Karine LIGNEL is an Engineer (food science, ENSIA with a Master’s degree in finance and economics (IGIA, part of ESSEC). She has seven years of experience in the food industry, mainly in technical positions. She joined venture capital since 2000, investing mainly in life sciences. Since 2000, she has been appointed to more than 20 board memberships. CM-CIC Innovation is a subsidiary of CM-CIC Investissement, the Crédit Mutuel - CIC group's investment and merchant bank division. With more than 2.6 billion Euros worth of equity under management and over 600 portfolio companies, CM-CIC Investissement is a key player in capital investment in France, backed by its own equity resources.
CM-CIC Innovation is specialized in investment and support for high-potential growth companies, with strong technology expertise, in the first stages of their development. It finances firms positioned on sectors such as life sciences, information technology, industrial innovations or environment.
Karine is the Deputy CEO of the Venture Capital team at CM-CIC Innovation, which has an active portfolio of 35 companies. Her field of expertise is fast-growing technological companies. She has chosen and invested in more than 15 companies and helped manage more than 40 companies, working with them on their strategic plans. She has been heavily involved in multiple refinancing rounds and has been key in three industrial exits as well as two successful IPOs. Karine has a Food Engineer Degree from ENSIA, Massy, as well as an MBA in Finance and Accounting from IGIA, Cergy.