We are impact investors, we are angel investors. We believe in co-investing. Our worlds are connected; the bottom of them embodies the enterprise and at the enterprise’s bottom you find the human side.
Work, ideas, challenges, families. It’s a journey, and while we set out on it, we don’t know where we will arrive. It’s the path to ever new goals. We must look up and, at the same time, watch the road. We just have a quick check now and then, to see what’s on the horizon, and how our feet and our legs are, because our long-term strategy is based on them.
Even the companies we’re interested in must achieve these elements. We will we will get a connection with those who have something culturally similar to us, to those who have a strong H side.
Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Based in San Francisco, California, Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S giving more than 70 million rides a quarter, and is available in 350 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities. Rancilio Cube is a proud investor of Lyft: we wanted to be part of this journey and we love the idea to change the mobility world.Lyft.com
Fraugster welcomes You to the future, the future of payments. Based in the vibrant heart of Berlin, Fraugster is an AI driven payment security company committed to boosting conversion rates and eliminating e-commerce fraud. It is a new technology that detects even the smartest criminals without blocking any good customers. Unlike current outdated payment security technologies, AI technology is powered by self-learning algorithms that mimic the thought processes of human analysts, combined with the scalability of a machines. The technology learns from each transaction instantly and in real-time anticipating fraudulent attacks even before they happen. Fraugster is a company growing every day and Rancilio Cube is honored to invest in it together with Earlybird, Speedinvest and Seedcamp.Fraugster.com
Meritocracy aims to be Europe’s first digital Headhunter, its vision is to make job seeking an easy, comfortable and insightful experience. The platform leverages machine learning and proprietary content in order to create an immersive experience either for companies and professionals to meet and engage. The technology speeds up applications screening and DB passive search; it helps finding right away the candidate that best matches the company requirements. Meritocracy exploit then fly-on-the-wall docu-videos and pictures to present opportunities to Professionals. We believe that everyone could have the possibility to choose their future, wisely.meritocracy.it
Mamma M’Ama is a unique Italy-based company that produces fresh organic baby food, bio certificated with no addition of preservatives. Their products are the right choice for babies from 4 to 36 months, 'cause all the ingredients come from selected organic farms. The moms community is very active on the web so they can buy the products directly from the Mamma M’Ama website or via Amazon Prime Now, otherwise in some physical stores like Eataly or Naturasì. The company is co-founded by Erica Della Bianca, Sonia Matteoni and Sonia Litrico and together, they prove that female entrepreneurship doesn’t rule out a mother’s life. Only moms could think opening up this new market!mammamama.it
Deliveroo offers a food delivery experience that leverages on a diversified range of restaurants, a cutting-edge technology app and a flexible and dynamic fleet. Its mission is to bring great restaurants closer to people. Deliveroo company was born in London in 2013 from an idea of Will Shu and Greg Orlowski but it has quickly expanded with operations spread across eighty-four cities in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Australia, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. Orders are placed through the website or its mobile-app and then either employed or self-employed bicycle, motorcycle or car courier transport orders from restaurants to customers. Rancilio Cube invested in Deliveroo coordinated by U-Startdeliveroo.it
Impact Hub Milano
Impact Hub is our second new home, a home dedicated to impact [ad]ventures. It is an international network of amazing physical spaces, an innovation lab, a business incubator, a social enterprise community center. It's like a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration to grow the positive impact of work. In fact, joining a diverse community of members and collaborators will inspire, connect, and enable you to develop your best work every step ofthe way. Impact Hub believes that a better world evolves through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed, and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose. In the February 2017, together with Impact Hub Milano, we launched “Impact Park” the first event in Italy fully dedicated to impact investment.Impact Hub Milano
Sometime little things can help you in everyday life! We are talking about Mukako, the Rancilio Cube’s playful and smart investment. Mukako's mission is to give time back to parents: it offers an easy and attentive shopping solution and develops innovative products for families to spend quality time together. Mukako has also developed Babybox, Bubuk, and [MU]table, a multifunctional playtable that grows with the children. Many other ideas like these are ready to come! We are waiting for these because we are the children!mukako.com
