VENTURE CAPITAL / EARLY STAGE

The Fresh Tea Shop

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2011

Patrick Ries, Kim Siebert

Beckingen

Catering, retail and wholesale

Growth phase

Founded by two real tea enthusiasts, the “FRESH TEA SHOP GROUP” is a franchise business that values high-quality ingredients and natural, fresh preparation. Starting with black tea, it has expanded including milk teas, chai, fruit and iced teas. Customers can now visit nine shops in three countries on two different continents.

 

 

Vation

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Marik Hermann, Tobias Weiper, Marius Klages

Cologne

Health and Fitness

Start-up phase

Vation has developed a digital personal training experience by intelligently bringing together the latest technologies in science and existing health and fitness programmes. Unlike similar applications, Vation has developed a user-centric app which is accompanied by a real-life personal trainer.

 

 

TolerogenixX

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Dr. Anita Schmitt, Dr. Matthias Schaier, Prof. Dr. Christian Morath

Heidelberg

Medicine / pharma

Start-up phase

TolerogenixX, a spin-off from the University of Heidelberg, offers a new approach to immunosuppression involving MIC cell therapy.

This is a curative ATMP approach to treatment that promotes sustainable regulation of the immune system in people who have received transplants or patients with autoimmune diseases.

 

 

 

eezylife

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Nick Carbonari, Marc Lindner

New York City

Software / B2C

Growth phase

Eezy has developed an app that allows anyone to plan their leisure activities with ease. The app gives users recommendations on events and activities based on their preferences and mood. From trips to the theatre or opera, to booking cinema tickets or reserving a table at your favourite restaurant, keep it eezy!

 

 

 

Verlag Edition X

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

2020

Katharina Ehrhardt

Berlin

Publishing

 

David Zimmer, entrepreneur and publisher: “I make books to promote alternative ways of thinking”. Verlag Edition X aims at promoting a vibrant and energising crossroads for literature, bringing together people with extraordinary stories and unique experiences.

 

 

 

Business Angels

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

2015

Managing role at IHK Saarland,

Helga Trampert

Saarbrücken

Consulting

Business Angels are successful entrepreneurs and managers that offer consulting services and funding to innovative businesses in their start-up and growth phases. They give feedback on business strategies or plans and help with financing, organizing, marketing and sales etc. Additionally, they also invest their own capital in innovative business ideas.

Mediapioneer

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Gabor Steingart, Ingo Rieper

Berlin

Media

Start-up phase

Mediapioneer aims to cultivate new perspectives and challenge mainstream journalism. This media business relies on curiosity, innovation and diversity, rather than ideology, maintaining the status quo, and over the top political correctness. As a financially independent broadcaster without political control, Mediapioneer writes, produces and broadcasts independent news.

Warburg Pincus

Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global private equity business which specialises in growth financing. It manages more than 40 billion US dollars and the company’s portfolio includes over 120 businesses. Warburg Pincus LLC is headquartered in New York and has offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Beijing, San Francisco, São Paulo and Shanghai.

 

Silver Investment Partners

Silver Investment Partners ist ein unabhängiger Investor für Eigenkapitalfinanzierungen von kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Ziel von Silver Investment Partners ist es, mit einer längerfristigen Haltedauer den typischen Bedürfnissen des Mittelstands zu entsprechen und das Management als kompetenter Partner bei der Unternehmensentwicklung zu unterstützen.

silver-ip.com

Pumperlgsund

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Fabian König, Jan Göktekin

Munich

Foodstuff

Growth phase

“Pumperlgsund” demonstrates that a healthy heart equals a healthy body. “Pumperl” comes from ‘Pumpe’, the German word for heart while “gsund” means ‘healthy’ in the south of Germany. The company was the first introduced to german supermarkets with their liquid egg white. Pumperlgsund has expanded its product assortment including and marketing a broad range of egg white products.

 

 

Fullhorn

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment-phase:

still in development

Roger Weiler, Katharina Ehrhardt

Saarbrücken

Media/audio products

Start-up phase

This start-up, which is still in the early stages of business, focuses on the development, production and marketing of high-end speaker systems for private consumers and businesses looking to experience unique, extraordinary sounds.

The website is still in development.

inexio & Deutsche Glasfaser Group

 

inexio provides high-speed broadband for private households and businesses in underserved areas. The company operates six data centres from which it offers a full range data management service. inexio has been part of the Deutsche Glasfaser Group since 2020. The Group has operations throughout Germany and works closely with local communities to implement FTTH fibre networks using innovative methods for planning and construction.

 

Clinaris

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Thorsten Amann

Munich

Med-tech/software

Growth phase

CLINARIS provides digital solutions to hospitals and care homes. It has developed a digital application which ensures that hospital rooms and medical devices always satisfy the highest standards in hygiene. The process of preparing hospital rooms and the medical devices used there can be monitored in real-time via the HPM – Hospital Process Management – software developed by CLINARIS and each individual step can be documented.

