EIF invests €350 million in Spain-based Kembara


The European Investment Fund (EIF) commits €350 million to Kembara Fund I FCR, a €1 billion target-size pan-European fund with a strong focus on Deep Tech and climate, managed by Spain-based Alma Mundi Ventures SGEIC (Mundi Ventures).

The world is facing the biggest wave of innovation in history with the convergence of frontier technologies like AI, quantum computers, and synthetic biology. With its world-class research and talent, Europe is poised to play a leading role in Deep Tech and climate going forward but it needs to mobilize investment to support the growth of its most promising start ups.

Kembara will make equity investments in European Deep Tech and climate companies at the growth stage (Series B and C), predominantly in Germany, Spain, France, and Sweden, as well as in other EU Member States. The EIF is the anchor investor in Kembara, playing a catalytic role in helping the fund reach its €1 billion target size through additional investments. An experienced team and a differentiated strategy have been strong assets for EIF to support Kembara.

Kembara is the latest EIF investment in a technology scale-up fund under the European Tech Champions Initiative (ETCI), the fund of funds to foster investment in cutting-edge tech start-ups and drive digital transformation across Europe.

ETCI contributes to meeting the financing needs faced by European technology scale-ups, preventing them from relocating overseas and reinforcing Europe’s strategic autonomy and competitiveness. Sectors benefiting from the initiative include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, quantum, life sciences, Deep Tech, cleantech and digital technologies among others. The ETCI is also a strong contributor to the integration of the financial markets in Europe and represents an example of how the EIB Group can pioneer the Capital Markets Union.

“The ETCI initiative was conceived to provide significant backing to large European funds, enabling them to support future European champions with the scale-up financing they need,” commented Marjut Falkstedt, EIF Chief Executive. “We are delighted to support Kembara, and through it, aspiring tech entrepreneurs all over Europe. The ETCI is now really taking shape, making sure that bright ideas can not only start up, but also grow and flourish right here in Europe.”

Kembara will also represent a differentiated offering within ETCI, being its first investment in a fund in Spain and having a strong commitment to Deep Tech and Climate, thereby fostering greater diversity of financing options for European scale-ups. Kembara will back start-ups with strong intellectual property, combining scientific and engineering breakthroughs, including complex hardware and capital-intensive businesses and focused on frontier technologies like AI, the future of computing, robotics, space tech, advanced materials, and next-generation energy systems. Those technology areas are critical for the EU’s strategic autonomy and economic growth.

Javier Santiso, CEO & founder of Mundi Ventures and co-founding partner of Kembara, emphasised the fund’s mission: “We are honoured to be chosen by the EIF as one of the platforms to scale Europe’s Deep Tech and climate champions. Incremental changes won’t cut it. We are here to back the most ambitious Deep Tech entrepreneurs who want to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges, in particular climate change.”

ETCI impact

ETCI is creating a positive dynamic in the European investor market and the tech ecosystem since launching in 2023. The Initiative has already invested in 8 different scale-up technology funds, including, among others, Kembara Fund I, Atomico Growth VI, a growth fund focusing on partnering with game-changing European technology scale-up founders, FSI II, a fund that supports the growth and expansion of Italian mid-cap companies and Keensight Nova VI, a fund that focuses on cybersecurity, automation and robotics, enterprise software, medtech, and healthcare services.

To date ETCI has mobilised €10 billion public/private resources to support investment in fast-growing high-tech companies. ETCI-backed funds have already invested in European companies operating in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, financial technologies, biotechnology and healthcare.

In Spain, in addition to the first investment in a Spain based fund such Kembara, ETCI backed funds have already invested circa €240 million in two late-stage growth phase Spanish companies Factorial and Inke. Combined they represent approximately 20% of the ETCI investments in scale-up companies to date.

The European Tech Champions Initiative is becoming instrumental in nurturing Europe’s tech ecosystem, fostering collaboration, and fuelling the growth of transformative ventures. Through strategic investments and partnerships, ETCI will continue empowering the next generation of European tech champions, shaping the digital future of Europe.