IMS adopts a hands-on approach to its portfolio companies.
As a result, IMS is focusing on increasing the asset value through increasing the profits by radically optimizing the unit economics of its portfolio companies, but also through controlled expansion or financial leverage.
IMS targets early stage and established mid-market companies with leadership or near- leadership positions in their respective industry segments, typically with strong brand or market share potential. These companies often have strong foundations, but typically lack certain key attributes required to transition the company successfully to the next level of size, sophistication and geographic scope.
IMS seeks to professionalize these companies and build scale through providing financial and intellectual capital as well as enhancing control through management, governance and system/ technology improvements. Such initiatives afford premium returns at exit.
While the dynamics of each investment will vary, we evaluate your venture according to the following criteria:
A deciding factor for us when considering an investment is a skilled, committed management. We look for teams of entrepreneurs with a track record of leadership and performance . We also look at your team’s passion for and commitment to the new business idea, and your ability to inspire confidence among future stakeholders, including employees, potential customers, and investors. Founders & team are essential for our investment approach.
We invest in solutions and plans that demonstrate a strategy to claim sizeable market share or revenue in significantly large addressable target markets. Do you have an identifiable market segment? Is there a demonstrable and significant demand for your solution?
We look for companies that can grow quickly and manage the scale necessary to succeed. When evaluating prospective investments, one important criterion we consider is the growth and revenue model scalable? What is the cost of acquiring new customers? Are new bookings trending in the right direction? Is there an opportunity to up-sell and cross-sell new products or services? Is there are recurring revenue model?
Tipical transaction sizes
We focus on start ups, small and middle-market companies, typically resulting in transaction sizes of EUR 0,5 million to EUR 10 million, because we believe that companies of this size are particularly well positioned to benefit from our synergetic approach.
Digital Media, FinTech, Travel
We have significant executive experience in a variety of fields. One of the benefits of working with us is the active coaching and a partner network we can provide. Access to industry leaders and cooperating partners as only one part of the benefits.
Your company should have some proprietary features that distinguish you from potential competitors or provide barriers to entry that prevent other companies from capturing your customers with a similar offering. Attributes that convey competitive advantage include intellectual property protection, key know-how, and scarce human resources (i.e. knowledge and skills). Have you identified potential competitors? Do you understand your company's differentiation points?
We prefer to invest in new ideas, and common products and services. The concept behind the technology must be proven and verifiable. Further, we avoid science projects that don’t demonstrate a clear path to commercialization.
Use of Funds
Funds must be used to accelerate your company's achievement of key milestones that increase the company's value.