 

mymoria

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Björn Wolff, Felix Massheimer

Berlin

Funerals

Growth phase

mymoria is a modern funeral directors business that enables a funeral to be easily organised and implemented from anywhere, whereby the complete funeral process can be planned online, with fully transparent pricing.

Roots

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Susanne Kreimer, Jürgen Furian, Mario Aichslede

Vienna

Health and fitness

Early stage

Roots is a Berlin/Vienna-based company that has the vision to create the world's leading scientific self-care company focusing on personalized nutrition. The core question is: what to eat when. They start by taking medical-grade continuous glucose monitoring devices and turn them into the next level must-have wearable to optimize fitness/health, lose weight and improve longevity.

 

rubarb

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2019

Fabian Scholz, Jakob Scholz,

Kelvin Craig

Hamburg

Technology

Growth phase

rubarb is a BaFin-licensed Hamburg-based company. Their mobile app automatically save and invest money without any prior financial knowledge or experience. By connecting the credit/debit cards, current bank account and Paypal through PSD2 to the rubarb app, users can automatically round up any spare change from a transaction and invest it long-term into one of three sustainable ETF-portfolios.

 

 

rubarb.app

Airnow

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2017

Philipp Marcella, Clive Carver, James Eggleton, Inman Breaux

London, UK

Technology

Growth phase

Airnow is a scalable B2B-SaaS platform that allows users to better understand their apps, expand and monetize as well as secure them. By now the company has launched a product suite in categories media (optimization of advertising campaigns in real time), data (analysis and optimization platform for mobile apps) and cyber security (compliance and security services provider).

 

 

airnowplc.com

hmstr

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2016

Thorsten Bost, Oliver Schottek,

Tobias Felt

Saarbrücken, Germany

Monitoring / Analysis

Growth phase

hmstr has developed a product suite for the real time analysis, depiction and management of digital information about companies, products, topics and services. Via a dashboard, enterprises now have the option to gain an overview of network conversations, reputation, product evaluations, competitor monitoring and so much more at any time. Hence, hmstr is a collection point for all online activities pertaining to the respective company.

 

hmstr.de

Nikulipe

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2019

Frank Breuss

Vilnus

B2B Fintech

Growth phase

Nikulipe gives global online retailers easy and secure access to local payment methods in emerging markets and developing economies. This opens the door to new markets for retailers while simultaneously providing consumers in these emerging economies the opportunity to buy goods and services from online global traders. They can also enjoy making purchases with payment methods they know and trust.

 

 

Weezy

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Kristof Van Beveren, Alec Dent

London

Groceries

Growth phase

The new online supermarket Weezy has developed an App, enabling grocery deliveries to consumers within 15 minutes, with the help of its own delivery fleet and so-called dark stores.

 

Sharpist

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2018

Hendrik Schriefer, Fabian Niedballa

Berlin

Technologie

Growth phase

Sharpist is a results-oriented, digital learning platform for the professional advanced training of employees. The company’s vision: to offer personalised, impact-oriented, life-long learning for everyone everywhere. The digital human resources development combines 1 to 1 leadership coaching with continual micro-learning.

 

circunomics

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2016

Patrick Peter, Sebastiaan Wolzak, César Prados

Mainz

Software

Early stage

Circunomics has developed a cloud-based IoT platform that fully digitises the life cycle of batteries. For each battery, a separate digital certificate will be created and its life cycle data will be analysed with the aim of offering these batteries on a marketplace for second use / recycling.

 

Rocket Factory Augsburg

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2018

Stefan Brieschenk, Jörn Spurmann

Augsburg

Space travel

Expansion stage

The Rocket Factory Augsburg, a spin-off of OHB, builds mircolaunchers for low-orbit satellites. The company combines the highest system performance with ultra-low-cost manufacturing and design principles. The launcher combines three key competitive advantages: an extremely cost-effective architecture, precise in-orbit delivery and superior propulsion technology.

IQ Buddy

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2018

Erik Landwehr, Sven Stauden,

Janis Landwehr

Stuttgart

Media

Early stage

IQ Buddy, a spin-off of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), offers leading solutions to improve understanding, knowledge and language skills - based on the unique combination of innovative methods, technologies and services.

MK Venture Capital

 

 

MK Venture Capital is the initiator of the first German Venture Capital umbrella fund for semi-professional investors. Thanks to the vast distribution across a large number of start-ups, the risk for investors is reduced to a minimum. At the same time, access to above average profit opportunities is retained, which can be further increased with the also offered side pocket investments.

