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Our team combines highly experienced and motivated professionals. Our specific business requires multidisciplinary competencies and we have the highest standards in methodology and process thanks to our seasoned blend of investor, large corporation and entrepreneurial backgrounds, with a rich international experience in venture capital, strategy, sales and marketing and finance. 

We operate as a flat organization with agility and efficiency, focused on delivering quality and results. We work together to go faster, optimize workload, security and efficiency for our customers. We all have international profiles with five languages spoken on board: English, French, German, Swedish, Dutch and Finnish.

David Jouarisse, Managing Partner

Founded Akka Venture in 2006 in Paris with the vision to support European start-ups in their international expansion. Previously an associate in charge of investments at Société Generale, David was involved in about 30 early and later stage VC and M&A transactions in the fields of telecommunication, semi-conductor, software, e-commerce, media and Internet. He started his career in financial controlling at Vivendi, responsible for the reporting over 1b€ activity from worldwide subsidiaries. David has a master in Management and Finance from Paris IX Dauphine (1998), author of a final year memorandum about "How to foster French entrepreneurship", and international education from UMIST School of management (1997). more

Jean-Marc Soustre, Venture Partner

Jean-Marc is founder and CEO at SE13 Capital and brings 25 years of international experience in conducting and advising technology companies. Jean-Marc has realized fundraising campaigns in a wide array of sectors (GreenTech, MedTech, BioTech, DeepTech, Materials, Consumer, Internet, Electronics) and seats in several international investment committees. Previously, Jean-Marc was responsible for global M&A activities at Ericsson for multimedia activities (Stockholm), CEO at the European Tech Tour and Risk Capital Lead Advisor for the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation. Jean-Marc managed for 5 years the largest television network in the world (420 TV and 900 radio channels) with more than 150m€ turnover. Engineer in Telecommunications, Management Business Degree from the SKEMA Business School (1990), Executive Program of IMD (Lausanne) more

Andy Cars, Venture Partner

Andy is founder and CEO of Seedcap AB, a management consulting and capital advisory company located in Stockholm. As cooperation partner to the Swedish Energy Agency, Onoterat, Connect, Almi, the Stockholm Innovators Circle and Venture Cup, Andy has advised more than 100 early stage start ups in strategy, corporate governance, business development, investor communication and fundraising. Andy holds a MBA in International Finance and Marketing from the European University of Lisbon (2000) and an undergraduate in International Business and Change Management from the Open University Business School (OUBS) in Milton Keynes, UK (1998). more

Luc Jacobs, Advisor

Luc has operational experience in Telecom business development built over a successful career in several Sales and General Management roles over Europe, Middle East and Africa. Heading his own 25-people management consultant company since 2005, he has performed several strategic missions for international telecom service and technology providers in Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia. As Business Development Manager for Nokia Ventures and based in Finland, Luc previously headed a 650m€ business investment fund with a focus on mobile multimedia services. Luc had joined Nokia in 1996 as Account Director of Nokia Networks, developing business with leading Mobile Telecom Operators in Europe. As an active Business Angel, he has participated to the creation and served on the board of of numerous start-ups in the IT and Media industry. Education: MSc Engineering degree in Micro-electronics from Ecole Centrale des Arts et Métiers and a Postgraduate in Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. more

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