In our venture capital division, we strive to implement the overall business philosophy of Matrix Capital: to become an outstanding specialist in financial instruments and products primarily from emerging markets.
«We are looking at those market niches in existing sectors of the economy where new technologies allow us to streamline business processes, get rid of intermediaries and free up labour», – said Pavel Malyi, partner, co-founder of the investment boutique Matrix Capital.
Our first venture capital deals are in one way or another related to Russia, but we hope that in the coming years, our portfolio may include companies from other emerging markets, including China and India.
iFarm – developer of innovative technologies for growing vegetables, berries and herbs.
Product: IT-platform iFarm Growtune, a vertical farm management system that minimizes human involvement in the production process and produces a high-quality crop in a guaranteed time frame and in close proximity to consumers.
Year of investment: 2020
Investment: participation in a round of financing with a total amount of $4 million.
Pavel Malyi: “In recent years, Matrix Capital has focused on investing in traditional equity and bond markets in emerging countries. The venture capital market that iFarm belongs to opens up new prospects for us. We are happy to use our diversified experience and contribute to the successful development of iFarm.”
DeckRobot – software for quick formatting of MS PowerPoint raw presentations into enterprise-ready slides.
Product: artificial intelligence based software designed to make it easier for organizations, including the Big-4 Audit & Consulting firms, to design thousands of slides in PowerPoint.
Year of investment: 2020
Investment: participation in a new round of financing with a total amount of $1.5 million.
Pavel Malyi: “We were impressed by the creative approach of the DeckRobot team to automate everyday tasks of preparing corporate presentations. We hope that their success will free up many hours for talented people, allowing them to focus on more interesting things. Three factors influenced our decision to invest into DeckRobot. First, we believe that their quality of execution is one of the best in its class; second, the technological solution they offer dove-tails neatly with our philosophy of investing into technologies that can disrupt well-established business process; and third, the fact that the DeckRobot team was able to create a successful product for the largest professional service organizations in the world gives us additional confidence in our success”.