 

 

 

 

 

mk-vc.com

 

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Verlag Edition X

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

2020

Katharina Ehrhardt

Berlin

Publishing

 

David Zimmer, entrepreneur and publisher: “I make books to promote alternative ways of thinking”. Verlag Edition X aims at promoting a vibrant and energising crossroads for literature, bringing together people with extraordinary stories and unique experiences.

 

 

 

Business Angels

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

2015

Managing role at

IHK Saarland,

Helga Trampert

Saarbrücken

Consulting

Business Angels are successful entrepreneurs and managers that offer consulting services and funding to innovative businesses in their start-up and growth phases. They give feedback on business strategies or plans and help with financing, organizing, marketing and sales etc. Additionally, they also invest their own capital in innovative business ideas.

 

 

 

Clinaris

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Thorsten Amann

Munich

Med-tech/software

Growth phase

CLINARIS provides digital solutions to hospitals and care homes. It has developed a digital application which ensures that hospital rooms and medical devices always satisfy the highest standards in hygiene. The process of preparing hospital rooms and the medical devices used there can be monitored in real-time via the HPM – Hospital Process Management – software developed by CLINARIS and each individual step can be documented.

 

The Fresh Tea Shop

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

 

Investment phase:

2011

Patrick Ries,

Kim Siebert

Beckingen

Catering, retail and wholesale

Growth phase

Founded by two real tea enthusiasts, the “FRESH TEA SHOP GROUP” is a franchise business that values high-quality ingredients and natural, fresh preparation. Starting with black tea, it has expanded including milk teas, chai, fruit and iced teas. Customers can now visit nine shops in three countries on two different continents.

 

 

 

Vation

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

Head office

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Marik Hermann, Tobias Weiper, Marius Klages

Cologne

Health and Fitness

Start-up phase

Vation has developed a digital personal training experience by intelligently bringing together the latest technologies in science and existing health and fitness programmes. Unlike similar applications, Vation has developed a user-centric app which is accompanied by a real-life personal trainer.

 

 

Warburg Pincus

Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global private equity business which specialises in growth financing. It manages more than 40 billion US dollars and the company’s portfolio includes over 120 businesses. Warburg Pincus LLC is headquartered in New York and has offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Beijing, San Francisco, São Paulo and Shanghai.

 

 

Silver Investment Partners

Silver Investment Partners ist ein unabhängiger Investor für Eigenkapitalfinanzierungen von kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Ziel von Silver Investment Partners ist es, mit einer längerfristigen Haltedauer den typischen Bedürfnissen des Mittelstands zu entsprechen und das Management als kompetenter Partner bei der Unternehmensentwicklung zu unterstützen.

 

silver-ip.com

TolerogenixX

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Dr. Anita Schmitt,

Dr. Matthias Schaier, Prof. Dr. Christian Morath

Heidelberg

Medicine / pharma

Start-up phase

TolerogenixX, a spin-off from the University of Heidelberg, offers a new approach to immunosuppression involving MIC cell therapy.

This is a curative ATMP approach to treatment that promotes sustainable regulation of the immune system in people who have received transplants or patients with autoimmune diseases.

 

Pumperlgsund

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Fabian König,

Jan Göktekin

Munich

Foodstuff

Growth phase

“Pumperlgsund” demonstrates that a healthy heart equals a healthy body. “Pumperl” comes from ‘Pumpe’, the German word for heart while “gsund” means ‘healthy’ in the south of Germany. The company was the first introduced to german supermarkets with their liquid egg white. Pumperlgsund has expanded its product assortment including and marketing a broad range of egg white products.

eezylife

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2017

Nick Carbonari,

Marc Lindner

New York City

Software / B2C

Growth phase

Eezy has developed an app that allows anyone to plan their leisure activities with ease. The app gives users recommendations on events and activities based on their preferences and mood. From trips to the theatre or opera, to booking cinema tickets or reserving a table at your favourite restaurant, keep it eezy!

Mediapioneer

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Gabor Steingart, Ingo Rieper

Berlin

Media

Start-up phase

Mediapioneer aims to cultivate new perspectives and challenge mainstream journalism. This media business relies on curiosity, innovation and diversity, rather than ideology, maintaining the status quo, and over the top political correctness. As a financially inde-pendent broadcaster without political control, Mediapioneer writes, produces and broadcasts independent news.

 

Fullhorn

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

 

Investment phase:

still in development

Roger Weiler, Katharina Ehrhardt

Saarbrücken

Media/

audio products

Start-up phase

This start-up, which is still in the early stages of business, focuses on the development, production and marketing of high-end speaker systems for private consumers and businesses looking to experience unique, extraordinary sounds.

 

 

 

The website is still in development.

inexio &

Deutsche Glasfaser Group

 

inexio provides high-speed broadband for private households and businesses in underserved areas. The company operates six data centres from which it offers a full range data management service. inexio has been part of the Deutsche Glasfaser Group since 2020. The Group has operations throughout Germany and works closely with local communities to implement FTTH fibre networks using innovative methods for planning and construction.

