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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Julia Brionne

Junior Marketing Assistant

As a Master’s student in Politics and Technology at TU Munich, Julia is engaged in exploring the synergy of social media, marketing, and communication techniques in the digital age. Her goal is to creatively blend her social science and tech interests together with her passion for entrepreneurship. Before joining UVC Partners, Julia gained valuable international experiences through academic projects and internships at Boston Consulting Group and a news agency.

When I'm not working I'm

... spontaneously embarking on fun adventures with friends, exploring new destinations, and indulging in bouts of writing and creation.

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Niklas Wenzler

Junior Investment Analyst

Niklas has a profound passion for unraveling the factors enabling startups to grow rapidly. To grasp what powers this scaleability, he studied computer science with a focus on AI and Medicine at Oxford and Exeter. Apart from pursuing his own ventures, Niklas has gained international experience across California, London, and Munich, spanning from startups to investment banks and research institutes. UVC Partners is one of the unique places where he can put his skills and knowledge into practice and he is excited about being part of Europe's #1 startup ecosystem.

When I'm not working I'm

sleeping. And when I wake up, I like to read and share a cup of good coffee with a friend or you (get in touch below)!

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Svetlana Tokareva

Investment Analyst

Svetlana is an engineer-turned-VC with a strong background in the energy sector. Armed with a Master's in Power Engineering and Business Administration from TU Munich, she's a bridge between technology and business. Besides her product and biz dev roles at the operator’s side, in her research, she’s been deep-diving into technical and economic aspects of smart grids, coupling of mobility and energy sectors, and sustainable charging of electric vehicles. Her goal is clear: to support and empower founders in energy and climate tech domains to create a lasting impact on the world.

When I'm not working I'm

... learning German, doing yoga, enjoying good food, and freeing up some mental space by making items out of clay.

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Emily Schwarzburg

Junior Investment Analyst

Emily is passionate for entrepreneurship and innovative business models of all kinds, especially in the climate and future mobility sector. She gained previous experience in startups, working as founder's associate in a pre-seed climate tech startup and supporting in customer operations, as well as from entrepreneurial initiatives on her universities campus. Emily is a final year Bachelors student at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. At UVC Partners, she is working in the Investment Team and looking forward to diving deep into Venture Capital and extending her knowledge about the Startup Industry.

When I'm not working I'm

... I'm travelling the world, outdoors playing tennis or golf, or trying new recipes and looking for the best restaurants in every city. I also like to read a good book every now and then.

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Maria Poursaiadi

Head of Marketing and Communications

Understand, shape and inspire. These are the guiding principles to which Maria is wholeheartedly committed. Maria has Iranian and Assyrian roots and has studied law and economics. In her final thesis, she dealt with the question of how to convince with rhetorical methods and decisive content. Since then, she has been working in the field of marketing and communication. For more than 15 years, she has supported companies in various roles - as an editor, as an opinion researcher, as a PR consultant, as a marketing manager, and as a company spokesperson. She has developed brands, made stories and achievements visible, and positioned brands in a wide variety of industries, especially in tech.

When I'm not working I'm

... I’m painting, cooking for family and friends, having a run along Munich's river Isar or writing lyrical stuff.

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Amanda-Stella Birkenholz

Principal

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

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

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Til Hagendorn

Junior Venture Scout

Til is a Master's student at TUM in Resource-efficient and Sustainable Construction with a focus on life cycle engineering and energy efficiency. He has completed his bachelor's degree in Management and Technology at TUM. Previously, he gained experience in corporate consulting and recently worked in the Prop Tech and Con Tech scene for Madaster and Predium, being among the first employees. He is passionate about early-stage startups and is looking for upcoming tech stars who can positively impact society.

When I'm not working I'm

... I like to try new sports and reward myself with delicious food afterward.

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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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Renate Fuhrich

Team- and Eventmanager

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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Nikolai Göbel

Junior Investment Analyst

Nikolai is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Management and Technology with a focus on computer science at TUM after having completed his Bachelor's degree in the same field. He has previously gained experience in strategy consulting and recently worked for the tech startup Remberg as part of their customer success team. He is passionate about the current developments in AI and its future applications and aims to support the investment decisions at UVC as part of the investment team.

