German Startups Group is now listed.
ISIN DE000A1MMEV4 | Ticker symbol GSJ
German Startups Group is now listed.
German Startups Group is now listed.
ISIN DE000A1MMEV4 | Ticker symbol GSJ
We are the most active private provider of venture capital in Germany..1
We strive to become the provider of the highest volume of venture capital for disruptive innovations in Germany.
1CB Insights, Germany Venture Capital Overview
The digital revolution causes profound changes. Young technology companies are the driving force for the future growth of employment, tax revenues, individual wealth, and therefore prosperity.
Due to the Internet’s advance into all areas, startups revolutionize products and value creation processes with their innovative strength, thereby reshaping markets and redistributing entrepreneurial wealth.
Our holdings constitute a stage-agnostic cross-section of, in our view, promising German startups – from the seed stage, in which the product is developed, to the early and then growth stage, in which startups already enjoying success undergo high-speed growth.
Peter Thiel, US Internet billionaire: “Berlin has the most potential of all cities in Europe.”
Matt Cohler, Facebook co-founder, active US VC investor: “I’d bet on Berlin.
I believe Berlin has the best shot in the Western world outside of Silicon Valley at becoming a place with a true tech startup ecosystem.“
GERMAN STARTUPS GROUP BUILDS A BRDIGE BETWEEN STARTUPS AND CAPITAL MARKET INVESTORS AIMING TO PROVIDE THE MOST SKILLED AND TALENTED GERMAN ENTREPRENEURS WITH MORE GROWTH CAPITAL AND TO GIVE OUR SHAREHOLDERS ACCESS TO THE HIGH RETURN POTENTIAL OF ‘STARTUPS MADE IN GERMANY’.
STEMMING FROM OUR EXTENSIVE DEALFLOW, WE IDENTIFY INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH CAREFUL ANALYSIS AND OFFER THEM “SMART MONEY” – VENTURE CAPITAL ALONG WITH KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, AND CONTACTS. WE ACTIVELY SUPPORT OUR STARTUPS IN INCREASING THEIR SHAREHOLDER VALUE, E.G. THROUGH ACCESS TO THE SERVICES OF EXOZET, IN WHICH WE HOLD A MAJORITY STAKE.
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TIGHTLY ENMESHED WITH THE GERMAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEM, WE HAVE ACCESS TO INTERESTING BUSINESS IDEAS AND ATTRACTIVE STARTUPS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE, WHICH WE SELECT BASED ON THEIR DISRUPTIVE POTENTIAL, THEIR SCALABILITY, THEIR ENTREPRENEURIAL TALENT, AND THEIR MARKET SUCCESS AND POSITION.
WE ALLOCATE VENTURE CAPITAL OF 100,000 TO 3 MILLION EUROS IN DIFFERENT STEPS FOR TALENTED FOUNDERS WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND SCALABLE BUSINESS MODELS. UNLIKE MANY VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS, WE ARE AN EVERGREEN HOLDING COMPANY AND HAVE MUCH HIGHER FLEXIBILITY TO ACT.
WITH OUR EXPERIENCE FROM SEVERAL COMPANY FOUNDATIONS, NUMEROUS ACHIEVEMENTS IN BUILDING UP COMPANIES AND THE CORRESPONDING FINANCING PROCESSES, VARIOUS EXITS AND TWO SUCCESSFUL IPOS, WE GIVE “OUR” ENTREPRENEURS ACCESS TO OUR LONG-STANDING KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, AND CONTACTS.
THROUGH OUR MAJORITY STAKE IN THE DIGITAL AGENCY EXOZET, WE OFFER OUR PORTFOLIO COMPANIES ACCESS TO AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF SERVICES – FROM THE REALISATION OF COMPLEX WEB, IOS, AND ANDROID APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF ONLINE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS TO THE STRATEGIC CONSULTING ON BRAND DEVELOPMENT, MODIFYING BUSINESS MODELS, AND SELECTING TECHNOLOGY.
ayondo has been awarded "Best Social Trading Platform" in the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2015.
ayondo has operational offices in London, ayondo markets Ltd (fully FCA licensed broker), and Frankfurt, ayondo GmbH (BaFin licensed), with a tech team also based in Toronto. The holding company, ayondo Holding AG, is domiciled in Zug/Switzerland and has an office in Singapore.
Delivery Hero investors include Team Europe, ru-Net, Kite Ventures, Tengelmann Ventures, Rocket Internet, Point Nine Capital, Target Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, Insight Venture Partners, and Vostok Nafta. German Startups Group has an indirect share in Delivery Hero by means of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).
The growing dentist network currently comprises more than 20 dental practices and dentistry centres. Dr. Z aims to roll out the business model in all major and medium-sized German cities in order to provide their services nationwide.
