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David Jouarisse
Founder and managing partner

David founded Akka Venture in 2006 with the vision to support entrepreneurs in realizing their potential of fast growth and expansion. 

Reference transactions and assignments include high profile fast growing companies such as Canalce (FR, aka Kalidea), Travel Horizon (FR), Netco Sports (FR), Widespace (SWE), Videoplaza (SWE), Secunia (DK), Smaato (GER) for a total representing more than 50m€ transaction volume.

In 1999, David was recruited as the first analyst of the VC arm of one of the largest French banks, where he actively participated to the creation and development of the Private Equity branch, which became one of the most active in France. As an associate in charge of investments at Société Generale Asset Management (now part of Amundi) with a special focus on Research and Intelligence, David 's role covered the writing of investment strategy reports, the detection by all means of interesting investment opportunities, the review of thousands of business plans (up to 500 per year), the selection of the cases, the writing of Investment Memorandums for investment committees and further the involvement in portfolio companies as board observer.

Involved early in his career in about 30 early and later stage VC and M&A transactions in various fields and all stages, over a volume of transactions of more than 70m€. Proactively involved to invest in Kelkoo; awarded as the "EVCA deal of the year" in 2004 between thousands of deals across Europe. Strong skill in sourcing high quality deals in due time, further examples include Spotify, One.com and more selected few.

David pioneered the screening of European investment opportunities on behalf of VCTs (Venture Capital Trust) from January 2002, while those VCTs got the legal authorization to invest across EU by the "loi de finance" of December 2001. David developed and advised upon a pan European investment strategy and operational roadmap for VCT funds.

It resulted that Akka Venture was founded while observing on one hand the gap separating entrepreneurs and investors and on the other hand observing the inefficiency of the VC market. Previously, David started his career in financial controlling in the advertising business at Vivendi / Havas Media Communication (since then acquired by JCDecaux), responsible for the reporting over 1b€ activity from worldwide subsidiaries. Previous experience include the implementation of cost-cutting software at Akzo Nobel.

Experience in the following Technology areas and sectors

▲ Technology: Augmented & Artificial Intelligence (AI), BIG Data, SaaS, Security (antivirus, firewalls, vulnerability analysis, Sovereignty), Open Source SOFTWARE (OSS), HCM, VR & AR, 3D, PLM, CAD, AEC, MOBILE (advertising, apps, payments), FINTECH, e-commerce, Cloud computing,(Digital/Social) Media, AdTech, BI, CRM, SCM, MOOC, AgTech, Tracability, ComptaTech, LexTech, CiviTech; ROBOTics, Drones, Games (360°, Mobile, Social, Serious, MMPOG), Music, online betting, MVNOs, TELECOM Infrastructure Equipments & Softwares, Semiconductor: optoelectronics (incl. Ekinops) and SIP companies (in Wifi, UWB, Wimax, GPS, DVB), IPTV

▲ Cleantech: Alternative Energy: Photovoltaic, Wind/Wave Power, Biogas, Geothermal Energy ; "AirTech", "WaterTech", Fuel Cell, Recycling tech

▲ Non Technology (or low), Retail & Services: Gastronomy, Luxury Goods, SPORT, Leisure TRAVEL & Tourism, IT/Personal Assistance /Home /Low-cost Services, Sharing/Silver Economy, HEALTH, Pharmacy, Education & Professional Trainings, Media & Television, Insurances, Automobile, Real Estate

Education: Management and Finance from Paris IX Dauphine (1998), author of a final year memorandum about "How to foster French entrepreneurship"; this essay is the initial reason of his passion to help entrepreneurs to grow their company. International education from Manchester Business School (1997, formerly known as UMIST School of Management). 

Languages: fluent in French, English, conversational in Spanish, basic in Swedish

Hobbies: swim, bike, run, rugby

Contact
Email: dj (a) akkaventure.com
Skype: david.jouarisse
Tel: office