Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

Venture Capital for Industrial Technologies & Smart Enterprises. We invest in early-stage technology companies in the areas of Industry 4.0, Manufacturing Technologies, B2B Software, Mobility and Smart City.

FlixBus is a company UVC has invested in

More than 100,000 connections daily in currently 20 countries, a strong network of partners, and an innovative ticketing system: FlixBus quickly went from being a startup to one of Europe’s leading inter-city coach companies.

Orpheus is a company UVC has invested in

Greater transparency, accurate key figures, and savings management: Orpheus makes it possible, with its innovative software products for strategic purchasing.

KONUX is a company UVC has invested in

With its smart sensor systems for the Industry 4.0, the Munich-based startup KONUX has developed a “predictive maintenance” technology that identifies wear and tear early.

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

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WHO WE ARE

We are an early-stage Venture Capital firm focusing mainly on B2B business models in the areas of Industrial Technologies, Smart Enterprises, Mobility and Smart Cities.

WHERE WE ARE

We are located near Munich and we are investing in the German-speaking region.

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WHAT WE DO

We invest in Seed and Series A rounds with tickets of €500k – €3m depending on company stage and risk profile. We invest in aggregate up to €8m per company.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

Due to our link to UnternehmerTUM with 50+ corporate partners and 150+ employees, we can provide access to talents and customers.

www.unternehmertum.de

Our Team

Dr. Ingo Potthof

Dr. Ingo Potthof

Managing Partner

Ingo has been working in the high-tech industry for more than 25 years. As a venture capitalist, he had the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in Europe, Israel, the US as well as Asia. Themes and technologies are constantly changing, but success always requires enthusiastic, persistent founders and a strong vision. Ingo is convinced that start-ups are the driver of innovation, more than ever before, and he is excited to be able to contribute to this development as an investor.

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Johannes von Borries

Johannes von Borries

Managing Partner

Johannes loves to see new technologies and products entering the market. One of his most memorable moments was the day when he received the first order for an inspection system his former company, Nanda Technologies, had developed. Now, as an investor, he enjoys supporting teams to achieve this same moment and to grow their company beyond it. With many years’ experience in the VC industry and being a successful founder himself, he is well-acquainted with the ups and downs of a start-up.

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Dr. Helmut Schönenberger

Dr. Helmut Schönenberger

Managing Partner

Scalable tech startups are Helmut’s passion as co-founder and CEO of UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at Technische Universität München (TUM). He is especially interested in startups in the field of smart enterprises, additive manufacturing as well as smart city and mobility solutions. With his background as a founder, aerospace engineer and venture capitalist he loves to help new ventures solve strategy, recruiting, business development and future financing challenges.

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Andreas Unseld

Andreas Unseld

Partner

Andreas has dedicated his career to technology entrepreneurship. He is a computer scientist by education and a technology enthusiast. His fields of interests are artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems. He likes to work with technical teams on their product strategies. He has built up the technology scouting and startup coaching operations at UnternehmerTUM and gained startup experience with own ventures.

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Moritz Kaminski

Moritz Kaminski

Investment Associate

Helping founders turn their vision into the next great product is Moritz’ ambition. He has a deep background at the interface of technology and business resulting from his career in strategy consulting and venture capital. He makes a personal commitment to develop specific expertise for every company he works with. Being excited about endurance sport and technology-driven ventures, it is a privilege for him to work alongside dynamic and talented entrepreneurs.

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Alexander Kiltz

Alexander Kiltz

Investment Analyst

Alex thrives on the opportunity to be immersed in innovative technologies, market trends, and scalable startups. He has an educational background in Management & Technology majoring in Finance and Electrical Engineering and gained first work experience in startups, which helps him to evaluate technology-based business models. Alex enjoys engaging with founders and partnering with fast-growing tech startups that tackle meaningful problems, have a big vision, and a thorough execution plan.

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Tobias Ruzok

Tobias Ruzok

Junior Investment Analyst

Tobias was fascinated by the start-up industry since his work for a student non-profit organization, where
he gained first experience in building a self-sustaining start-up. With a background in engineering, business, and
medicine he tries to combine his knowledge with his interest for revolutionary business concepts to help start-ups during their growth phase.

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Veronika Hiebl

Veronika Hiebl

Finance & Controllling

Veronika takes care of our investment controlling as well as fund reporting and administration. She has studied business administration and gained profound finance experience during ten years with a tax consulting firm.

