Studio, the Investment Fund
In January 2017, Sia Partners launched its investment fund, Studio. A consulting firm with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Sia Partners plans to invest in companies to which it can bring significant added value. With 5 million euros and Sia Partners as the sole stockholder, this investment fund will accompany select startups over three years, through their incubation and acceleration periods. Studio targets investment tickets of approximately 500,000€ for a 25-45% stake in companies in a range of industries. The fund is directly overseen by Sia Partners’ partnership, and is bonded to the group’s own funds. There is no predetermined term of ownership.
What is a Studio startup ? How does it work?
Studio by Sia Partners will allow startups to benefit from the group’s expertise, acquired by working with larger companies and networks, as well as with other startup ecosystems. These startups will be able to pull from Sia Partners’ know-how in both industry and function (marketing, revenue modeling, logistics, etc.). The firm will also offer to help make connections with large corporations and develop concrete opportunities within the consulting industry. Startups could also be incorporated into the Sia Partners structure, permitting them to use the offices as well as support on recruitment, management, communication, press relations…
Each startup will be followed by a dedicated team of consultants (up to ten according to the startup’s project phase).
The selected startups will be from various industries and in differing stages of development (incubation, acceleration, shift, turnaround) and must be from one of the 15 countries in which Sia Partners has offices.
If you have a startup and are interested in collaborating with Studio, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our committee reviews submissions regularly.
Studio by Sia Partners for my startup
Every participation is followed by a permanent strategic and operational support thanks to an ad hoc team and the mobilization of consultants (up to 10 consultants depending on the project’s phase)
The startups’ teams get access to conferences, workshops and training sessions led by experts, entrepreneurs or group leaders
Brainstorming sessions are also organized between Studio's various startups to address common topics of reflection and help each startup take a step back from its challenges
Finally, Sia Partners offers Studio startups the opportunity to participate in fairs/events in France and abroad
About our current portfolio
Big Moustache - January 2017
Created in 2013 by Nicolas Gueugnier, Big Moustache is the most off-the-wall men's product brand in France. Big Moustache offers affordable, high-quality products, with a high level of service and disruptive content that is captivating for its community. Big Moustache allows men to simplify their lives with its subscription options, express delivery, and sharp advice. Big Moustache is the shaving and beard expert that s(h)aves the day!
With the support of Sia Partners, the last two years have been full of challenges and beautifully completed projects. 2017 was the year of the transformation for Big Moustache: a brand new platform, a renewed distribution network, and an authentic flagship in the heart of Paris. In 2018, the brand continued its physical development with the opening of 2 new salons in Paris (Champs Elysée and Lafayette) and the development of an event offer for companies and professionals. Big Moustache has thus become the only made-in-France omnichannel player in shaving and men's care.
For more information, please visit www.bigmoustache.com
Livsty - December 2017
With Livsty, Studio is developing its activities on a project for their incubation period.
Livsty is an innovative and simple platform allowing everyone to invest in equity release, bringing an appropriate financing solution to senior citizens and creating a strong social and solidarity investment offer. Livsty is transforming equity release into a future asset strategy and is solving the financing problem of seniors by developing a standard property-linked investment product with a controlled risk for private investors. Investing in real estate has never been easier!
For more information please read our press release or visit www.livsty.fr
Cleep - April 2018
Cleep has entered Studio for its Acceleration Program to improve the functionalities of its application by making it intelligent, and to start its international deployment.
Cleep's mission is to simplify online shopping: a single platform to integrate all the steps preceding a purchase. Search, access to useful information according to the type of product (fashion, decoration, high-tech, ...) and search for the best price + stocks in real time. Cleep was conceived as a social network allowing users to share and exchange their shopping choices via "Cleeps", designed as wish lists. Cleep wishes to consolidate its integration with the purchase tunnel by strengthening its links with e-commerce platforms wishing to reach users before they arrive on their sites.
For more information, please visit www.cleep.io
Lettria - December 2018
Lettria has joined Studio to accelerate its business development and benefit from Sia Partners' expertise in artificial intelligence.
Created in 2017 by Marian Szczesniak, Victor de la Salmonière and Charles Borderie, Lettria is one of the most advanced players in NLP (Natural Language Processing) in the French-speaking market. The team has developed a unique technology to achieve a higher level of accuracy and correction in French than the models created by English-speaking actors. Lettria aims to bring the processing of the French language as close as possible to human functioning by creating APIs based on French semantics and not on keywords. The Lettria team combines its scientific and technological skills with linguist profiles in order to deal as closely as possible with the specificities of the French language. They aim to make the use of NLP technologies accessible by offering high-performance proprietary libraries, high-quality educational content and demonstrating the benefits of using a 100% French model in all sectors of activity.
For more information, please visit lettria.com
SPARTED – February 2019
SPARTED has joined Studio to boost its commercial development, both in France and abroad. It will benefit from Sia Partners’ expertise in training practices and challenges.
SPARTED was created in late 2014 by Matthieu Le Vavasseur. It is an HR Tech startup developing a mobile learning app. Their main goal: help headquarters provide information to their field staff (sales representatives or technicians, for instance), to ultimately improve customer service. With SPARTED, these employees can be trained by playing on the app for only 3 minutes a day. Social patterns and gamification have thus enabled SPARTED to train staff who would otherwise be unable to attend traditional training sessions. LVMH, TOTAL, PSA, BNP Paribas and 80 other multinational firms have already chosen SPARTED to train 200,000 staff worldwide.
Thanks to Studio’s operational and strategic support, SPARTED will have access to training, change management and data science experts. The startup will leverage Sia Partners’ commercial network to expand their international presence.
For more information, please visit www.sparted.com