Equity investment into Series A Preferred shares of Scalarr Inc., a company with operations and development centre in Ukraine, as part of USD 7.5 million financing round.
ETI score: 80
VCIP II is expected to contribute to the "Competitive" and "Resilient" transition qualities as it will support the development of recently established highly innovative technology-based companies, as well as promote better access to venture capital, which is still nascent in the EBRD Region. Each sub-project under VCIP II will be expected to contribute to both transition qualities and all projects will receive the same facility ETI rating. Transition impact will be monitored at the project level and assessed at the Framework level.
Scalarr, a technology company with operations and development in Ukraine, provides the antifraud software solution for mobile application developers. Scalarr's software, using its proprietary technology such as neural networks, unsupervised and semi-supervised machine learning allows the application developer to detect and prevent fraudulent application installs and avoid marketing expenses spent on purchase of the fraudulent traffic.
Under VCIP, additionality stems from the Bank's ability to bring extensive regional private equity experience and experience of the region, networks and relationships to support the VCIP qualified co-investors in their investments in investee companies.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised C (ESP 2014). Environmental & Social Due Diligence, based on the review of the completed E&S Questionnaire, showed that the project and client are not associated with any significant environmental and social issues. For the project, the company is required to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements as well as submit an annual environmental and social report. There is no Green Economy Transition component associated with the project.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
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PSD last updated
15 Apr 2021
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