Munich-based early-stage venture capital firm UVC Partners (www.uvcpartners.com), a leading German investor for industrial technologies and smart enterprises, appoints Benjamin Erhart (35) as a new Partner. Erhart joins the Partners Ingo Potthof, Johannes von Borries, Helmut Schönenberger and Andreas Unseld. UVC Partners continues to expand its team as the firm recently announced the first closing of their second fund with a target volume of € 70-80m.
“We are excited to have Benjamin join UVC Partners to become part of what is already a well-balanced partnership. Benjamin has a broad amount of relevant experience as an investor and an impressive track record in developing and exiting companies in our focus industries,” says Ingo Potthof.
Before joining Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners in August 2017, Benjamin Erhart was Investment Director at High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH, a leading early-stage investor with over € 820m under management. He led over 50 venture capital transactions.
“We welcome Benjamin to the team and are happy that he decided to join. He brings over eight years of venture capital experience to the table. As Benjamin was part of High-Tech Gründerfonds’ journey from 50 to almost 500 investments, he has broad experience in growing and exiting tech companies with a strong personal track record. Beyond this, his experience in innovating processes within VC firms and his active role in the ecosystem make him a perfect fit for our team,” adds Johannes von Borries.
Benjamin held roles as a member of the board in industrial technology companies like Cumulocity GmbH (sold to Software AG), Synapticon GmbH, Compositence GmbH (sold to Quingdao GON Holdings), Till GmbH (sold to Krones AG) and ZIM Plant Technology GmbH (sold to YARA ASA). Moreover, Benjamin serves as a member of the Investment Board of High Tech Gründerfonds and is an active speaker at startup events. Benjamin holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Benjamin Erhart comments, “Supporting tomorrow’s market leaders and helping entrepreneurs to have a significant impact in industrial technologies is what drives me. I aim to be the entrepreneurs’ first call; being a long-term partner is how I see my role. Doing so as part of the unique UnternehmerTUM ecosystem with its capabilities to support startups from idea creation to scale and exit is an exciting opportunity.”
About Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners
Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners (UVC Partners) is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology-based startups in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. UVC Partners focuses on B2B business models in the areas of Industry 4.0, IoT, Manufacturing Technologies, B2B SaaS, Mobility and Smart City. Portfolio companies benefit from the extensive experience of the management team as well as from the close cooperation with UnternehmerTUM, Europe’s leading innovation and business creation center. With 150 employees and more than 50 industry partners, UnternehmerTUM can draw from many years of experience in establishing young companies. This enables UVC Partners to offer startups unique access to talent, industry customers, and other financial partners.