| 33 mins

Episode 25: Investments, mergers and acquisitions in coffee operations

Today on the podcast we’re speaking with leading investors and experienced entrepreneurs to lift the lid on the world of mergers, acquisitions, and investment in the coffee space.
What does a great hospitality business look like from the perspective of an investor? In what circumstances should you merge your business with another? What type of investor should you be looking for and who should you avoid?
To help us answer these big questions, we speak with Henry McGovern, co-founder of McWin Investments – a recent investor in GAIL's Bakery, Nils Erichsen former Founding Partner of HEMRO Group and now CEO of Wave Investments, and David Abrahamovitch, CEO of Grind, to get their advice on building a successful coffee business and attracting investment.

Credits music: RTime by 1403 in association with the Coffee Music Project


David Abrahamovitch

David Abrahamovitch

CEO, Grind

Grind was founded in 2011 when Abrahamovitch took over his father’s Shoreditch mobile phone shop and turned it into a café-bar. In the decade since, Grind has grown to become a cult east London coffee brand, with 15 locations, including espresso bars, cocktail bars, restaurants, a state-of-the-art coffee roastery, and a direct to consumer coffee business.
Henry McGovern

Henry McGovern

Entrepreneur and investor

Henry McGovern has earned his reputation as one of the leading entrepreneurs and most successful businessmen in Central Europe. McGovern is the founder and former Chief Emotional Officer of AmRest, a leading operator of quick service and casual dining concepts, with brands including KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Starbucks.

Nils Erichsen

Nils Erichsen

Founder and CEO, Wave Investments

After studying Finance and Marketing in leading European institutions, Nils Erichsen entered the coffee industry in 1998 as GM for Mahlkönig and later CEO of HEMRO Group follwing a merger with Ditting Maschinen in 2007. Erichsen is now Founder and CEO of Wave Investments, consulting in private equity for coffee and non-coffee businesses.
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