Karista is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in ambitious projects. For the past 20 years, we have been backing and guiding more than 90 companies from inception to success in Health, Digital, and Technology. Because we believe that investment is not only about money but mainly about people, we provide support to our founders and entrepreneurs very early-on.
We come from different backgrounds and bring various skills to help nurturing our portfolio companies on many levels. We are currently investing out of our fourth fund and the Paris Region Venture Fund, sponsored by the Paris Region and the European Commission through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). We will soon be launching our new fund CosmiCapital, sponsored by the CNES and focusing on NewSpace.
The way we invest
EARLY STAGE COMPANIES WITH HIGH-GROWTH POTENTIAL
We often are the first investor and mostly invest in Seed & Series A rounds in companies led by stellar teams, with high-growth potential, and disrupting large markets
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN FOUR MAIN SECTORS
We invest in companies developing a true tech asset in Healthcare (from MedTech to BioTech and Digital Health), Digital (from SaaS to Marketplace), Technology (from DeepTech to data driven businesses), and NewSpace (from satellite systems to space enabled digital solutions)
Our initial check generally ranges from €500K to €1.5M though we are flexible depending on the project. We aim to follow-on our investments and can commit up to €4M
— We Invest In People
Since 2001, we have always worked in order to provide more than cash. We care about the human beings who stand behind each and every project, looking after their uniqueness. We truly think that successes and unicorns cannot be done alone and need team reinforcement all the way along. Attracting and hiring the best people is a tough job and one of the key success factors. We help you structure your team so you can grow and scale your business. Dialogue and expertise along with a strong network are the core values of our operational know-how.
— We Believe in Game Changers
We are risk takers. Our thirst for innovation pushes us to believe in bold projects with strong value propositions. We choose to support companies ready to impact their market and make a difference to the users’ lives.
— We Share A Common Vision
Being onboard together means fully sharing the same vision and collectively working toward that goal. Most of the time, we are the first believers, the first betting on your vision. As a result, building a respectful and stimulating dialogue together with entrepreneurs and co-investors has always been a top priority for us.
— We Co-Create
Early investment is a choice driven by a strong belief: help companies to structure properly is a fundamental for future success. As a lead or co-lead, we generally ask for a board seat to provide expertise, support and network.
Day-to-day we are deeply involved with the founding team on key areas: sales and business development, marketing, recruitment, business reporting, etc. We take on the mission to stand aside our companies in key moments to guide them success.
Among other partners, we are supported by: