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Capitalia invests EUR 300,000 in a Swedish startup Favro and joins a group of investors in the SEED round led by Practica Capital. Favro is a work platform for collaborative planning that has attracted significant traction from leading companies around the world.
In May 2022, Capitalia investment fund Co-Investment Fund purchased shares of Estonian unicorn Bolt in the total amount of EUR 300,000, that way becoming the first fund in Latvia to invest in this company.
Last year, Capitalia issued more than 20 million euros of debt financing to more than 200 businesses in the Baltic States. For the third year in a row, more than half of funding was allocated to Latvian companies, while Lithuania and Estonia share the remaining part equally. To increase the attraction of funding for companies in the Baltic states, Capitalia has launched two alternative investment funds and made its first venture capital investments.
The fast-growing Lithuanian start-up Rocketo, which produces and sells organic dog food, received EUR 200 thousand. venture debt. This is the first transaction of its kind where a venture debt is provided to a start-up by a local financier operating in the Baltic States. According to experts, this is a significant event for the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian start-up ecosystem, which opens up new financing opportunities for fast-growing start-ups, and at the same time provides a greater competitive advantage.
Capitalia is expanding its product offering to include leasing of heavy machinery and equipment to agricultural, manufacturing, and industrial sector companies. We aim to continue to complement the products offered by the traditional banks and our addition of leasing provides another useful tool for businesses to fund expansion and operations.
Capitalia expands its operations in the investment field by becoming an alternative investment fund management.
Year 2019 has been a dynamic one for Capitalia. We have issued a new record of EUR 20 million of loan and venture capital financing to small and medium businesses in the Baltic States. In addition, we have been the first alternative financing provider in the region to receive European compliance certificate for good code of conduct lending practices. So before jumping in the ambitious plans for the year 2020 let’s take a look how did the last period look in numbers.
Capitalia and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have signed an agreement on a guarantee instrument supporting small businesses in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, for a total amount of EUR 10 million. With this guarantee, small businesses will get better access to finance. The agreement is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe, and by the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme
Capitalia has been interviewed by a blog specializing in reviewing and introducing various peer-to-peer investment opportunities. In the interview we describe our history and opportunities of investment in our loans that are sold through marketplace platform Mintos.com.
During the year 2015 Capitalia has issued over 3 million of loans to small and medium sized businesses in the Baltic States. The financing offered by the company was used by 237 companies. Average issued loan amount to one company was EUR 9 000 while average term was 12 months. Most business loans were issued to companies in retail and manufacturing industries. Notably, most of the clients have been companies from the regions.
Investors are offered to invest in invoice backed short-term loans.
From today, February 4, marketplace platform Mintos will offer to its investors an opportunity to invest in AS Capitalia loans that are backed by issued but yet unpaid invoices. This enables to invest in invoices that small and medium sized companies have issued to largest enterprises in the Baltic States.
Capitalia, represented in NASDAQ Riga stock exchange, is the leading alternative financing provider for small and medium enterprises in Latvia and Lithuania. It offers modern and simple loans to businesses that often are overlooked by the traditional banking sector. To date Capitalia has financed working capital and investment needs of more than 500 enterprises investing over EUR 12 million. From January 2016 company has obtained necessary permits and will start servicing clients also in Estonia.
Starting from September, Capitalia office will be located on Brivibas street 40, 4th floor.
Our new address is:
Brivibas street 40-35
LV-1050, Riga, Latvia
Starting from 23rd of July, 2015., loans issued by Capitalia are available on Mintos marketplace and each and every investor can invest in small and medium enterprises in Latvia. The minimum investment is EUR 10.
As of November 3, 2014 Capitalia, AS bonds are listed on the Nasdaq Baltic Bond list by Nasdaq Riga. According to the issue terms, trading will be possible with so far issued 1 000 bonds with the total nominal value of EUR 1 million.
Capitalia has registred change of legal status from Limited Liability company (SIA) to Joint stock company (AS). This is another step in the company development which as well closes merger process with two Limited Liability companies – Poscredit and Rinovus.
For the second year in a row the Entrepreneurship course at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga has a new frame. It is called the Laboratory of Entrepreneurship and designed so that students during the course develop a real business idea and present it to investors for evaluation.
On the 17th of December Latvian Venture Capital Association (LVCA) held the annual closing event. This time the event was especially remarkable because of the 10th anniversary of the association. LVCA Board member and former chairman of the moard, manager of the leading SME financing company in the Baltics Capitalia, Juris Grišins: “Venture capital in our country is still rather under-developed and for the next ten years we have to work hard until it takes stable and self-sufficient role in the Latvian financial system."
SIA “Sviestmaize” (sandwich in English) co-owner Edgars Runcis did not choose the name of his company at random – his first business in 2009 was indeed the sandwich business.
„From idea to investor” is a practical education program for young entrepreneurs. Capitalia supports Nordea business school participants by sharing its financial expertise.
On 9 April 2013 the regular General Meeting of Latvian Venture Capital Association took place and the main issue on the agenda was reelection of the board.
With full support from other members, the representative of Capitalia Juris Grišins will continue to perform his duties of board for the next two years.
Our aim is to contribute and promote the development of venture capital and alternative investments (microloan and mezzanine) sector in Latvia. Furthermore we will continue to assist to the government institutions to identify flaws and develop according support program to avoid them.
During the General Meeting the board adopted Code of Professional Ethics and changed the name of the Association to Latvian Private and Venture Capital Association.
Capitalia manager Juris Grišins participated in the conference organized by Ministry of Economics representing Latvian Venture Capital Association and presenting overview on alternative financing issues in Latvia.
The presentation reviews the current situation and the future perspectives of business microlending, mezzanine and venture capital sectors. For entrepreneurs interested in business financing there is relevant information mentioned in the presentation about the alternative investment providers in Latvia. The main finding from the presentation says that the financing for businesses is still difficult to access and to stimulate the availability further and continuous government support is necessary.
Competition “Commercialization of sustainable business idea” took place on February 21 at the premises of Riga State Gymnasium No 2. Representative of Capitalia Ģirts Tihomirovs participated in the jury by evaluating business idea presentations and advising pupils about further idea realization process. Capitalia gave a special award to a team from Preiļi State Gymnasium that presented idea about manufacturing wooden toys.