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Sonae IM is the corporate venturing arm of Sonae (retail and telco group), which is focused on investing in tech-based companies. The company invests in a broad range of companies related to Sonae's core, joining funding with a strategic profile.

With a flexible investment style and approach, Sonae IM leverages on its technology expertise, brand capital, and access to a global network. The company supports companies to achieve success with an internal pool of experts, which supports portfolio management.

Sonae has been developing different corporate venturing initiatives for long, namely revenue assurance leader WeDo (2001) and Mainroad spin-off (2003) and subsequent successful exit (2014). Moreover, after deciding that Cyber security was an interesting area, it invested in Spanish cyber security company s21sec (2014). Another critical space for retailers, location analytics, led to the investment in Movvo (2014).

Since the official launch of Sonae IM in late 2015, the company invested in InovRetail (demand forecasting for retailers), StyleSage (fashion tech predictive analytics) and Sysvalue (cyber security add on for s21sec). Additionally, Sonae IM got involved in the acquisition of Novo Banco's stakes in 3 funds managed by ES Ventures and launched Bright Pixel (company builder studio).

Sonae IM was officially founded in 2015, but corporate venturing initiatives within Sonae are in Sonae's DNA for longer and led to what Sonae IM is today. The company is based in Porto, Portugal.

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