Carrefour and daphni joined forces to provide the global reach of a leading worldwide retailer and the agility of a skilled venture capital team.
By combinating daphni’s experienced investors with Carrefour’s assets and decades of consumer and retail experience, we bring unrivaled expertises, operational support, and business acceleration to give our startups superpowers and shape the retail of tomorrow.
Our ultimate goal is to invest early in innovative companies that can disrupt groceries,
e-commerce, logistics, food for good and financial services in the retail space.
Founded in 2015, daphni is a venture capital firm specialized in technology and digital startups investment, and recognized throughout Europe.
daphni has more than €500 million under management structured around an innovative value proposition for its clients: investors in its funds upstream of the value chain and start-ups making up its portfolio downstream.
To help it deliver on its mission, daphni has developed an open-innovation platform supported by a community of more than 300 experts. With around sixty companies in the portfolios, including Agua Blanca, Back Market, Geev, Made.com, Swile, Stockly and Typology, the strategies of the funds managed by daphni are focused on new usages and sustainable projects that can win over global markets.
For 60 years, Carrefour has been pioneer in the large food retail business, continuously striving to make its products both affordable and accessible to everyone.
Carrefour now wants to transform itself, from a traditional retailer with e-commerce capabilities to a Digital Retail Company, which places digital and data at the heart of all its operations and its value creation model. That’s why Carrefour decided to join forces with daphni, allowing the Group to make sure it’s staying out in front of the latest innovations and technologies.
Carrefour has over 320,000 employees throughout the world and reaches some 104 million households a year worldwide and gets 1.3 million single visits to all of its online shopping websites every day. With turnover of almost €81.3 billion in 2021, over half of which was generated outside France, Carrefour today has 13,000 stores in nearly 40 countries.