: Silicon Valley is now closer to italian investor

6th April 2016  

Kairos, a leader in the asset management sector in Italy, has signed a partnership agreement with U-Start, aimed at facilitating the matching between tech and digital companies and international investors. Kairos Investment Management S.p.A. will subscribe a capital increase of 5% in U-Start, with the formation of U-Start Advisors Sim S.p.A. that will take place at a later time.

U-Start Advisors SIM, once authorized, will sign an agreement with Kairos to enable customers of the latter - and the new generations beginning to address the topic of asset management - to enter the U-Start Club, offering privileged access to the world of technology and digital and an ideal place to bring together capital and innovation. The U-Start Club now has over 70 members that invested over €10 million 2015 in 14 operations implemented by U-Start. Customers of Kairos Group will now be allowed to expand their portfolios by investing in tech companies, to be carefully selected to match customers’ interests, expertise, and levels of risk. In addition, they will have access to training services and networking events exclusive to the members of the U-Start Club, aimed at providing a complete understanding of the dynamics of the digital world. The many activities include Investor Academy, a monthly magazine, webinars and meetings with world-class digital entrepreneurs and investors. To further strengthen this partnership, Kairos Investment Management S.p.A. is entitled, over the next four years, to subscribe an additional capital increases in U-Start, up to a maximum of 30%. "This partnership is highly important to us and we firmly believe in it; it allows us to bring our clients into an industry that is and will remain at the centre of industrial development in coming years, allowing second and third generation customers to approach the digital world through an educational process even before investing,” comments Paolo Basilico, chairman and CEO of Kairos.

“With this partnership we wish to confirm our conviction that the right combination of private capital and innovation are key for a sustainable future, "said Stefano Guidotti, founder and CEO of U-Start "and we are delighted and proud to do this with Kairos, an inspiration for its ideals and professionalism,"

Angelo Moratti, a U-Start shareholder through investment holding Angel Lab, says: "I think that Kairos is the ideal partner to strengthen the role of U-Start as a reference point in the world of venture capital, linking forward-looking investors and successful entrepreneurs ".

Going more into detail, U-Start offers its members the possibility to co-invest with leading global venture capitalists, ranging from the German Rocket Internet to Project-A Ventures and Holtzbrinck Ventures, to the British ProFounders and Octopus Ventures, and including top-tier US funds such as Koshla Ventures, Fidelity Growth Partners, Highland Capital, Y-Combinator and Google Ventures. Among the recent investment transactions carried out by members of the U-Start Club: the US firm Airhelp, Paris-based La Belle Assiette, ZipJet of the UK, backed by Rocket Internet, and Hotelscan, a Swiss-based metasearch for hotels focused on serving the growing mobile market.

Founded in 1999, Kairos has recently become part of the Julius Baer Group. The company led by Paolo Basilico is active in asset and wealth management. At present, it counts 150 employees, 21 partners, and more than € 8 billion of assets under management; it has offices in Milan, Rome, Turin and in some of the main international financial centres. Being the first company in Italy to introduce hedge funds, it has made innovation and entrepreneurial management its hallmark.

U-Start is a professional advisory firm offering advisory services to private investors, family offices, HNWIs and companies, aimed at signalling the best investment opportunities in the digital and technological sphere across Europe, Israel and the US. The company structures club deals through a club of private investors, working alongside major international venture capital funds. U-Start, founded by Stefano Guidotti and Andrea Colombo, has among its main shareholders AngelLab, the venture capital holding of Angelo Moratti, as well as a group of family offices and international entrepreneurs pooled together by the vision and mission of its founders.

For further information on Kairos:
Image Building
Cristina Fossati, Luisella Murtas, Federica Corbeddu, Laura Filosi
Tel. 02/89011300
Email: kairos@imagebuilding.it

For further information on U-Start:
Power Emprise
Tel 02 39400100 – Fax 02 39400001
Cosimo Pastore cosimopastore@poweremprise.com 335 213305
Melissa Lovisetto mlovisetto@twistergroup.it 334 6853262
Ilaria Calvanese ilariacalvanese@poweremprise.com 340 5104775

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