When I'm not working I'm

... I’m a passionate photographer who loves to travel and take pictures.

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Ali Raza

Junior Investment Analyst

Ali is currently pursuing a Master’s in Management degree at TU Munich. Prior to this, he completed his bachelor's studies in Mechanical Engineering and pursued further education in Technology Management at the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). With a background encompassing technical, project management, and product management roles, alongside venturing into entrepreneurship, Ali is looking forward to leveraging the confluence of these perspectives at UVC.

When I'm not working I'm

either outside playing basketball or inside reading poetry and philosophy books with a cup of chai.

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Franziskus Schorr

Junior Investment Analyst

Franziskus is currently studying Management and Technology at the Technical University of Munich. Before joining UVC Partners, he gained experience in consulting and worked as a Customer Engagement Manager in a B2B startup. This is Franziskus' second position at UVC Partners. After his first job in Investor Relations, he decided to continue his journey here. Now, Franziskus is looking forward to identifying the next unicorn together with the team, particularly in the mobility sector. Furthermore, he is dedicated to pursuing his passion for early-stage startups through contributing to the dynamic Munich start-up ecosystem.

When I'm not working I'm

... I´m with my friends and family, in the Muay Thai Gym or recording a Podcast for Amnesty.

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Jackie Kroyer

Investment Analyst

Jackie is the latest addition to our investment team at our Berlin office. She has joined us as an Analyst and has a strong passion for diving deep into various technology-related domains, including EnergyTech, AI, and the future of mobility. Jackie is dedicated to bringing diverse perspectives to the table, fostering exchanges among like-minded individuals in the venture world, and backing ambitious innovators who challenge the status quo.

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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 B2B software, mobility & logistics, and climate tech. 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. Oliver Schoppe

Principal

Oliver is truly passionate about deep tech and natural sciences from biology to physics. At UVC Partners, Oliver focuses on startups in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Data Processing, and Digital Health. Prior to joining UVC Partners, Oliver worked several years for McKinsey & Company up to junior project manager in Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA, and China. He advised clients primarily in the technology and automotive industries, with a focus on strategic M&A and sales. At McKinsey, Oliver also headed a recruiting team and pro bono consulting projects for social justice in the German education system. With research stays at Harvard University, MIT, and Oxford University, he holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University of Munich and published more than 10 peer reviewed articles in journals such as Cell or Nature Communications.

When I'm not working I'm

... in the Alps, winter or summer - or reading up on the latest political developments. Last book I really enjoyed: How Democracies Die (Daniel Ziblatt & Steven Levitsky)

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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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Sandra Löchinger

Team- and Eventmanager

As a tourism agent, she developed her organizational skills in planning and implementing many trips, events, and projects through various jobs in tourism management. Most recently, she gained experience as an assistant in the public service. She was very happy to be a part of the UVC team and to support her colleagues. Her goal is to lighten the team's load and be available as a reliable contact person, and she is looking forward to this exciting new chapter.

When I'm not working I'm

... enjoying time with my friends. I also love to paint and, of course, to travel.

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Andreas Unseld

Partner

With over a decade of experience in venture capitalism, Andreas has dedicated his career to championing innovation in B2B software, deep tech, and mobility. As a co-founder and General Partner at UVC Partners, he has spearheaded investments in companies like Aleph Alpha, at the cutting edge of AI research, and Vimcar, which is redefining fleet management for SMBs. Andreas takes pride in supporting startups that tackle challenging technical problems, such as DeepDrive, which is pioneering efficient e-mobility, and Blickfeld, a leader in industrial LiDAR technology. He has guided several companies from their initial prototype to a successful exit and is passionate about fostering the next generation of tech leaders in Europe.

When I'm not working I'm

... with my family, cooking for friends or doing sports.

