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Paris, June 29, 2017 – Jolt Capital SAS, an independent Private Equity firm specialised in Growth Capital Technology Investing that is authorised & regulated by the AMF (Autorité des Marchés Financiers) is expanding its teams with the arrival of Philippe Laval as Chief Data officer.

Philippe’s arrival will reinforce an international & experienced team of managers and investors, which has thus far supported the aggressive growth strategies of various companies, most notably Heptagon (acquired for $1.5b in January 2017), and also Inside Secure (Euronext: INSD).

As a technology investor, Jolt Capital identifies companies with the ability & ambition to revolutionize everyday life with state-of-the-art solutions in fields as varied as cybersecurity, user experience, mobility, autonomy, energy, health & education. With the arrival of Philippe Laval, Jolt Capital is looking to accelerate & enhance its ability to detect & analyse innovative companies and technologies using a combination of big data and artificial intelligence tools.

According to Jean Schmitt, Managing Partner of Jolt Capital, “finding the best European companies in which to invest is a very cumbersome task. Whereas other US investors have resorted to creating teams of tens or even hundreds of people in their analysis departments, with the arrival of Philippe, we intend to streamline and optimise this detection, analysis, and flow of investible opportunities. This will be a very real application and contribution of artificial intelligence in finance. While the management of portfolio investments remains somewhat traditional, the rest of our activity is more in-line with that of a very innovative fintech.”

With a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Paris Diderot University and a software engineering degree from Telecom ParisTech, Philippe is the founder of Evercontact (San Francisco, Paris), a start-up that automatically maintains address books and CRM. Earlier in his career, in 2001, he founded Sinequa (Paris, London, New York), the world leader in enterprise search engines. He is a member of the council of the Doctoral School of Linguistics of Paris Diderot and lecturer at the UFR of Linguistics-Informatics. He is also a member of the ParisTech Entrepreneurs incubator selection committee. In 2015, he won the World Cup Tech Challenge – the world championship for start-ups – in San Francisco and the French Touch in New York.

He is also the author of “Winter is NOT coming” (First Edition, 2016), a book on management set within the context of the series “Games Of Thrones”.

  • About Jolt Capital

Jolt Capital is an independent Private Equity firm targeting growth investments in mid-sized European technology companies, typically with revenues between €10million and €100million. Since 2011, Jolt Capital has catalyzed various champion technology companies such as; Heptagon, Inside Secure and Fogale Nanotech. The firm is authorized and regulated by the AMF.

For more information, visit www.jolt-capital.com

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