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Nadja Grossmann

Nadja Grossmann

Team Assistant

As team assistant, Nadja is responsible for administration and office organization. She is the contact person for the realisation of projects, travel booking as well as appointment coordination. Nadja has gained experience as an event manager in the event business.

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Our Portfolio

Carjump

Sector: Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Mobility
Location: Berlin
First investment: Dezember 2015
Responsible Partner: Johannes von Borries
Status: Exited

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Carjump

 

Car sharing made easy: CarJump has developed an app that bundles all car sharing offers at a glance. Users can quickly find available vehicles in their vicinity that are offered by various car sharing providers, directly book them, and even return them to a different location. In other words, ideal for A-to-B trips. Users easily register and verify their driving licence by video and only once for all providers. The CarJump app is free for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. CarJump is aiming at becoming the single point of contact for all urban mobility offers (cars, transporters, scooters, motorbikes, etc.).

Website: www.carjump.de

FlixBus

Sector: Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Internet-based Mobility Services
Location: Munich
First investment: May 2013
Responsible partner: Dr. Ingo Potthof
Status: Active

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FlixBus

 

More than 100,000 connections daily in currently 20 countries, a strong network of partners, and an innovative ticketing system: FlixBus quickly went from start-up to one of Europe’s leading intercity coach companies. FlixBus handles network planning, marketing, sales, and customer service, while regional coach partners with uniform comfort coaches are responsible for operating scheduled service on the basis of the highest quality and safety standards. FlixBus coaches started on 13 February 2013 on three routes across Germany.

Website: www.flixbus.de

Vimcar

Sector: Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Mobility
Location: Berlin
First investment: March 2017
Responsible partner: Andreas Unseld
Status: Active

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Vimcar

 

Vimcar is a Berlin-based SaaS startup digitalizing SMB fleets by simplifying the management of business vehicles. Based on different data sources, the solution is merging all relevant information in a one-stop and easy-to-use software. This makes Vimcar especially interesting for companies, which have no human fleet managers and are tired of complicated enterprise solutions. By using an OBD aftermarket hardware, the software is also integrating live car data, e.g. for providing an automatic trip log for tax authorities, which was the startup's entry product. Currently, Vimcar is building on top of that by integrating fuel cards, driver licenses or leasing contracts. Besides strong cooperation partners like Haufe-Lexware, DATEV or Media Markt, Vimcar is already trusted by more than 5.000 companies in Germany.

Website: www.vimcar.de

Everskill

Sector Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Enterprise soft skill training app
Location: Munich
First investment: May 2016
Responsible Partner: Andreas Unseld
Status: Active

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Everskill

 

Everskill offers an app-based training system for employee’s soft skills. It was shown that soft skills taught during employee training programs are only translated with an efficiency of around 6% into normal working life. This is due to the fact that behavioural skills have to be trained rather than learned. Everskill offers an app-based training environment for soft skills. Employees can define learning goals, set reminders and track their progress.

Website: www.everskill.de

Loyalty Prime

Sector Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Enterprise Software / SaaS
Location: Munich
First investment: December 2016
Responsible Partner: Johannes von Borries
Status: Active

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Loyalty Prime

 

Customer retention is a key for every successful company. Loyalty Prime's award-winning platform enables customers to run complex loyalty programs without worrying about internal IT integration. Founded by an experienced management team, the company has developed a powerful and state-of-the-art Software-as-a-Service architecture. Loyalty Prime's customer base is global and includes medium to large corporates.

Website: www.loyaltyprime.com

Orpheus

Sector: Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Enterprise Software / SaaS
Location: Nuremberg
First investment: September 2012
Responsible partner: Dr. Ingo Potthof
Status: Active

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Orpheus

 

Greater transparency, accurate key figures, and savings management: Orpheus makes it possible with its innovative software products for strategic purchasing. Founded by an experienced management team, the company uses innovative technologies such as machine learning and data mining, to analyse and manage large, complex datasets. The products are offered in the form of software-as-a-service. Orpheus’ customers include large companies and SMEs.

Website: www.orpheus-it.com

VEACT

Sector: Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Enterprise Software / SaaS
Location: Munich
First investment: August 2015
Responsible partner: Johannes von Borries
Status: Active

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VEACT

 

VEACT is a specialist for the automation of marketing processes in the automobile trade. The company develops and sells a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, which helps car dealers and manufacturers to design their marketing and sales processes more efficiently using data. In addition, the company condenses all available data sources to create an informative customer profile, which can be used to generate recommended actions for targeted marketing campaigns.

