Vision

We are an investment holding company with a long-term vision

Do not confuse us with an investment fund: our approach is different. We invest early and stay close to our founders through the turbulent first years. Naturally, we do not want to be forced into selling our shares once things start getting better and want to keep an ability to adapt our exit strategies and timelines to the reality of our portfolio companies.

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Team

We are hands-on investors

Our entrepreneurial backgrounds enable us to provide our entrepreneurs with insightful feedback and mentoring. Building a company is a tough journey, and founders are not omniscient. It is our job to help them learn and avoid mistakes.

Benoit Delestre

Founder and Managing Partner
After creating and selling two Fintech companies in Europe, Benoit started investing in ambitious startups. Before launching Saviu, he founded Nadra Ventures, OCP's corporate VC investing in African companies. Benoit holds a Master's degree from the European Business School (France).

Arthur Thuet

Founder and Managing Partner
Before launching Saviu, Arthur worked for Carmine Capital, a fundraising boutique in Paris, and for Jumia and Daraz in Kenya, Bangladesh and Myanmar on the marketplace model. He was also part of Nadra Ventures' founding team. Arthur holds a Msc in Management from ESSEC Business School (France).

Anne Barrat

Investor Relations Officer
Before joining Saviu, Anne spent 20 years in the financial sector in various organizations such as NYSE Euronext or Mirabaud. She also managed fundraising missions for nonprofit organizations. Anne holds a Master's degree in Political Science and Public Law from Sciences Po Paris (France), an MBA from ESCP Europe (France) and a Master's degree in Finance from HEC Paris (France).

Cynthia Mandjek

Investment Manager
Before joining Saviu, Cynthia worked within the growth team at Eurazeo, a PE firm, and at Orange Digital Ventures in corporate VC. She also worked in consulting at Founders Intelligence and advised corporates on their digital transformation and tech/M&A strategies. Lately, she was the CEO Right-Hand at Aqemia, a biotech startup leveraging AI and quantum-inspired algorithms to discover new drugs. Cynthia holds a Msc in Management from ESCP Business School (France).
Governance

15+ investors with diverse backgrounds

We are fortunate to have gathered around us 15+ investors with diverse backgrounds and deep experience who provide our entrepreneurs with additional support. Our board is made up of professional investors who guide us to the right strategic decisions.

Thierry Hugnin

Managing Partner at Kibo Capital
Before launching Kibo Capital, a mid-cap PE fund investing in East Africa, Thierry worked in investment banking in London at Flemings and Blakeney Management. Thierry holds a Master's degree in Applied Finance from Paris IX-Dauphine University  (France) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales in 1993.

Wilfrid Korsaga

Partner at Kibo Capital
Prior to joining Kibo Capital, a mid-cap PE fund investing in East Africa, Wilfrid was Partner at AHL Venture Partners, an investment fund focusing on energy, agribusiness and financial inclusion in West Africa. Wilfrid holds a Master's degree in Finance from HEC Montreal (Canada) and a Graduate Diploma in Treasury Finance from McGill University (Canada).

Xavier Giraud

Partner at Normandie Capital
Xavier Giraud is a founding Partner at Normandie Capital, a privately-held affiliate of a prominent French family office focused on real estate investment and asset management. Prior to that, Xavier worked for ATEMI and CBRE. Xavier holds a Master's degree from HEC Paris (France).