Smart Money for High Tech
Epoona enables growth and expansion for mid-market companies with Smart Money. Experienced industry executives bring capital, operational performance and their network to accelerate needed growth, succession or upcoming transformation.
Volatile times are challenging for businesses. It’s also a matter of thinking about capitalization in a timely manner and how a changed structure will shore up the company in the future. „In addition to solid capitalization in these times, the topic of succession will become increasingly important for businesses in the future. This is exactly where we come in,“ explains Werner Töpfl.
Epoona is an industrial, long-term-oriented partner that offers smart money for growth and expansion. The focus is on the areas of environmental technology and special mechanical engineering. Epoona accompanies companies operationally and develops them in the long term.
An innovative business model…
When we engage with a company, Epoona carries out optimization activities ranging from revising the value chain and adapting products and services to changing the business model and strategic direction. Companies undergo rapid operational development to improve revenues and results. „In doing so, Epoona also relies on collaboration with innovative scale-ups that cross-pollinate traditional companies with new ideas,“ says Lothar Stadler.
Epoona pursues – compared to private equity companies – a long-term strategy without exit pressure and positions itself in the range of purchase prices between 5 and 20 million euros. „Smaller businesses can sell to business angels, larger ones to private equity companies. There are few options for traditional medium-sized businesses. That’s where we close the gap,“ says the Epoona team. Epoona is also flexible in the modalities of participation (minority, mezzanine, majority). The focus is on building an Austrian group of companies with recurring dividends.
Currently, Epoona is in the process of several potential transactions in the GreenTech and DeepTech sectors. By forming a group of companies, a unique solution portfolio with outstanding service shall be created. By broadening the value chain, add-on investment and digital services, companies should be more resilient in the current economic environment and well-secured for the future.
… with competent partners
Epoona’s founders, Dr. Lothar Stadler and Werner Töpfl, who came up with the idea for the investment company in 2021, have many years of experience in operational management, financing, global sales and business transformation. They recently received support from the former CEO of Wacker Neuson SE, Martin Lehner. He is involved in building up the portfolio as a partner and chairman of the advisory board, bringing his experience in management and in finding strategic and financial investors.
„By expanding the team, we have once again strengthened our expertise. Our team will continue to grow strongly and we want to become the first address in smart money for high tech.“ says the Epoona team.
With Epoona one wants to score however not only with experience and authority. Building trust with entrepreneurs and investors is the top priority, the three partners agree. Through participation in companies and operational involvement, they want to facilitate growth and succession in a structured manner and thus secure Austria as a business location in the long term.