Website: www.veact.net

Fos4X

Sector: Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Optical Measurement Technology
Location: Munich
First investment: May 2012
Responsible partner: Dr. Ingo Potthof
Status: Active

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fos4X

 

With its unique sensor systems for industry applications, the fos4X has revolutionised fibre-optic measurement technology. Measurement technology had previously worked with precision under laboratory conditions only. Now, diverse industry applications are possible, such as the precise monitoring of capital goods of all kinds. fos4X thus offers complete, flexible solutions for sophisticated industry customers: sensors, measurement devices, software modules, and intelligent data analyses. In this way, fos4X solves customer problems in rapidly growing markets, e.g. for measuring loads on rotor blades at wind-power stations and infrastructure monitoring in the railway industry.

Website: www.fos4X.com

Konux

Sector: Information and Communication Technology
Business Area: Industry 4.0 / Sensor Systems
Location: Munich
First investment: April 2016
Responsible partner: Johannes von Borries
Status: Active

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KONUX

 

With its smart sensor systems for Industry 4.0, the Munich-based start-up Konux has developed a technology that identifies wear and tear early on as “predictive maintenance”. Self-learning algorithms can precisely monitor the wear, e.g. on critical switches for railway companies, so that customers can replace wear parts before a defect occurs.  In addition to sensors, Konux also offers a complete vertical solution, including the analysis and monitoring of data, under a SaaS business model. Other fields of application for Konux are torque measurement and the monitoring of pumps.

Website: www.konux.com

SorTech

Sector: CleanTech
Business Area: Adsorption Technology for Cooling and Heating
Location: Halle (Saale)
First investment: April 2012
Responsible partner: Dr. Ingo Potthof
Status: Exited

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SorTech

 

Creating cooling from heat waste: SorTech develops energy-saving, environmentally friendly adsorption chillers, which use excess heat as their primary energy source, e.g. from solar energy or industrial heat waste. The process involves the adsorption of steam from Zeolith, a sorption material, which results in the release of cooling. The unique technology can be deployed in a cost-efficient manner for many fields of application, e.g. for air-conditioning units, mobile cooling units, heat pumps, and vehicle air conditioning. The company sells products through its own sales department and also delivers application-specific products to OEM partners.

Website:  www.sortech.de

AMW

Sector: Medical Engineering
Business Area: Drug Delivery Systems
Location: Warngau
First investment: August 2014
Responsible Partner: Dr. Ingo Potthof
Status: Active

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AMW

 

AMW has developed an innovative bandaging and implant system that makes it possible for pain and cancer patients, for example, to receive medication through the skin in a way that is effective and particularly tolerable. The new feature: drug release is controlled simply and electronically and can be calibrated with precision. AMW holds approvals for several products, which it sells throughout the world directly and via partners.

Website: www.a-m-w.eu

Dynamic Biosensors

Sector: Medical Engineering
Business Area: Molecular Interaction Analysis System
Location: Martinsried
First investment: December 2012
Responsible Partner: Andreas Unseld
Status: Active

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Dynamic Biosensors

 

Dynamic Biosensors enables the interplay of molecules to be put to use. With switchSENSE technology, connections can be made, captured, and analysed in a targeted manner on a chip with electrically animated DNA molecules – from environmental pollutants to active drug ingredients. Compared with traditional analysis systems, the new process achieves unmatched sensitivity and delivers important additional information. Dynamic Biosensors is a spin-off of Walter Schottky Institut and Fujitsu Laboratories.

Website: www.dynamic-biosensors.com

GNA Biosolutions

Sector: Medical Engineering
Business Area: Molecular Diagnostics
Location: Munich
First investment: June 2015
Responsible partner: Andreas Unseld
Status: Active

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GNA Biosolutions

 

Reliable proof of pathogens in just minutes? GNA Biosolutions offers patients precisely that at the point-of-care. In the process, the specific DNA sequences of the sought-after pathogen are extracted and then artificially duplicated through a laser-based polymerase chain reaction. Since the sample does not need to be particularly pure, the procedure enables the development of low-cost diagnostic products.

Website: www.gna-bio.com