Sparking Capital obtains from the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority the authorisation approval as an alternative investment fund in order to strengthen its operating framework on the local capital market.
Both Sparking Capital’s request for registration as an A.I.F.A. alternative investment fund manager and the registration in the A.S.F. public register, as well as the authorisation as an A.I.F. alternative investment fund have been approved.
As a result, Sparking Capital is the first venture capital fund, which invests in technology companies, registered by A.S.F in Romania, in accordance with the new legislation in force.
Vlad Panait, Managing Partner & Founder Sparking Capital – “We are happy to have succeeded in completing the A.S.F authorisation process and to be the first venture capital fund registered in Romania, investing in technology companies. We aim to continue our investment plans locally and to constantly contribute to the development of the local start-up ecosystem. By mid-2023 our main target is to reach 4-5 new investments and invest an additional amount of €3.5 million.”
Since its inception, the company has invested around €3 million in local technology start-ups, adding €6 million invested by the co-investors.
Cristian Negruțiu, Founding Partner Sparking Capital – “The authorisation received from A.S.F Romania represents a step forward to our company and further evidence that we would like to contribute to the development of the Romanian entrepreneurial environment in the most sustainable way. We expect the authorisation process and the legislation to be simplified, so that more and more venture capital funds choose to register in Romania. Last but not least, we would like to thank the A.S.F. team for their openness and understanding, as well as our partners at Boanță, Gîdei and Associates for their legal support in the authorisation process.”
Sparking Capital’s mission is to contribute to the development of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem through constant investments, transfer of know-how and skills, coaching and mentoring for the founding teams, carried out directly or through partners, in order to reach their full potential. At the same time, the company aims to provide investors with gross returns, which are above other asset classes.
Vlad Sarca, Partner Sparking Capital – “We intend to invest in teams of entrepreneurs who have developed truly innovative products and who actively support the international expansion of software products developed in Romania. Most of the companies we have invested in so far provide software solutions to customers in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and even Australia, and the investments they have received have contributed to their accelerated growth and the facilitation of over 130 jobs opportunities”
Sparking Capital’s portfolio currently includes 12 local start-ups from different industries such as travel-tech, consumer-tech, marketing-tech, fin-tech, prop-tech, smart automation, fitness-tech, AI speech recognition technology, circular economy, and other verticals. These include Questo, Evertoys, ProductLead, Symphopay, Bright Spaces, EcoTree, Instant Spaces, Bankata, Vatis Tech, Sypher, KFactory and Hyperhuman.
In addition to investments, Sparking Capital is constantly analyzing and assessing the potential of the local start-up ecosystem. Thus, according to Sparking Capital specialists, among the most promising categories where local start-ups can innovate and grow in the coming period are cybersecurity, robotic process automation (RPA), gaming and fin-tech.
“In Romania we have skilled human resources in the area of RPA, cyber security, gaming, crypto, fin-tech and more. The technical skills of the programmers are aligned with the European standards, however at much lower costs than in Western Europe. All these aspects meet the global trends that have been noticed for some time. The automation of repetitive processes with limited human assistance (RPA) is an acute need for companies looking to increase productivity, cyber threats accentuated even more by the conflict at Romania’s borders which require additional protective measures, children are digital natives since early stages which offers new prospects for the gaming industry, and higher bank costs, fees and underserved segments of population and businesses create the proper environment for developing new fin-tech solutions.” added Vlad Panait, Managing Partner & Founder Sparking Capital