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Napoli’s first championship victory, Cinemaundici in collaboration with Rancilio Cube present “Maradonapoli”, a movie event directed by Alessio Maria Federici. The director describes thorough the faces of its protagonists - the citizens of Napoli, a date which is by now part of their history. It is June 30th, 1984, a day that marks a turning point for the city of Napoli with the arrival of Diego Armando Maradona. An icon, a legend, praised and consecrated by the city as a symbol of liberation and victory, which lasted for all 7 years of his stay and marked Pibe de Oro and Napoli’s football history among many others. And today? What remains of him in the hearts and memory of Neapolitans and their beloved city? Maradonapoli tells this story, seeking in every corner of the city for his images, objects that remind of him, people’s stories of what it meant to them to have had Maradona in their lives. Maradonapoli has been distributed by Warner Bros Pictures.Trailer
“Let’s green the planet!” We are the first proud investor of Treedom, unique web platform that offers the possibility to plant a tree and follow its growth online. It can be kept or virtually gifted to a friend or a beloved one. Every tree is photographed, geo-localized and always visible on the web. But it's more than adopting trees: all trees are planted directly by local farmers, bring environmental, social and financial benefits to their communities. Since its foundation in 2010 in Florence, more than hundred thousand trees have been planted in Africa, Latin America and Italy. Treedom became part of the Certified B Corporations, a network of companies that stand out for high environmental and social performance.Treedom.net
Our journey in impact investing goes on: we speed-up our eco-sharing with emmy, the red electric scooter fleet in Berlin. emmy offers a sustainable mobility alternative and makes its customers smile on everyday rides thanks to a simple short-term rental system. With emmy you will simply bypass the battle for parking spaces, avoid traffic jams and pollution.But above all, people who jumped on emmy have fun! Everyday trips will turn into something great, live La Dolce Vita at any time. emmy represents a further important pan-European step for Rancilio Cube, we have found this opportunity through the Toniic platform.emmy-sharing.de
We love to cross the ocean: we invested in Artemest, the online destination for timeless craft. It is an innovative e-commerce company that connects the most talented artisans and designers in Italy with an international audience of art lovers. Launched in June 2015, the company offers a unique shopping experience through curated editorial content and exceptional videos. Artemest is a space for Italian exceptional artisans to express their own talent, it shows their wonderful handmade products and tells the history of ancient traditions through the passionate eyes of our creators and delight in their talent, genius and flair. Travelling throughout Italy, from Venice to the Amalfi coast, from Florence to Milan, Artemest explores the varied worlds of home décor, jewelry and fine art as they change in character from region to region and observes each artisan in his workshop as he describes his process and worldview. "Artemest was born to arouse and celebrate a desire for beauty in our everyday lives".artemest.com
We proudly invested in Applause App Quality, Inc, (Applause). Applause is the global leader for crowd-sourced testing, user feedback and research across all digital experiences including mobile, web, desktop, internet of things, wearables, and smart cars. Applause is uniquely positioned as a leader of ‘into-the-wild’ testing services with a global community of more than 250,000 professional testers and a robust platform for capturing and managing test results and feedback. Applause has been one of Forbes’ Most Promising Companies for three straight years. The company has a disruptive technology service offering 10-30x cost advantage and faster turn-around vs. traditional lab-based testers. The Applause testing community is a global network of vetted and profiled testers with diverse skillsets and industry backgrounds. Rancilio Cube is proud to also be an ambassador of the company in Italy.applause.com
We invested in Crowdbooks, the crowd-publishing platform which helps to finance, produce and publish books. Through social networks and its online community, it introduces a completely new model of publishing that challenge the old conventional methods. The innovative concept behind Crowdbooks makes it stand out as the first-of-its-kind crowdfunding platform and offers a completely new element to this established model: other venues step out once funds are secured, yet Crowdbooks steps in and carry the projects from their inception through the final stages of production and sales. Through the platform, authors seeking funds and publication receives the comprehensive support of passionate investors and superior publishing practices.crowdbooks.com
We are family: we invested in Legami. Legami is a creative workshop focused on innovation, aesthetics, materials and production processes. Their purpose is to impress people with original and exclusive proposals, full of irony, color and timeliness, to transform each product into a unique experience. Their main sources are creativity, enthusiasm, sacrifice, passion and travel. Yes, traveling all over the world to discover new trends and exciting ideas! The essence of the company is encompassed in its slogan “We are young and we are curious, we are dreamers and travellers and we believe in what we are doing”. Legami is a visionary and magic corporate story, a dream come true.legami.com
We invested in AM Partners, a global services web agency that can support our journey. We approached AM Partners with the idea to better live a “virtual dimension” of our project and easily realize websites and marketing plans. AM Partners is one of our kind. Together with the two founders, we would like to share a journey in the digital tools: websites, platforms and any other instruments can help companies to communicate, to sell, to organize. The light structure of AM Partners is the best way to fast cover all the needs Rancilio Cube and any other company could have in her journey. We share the same roots and this make our way of work so similar.ampartners.info
