The key principle that guides our investment philosophy should be to add value to our investee companies, having a strong business support owing to specific industrial and management skills and experience of Merieux Développement partners and directors.
Overall, we aim at offering high level strategic guidance to companies we invest in, whatever the stage of their development. The principle is that Merieux Développement should be acting as a “leadership investor”, providing more than financial capabilities.
For mature companies
- Supporting business development to accelerate company’s growth.
Today, companies need a significant range of external relationships to expand their business. They often need partners such as pharmaceutical companies, contract service providers, agents or distributors. Merieux Développement can help through its extensive network of business relationships that Merieux group has established over many years.
- Providing experience in international markets
A large portion of Merieux Développement’s partners and directors have an extensive experience in bridging technologies, marketing products/services or conducting R&D in international markets. As such, we can open up a whole new world of opportunities at the global level to CEOs of companies we invest in.
For young companies
- Assisting companies to prepare for investment
Early stage companies - sometimes just individual inventors or entrepreneurs with a novel concept – can approach us to discuss and better validate their view on potential product or service applications. We will strive to help them optimize their business planning, even prior committing to specific investment into the company.
- Helping build the business through experience sharing and mentoring
Young companies need to focus on delivering milestones within a finite budget and timeframe. Frequently, these objectives become obscured or delayed because of the need to establish a strong infrastructure for the company. Rather than seeing young companies ‘reinvent the wheel’, we will provide a mentoring service during this phase to expeditiously guide and consult on such matters (in areas of project management, marketing or business development activities for example). We can also help CEOs recruit experienced managers and non-executive board members through our extensive network in the industry.