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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) and several acquisitions (external growth transactions) for a total representing 50m€ transactions, on top of being involved in more than 70m€ transactions while working on the Investor' side in the Investment division of one of the largest French banks: Société Générale (Asset Management / Alternative Investments / Private Equity) today part of Amundi - one of the World's largest Asset Managers.

In 1999, David was recruited as the first analyst of the VC arm of Société Générale, 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 with a special focus on Research and IntelligenceDavid '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. Proactively involved to invest in Kelkoo - one of 1st the landmark Exits in Europe in digital Media (sold half a billion dollars and still so far one of the rare ones have grown on a genuine pan European scale), awarded as the "EVCA deal of the year" in 2004 between thousands of deals across Europe. Strong skills in sourcing "high quality deals in due time" (early stages), further examples included Spotify,, Mojang 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.

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, developing specific skills in top-notch financial reporting and training several CFOs of several subsidiaries to implement a real-time, press button new financial reporting system. 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, Legaltech, Regtech, e-commerce, Cloud computing,(Digital/Social) Media, AdTech, BI, CRM, SCM, MOOC, AgTech, Tracability, ROBOTics, Drones, Games (360°, Mobile, Social, Serious, MMPOG), Music, online betting, MVNOs, Medtech, 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 one of 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 and English, basic in Spanish and Swedish; keen on latin

Hobbies: swim, bike, run, Rugby

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