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WE LET THEM GROW

As an entrepreneurial holding company, German Startups Group holds stakes in some of the – in our view – most promising German startups and takes an active part in increasing their shareholder value.

  • TVSmiles
  • SoundCloud
  • Delivery Hero
  • Mister Spex
  • Book a Tiger

TODAY’S STARTUPS ARE TOMORROW’S BIG BUSINESSES

The digital revolution causes profound changes. Young technology companies are the driving force for the future growth of employment, tax revenues, individual wealth, and therefore prosperity.

  • Book a Tiger
  • reBuy
  • Lingoda
  • Amorelie
  • Itembase

REVOLUTIONIZE PRODUCTS & RESHAPE MARKETS

Due to the Internet’s advance into all areas, startups revolutionize products and value creation processes with their innovative strength, thereby reshaping markets and redistributing entrepreneurial wealth.

  • Itembase
  • Friendsurance
  • Returbo
  • WunderCar
  • Exozet

STARTUPS MADE IN GERMANY

Our holdings constitute a stage-agnostic cross-section of, in our view, promising German startups – from the seed stage, in which the product is developed, to the early and then growth stage, in which startups already enjoying success undergo high-speed growth.

  • Exozet
  • Urbanara
  • Juniqe
  • Customer Alliance
  • TVSmiles

Berlin Is the New Startup Hotspot, Also Called „Silicon Allee“

Peter Thiel, US Internet billionaire: “Berlin has the most potential of all cities in Europe.”
Matt Cohler, Facebook co-founder, active US VC investor: “I’d bet on Berlin.
I believe Berlin has the best shot in the Western world outside of Silicon Valley at becoming a place with a true tech startup ecosystem.“

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DEALFLOW & ANALYSIS

TIGHTLY ENMESHED WITH THE GERMAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEM, WE HAVE ACCESS TO INTERESTING BUSINESS IDEAS AND ATTRACTIVE STARTUPS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE, WHICH WE SELECT BASED ON THEIR DISRUPTIVE POTENTIAL, THEIR SCALABILITY, THEIR ENTREPRENEURIAL TALENT, AND THEIR MARKET SUCCESS AND POSITION.

VENTURE CAPITAL

WE ALLOCATE VENTURE CAPITAL OF 50,000 TO 2 MILLION EUROS IN DIFFERENT STEPS FOR TALENTED FOUNDERS WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND SCALABLE BUSINESS MODELS. UNLIKE MANY VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS, WE ARE AN EVERGREEN HOLDING COMPANY AND HAVE MUCH HIGHER FLEXIBILITY TO ACT.

KNOW-HOW & NETWORK

WITH OUR EXPERIENCE FROM SEVERAL COMPANY FOUNDATIONS, NUMEROUS ACHIEVEMENTS IN BUILDING UP COMPANIES AND THE CORRESPONDING FINANCING PROCESSES, VARIOUS EXITS AND TWO SUCCESSFUL IPOS, WE GIVE “OUR” ENTREPRENEURS ACCESS TO OUR LONG-STANDING KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, AND CONTACTS.

The Exit

ONCE THE COMPANY’S SHAREHOLDER VALUE HAS INCREASED, WE SUPPORT THE EXIT PROCESS AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME – FROM NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE SALES TO FINANCIAL OR STRATEGIC INVESTORS TO IPOS – THUS CREATING VALUE FOR OUR SHAREHOLDERS. STRATEGIC BUYERS, OFTEN LARGE CORPORATIONS, PURCHASE INNOVATIVE STRENGTH BY THESE MEANS.

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Our Entrepreneurs

A selection of entrepreneurs we work with

 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, 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!”
 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.”
 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.”
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 OUR MANAGEMENT 

Christoph Gerlinger manages the team of German Startups Group as CEO, CIO & founder, together with Nikolas Samios (photo on the left) as COO & partner.

 Christoph Gerlinger 

Christoph Gerlinger has founded a number of businesses, experiencing all the accompanying highs and lows, and has gained over 17 years of manage-
ment experience in the Internet industry. One of the businesses he founded is Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, which he took public and managed as CEO for seven years. Prior to that, he was head of German operations for Infogrames/Atari and CFO of CDV Software Entertainment, also publicly listed. Christoph Gerlinger holds a graduate degree in business administration and is a qualified banker.

 Nikolas Samios 

Nikolas Samios

Nikolas Samios is a long-standing expert for venture capital and investment management. He has supported entrepreneurs and investors in the implementation of their projects and building (corporate) venture capital companies for over 10 years. As the former CEO of Brandenburg Ventures and founder of Cooperativa Venture Services, he is deeply rooted in the German startup scene and has strong methodological and process competence in all matters related to venture capital.