Astrid Woollard, Oliver Csendes, Frank Floessel, Thomas Kolbabek and Johann Steszgal join the company as new associate partners.
Viennese Startups, get ready to get lean! Lean Startup Machine is already established in countless major cities around the world and will be now organized for the first time in Vienna. From the 8th to the 10th of May, entrepreneurs and innovators will validate ideas of new products and services based on the Lean Startup principles. Lean Startup Machine is the perfect event for any founder willing to find out in a very early stage if his or her idea can work out and grow to become a successful company. Throughout the weekend, attendees will participate in a very intensive process and have the unique opportunity to be personally coached by investment experts, successful entrepreneurs, corporate innovation managers and the Lean Startup Machine team.
Our Managing Partner Martin Steininger will take part as a mentor. Martin has successfully structured and exited a vast number of investments, during his long and successful career in the financial sector. He will advise founders if an idea could be brought to an exit.
We are proud to announce that Venionaire Investment recently became a member of the “Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften”, commonly known as BVK. The BVK is the association for private equity and venture capital companies operating in Germany. It cooperates closely with media, policymakers and universities and is actively promoting cooperations between different members.
Venionaire Investment is currently placing a SICAF-SIF Venture Capital Fund in Luxemburg, with an intended fund size of EUR 100 million. Our new BVK membership emphasizes once more our extensive approach to the German market. Quality connections in the SGA regions are ensured thanks to our managing partner Dan Choon, who lives and works in the tradition rich and technology-loving German university city Heidelberg. Dan and his team of experienced analysts are already actively screening German startups for us mainly in the fields of Robotics, Scientific Computing, Connectivity, Automation and Material Science. Furthermore, we are very proud to open soon two new offices in the beautiful cities of Munich and Frankfurt.
We plan to invest the vast majority of the fundraised capital in Germany, Austria as well as in Switzerland. Find out more about our strategy.
Switzerland is the home of several world market leaders and excellent universities which makes it the perfect country to start a venture. On 17th and 18th April, startups as well as investors will meet at the START Summit, organized by students from the University of St. Gallen. The main objective of this event is to motivate and support young people to found their own business and spread the entrepreneurial spirit.
Speed Dating, HackRun, Workshops
The START Summit offers innovative workshops as well as sessions with highly influencial speakers. Some of the names include: Former chancellor of Austria Alfred Gusenbauer, Y Combinator Partner Dalton Caldwell, Futurist Jose Luis Cordeiro, Hailo CEO Ryo Umezawa, Egomnia Founder Matteo Achili and Omid Scheybani, New Business Development Manager at Google. Another highlight is the HackaRun, in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Club ETH and SAP. In this event, technical and entrepreneural students will form interactive groups and present their projects in front of a Jury on Friday afternoon. On the same day during the ETH Startup Speed Dating startups will be given the chance to expose their idea in a 30-second pitch to a selection of highly skilled participants such as researchers or potential co-founders.
On Saturday founders will get the chance to meet investors. The event will be held in a similar format to speed dating, where each startup will aim to convince investors in four minutes. Chosen entrepreneurs and startups will get the chance to pitch their idea for a limited amount of time in front of a jury and the whole START Summit crowd. The winner will receive 10.000 CHF.
Venionaire at the START Summit
We are delighted that our Managing Partners Martin Steininger and Berthold Baurek-Karlic are invited to participate at the START Summit. With our new Venture Capital Fund, which aims for a First Closing beginning summer, we will invest heavily into hightech startups with disruptive business models from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We are certain to see great investment opportunities in St. Gallen. Of course, we are also looking forward to the legendary START Summit Afterparty at the Trischli Club! 😉
More infos about the event on the official START Summit website or on Digjitale.com.