Based on the offline-to-online shift in the pet supply industry, the two online shops provide several significant advantages for their customers: convenience – home delivery of weighty products like pet food and cat litter – as well as a much wider product range compared to the local drug store. In differentiation to online competitors, ePetWorld is focused on offering “advice and guidance” for its customers. To this end, for example, the advisory online service “Food Finder” which was developed with scientific support was launched. It recommends the user, based on an individual profile of their pet (age, activity, allergies, etc.), a suitable choice of pet food. The implementation of further customer services is planned.
ePetWorld is backed by a strong team of investors: startup incubator Venture Stars, Mountain Super Angel, Blumberg Capital, as well as several further successful business angels.
Exozet was founded by CEO Frank Zahn and employs approximately 120 staff in Berlin, Potsdam-Babelsberg, and Vienna.
Currently, the Friendsurance principle can be used for personal liability, householders’, and legal insurances as well as mobile and electronics insurances. Insurances closed on www.friendsurance.de already include the Friendsurance principle free of charge.
The vision of Friendsurance is to offer insurance at the lowest price possible at all times. Currently, Friendsurance employs a team of over 50 passionate people at the Berlin headquarters. Friendsurance already cooperates with many insurance providers.
Apart from the German Startups Group, e.ventures and the technology fund Horizons Ventures of the Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing are among the investors.
German Startups Group had an indirect share in Fyber by means of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV). The SPVs sold their shares to a company listed on the stock exchange in October 2014.
In July 2013, Mister Spex acquired the Swedish online eyewear shops Lensstore and Loveyewear and the Norwegian online optician Lensit.no. Mister Spex is also present in other European countries with own online stores. Mister Spex is winner of the eCommerce Award for Excellence 2015.
Apart from German Startups Group, Goldman Sachs, Scottish Equity Partners, Grazia Equity, XAnge, DN Capital, and the High-Tech Gruenderfonds have invested in Mister Spex.
The German Startups Group invested in reBuy together with well-known investors such as DuMont Venture, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Iris Capital & OP Ventures.
Rheingau Founders, US-VC Route 66 Ventures, Mountain Partners, Fines Holding, Ilgner.Leeheim.de, Gröger Management, and other business angels with many years of experience in the e-commerce and insurance sectors have also invested in simplesurance.
SoundCloud employs over 200 people in their headquarters in Berlin and their offices in London, New York, San Francisco, and Sofia.
German Startups Group has an indirect share in SoundCloud by means of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).
The team of founders held key roles before. Lea-Sophie Cramer previously was Vice President Asia of both Rocket Internet and Groupon, while Sebastian Pollok was an analyst at e.ventures in San Francisco and an entrepreneur also at Rocket Internet.
German Startups Group invested together with well-known co-investors, such as SevenVentures, TA Ventures, Paua Ventures, Otto Capital, and Cherry Ventures, alongside whom it sold its shares to 7Commerce GmbH, the strategic investment arm of ProSiebenSat.1 Media, in March 2015.
The co-founders of Delivery Hero, Nikita Fahrenholz and Claude Fahrenholz, have expanded their business to more than 200 cities and are also active in Austria and Switzerland by now. The company is based in Berlin. BOOK A TIGER is one of the "20 of Europe’s Hottest Series A and B Tech Startups".
Apart from German Startups Group, DN Capital and WestTech Ventures are, amongst others, co-investors in the seed round.
According to the current state of technology, Rare Earth Metals constitute an essential, almost non-substitutable raw material for high tech products like smartphones, tablets, and electronic cars. Rare Earth Elements are especially indispensable for the realization of the energy turnaround in Germany since they are required for the construction of solar cells, energy-saving illuminants, high performance magnets for electric motors, wind turbines, and fusion reactors. As of now, Chinese companies are the largest supplier of Rare Earth Metals and have held a near monopoly position over the past years.
With its product "Review Analytics", Customer Alliance provides a reliable 360° review management solution for the professional handling of online reviews. It manages reviews and provides essential statistics without intensive time investment. For example, "Review Analytics" provides the ability to automatically request reviews and directly distribute them by inviting guests.
Additionally, the tool "Price Analytics" supports hotels in doing effective pricing by tracking competitors and by forewarning hoteliers about severe changes on the business market.
„Booked“, the newest product by Customer Alliance, is a responsive booking engine that enables hotels to implement an easily-maintained booking widget on their websites, with which customers can quickly and directly book hotel rooms. Thus, hotels can reduce their commission payments.
Since the foundation of the company in 2009, more than 3000 hotels from approximately 35 countries have used the software solutions of Customer Alliance. The international team consists of more than 60 employees.
Apart from German Startups Group, the concept of Customer Alliance has convinced the High-Tech Gruenderfonds and K5 Ventures.
The German Startups Group is invested in Datapine along with Rheingau Founders, Venista Ventures, Mountain Partners, and other business angels with many years of experience in the internet sector.
