Creathor Venture manages funds of more than EUR 180 million and invests in technology-oriented companies and entrepreneurs in the mobile, social e-commerce, e-commerce, media, Cloud, cleantech, life science and medtech industry. The management team of Creathor Venture consists of the founder of the former Technologieholding VC GmbH, Dr. Gert Köhler as well as Ingo Franz, Cédric Köhler and Karlheinz Schmelig. The team has been investing successfully in the early-stage venture capital business for more than 20 years. During that time, more than 200 technology companies have been funded, more than 20 international IPOs conducted and many companies were successfully sold. Creathor has achieved exceptional fund returns in the past.
The investors of the current fund include the European Union, through which the fund receives funding from the "Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme" (CIP), and the "ERP EIF fund of funds" and the LfA – Gesellschaft für Vermögensverwaltung mbH, both facilities of the European Investment Fund ("EIF"), fund of funds, family offices and entrepreneurs. As the largest investor in Creathor (over EUR 50 million) the Management underlines its entrepreneurial orientation.
High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of EUR 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW Banking Group, as well as strategic corporate investors including ALTANA, BASF, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE Color, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gruenderfonds has about EUR 573.5 million under Management in two funds (EUR 272 million HTGF I, EUR 301.5 million HTGF II).
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft provides equity financing to innovative Berlin-based companies. The firm is the regional market leader in venture capital in Berlin. IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft was founded in 1997 as a fully owned subsidiary of Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB). The funds provided are to be used for the development and launch of innovative products and services or creative business concepts. IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft manages the “VC Fonds Technologie Berlin” fund (€ 52m) and the “VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin” fund (€ 30m). Both funds were started as joint initiatives of IBB and the State of Berlin. They are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The track record of IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft includes successful IPOs and a large number of trade sales to strategic partners.
KfW group gives impetus to economic, social and ecological development worldwide. As a promotional bank under the ownership of the German Federal Government and the Länder (federal states), it offers support to small and medium-sized enterprises, environmental protection, housing, infrastructure, it provides project and export finance, and provides soft loans and grants as part of Germany's development cooperation.
T-Venture Holding GmbH was founded in 1997 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. It has since then invested in young companies that demonstrate economic and technological synergies with the Deutsche Telekom business units as well as above-average growth potential. Its head office is in Bonn. It is supported and complemented in its activities by T-Venture of America, Inc. in San Francisco and in Seattle. Investment activities focus on Europe, the United States and Israel.
Deutsche Börse Group is one of the world’s leading service providers for the financial industry with a product and service offering for issuers, investors, intermediaries and data vendors. The Group covers the entire process chain from trading, through clearing, to settlement and securities custody. Furthermore, Deutsche Börse offers market data, indices and analyses and is a service provider for the development and operation of IT Systems.
The key markets within the Group are the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Xetra), one of Europe’s largest stock exchanges, and Eurex Exchange, one of the largest derivatives exchanges in the world. Deutsche Börse Group includes Deutsche Börse AG, a DAX company, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Clearstream International S.A. and Eurex Zürich AG. Eurex’s portfolio of markets includes International Securities Exchange (ISE), a leading U.S. options exchange, the European Energy Exchange (EEX) as well as the ECNs Eurex Repo and Eurex Bonds, which round out Eurex’s offering for repo and bond trading.