Our Entrepreneurs

A selection of entrepreneurs we work with

 CLAUDE RITTER AND <br /> NIKITA FAHRENHOLZ 
 CLAUDE RITTER AND 
 NIKITA FAHRENHOLZ 

CLAUDE RITTER & NIKITA FAHRENHOLZ
FOUNDERS BOOK A TIGER

CLAUDE RITTER & NIKITA FAHRENHOLZ<br />FOUNDERS BOOK A TIGER
Nikita Fahrenholz and Claude Ritter are passionate about true entrepreneurship. At a time when the online food delivery service Lieferheld, internationally known as Delivery Hero, which they co-founded, is constantly expanding internationally, the two entrepreneurs are neither satisfied nor weary and decided to try to repeat this feat with another startup – Book a Tiger. Claude Ritter brings to the table long-standing experience as a serial founder in China, while Nikita Fahrenholz has gained financial expertise as a consultant at McKinsey and as an investment banking analyst at the Citigroup. “German Startups Group has invested in us for the second time. We are convinced that they will not regret it.”
 LEA LANGE 
 LEA LANGE 

LEA LANGE
FOUNDER JUNIQE

LEA LANGE<br />FOUNDER JUNIQE
Lea Lange could not have founded a startup that suits her better since the online shop for affordable art, apparel, and accessories combines three of her strengths: her economic know-how, the experiences she had already gained in this market segment, and, last but not least, her enthusiasm for art and design. She acquired her management and sales expertise during her studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the University of St. Gallen, and the ESADE Business School in Barcelona as well as at the consulting firms Ernst & Young and Roland Berger. Subsequently, at the age of only 24, she was presented with the opportunity to combine her entrepreneurial knowledge with her love for art, and, to top it off, gain valuable experience in the strategic planning of a design e-commerce store: She was appointed Executive Director Strategy & Analytics for the European business of FAB. There Lea Lange discovered that art prints enjoy great popularity with customers; yet require little logistics expenditures and therefore offer high margins. Based on these insights she founded Juniqe, the online shop for affordable art, along with Marc Pohl and Sebastian Hasebrink, which has already expanded into several countries shortly after its foundation. "From the very beginning we have greatly benefitted from German Startups Group’s financial and entrepreneurial support."
 DIRK GRABER 
 DIRK GRABER 

DIRK GRABER
CEO MISTER SPEX

DIRK GRABER<br />CEO MISTER SPEX
Dirk Graber knew early on that entrepreneurship would be his calling. During his studies of business administration, which he conducted in Marbug, Leipzig, Moscow, and Hong Kong, he completed internships at eBay and Jamba – still emerging startups at the time. The energetic spirit of the young companies made him take the decision to one day found his own startup. After Dirk Graber had gained further experience as business consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, in 2007 he decided on founding an online optician called Mister Spex. Even though he wears glasses himself, his choice had purely economic reasons: Roughly half of all Germans wear glasses. They are sold at high average prices, and correspondingly at high margins, and require comparably low storage costs. Additionally, online sales presented the possibility of breaking down the extreme price intransparency of the established opticians. The success has proved him right. In its tenth year after its foundation, Mister Spex is the leading online optician in Europe and already active in ten countries, according to their own records. "I appreciate the swift, pleasant, and uncomplicated collaboration with German Startups Group."
 LEA-SOPHIE CRAMER 
 LEA-SOPHIE CRAMER 

LEA-SOPHIE CRAMER
CEO AMORELIE

LEA-SOPHIE CRAMER<br />CEO AMORELIE
Typical for high-potential founders of the digital economy, Lea-Sophie Cramer held several key roles before she took the calculated path towards her own startup. After completing her business studies in Mannheim and her study visit in Japan, she was lured away from the Boston Consulting Group to the incubation giant Rocket Internet, where she was quickly named Vice President for Asia. Subsequently, she shared the responsibility for 1,200 employees in 11 different countries across Asia in a similar role for the discount platform Groupon – at this stage, she was 24. After meticulous analysis of the German e-commerce market, she saw a gap that would garner her buoyant interest from the press: an online lifestyle shop for sensual sex products. She founded the shop at the end of 2012 under the name of Amorelie together with her co-founder Sebastian Pollock. Following strong growth and an extensive TV campaign of the e-commerce company, Lea-Sophie Cramer received the Victress Award as a “female role model in Germany who possesses convincing business ideas and strong vision” and, in addition, has been appointed to the board of administration and advisory board of Conrad Electronics at the beginning of 2014. “Just as cars need fuel, founders need the right investors in order to move forward with the right combination!”
 FRANK ZAHN 
 FRANK ZAHN 

FRANK ZAHN
CEO EXOZET

FRANK ZAHN<br />CEO EXOZET
Frank Zahn represents the SMEs among the founders. He laid the foundation for his Internet agency Exozet some 18 years ago – before the word “startup” even meant something in Germany. Since then, he has turned his agency for “Creative Technologies” into one of the market leaders in the online, media, and entertainment sector and employs approximately 140 staff. His advice is also coveted by representatives of politics and business, amongst others as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry committee “Digital Economy” and as member of the advisory board of the Investitionsbank and the Berlin Cross Innovation Advisory Board of the Berlin Senate. Not only is he one of the pioneers within the German startup landscape, with Exozet as the first tenant after the reopening, he is also a pioneer of the Berlin Tempelhof Airport. “We have waited for a long time to include an investor, but German Startups Group has convinced us with their entrepreneurial verve.”
 JAN THIEL 
 JAN THIEL 

JAN THIEL
CEO AUCTIONTECH

JAN THIEL<br />CEO AUCTIONTECH
The founder and CEO of our portfolio company AuctionTech, Jan Thiel, is a real cosmopolitan, not only in his private life. After graduating from high school, he moved to France, England and Spain, where he completed his Masters in Management (ESCP-EAP) and afterwards his MBA (INSEAD). Meanwhile, after various positions as a Business Development Manager at the international mobile phone provider Orange and after 9 years as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey in London, Jan speaks five languages and has travelled to over 60 different countries. In 2012, this path finally led him to Auctionata, the world’s largest online auction house for art and luxury goods, which he co-founded and managed for five years, where he was instrumental involved in international expansion and building up global partnerships. When the Auctionata Group had to be wound up due to a failed takeover of an US competitor, Jan saw this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to lift Auctionata's unique technical legacy and rebuild it together with its former core team in a new start-up as a pure software provider. With the help of German Startups Group, which bought the technology IP out of the Auctionata insolvency estate, Jan and his team succeeded in founding today's AuctionTech, successfully expanding the former core product of Auctionatas to other segments such as real estate auctions. “When it came to the point of founding a second start-up together with an investor, German Startups Group was at the top of the list! Above all, the entrepreneurial spirit, the outstanding network and the unrestricted and pragmatic support are what distinguish German Startups Group and its team.”