We are very proud to be new shareholders of CharityStars, the premier charity auction platform and event management service for charities. They’ve been selected as fundraising partner among over 350 charities worldwide. Cherishing the dream to revolutionize how to raise money for charities, CharityStars set up a team who is passionate about social impact, technology and challenging the status quo. CharityStars won the 2014 italian round of Global Social Venture Competition and the 1st edition of 360by360 Competition, receiving a crucial seed investment. Now they are growing fast, they help charities to raise new funds and they represent a real social impact venture. Rancilio Cube is proud to be part of the deal, once again on the young dreamers’s side.charitystars.com
We invested in Parquery, a spin-off from ETH Zurich active in smart parking solution. Parquery provides outdoor parking occupancy information via cameras and computer vision software. They developed a real-time, cloud-based, software solution for technology resellers, vertical solution/platform providers, and IoT connectors. Occupancy information enables parking managers and technology integrators to increase revenues and optimize enforcement. For city administrations, occupancy information increases parking efficiency and improves the overall quality of life for all citizens (end-users). We discovered Parquery at ETHZurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and we act aslead investorsin the deal.Parquery.com
We invested in Supermercato24, the unique Italian platform for fast delivery grocery shopping, offering sameday delivery within one hour. Supermercato24 also offers work possibilities for students, unemployed, part-time workers. They bring innovation to the traditional Mass Retail Channel and accommodate Europe’s growing ondemand service economy. Supermercato24 collects and aggregates data on product purchases, regional preferences, and seasonal trends allowing people to provide valuable insights into customer behavior. Team has strong track record in software disruptive technology, ecommerce and supply chain.Supermercato24.it
We invested in Pneusmart, a specialized platform providing tyres. They can satisfy any needs about car, motorbike and van tyres. They aim to easily reach customers and provide the best class tyres for every need and budget. The company is mainly based in Amsterdam but also has offices in Milan. The team is a mix of professionals from different nationalities, which enable the company to give the best service across Europe together with the best price and fast service for the different types of tyres a customer might request. The deal was supported by the contribution of various international business angels and private equity funds, that are in favor of the growing of the company.Pneusmart.it
We invested in Mosaicoon, an integrated collaboration platform for the end to end management of online video campaigns based on marketing performance. Its approach to video advertising strategy brings together all the steps of a video campaign enabling brands to simplify the video production and distribution process and to focus on the marketing results by working with only one partner. What impressed us has been Mr. Ugo Parodi Guisino’s team based in Sicily, such a place helped to fully express its creativity.MOSAICOON.com
We invested in Sailogy, the world leading online yacht charter booking platform. With Sailogy it’s possible to customize and plan a sailing vacation. You can rent both bareboat and skippered charters choosing from over 12,000 sailing yachts, motor yachts, catamarans and gulets. We were impressed by the professionalism of the founder and their team since their view about business is both clear and smart. Sailogy is already an international project based in Switzerland, multi-language and high level target will allow the company to become in a short time, the benchmark in the field of boat renting. We believe that Sailogy is a fantastic combination of human values and web technology. We believe that Sailogy is a fantastic combination of human values and web technology.SAILOGY.COM
Prenota Un Campo
We invested in Prenota Un Campo, the unique italian platform allowing to book every kind of sports venues. Soccer, tennis, volleyball, paddle and any other sports can be practiced up to the player choose the ideal facility, thanks to the property platform and the fantastic app. Prenota Un Campo’s team is formed by young, committed, expert people: they’re also in the field of sport facilities construction. Prenota Un Campo and Rancilio Cube joined their forces just to make You play. Today, for the first time in its young history, Rancilio Cube is acting as a lead investor thanks to the feeling experienced from the beginning with the team of Prenota Un Campo.PRENOTAUNCAMPO.IT
We invested in Tensive, the biomedical startup founded in 2012 as a spin-off of Filarete Foundation with the aim of experimenting with an unprecedented tool to be used in the cosmetic surgery industry, specifically addressed to cancer patients. The Tensive prostheses are based on a biodegradable synthetic, therefore reabsorbable, biomaterial, the purpose of this project is to favoring the natural regrowth of adipose tissues by offering a natural breast reconstruction/augmentation. With this ambitious project, in 2014 Tensive won the prestigious Marzotto Award.TENSIVEMED.COM
