Sodexo Ventures Mission

In 2016, we launched Sodexo Ventures, a 50-million euro strategic venture capital fund with the strong belief that, in a fast-moving market, it was key to combine the agility and creativity of innovative start-ups with Sodexo’s investment capacity and access to markets.

Our experience confirmed that by creating agile partnerships with start-ups, we could stay lean and understand the changes in our markets and in the world of innovation. Sodexo Ventures also allows us to remain in direct contact with an eco-system of entrepreneurs capable of developing technologies at the peripheries of our core services.

Through Sodexo Ventures we seek to funnel innovative ideas and products to our customers, with a view to enhance our existing services and serve the Group’s vision: improving the Quality of Life of our consumers.

Sodexo Ventures Portfolio          Sodexo Ventures Investment Committee

How do you find start-ups? What are the conditions of an investment?

Sodexo already works actively with external ecosystems and has put in place multiple strategic partnerships in open innovation. However, the Group’s investment strategy does not consist in investing in start-ups for the sole purpose of placing capital. Sodexo Ventures seeks ideas and products that will enhance our existing services and serve the Group’s vision: improving the Quality of Life of its consumers. We request our investment targets to enter into commercial agreements with an operating subsidiary of the Sodexo Group. Sodexo Ventures will primarily engage in series-A development—a company’s first significant round of venture capital financing—though remains flexible to consider seed and other fundraising rounds. We do not want to consolidate these investments and the very limited rights we seek reflect this.

In what areas do you plan to invest?

Sodexo Ventures is a strategic investment fund that will be fully integrated into the Group’s service operations. It will invest in areas as varied as food tech, smart buildings, health & wellness, digitization of rewards and benefits, data models & analytics, innovative retail experiences, and other innovative services related to the Quality of Life of the people we serve. The fund will invest in start-ups who support growth across all of the Group’s activities and serve the Group’s promise: bettering the Quality of Life of all those it services.

Do you think the culture of a large intentional group like Sodexo will match with start-up identity?

Yes, Sodexo has a very innovative company culture. It has its roots in entrepreneurship and has always operated with a start-up mentality and a constant ambition for growth. The Group will bring start-ups years of experience and maturity after having succeeded in many markets where start-ups hope to deploy their solutions.

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