A tech team for tech teams.

We are rocket scientists, CS geeks, electrical engineers, AI researchers, mechanical engineers, materials scientists, and economists. We value entrepreneurial spirit, the drive for innovation, and the pursuit of quality. Since 2011, we have built one of Europe’s leading B2B venture capital funds investing throughout Europe from our offices in Berlin and Munich. As a team, we have made over one hundred B2B investments with over thirty exits, including some of our own companies.

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Jana Petry

Investment Analyst

Jana is passionate about supporting startups that are building innovative digital and technological solutions challenging the status quo and disrupting industries. She holds a master’s degree in Management & Technology with a focus on finance and computer science from TUM with an Honors Degree focused on entrepreneurship and innovation from the CDTM. Besides working on her own projects, she has gained practical experience in startups, big corporates, and consulting. Jana is excited to support driven founders in scaling businesses that are contributing to a better tomorrow.

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Sebastian Moosheimer

Junior Investment Analyst

With a broad interest in technology, management, and entrepreneurship, Sebastian brings a deep passion for automation and analytics, especially in the future of growing cities and mobility. Prior to joining UVC Partners, he gained experience at several large companies and at a R&D start-up. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management & Technology, Sebastian is currently pursuing his Master’s at TU Munich with a specialization in entrepreneurship and computer science.

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Lea Sofia Nikiforow

Junior Investment Analyst

Besides joining us as a Junior Investment Analyst, Lea writes her Master's Thesis on diversity in VC as a scholar of the TUM Entrepreneurial Masterclass. What brought her to the start-up and VC space initially, is her Degree M.Sc. in Management & Innovation from HEC Paris and Technische Universität München. Lea brings start-up and first VC experience to the team, having been the Founder’s Associate at an early-stage startup and collected experience in an early-stage VC as well as in Impact Investing. In the past, she explored the software and tech world, including Google, and worked in Marketing, BizDev & Sales.

When I'm not working I'm

Running in the mountains

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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.

When I'm not working I'm

With my family, cooking for friends or doing sports.

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Renate Fuhrich

Team Assistant

Renate is the heart of our company and supports the whole team in organizational and administrative matters around the topics back office, events, and appointments. In addition she is our feel-good manager and makes sure that everyone on the team is happy. During the last years, Renate already gained profound experience as an office manager and team assistant in medium- and larger-sized companies related to healthcare and sports and entertainment marketing.

When I'm not working I'm

cooking for my family & friends and try to go to music concerts as often as possible.

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Marc Alexander Kühn

Investment Analyst

Marc Alexander enjoys discussing and learning about new technology developments and how to scale them into impactful applications. At UVC Partners, he looks forward to working with ambitious founders on their journey to create unicorns. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and Informatics from the Technical University of Munich with a research stay at the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Management. Moreover, he published multiple peer-reviewed academic papers in the machine learning field. His previous experience includes deep-tech venture capital, computer science research at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, technology strategy at a global corporation, and freelance business consulting.

When I'm not working I'm

probably doing sports like running, fitness or playing tennis or I’m enjoying food and drinks with my friends.

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Veronika Hiebl

Senior Manager ​Finance & Controlling

Veronika takes care of our investment controlling as well as fund reporting and administration. She studied business administration and completed further training as an accountant. Before joining UVC Partners, she worked for a tax consulting firm for ten years and gained in-depth experience in the financial sector.

When I'm not working I'm

growing my own vegetables in the garden or cycling around the Amper valley.

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Benjamin Erhart

Partner

Benjamin is a Partner with UVC, where his main focus is Robotics, IoT, mobility and industrial software. Prior to joining UVC in 2017, he was one of first employees of High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and helped building a portfolio of over 480 investments in eight years. Benjamin is Industrial Engineer and holds a Degree from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

When I'm not working I'm

parenting three kids, skiing, playing soccer, or riding my athletic e-bike (yes, both athletic and e-! check out fazua.com).

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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 startup.

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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 startups 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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Lisa Liu

Investment Manager

Lisa acts from a deep conviction that empowering visionary founders who never give up on tackling the biggest problems of our world is one key ingredient to leave a lasting, powerful impact. She draws from her diverse background combining venture capital, consulting and corporate innovation. This expertise gives her unique insights into how to bring together the old and new economy. Lisa graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim and master's degree in International Management from the London School of Economics and has spent her academic career across Europe, Asia and the US, and is fluent in German, English and Chinese.