After the conclusion of SharkTank Italia, a TV show dedicated to young entrepreneurs, the five Sharks Program judges (Fabio Cannavale, Gianluca Dettori, Gianpietro Vigorelli, Luciano Bonetti, Mariarita Costanza) didn’t stop show their interest in support of winning business ideas establishing Shark Bites SpA, a long term holding company. The aim of the holding company is to continue the evaluation of selected startup and, for the worthy ones, finalizing investments in a structured way, as well as offering their consulting services by making the Sharks’ own vast experience and expertise available.SHARKBITES.CO
Rancilio Cube invested in Soundreef. The company consists in business licenses that permit to his members to play music in store and live events across 20 different countries. As well as granting licenses to use music, it gathers and distributes royalties on behalf of authors and publishers, providing an alternative to traditional copyright collection societies. Soundreef is an Independent Management Entity (IME as for the EU Directive 2014/26/EU) recognized by the UK Intellectual Property Office that competes with national Collective Management Organizations (CMOs). Rancilio Cube has invested in this deal with VAM Investments S.p.A.SOUNDREEF.COMVAMINVESTMENTS.COM
Oxford Science Innovation OSI
We invested in OSI (Oxford Science Innovation). They find the most innovative ideas coming out of Oxford, and invest in them to build world class companies. They have raised £320m to do so. Producing cutting edge research is challenging. So is delivering it to the world. OSI exists to bridge the gap. OSI is guided and powered by some of the world’s leading organisations. His background is diverse and has been brought by a commitment in order to build innovative science and technology companies.OXFORDSCIENCESINNOVATION.COM
First Data is a leading provider of electronic commerce and payment processing services to financial institutions, governments and merchants in more than 100 markets around the world.
In August 2015, Prodigy Finance, a fund which finances the studies of the most brilliant minds in the world, boosted by the results achieved, decided to launch a new subscription among investors. We have again participated in the initiative with another subscription. The entrepreneurial experience we are realizing is changing us, day after day, and allows us to roam. Sometimes it takes us back to where we have already been. Changed by the journey we have taken, but always aware of the values that accompany us and that we long for and pursue.PRODIGYFINANCE.COM
We invested in DentalPro, the leading Italian network of dental clinics which are mainly located in shopping centres. The network is open to the widest public and is designed to offer the best and affordable dental care by offering high-quality dental services. The aim of DentalPro is to focus on patients and their needs in order to meet any clinical requirement in a calm, welcoming setting, and offer them the best professional care, the same dental specialist for the entire course of treatment, and equipment and materials made by the leading market brands, also guaranteeing the best possible standard of quality for every treatment from general dentistry to more sophisticated procedures. Rancilio Cube has invested in this deal with VAM Investments.DENTALPRO.ITVAMINVESTMENTS.COM
Rancilio Cube invested in Oltre Venture, a unique company in Italy which is able to offer to private and institutional investors the opportunity to create a positive social impact through investments in risk capital of enterprises by promoting social innovation. Wherever the state, as well as the market, give no answer, the objective of Oltre is to use private economic resources and competences to support quasi-market solutions in order to face social needs. Oltre Venture is a pioneer at an international level in this kind of activity, named Impact Investing.OLTREVENTURE.COM
Salva Terra Wine
We invested in Vignaioli La Castellana spa / Salva Terra Wines, a Verona-based producer of a variety of high-quality wines. It was founded thanks to the encounter between the Furia brothers and a group of entrepreneurs who believed in a big project based on the rules of integrated management, aimed to minimize the impact on the environment and on humans. The goal of SalvaTerra is its vocation for the land, wine art, and culture of the territory among Valpolicella, Amarone, Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Prosecco Doc. The Rancilio Cube club deal with Salva Terra Wine is coordinated by Finanziaria Canova srl, Milan.TENUTESALVATERRA.IT
Alto Partners SGR
We invested in Alto Partners SGR, a company that manages private equity funds dedicated to small and medium-sized companies in Italy, and invests, through funds under management, in a selected target of enterprises to enhance their development or facilitate the complex process of generational transfer. The many achievements of Alto Partners SGR include the investment, which lasted more than six years, in the Rancilio Group spa. We aim to be, for Alto’s representatives, “active” shareholders, ambassadors of local business experiences for a mutual and balanced evaluation of development plans.ALTOPARTNERS.IT
Along the lines of a project designed by us, in 2007 the real estate activities of the society formerly named Rancilio macchine per caffè spa were split off by the creation of Rancilio Re srl, a new business, based in Parabiago. Rancilio Re srl manages real estate assets with the aim of maintaining their performance over time. It has already achieved some important objectives, among which the realization of a photovoltaic implant producing 0,5 MW of electric energy a year. Since December 2017, 50% of Rancilio Re srl, a share which was already owned by our stakeholders, has been conferred to Rancilio Cube srl.