LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)– NewSpace Capital announces the first closing of its space-focused growth fund at €105M and a €15M lead investment in Cailabs’ series C investment round.
NewSpace Capital is a Luxembourg-based private equity fund dedicated to space-focused technology investments. The firm targets growth-equity opportunities in downstream applications and supply chain segments of the space market. NewSpace Capital has a global investment outlook with its main focus on Europe and the US. The closing was led by a cornerstone investment from Archean Capital Partners, a US fund dedicated to investing in emerging fund managers with specialized sector and operational experience. Other investors include corporates, financial institutions and family offices.
NewSpace Capital is also announcing a €15M investment in Cailabs, a French deep-tech company enabling revolutionary photonic solutions for industrial and communication applications. NewSpace Capital is the lead investor in Cailabs’ €26M series C financing round.
The fund’s other investments to date include ICEYE, which owns and operates the world’s largest constellation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, and Kayrros, a climate-tech data analytics company that recently won the Financial Times’ prestigious 2022 Tech Champions Award.
Rob Lazaroff, Co-Portfolio Manager of Archean Capital said, “There are an increasing number of companies reaching the commercial stage in space, many of which are ready for growth stage capital. The NewSpace Capital team has an ideal mix of technical and commercial expertise to identify and select the best space companies, and help them achieve their growth plans.”
“We are very selective in backing new funds and we are willing to wait for the right combination of team, strategy and market opportunity. NewSpace Capital has an amazing network within the space ecosystem that makes them a preferred partner to companies like Cailabs. We are thrilled to support the team as they build NewSpace Capital into the next market leading private equity firm” said Chris Keller, Co-Portfolio Manager of Archean Capital.
“The space ecosystem becomes a backbone for economic and social change. We are a value investor in companies that enable this process with new technologies and capabilities. NewSpace Capital allows its LPs to tap into the growth segment of a €300-billion industry spanning Earth observation, communication and data analytics. We are excited to partner with Archean, whose team brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique partnership approach” said Bogdan Gogulan, CEO and Managing Partner of NewSpace Capital.
NewSpace Capital is a conduit to enable corporates and financial investors to achieve net-zero targets: “The space industry is critical to solving global ESG challenges. In addition to identifying, measuring, and mitigating the environmental impact of existent economic activity that can be done from space on a global scale, space infrastructure and space-enabled services also create a completely new way of operating for traditional industries, that allows the transition to a more efficient and net-zero economy,” said Felix von Schubert, Executive Chairman of NewSpace Capital.
About NewSpace Capital
NewSpace Capital is a global space-focused, growth-stage fund operated by a team that together has more than 150 years of investment, commercial and technical experience in the space and private equity industries. Based in Luxembourg, the fund provides growth capital to companies with a technological edge and leading market position in the supply chain and applications segments of the rapidly developing space ecosystem. To learn more visit www.newspace.capital
About Archean Capital Partners
Archean Capital Partners provides strategic anchor capital to newly-formed private equity firms. Archean was established in 2017 by Veritable, L.P. and Moelis Asset Management to provide initial limited partner capital and value-added support to highly qualified emerging managers. Archean is focused on opportunities in such specialties as buyout, growth, restructuring and turnaround. To learn more visit www.archeancapital.com