News - September, 2020
Munich/Luxembourg – September 7, 2020 – Cipio Partners participates in a EUR 8 million growth round along with Ventech in Grenoble-based MICROOLED, one of the leading providers of low power high resolution OLED microdisplays
MICROOLED offers cutting edge OLED microdisplays to a broad and global customer base for diverse of applications, from consumer electronics to highly demanding professional use cases. By combining its 13-year expertise in display, manufacturing and system integration with a strong knowledge of the market, MICROOLED recently introduced ActiveLook, the lightest and most compact optical module for smart glass applications, which is being adopted by eyewear companies such as Julbo, UVEX and others.
The company was established by Eric Marcellin-Dibon, CEO, and Gunther Haas, CTO, in 2007 and employs over 75 highly skilled team members in Grenoble. It had been able to rely on an investment by Supernova Invest, through CEA Investissement. The company has experienced record growth in 2019 with a net profitable result. The team will use the funding to further push the development of integrated AR modules while strengthening manufacturing capacities to support increasing global demand for OLED microdisplays across all type of use cases.
“We are ready to innovate with our customers, developing unique solutions based on our high efficiency OLED technology”, said Eric Marcellin-Dibon MICROOLED CEO. “Augmented reality represents a huge market opportunity. Connected eyewear is everything about style and comfort and a successful product can only be achieved with a highly integrated system and by mastering the key technologies down to the pixel. This is our core expertise and with this strong investor pool, we have the resources to enable our customers entering these new markets with our ActiveLook platform”.
Christian Claussen, General Partner with Ventech states: “I have closely followed MICROOLED’s growth path over the past years and am impressed with management’s ability to develop cutting-edge world class technology with a strong focus on real customer needs. MICROOLED will now open a completely new chapter in consumer-AR thanks to their ready-to-market Active Look platform. We are more than happy to support management with funding and advice during the next growth phase of the company.”
MICROOLED is leading provider of highly power-efficient microdisplays with superior image quality for mobile near-to-eye viewing devices used by consumers, medical professionals, and security industry. Founded in 2007, MICROOLED headquarters, R&D and a production facility are located in Grenoble, a renowned centre of excellence in France for chipset and nanotechnology development.
About Cipio Partners
Founded in 2003, Cipio Partners is a leading investment management and advisory firm for European Growth Capital & Minority Buyouts for Technology Companies. Cipio Partners targets European growth stage technology businesses with €10-100 million in revenue and makes initial investments ranging from €3-10 million. Cipio Partners operates from offices in Luxembourg and Munich. Further information is available at www.cipiopartners.com
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