Additionally, with a growing network of more than 120.000 webshops, itembase helps online retailers worldwide to leverage their data usage by increasing connectivity to services, improving customer retention, and accessing powerful insights.
The German Startups Group is invested in itembase together with, amongst others, Rheingau Founders, Mountain Partners, Globumbus, M-Investar, WestTechVentures, US logistics company UPS, and business angels with many years of experience in the e-commerce sector.
Headquartered in Berlin, JUNIQE ships to twelve European countries and plans to increase its international standing to become the number one destination for eclectic art across Europe. The founders were previously responsible for the strategic orientation and logistics of Fab’s European operations.
In August 2015, JUNIQE was ranked first on CB Insights' list of "15 High Momentum German Early Stage Startups". The German Startups Group has invested alongside Redalpine, High-Tech Gründerfonds, and well-known business angels.
For parents with children under 8, the company helps to reduce clutter, save money, and provide more stimulation for children’s brains by regularly giving them new toys to play with.
Since launching in 2012, the company already partners with international toy manufacturers like LEGO, Playmobil, Duplo, Fisher-Price, Ravensburger, haba, the Simba Dickie Group and global market leader Mattel.
German Startups Group is invested in Meine Spielzeugkiste since Summer 2013. Other investors include Christian Vollmann and Rouven Dresselhaus as well as the crowd – the company raised their seed round through Companisto in January 2013. In 2014, the founders of Meine Spielzeugkiste appeared on the VOX show Die Höhle der Löwen and secured further financing through the entrepreneurs Frank Thelen and Jochen Schweizer.
PYREG is committed to climate protection and its equipment is not only known for its economical but also its ecological value. One single PYREG 500 unit – for the production of biochar for instance – effectively sequesters the annual CO2 emissions of up to 500 motor vehicles per year.
The German Startups Group has invested in Pyreg along with several holding companies, including Quandt heiress Susanne Klatten’s Skion GmbH, and other knowledgeable business angels.
Scalable Capital is winner of the Angel's Choice Award of the Web Summit 2015. Apart from German Startups Group, Point Nine Capital and WestTech Ventures count among the co-investors.
Since its launch in September 2013, the TVSMILES app has been downloaded more than three million times and attracted more than 600,000 active users per month in Germany and the UK alone according to the company. Shortly after the respective commercial launches in Germany and the UK, TVSMILES has intermittently reached the number one spot in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store in the category Entertainment and Quiz App.
TVSMILES was founded in Berlin by Christian Heins, Gaylord Zach, Frederic Westerberg, and Ulrich Pietsch. Along with German Startups Group, VC funds, such as Omnes Capital, Ventech, and e.ventures, SevenOneMedia, Brandenburg Ventures (Prof. KH Brandenburg, MP3 co-inventor) as well as prominent business angels with TV and mobile background have invested in TVSMILES.
Gunnar Froh, founder and CEO of Wunder, previously was operations manager at Airbnb.
The German Startups Group has invested in Wunder alongside with Partech Ventures, amongst other venture capital providers, as well as a group of renowned business angels.
eWings.com was founded in August 2013 by Thilo Hardt, co-founder of Mister Spex and Entrepreneur in Residence of DN Capital London. In August 2015, eWings was ranked among CB Insights' "15 High Momentum German Early Stage Startups".
Scalable Capital is winner of the Angel's Choice Award of the Web Summit 2015. Apart from German Startups Group, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Monk’s Hill Ventures, MPGI, and several buiness angels have invested in Scalabale Capital.
*We publish investments and hence the shares of companies that are in our portfolio at our sole discretion, if and when the time is thought best by the portfolio company itself and by us. Thus the following list raises no claim to completeness. As of October 27, 2015, the following 24 minority stake holdings that are of particular significance to German Startups Group represent 94.3% of the total value of all 39 active minority stake holdings.
Christoph Gerlinger has founded a number of businesses, experiencing all the accompanying highs and lows, and has gained over 17 years of management experience in the Internet industry. One of the businesses he founded is Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, which he took public and managed as CEO for seven years. Prior to that, he was Head of German operations for Infogrames/Atari and CFO of CDV Software Entertainment, also publicly listed. Besides, Christoph was appointed external expert of the discussion group “Digitalisation” by the National board of the CDU. He is also member of the committee “Digital Economy and Internet Policy” of the CDU/CSU Small Businesses Association (MIT). Christoph Gerlinger holds a graduate degree in business administration and is a qualified banker.
Nikolas Samios is a long-standing expert for venture capital and investment management. He has supported entrepreneurs and investors in the implementation of their projects and building (corporate) venture capital companies for over 10 years. As the former CEO of Brandenburg Ventures and founder of Cooperativa Venture Services, he is deeply rooted in the German startup scene and has strong methodological and process competence in all matters related to venture capital.