In 2008 we set up a dedicated ‘Innovations Team’. This team was founded to provide the full set of skills and capabilities to incubate and nurture digital “ideas”. We had recognised for a while that so many great ideas did not fit the traditional PE model, many just needed a little incubation and direction. We knew by leveraging our expertise, our global innovations network and academic connections we could ensure our clients would go rapidly from an idea or concept to a profitable business. This was the catalyst for Connect Innovation.
We fund and incubate great ideas using our own private equity, but we also have new-age PE partnerships based in Silicon Valley, California, London and Monaco. We maintain our Innovations Team at our dedicated Innovation Centre in Zagreb, Croatia which is the hub of our European operations.
Connect Innovation is much more than a private equity or venture capital firm or a traditional .com incubator. We bring together all key elements required to create great companies: team, concept, technology, and of course capital. We are 100 percent operationally involved in building any venture we are nurturing, and we cover all critical functions with our expert teams. So although technologies and markets have changed dramatically during the last 10 years, the investment principles upon which we were founded have not. The Connect Innovation team, all seasoned high-tech executives, always take a very active and team-oriented approach to helping entrepreneurs and established businesses throughout every stage of the process.
We are passionate entrepreneurs and focused on delivery. Whether it’s a brand new technology in a brand new market or, as is often the case, helping an established business transform we apply the same rigorous discipline and energy. We also continually examine technology trends, identifying those technologies we believe will transform entire industries. Our emphasis is on what will happen next, what will succeed, and then, what will endure.