sparkalis

FOR THE

FOOD

CHANGEMAKERS

WHO WE ARE:

Sparkalis is a newly created corporate ventures arm of the PURATOS GROUP, the global leader in the B2B bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors.

  • FOUNDED IN 1919
  • €2BN NET SALES
  • 9370 EMPLOYEES IN THE WORLD
  • 1045 R&D RESEARCHERS & TECHNICAL ADVISORS
  • 2.3% OF REVENUE INVESTED IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
  • SUBSIDIARIES IN 80 COUNTRIES
  • 61 PRODUCTION UNITS IN 50 COUNTRIES
  • 88 INNOVATION CENTERS IN THE WORLD

OUR VENTURE:

FOR THE FOOD CHANGEMAKERS

Sparkalis has been launched to complement the Puratos innovation portfolio and accelerate business growth as part of strengthening its food tech ecosystem.

 

We are committed to investing in innovative technologies to create, with future partners, a healthier and better ‘food print’ for today’s and tomorrow’s generations around the world.

THE SPARKALIS MISSION:

SPARKALIS MISSION IS TO
WORK WITH START-UP FOUNDERS,
INNOVATIVE AND BUSINESS-DRIVEN
ENTREPRENEURS TO TRANSFORM
EXCITING IDEAS INTO SUCCESSFUL
BUSINESS REALITY

OUR FOCUS:

The Sparkalis business focus is on health and well-being, sustainability and digital innovation.

 

We are specifically interested in plant-based, gut health, fermentation and raw material traceability and this across all areas of products, services and production.

 

We are eager to explore and develop new partnerships in the areas of:

  • focus

    MANUFACTURING

    Developing new production process concepts for existing products

  • new

    NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES

    Generating new ideas for the bakers, patissiers and chocolatiers who are our customers

  • food

    FOOD INGREDIENTS

  • cost

    COST REDUCTION OPPORTUNITIES

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INVESTMENT MODEL:

Sparkalis has created a set of flexible and scalable partnership models for seed and small and medium-sized enterprises:

  • 1

    INTERNAL

    INCUBATOR /

    TECHNOLOGY

    ACCELERATORS

  • 2

    A START-UP

    INVESTMENT /

    ACQUISITION

  • 3

    CO-INVESTMENT

WHAT WE OFFER:

SUCCESS STORY:

BAKER ONLINE

Bakeronline helps bakeries and bakers sell their product to local consumers worldwide. The tech venture of Maxim Sergeant has become a large player in the global market. The company has so far seen growth of 540%, hired 25 fulltime employees, is already available in 7 countries and they’re not planning on slowing down

“The two first years together have been
extremely successful. It exponentially
accelerated our scale globally and we were
able to multiply our top line results by 7.
Data will play a key role in further leveraging
our synergies in the future.
There is no doubt in my mind that we can
continue this trend and be the reliable
partner in innovation of bakers, patissiers
and chocolatiers worldwide.”

Maxim Sergeant – Founder of Bakeronline

OUR TEAM:

On top of the Managing Director and the Managing Partners, the Sparkalis team is composed of a network of professionals that have all worked in the food industry for a number of years and, equally importantly, each of them has many years’ experience in assessing and mentoring start-up projects and leading projects and businesses at global scale.

Together, their expertise covers every aspect of innovation and development, from new product development and consumer insights, to evaluating seed and start-up investment and expansion and business plan designs, through to technology and manufacturing, strategic positioning, development and marketing.

  • Filip Arnaut

    FILIP ARNAUT | Managing Director

    R&D Director Innovation and Upstream Lab, Puratos. Filip is a skilled start-up mentor and has a lot of experience in structuring win-win collaborations and strategic partnerships with start-ups, academic research groups and food tech companies. He has several board positions and is especially looking forward to connect on plant based, gut health and functional ingredients produced by fermentation.

  • SOPHIE BLUM

    SOPHIE BLUM | Managing Partner

    Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Board Member, Puratos. In addition to a wide-ranging international career in marketing leading consumer brands and corporate digital transformation, Sophie has been a mentor and advisory board member for the last 15 years for a number of start-ups, some of which are now global leaders.

  • JEAN PHILIPPE

    JEAN PHILIPPE MICHAUD | Managing Partner

    Chief Finance Officer, ICT & Legal affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Executive Board Member, Puratos. For over 10 years, Jean-Philippe worked with some of the largest private equity companies in the world, developing particular expertise in financing seed companies and start-ups.