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Financial services

Customer :
Immersive Factory

Acquirer :
Waterstart Capital (NCI)

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Advice :
Florian Leginy

About Largillière Finance

With offices in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, Largillière Finance is an independent investment bank dedicated to assisting managers and shareholders of small and medium-sized companies with their capital transactions: company sales and acquisitions, financing (capital and/or debt), financial engineering (valuation, etc.) and financial strategy.

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Fundraising - 2020

Fundraising of Immersive Factory

Immersive Factory accelerates its development with the arrival of the Waterstart Capital (NCI) fund in its shareholding, which will allow it to finance its growth axes

Founded in 2016 by Olivier Pierre, Bertrand Pierre, Francis Savic and Philippe Timsit, the Immersive Factory Company offers HSE (Health, Safety and Work Environment) training exercises in virtual reality on its online platform. The company's solutions create simulations of risky or dangerous operational situations as well as training for operators to enable them to overcome these situations and reduce any risk of accidents.

Positioned at the crossroads of two markets, that of HSE training, which is increasingly sought after by large industrial groups, and that of virtual reality, which is currently experiencing strong growth, Immersive Factory has recorded significant growth since its creation. Based on the latest virtual reality technologies, the company provides a scalable and easy-to-implement solution to the HSE issues of its major customers, including Shell, Colas, Siemens, Moët Hennessy, Suez, Volvo, P&G, Engie, Airbus, EDF, Veolia, Saint Gobain, Orano, Eiffage, Bureau Veritas and Air Liquide.

In order to pursue its growth and accelerate its ambitious development strategy, it has chosen the Waterstart Capital (NCI) fund to support it. With this round of financing, Immersive Factory will be able to expand internationally (US and Asia) and broaden its network of commercial partners.

A propos d’Immersive Factory (https://immersivefactory.com)

Immersive Factory has developed the first virtual reality training platform dedicated to health and safety at work. The company created most of the content of this platform in partnership with key accounts (Shell, Veolia, Volvo, Colas, Saint Gobain, Suez, Air Liquide, Engie, Aviva, Vinci, etc.). These exercises, which can be downloaded from the platform, are based on real-life situations and are based on the benefits of active teaching: thanks to virtual reality, learners become the main actors in their HSE training. "We retain better what we experience", but even better what we feel, perfectly reflects our vision of learning.

A propos de Waterstart Capital – NCI (www.n-ci.com/waterstart-capital)

Waterstart Capital (FCPI managed by the regional management company NCI) is a generalist vehicle created in early 2018 and endowed with €40M subscribed from institutional investors and entrepreneurs. The fund invests as a minority shareholder alongside entrepreneurs of start-ups in the field of user innovation in the marketing phase (digital, hardware, BtoB, BtoC, etc.). Waterstart Capital invests between €100K and €1M and up to €4M in reinvestment.

Stakeholders list:

Investor : Waterstart (NCI) Yves Guiol, Thibaut Escarras
Target : Immersive Factory Olivier Pierre, Bertrand Pierre, Francis Savic, Philippe Timsit
Corporate M&A advisor: Largillière Finance Valéry Giard, Florian Leginy
Corporate lawyer buyer: HPML Thomas Hermetet, Marina Llobell
Target corporate lawyer: GDA Avocats Mickael Levi, Sarah Mobtahij

Olivier Pierre, President of Immersive Factory:

« At Largillière Finance, we met a real team of professionals on whom we were able to rely fully during this fundraising, in order to remain focused on the development of our business. Largillière Finance’s work was remarkable and their advice was always valuable. Thanks to this fund raising with Waterstart Capital (NCI), we will be able to accelerate our international development by offering our customers an ever larger multilingual HSE training catalog, downloadable online on our platform and immediately usable thanks to virtual reality helmets, now autonomous and easy to deploy.»

With more than 20 employees, a strong international presence and nearly 30 operations in 2020, Largillière Finance is ranked as the leading small cap investment bank in France:

2021 – Fusions & Acquisitions – Opérations Small Cap – Banque d’affaires – France 2021 – Capital investissement – Opérations LBO Small Cap – Banque d’affaires – France Silver Award 2021 “High-Tech & Healthcare” category “Distribution, Consumer Goods, Personal Services” category “Advisory firm: Positive growth” category

About Largillière Finance

With offices in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, Largillière Finance is an independent investment bank dedicated to assisting managers and shareholders of small and medium-sized companies with their capital transactions: company sales and acquisitions, financing (capital and/or debt), financial engineering (valuation, etc.) and financial strategy.

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