Cathay Innovation

Cathay Innovation

A venture capital and private equity firm investing in digital entrepreneurs.

Cathay Innovation is a venture capital and private equity firm investing in digital entrepreneurs that is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2015 by Denis Barrier and Mingpo Cai. The firm is a subsidiary of Cathay Capital. Cathay Innovation works with several corporate partners which include: Valeo, Cardif, Telefonica, Groupe SEB, Michelin, Total, and Groupe ADP. According to the firms website (as of November 2019), Cathay Innovation has 39 investment professionals and 9 managing partners working for it.

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Cathay Innovation typically makes investments in small and middle-market companies operating in North America, Europe, or China. The firm typically makes investments between $100,000 and $1 million and usually partners with BNP Paribas Cardif to make its investments. Notable investments made by Cathay Innovation include: Pinduoduo, Ledger, Chime, Peak, Glovo, Trifacta, Ontruck, IfChange, Lumi, To Bo Shi, Momenta, Drivy, Kayrros, SXL.CN, Alkemics, Shopal, MagMode, Owkin, Quantifind, FollowAnlaytics, and Meet You.

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Funded Companies

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Chime Bank

A bank offering online banking services with no user no bank fees, and an option to receive direct deposit up to two days early. Chris Britt and Ryan King founded Chime in 2013, and the company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Owkin is a medical treatment and therapeutics company founded by Thomas Clozel. They develop artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to augment and develop medical and biological research.

Peek is a San Francisco-based software as a service company.

DayTwo provides personalized nutrition and actionable insights for people to maintain normal blood sugar levels based on their microbiome.

Heetch is a France-based company founded by Teddy Pellerin, Mathieu Jacob, Aylic Petit and Nicolas Lapomarda.

Ledger is a company founded by Thomas France, Eric Larcheveque, Nicolas Bacca and Joel Pobeda.

Iziwork is a Paris-based company.

Serena is a California-based company.

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Denis Barrier

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Rita Liao
May 26, 2020
TechCrunch
Medwing, a German startup with an ambition to tackle Europe's shortage of healthcare workers, said on Tuesday that it has secured €28 million ($30 million) in a Series B financing round. Global venture capital firm Cathay Innovation led the round, marking its first investment in a German company. Other participating investors include Northzone, Cherry Ventures [...]
Alex Wilhelm
May 14, 2020
TechCrunch
With the global economy still sorting itself out in the face of the pandemic, we're hearing about fewer new venture capital funds these days. However, today is an exception, as Cathay Innovation has raised a $550 million second fund, which is about double the size of its first fund and, according to its leader Denis [...]

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