News – Emerging and Growth Companies Practice
17 November 2015
Less than 12 months after the closing of its Series A equity round, we have assisted Sentiance in the structuring, negotiation and closing of the strategic financing round led by tech giant Samsung. Early backers of the Company, including venture capitalists Qbic and Volta Ventures, contributed to this round. The investment also encompasses a strategic technology alliance pursuant to which Sentiance will work on certain pivotal Internet of Things projects for Samsung.
Ambient intelligence company Sentiance mines sensor data from smartphones and wearable devices to build context-aware, personalized profiles that can be used by its clients to increase engagement, conversion and retention.
Samsung invested through its USD 100 million Catalyst Fund which is primarily dedicated to startups focused on disruptive ideas, digital health and computer human interface.
Sentiance will use the USD 5.2 million Series B funding to accelerate international development.
CEO Toon Vanparys comments: “We had another great experience with Cresco. The best people, great understanding of emerging technologies and venture capital combined with 24/7 responsiveness. That's what you need when you deal with the big guys. Cresco has the technical chops and pragmatism to match their legal acumen."
Cresco’s emerging company, venture capital, innovation and intellectual property counseling
This strategic equity and technology transaction for Sentiance is a prominent example of Cresco’s unique combination of emerging company, venture capital, complex contracting, and innovation and IP counseling skills.
Our role as lead counsel in this transaction is a clear demonstration of the success of Cresco’s strategy to provide innovative legal services to meet the technology property and funding needs in the ICT sector.
Pieter Capiau and Frédérique Joos constituted the Cresco deal team for this transaction and Cresco continues to advise Sentiance on its stakeholder and business relationships and technology transactions.