 

 

Nikulipe

Founding year:

Management:

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2019

Frank Breuss

Vilnus

B2B Fintech

Growth phase

Nikulipe gives global online retailers easy and secure access to local payment methods in emerging markets and developing economies. This opens the door to new markets for retailers while simultaneously providing consumers in these emerging economies the opportunity to buy goods and services from online global traders. They can also enjoy making purchases with payment methods they know and trust.

 

Weezy

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Kristof Van Beveren,

Alec Dent

London

Groceries

Growth phase

The new online supermarket Weezy has developed an App, enabling grocery deliveries to consumers within 15 minutes, with the help of its own delivery fleet and so-called dark stores.

 

Sharpist

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2018

Hendrik Schriefer, Fabian Niedballa

Berlin

Technologie

Growth phase

Sharpist is a results-oriented, digital learning platform for the professional advanced training of employees. The company’s vision: to offer personalised, impact-oriented, life-long learning for everyone everywhere. The digital human resources development combines 1 to 1 leadership coaching with continual micro-learning.

mymoria

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2015

Björn Wolff,

Felix Massheimer

Berlin

Funerals

Growth phase

mymoria is a modern funeral directors business that enables a funeral to be easily organised and implemented from anywhere, whereby the complete funeral process can be planned online, with fully transparent pricing.

Roots

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2020

Susanne Kreimer, Jürgen Furian,

Mario Aichslede

Vienna

Health and fitness

Early stage

Roots is a Berlin/Vienna-based company that has the vision to create the world's leading scientific self-care company focusing on personalized nutrition. The core question is: what to eat when. They start by taking medical-grade continuous glucose monitoring devices and turn them into the next level must-have wearable to optimize fitness/health, lose weight and improve longevity.

 

rubarb

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2019

Fabian Scholz,

Jakob Scholz,

Kelvin Craig

Hamburg

Technology

Growth phase

rubarb is a BaFin-licensed Hamburg-based company. Their mobile app automatically save and invest money without any prior financial knowledge or experience. By connecting the credit/debit cards, current bank account and Paypal through PSD2 to the rubarb app, users can automatically round up any spare change from a transaction and invest it long-term into one of three sustainable ETF-portfolios.

Airnow

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2017

Philipp Marcella,

Clive Carver,

James Eggleton, Inman Breaux

London, UK

Technology

Growth phase

Airnow is a scalable B2B-SaaS platform that allows users to better understand their apps, expand and monetize as well as secure them. By now the company has launched a product suite in categories media (optimization of advertising campaigns in real time), data (analysis and optimization platform for mobile apps) and cyber security (compliance and security services provider).

MK Venture Capital

 

 

 

MK Venture Capital is the initiator of the first German Venture Capital umbrella fund for semi-professional investors. Thanks to the vast distribution across a large number of start-ups, the risk for investors is reduced to a minimum. At the same time, access to above average profit opportunities is retained, which can be further increased with the also offered side pocket investments.

 

 

 

 

mk-vc.com

hmstr

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2016

Thorsten Bost,

Oliver Schottek, Tobias Felt

Saarbrücken

Monitoring / Analysis

Growth phase

hmstr has developed a product suite for the real time analysis, depiction and management of digital information about companies, products, topics and services. Via a dashboard, enterprises now have the option to gain an overview of network conversations, reputation, product evaluations, competitor monitoring and so much more at any time. Hence, hmstr is a collection point for all online activities pertaining to the respective company.

circunomics

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2016

Patrick Peter,

Sebastiaan Wolzak,

César Prados

Mainz

Software

Early Stage

Circunomics has developed a cloud-based IoT platform that fully digitises the life cycle of batteries. For each battery, a separate digital certificate will be created and its life cycle data will be analysed with the aim of offering these batteries on a marketplace for second use / recycling.

Rocket Factory Augsburg

Founding year:

Management:

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2018

Stefan Brieschenk, Jörn Spurmann

Augsbourg

Space travel

Expansion stage

The Rocket Factory Augsburg, a spin-off of OHB, builds mircolaunchers for low-orbit satellites. The company combines the highest system performance with ultra-low-cost manufacturing and design principles. The launcher combines three key competitive advantages: an extremely cost-effective architecture, precise in-orbit delivery and superior propulsion technology.

IQ Buddy

Founding year:

Management:

 

 

Head office:

Industry:

Investment phase:

2018

Erik Landwehr,

Sven Stauden,

Janis Landwehr

Stuttgart

Media

Early stage

IQ Buddy, a spin-off of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), offers leading solutions to improve understanding, knowledge and language skills - based on the unique combination of innovative methods, technologies and services.

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