When I'm not working I'm

out in nature hiking, climbing (I love heights), kitesurfing or cooking healthy and delicious meals at home.

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Nicolas Klein

Junior Investment Analyst

Nicolas is currently finishing his master´s degree in industrial engineering with a focus on energy science at RWTH Aachen University. In his master thesis, he will focus on the economic feasibility of carbon capture utilization and storage technologies. During his studies, he gained experience in different sectors from mobility to hydrogen markets and consulting. At UVC Partners, he now looks forward to supporting innovative technology startups that tackle climate change and environmental issues.

When I'm not working I'm

in the mountains hiking, at the sea kitesurfing or at the golf course.

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Alexander Kiltz

Principal

As a Principal at UVC Partners, Alex loves partnering with early-stage B2B startups in Europe. His main focus is on enterprise software/SaaS, mobility, and logistics. His portfolio includes Blickfeld, FAZUA, FINN, HQS Quantum Simulations, Innoactive, shyftplan, Tacto Technology, Tanso Technologies, TWAICE Technologies, and Wire. Alex leads our sourcing activities in the Nordics and opened and leads our Berlin office. Previously, he co-founded one and worked at two other startups, as well as in private equity and IT consulting. Alex graduated with a master’s degree in Finance and Electrical Engineering & Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich.

When I'm not working I'm

taking my racing bike for a spin, enjoying long runs & high-intensity workouts, or travelling.

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Prof. 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 also serves as TUM’s Vice President Entrepreneurship, as a professor at TUM School of Management and as a member of the advisory board of DENA and other tech companies. With his background as a founder, aerospace engineer and venture capitalist he loves to help new sustainable ventures solve strategy, recruiting, business development and future financing challenges.

When I'm not working I'm

hiking, biking or skiing in the Alps.

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Dr. Sarah Theinert

Director Partnerships & Value Creation

Sarah is an energetic venture enthusiast always looking for a way how to support entrepreneurs for the long haul. She strongly believes that going forward Venture Capitalists need to provide additional support beyond capital to empower the next generation of startups. At UVC Partners, Sarah manages the relationships with our industrial partners identifying growth opportunities for our portfolio. Further, she works closely with the portfolio companies advising them on go-to-market as well as growth via sales and marketing. Sarah draws from her experiences working for companies in M&A, venture capital, and corporate innovation. She holds a PhD in Entrepreneurial Finance from Technical University of Munich, a Master in Management Science from University of Bayreuth as well as a degree in Digital Marketing from University of Oxford.

When I'm not working I'm

somewhere in the mountains skiing, biking, hiking, climbing, reading, or cooking.

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Christoph Hanus

Junior Analyst Investor Relations

Christoph is pursuing his master’s degree at the TU Munich with a focus on finance and computer science. He is especially passionate about FinTech and interested in design thinking. As a scholar of the Manage and More program, he already gained entrepreneurial expertise. Prior to UVC Partners, he worked in start-ups and innovation consulting projects. Currently, he is writing his master thesis in cooperation with our portfolio company forget.finance.

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Eduardo Rodríguez

Software Developer

Eduardo is currently finishing his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Technical University Munich. Before joining UVC Partners, he worked for two and a half years as a software developer for a German multinational corporation. He brings his passion for clean and maintainable code development and his experience with cloud deployments as well as continuous integration to the UVC Partners' data team. He enjoys coding in Go and deploying on FreeBSD.

When I'm not working I'm

at the tennis court, playing football or cycling.

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Dr. Alexander Huber

Chief Financial Officer

Alexander is passionate about tech startups and has a special affinity for 3D printing. He also likes to understand and challenge business models from a financial perspective. He holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Finance from TU Darmstadt as well as a Master’s degree in Management & Technology majoring in Finance and Mechanical Engineering from TU München. He has worked in several finance-related positions internationally. In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

When I'm not working I'm

either with my daughter exploring new playgrounds, sitting on my bike, or preparing juicy meats on my BBQ-smoker.