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Luis Schöne

Value Creation Analyst

Luis happily immerses himself in scientific innovations which might shape and change the future of society, like AI, Biotechnology and Renewable Energy Solutions. He brings experience in Innovation Management and Securities Services working at Deutsche WertpapierService Bank AG and has been a working student at Milbank LLP. At UVC Partners he will focus on Corporate & Business Development, helping to further expand and foster UVC´s network. Luis is a Law student at LMU Munich with a focus on Chinese Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

When I'm not working I'm

... I’m reading books in the sun, boxing and being active in the mountains or countryside.

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Jana Petry

Investment Associate

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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Sabine Mattern

Head of 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 Brunner

Finance Manager

Johannes is fascinated by innovative start-ups that tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. With his background in Finance, Johannes pays particular attention to a start-up's facts and figures. Before joining UVC Partners, he worked in accounting advisory and valuation, modeling, and analytics at PWC and accompanied major IPOs, spin-offs, and takeovers. Johannes graduated with a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Munich University of Applied Sciences.

When I'm not working I'm

... I'm often outside, biking, hiking or running, enjoying a good pizza or a good book.

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Mariia Khanina

Junior Investment Relations Analyst

Mariia's academic journey began with International Relations at IIR KNU and progressed to Management and Technology at TUM and UC Berkeley. Her experience at Celonis and the IT Ukraine Association, where she managed projects with C-level executives, naturally led her to explore the venture capital sector. This exploration provided her with the opportunity to develop analytical tools for VC, offering a unique perspective on the intersection of technology, management, and investment. At UVC, she looks forward to further pursuing this exact vector and contributing to its development.

When I'm not working I'm

... I am cycling, traveling or taking on a new challenge.

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Esteban Prado

Junior Software Analyst

Esteban is currently studying Physics at TU Munich. Prior to that, he studied electrical engineering at TU Munich and Technology Management at the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). He also spent a semester abroad studying at UC Berkeley. At UVC, Esteban will help out with the IT infrastructure for the data team.

When I'm not working I'm

... I like to skateboard.

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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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Maximilian Birnboeck

Investor Relations Junior Analyst

Maximilian is currently studying Technology and Management (B.Sc.) at TU Munich with a specialization in Informatics. Alongside his academic pursuits, he contributes to the nonprofit TUM Carbon Removal student initiative, leading their fundraising efforts as a Board Member. Prior to joining UVC Partners, Maximilian gained valuable experience in Consulting and a Family Office in Munich. The prospect of shaping the future of innovation as a part of UVC Partners is what motivates him the most.

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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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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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Robert Richarz

Junior Venture Scout

Robert holds a Diploma in Film production and media business from the University for Television and Film Munich, where he developed his solid entrepreneurial passion. Next to his studies, he put this passion into practice by building a seven-figure B2B business in the media industry. After serving numerous clients and realizing a broad spectrum of projects, Robert is further developing his entrepreneurial perspective at the CDTM. At UVC Partners, he looks forward to diving deep into new industries and working closely with founders, innovators, and investors from all over Europe.

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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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Annsophie Huber

Junior Business Intelligence Analyst

Annsophie is a Master’s student at TU Munich specializing in Management and Technology with a major in Computer Science. Her academic journey is marked by a keen interest in the synergy of management principles and data-driven methodologies. At UVC, Annsophie is eager to apply her comprehensive understanding of data analytics, contributing to innovative and data-informed approaches. Her professional background includes diverse internships in consultancy firms and in the start-up scene, where she developed a profound understanding of business development as well as data and AI strategy.

When I'm not working I'm

... I like to be outdoors, either skiing, (road) biking or hiking.

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Nikias Göpfert

Finance Analyst

Nikias graduated from LMU Munich with a bachelor's degree in business administration, majoring in Finance and Digital Business. He is also pursuing a master's degree in Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Nikias is unwavering in his belief that entrepreneurs are at the vanguard of innovation and that particular tech innovation will positively shape our future. Before joining UVC, Nikias gained valuable experience from various internship roles within the financial industry, such as deal advisory and financial audit.

When I'm not working I'm

... doing high-intensive Freeletics workouts, reading, and traveling.

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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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Marc Alexander Kühn

Investment Associate

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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