The New Frontiers leads funding round for Equip, facilitating access to sports and leisure activities via the sharing economy

Equip, a Swiss startup founded in 2021, promises to profoundly change the face of sports participation.

Connected to autonomous stations, the Equip app allows users to borrow sports equipment, then play or participate in leisure activities without having to carry anything around, right where they need it – at venues across the globe.


Putting the emphasis on sharing rather than ownership allows Equip to be part of the global responsibility we have in the face of socioeconomic inequality and the protection of the environment. Equip stations are also autonomous thanks to their solar panels, and can be installed and checked remotely without limitations.


Today, this startup is in full expansion in the United States, Spain, Italy, France and their native Switzerland, where the business seeks to accelerate its deployment at a communal level.

Since mid-July 2022, Decathlon Switzerland has made a commitment alongside Equip to provide quality sports and leisure equipment directly at the places of practice.

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TNF leads strategic investment in Metaphysiks, bringing it one step closer to embodying the Metaverse

Metaphysiks’ technology is a confluence of the neuroscience of body perception and self-consciousness, virtual reality, and soft haptics converged to enable users to “feel” digital experiences rather than only seeing or hearing them.

 TNF (The New Frontiers) believes that Metaphysiks’ MetaTouch opens the door to the holy grail of experiential technologies. 

MetaTouch is the culmination of over a decade of cutting-edge research in the laboratories of world-leading neuroscientist Olaf Blanke, professor at EPFL, who is also Metaphysiks’ co-founder and Chief Scientist, and with whom TNF’s founder Erkin Bek continues to collaborate extensively towards building and expanding immersive experiences. 

TNF led the funding round and was joined by numerous prominent and strategic investors including Logitech, Tej Tadi (founder of Mindmaze), All Here (a Swiss lifestyle company that collaborates closely with EPFL) and several other international investors.

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Francisco Arcilla Joins TNF as Newest Partner

TNF today announced the appointment of Francisco Arcilla as a Partner. The TNF team and its portfolio companies will benefit from Francisco’s 25 years of experience and deep knowledge of capital markets and alternative investments.

TNF today announced the appointment of Francisco Arcilla as a Partner. The TNF team and its portfolio companies will benefit from Francisco’s 25 years of experience and deep knowledge of capital markets and alternative investments. 

Prior to joining TNF, Francisco Arcilla was Global Head of the Institutional Client Group at AXA Investment Managers. He spent more than eight years in the company and served in several positions including: Global Head of External Managers, CEO of AXA IM Japan  and AXA IM’s Global Head of Sales. Francisco started his career at Merrill Lynch in 1994 as an analyst, before working as a senior proprietary trader for over a decade. In 2008, he joined the Swiss alternative solutions boutique EIM SA as Co-Head of Investments.

Francisco Arcilla said: “I am very excited to be joining the TNF team.  TNF is such a unique investment firm and  I look forward to helping it transform legacy industries and support emerging technologies that will reshape the world.”  

Erkin Bek said: “TNF is underpinned by a simple vision: to be a pioneering investment firm that seeds trends before they happen.  Francisco brings a wealth of experience to TNF and his insights and knowledge will further strengthen our team as we continue to to strive to be a catalyst for innovation and industry disruption.”    

Francisco Arcilla graduated from HEC School of Management in Paris and holds a Master of Science in Finance from the London Business School.

TNF Capital participates in $12 million Series A funding round for blockchain finance firm Clearmatics Technologies

TNF Capital today announced their participation in the Series A funding round for blockchain finance firm Clearmatics Technologies LTD (“Clearmatics”).

The $12 million USD funding round will be used to help Clearmatics build the next generation of financial market infrastructure. Firms also participating in this financing round included Route 66 Ventures and XTX Ventures. As part of this announcement, Samir Khosla, Managing Partner at TNF Capital, will join the Clearmatics Board of Directors.

“We at TNF Capital are very pleased to deepen our commitment to Clearmatics through the Series A funding that builds upon the company’s excellent progress in delivering distributed ledger-based clearing networks”, said Khosla. “Its exceptional team under the leadership of Robert Sams, a visionary innovator, is bringing transformative change to financial market infrastructure. We see huge potential for  Clearmatics to trigger an exciting shift for wider market participants through its achievement of cross-chain interoperability.”

This financing round will enable Clearmatics to expand its team and accelerate its ongoing development work in permissioned, peer-to-peer networks, including its work on blockchain interoperability and transaction privacy. The company will also launch a Protocol Provider service next year to support the go-to-market of the Utility Settlement Coin Project, a consortium of 17 banks and financial institutions creating a new digital cash instrument collateralised by central bank money.

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