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Sabine Mattern

Senior Manager Investor Relations

After several years of market entry strategy consulting in New York and San Francisco, Sabine joined the Munich startup ecosystem. As a business developer by heart and born networker, she thrives on initiating and growing sustainable partnerships to drive economic growth. Her international experience, enthusiasm and resilience are her forte. Sabine has a soft spot for social entrepreneurship and tech solutions that address the UN’s sustainable development goals. She is also an event speaker and moderator.

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Johannes Strietzel

Junior Investment Analyst

Johannes holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. In addition to his practical experience in strategy consulting, he has worked in business development at various startups. During his studies, he promoted the startup spirit at his university by co-leading the student initiative for entrepreneurship thinc! e.V.. His enthusiasm for entrepreneurship also motivated him to analyze the presence of venture capital and entrepreneurial activities in different regions as part of his bachelor thesis. At UVC Partners, he now looks forward to supporting innovative technology startups that have a positive impact on society and the environment.

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out in nature or spending time with family and friends.

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Dr. Oliver Schoppe

Investment Manager

Oliver has a deep passion for detailed discussion on business models and tech trends alike. With a broad interest and background in engineering, computer science, and biomedical sciences, he is always excited to chat about deep tech. Prior to joining UVC Partners, Oliver worked several years for McKinsey & Company in Munich and advised clients primarily in the technology and automotive industries, with a focus on strategic M&A and growth. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

When I'm not working I'm

in the Alps, winter or summer.

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Sarah Schäfer

Executive Assistant

Sarah supports the (Managing) Partners and the whole team in organizational and administrative matters around the topics back office, events, appointments, and feel-good management. She is a qualified Tourism Management Assistant and has gained many years of experience as an assistant in major and small to medium-sized companies.

When I'm not working I'm

Thai boxing, watching football, and always looking for the next interesting podcast or book.

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Amanda-Stella Birkenholz

Investment Manager

Amanda has a deep passion for tech startups that solve important problems and is excited to help them grow through her role as an investor. She focuses on IoT, PropTech and Industry 4.0. Prior to UVC, Amanda co-founded VISN, an award-winning B2B IoT startup and also led the PropTech venture Raumgold. She worked as a Venture Architect Director in a company builder, where she created scalable B2B startups and also coached and mentored several startups through accelerator programs. Amanda has a multicultural background and has worked and lived across the globe (Germany, Australia, UK, Spain, Thailand). She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen university.

When I'm not working I'm

writing my first children’s book: CHAMP – Jagd auf das Trojanische Pferd.

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Dr. Daniel Reese

Investment Manager

Having lived, studied, and worked in 6 different countries, Daniel has always been driven by the desire to learn about and embrace new ideas. On a professional level, Daniel’s curiosity led him to work as a project leader in the LEAP business-building practice of McKinsey & Company, building innovative corporate B2B tech ventures. Hence, a broad range of entrepreneurial experiences has shaped Daniel’s understanding of technology and new business models. He applies those at UVC Partners, where he channels his curiosity toward supporting founders who build scalable companies that make a long-lasting impact. Daniel is an avid entrepreneurship scholar researching and publishing around founding teams: For his PhD he investigated the success of young tech companies and their founding teams at the University of Dortmund and as a visiting researcher at Stanford.

When I'm not working I'm

enjoying outdoor activities (hiking and skiing), trying new recipes at home, or recording an American football podcast.

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Vincent von Büren

Junior Investment Analyst

With both a technical and business-related background, Vincent loves to be at the intersection of technology and business. Throughout his academic and professional career, he has worked with several startups and has always enjoyed supporting founders on their entrepreneurial journey. Vincent is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Robotics and Automation at the TU Munich. In addition, he is also pursuing an Honors Degree with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at CDTM in Munich.

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Jannis Zipp

Junior Investment Analyst

Jannis pursues a Master's degree in Management & Technology at TU Munich with a focus on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Computer Science and is very interested in Software, Start-Ups, and Innovation. He is passionate about automation and technology which is why he is writing his master thesis at UVC Partners about how to automate and improve our deal flow. Prior to joining UVC Partners, he worked in strategy consulting and startups.

When I'm not working I'm

Making Pizza with friends or going out for a coffee

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