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Wendel Lab

Why did we create the Wendel Lab?

Wendel created the Wendel Lab in 2013 in response to the Group’s desire to continuously improve its knowledge of new business models and disruptive technologies.

With the “Lab”, Wendel invests via funds or directly in innovative, high-growth companies. The “Lab” allows the Group to have visibility on several hundred start-ups, mainly in the digital field.

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2013
creation of Wendel Lab
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5-10 %
of the Group NAV
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$125 m
amount invested
Wendel Lab

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The Wendel Lab enable us to increase growth in our portfolio and create a technology ecosystem within the Group.

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David Darmon
Group Deputy CEO

The “Lab” is a valuable tool for detecting the leaders of tomorrow. These are the companies that Wendel seeks out as a long-term investor.

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Christopher Witherspoon
Leader of the fund investment activity of the Wendel Lab

What are our ambitions?

In May 2021, Christopher Witherspoon joined the Group as Leader of the fund investment activity of the Wendel Lab. His recruitment illustrates the Group’s desire to structure and intensify the development of the “Lab”.

Within the investment team, Christopher’s mission is to select and closely monitor the funds in which Wendel will deploy its capital and to identify start-ups whose profiles can be synonymous with value creation or ambitious partnerships for the portfolio companies.