Nicolas Autret is Managing Director at the Samsung Catalyst Fund, Samsung Electronics’ multi-stage venture capital fund investing in deep-tech infrastructure and data-enabled platforms. Nicolas’ investments span a wide range of sectors including automotive, robotics, digital health, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud infrastructure, and device-level solutions. He is based in Paris, France.
Formerly, Nicolas served as General Partner of venture firm 360° Capital Partners, where he led investments in early-stage startups throughout Europe. His experience includes investment roles for Sofinnova Partners and operating roles with the Corporate Development & Strategy group of Orange North America, as well as business development positions at LeGuide Group and Twenga Solutions.
In 2021, Nicolas was named a Top 10 Emerging Leader by Global Corporate Venturing, which recognizes the industry’s top 1% of investors chosen from 2,000 corporate venturing units.
Nicolas holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Supelec, a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from INSEAD.
What key phrase, motto or quotation motivates you?
Life is too short; make an impact.
What’s your favorite movie?
In the Name of the Father, a 1993 film from Jim Sheridan.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Spend time with my family. Play tennis and drums. Travel the world. Cook, and drink good wine.
Beyond the financial investment, what unique value does Samsung Catalyst bring to startups?
Catalyst team members gather diverse backgrounds and expertise (VC, operations, etc.). Upon investment, our portfolio companies get exposure within Samsung at C-level. We also open up the Samsung network at the business unit level to accelerate technology and commercial development. Generally, we help startups become part of a larger ecosystem that includes Samsung industrial partners and other portfolio companies. This has proved to bring tremendous value to our portfolio companies.