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Game Changer benötigen Kapital – bis zur Erreichung des Markteintritts und ersten Umsätzen häufig mehr als geplant. Zusammen mit unseren Partnern bieten wir Finanzierungen für innovative Startups von Seed über VC bis Later Stage. Neben Geld organisieren wir mit unserem Netzwerk eine Plattform für den Wissenstransfer und die Kooperation zwischen Start-Ups und Mittelstand, direkte Kontakte zu Industrie-Experten, uvm.

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EEDEN

1 / 7

Silexica

2 / 7

Taxy.io

3 / 7

Protembis

4 / 7

CUREosity

5 / 7

Hemovent

6 / 7

MOQO

7 / 7
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EEDEN

What do you think of when you think of sustainability, environmental protection and the circular economy? Most people certainly think of air and road traffic, energy management, building renovations or vegan lifestyles.

What many people don’t realize is that millions of tons of old clothes end up in our oceans, forests and as waste gas in our atmosphere every year, not in 2nd-hand stores, due to “trends” such as fast fashion. At the same time, cotton farming destroys soils, consumes vast amounts of water and takes up land for food cultivation. Cotton agriculture has now reached its peak.

Luckily, there are startups like EEDEN that will use innovative recycling processes to turn trash back into high-quality clothing for millions of people. We are incredibly proud to have you in our portfolio and to be able to help shape this journey. In the interest of all of us – good luck and keep up the good work, Reiner Mantsch, Steffen Gerlach and team!

Many thanks also to our co-investors High-Tech Gründerfonds with Dr. Nik Raupp and Markus Hölzl, who believe in this story and dare to invest in a startup that will build plants and move millions of tons of old clothes.

Click here for the press release: https://bit.ly/3Ohamsq

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Silexica

Automated identification of parallelism in sequentially programmed source code and its automatic mapping to Multi-Processor-System-on-a-Chip (MPSoC). Who is supposed to understand this? Max Odendahl and Johannes Emigholz, the founders of Silexica! And we do – at least enough to start a joint project.

When Max and Johannes wanted to get started as a spin-off from RWTH Aachen University, the search for investors was not easy. Today everyone is calling for deeptech, but when it really gets “deep”, you often still stay alone with your startup. Luck, coincidence or systematic networking: We joined together with DSA Invest as seed investors. Because we have computer scientists on board. Even those who understand compiler construction, abstract syntax graphs and undecidability problems. But probably nobody wants to elaborate on that here.

In any case, we were able to work together really well. Discussing product and sales strategies, looking at different market segments (e.g. automotive) and finding better solutions for software developers as users of the Silexica toolset.

Silexica made the flip to the US with us. They also participated in the German Accelerator in Silicon Valley and made really big financing rounds with Merus Capital and EQT. And us – except that our contribution got smaller and smaller over time.

Unsurprisingly, Silexica was then bought by Xilinx, which now belongs to AMD, one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world. And we are convinced that this technology is just starting…

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Taxy.io

You probably have to know each other well since your school days to see the digitization of tax and legal advice as a hip topic for a tech startup. Like Sven Peper, Daniel Kirch, Steffen Kirchhoff and Sven Weber. After all, they saw it that way in 2018. And somehow, the tax and legal consulting market has probably seen that it also needs to become more digital. That’s why many well-known law firms and accounting firms are already among taxy.io’s customers, including “big fours.”

Who would have thought? We, for example. That’s why we were the first VC investor to invest in taxy.io and built the bridge for further VC investments. And it’s really hip to see how AI can filter out the right content from the mass of tax laws and cases for specific clients and use it to make tailored offers. Thus it was easy to find a few early customers in our network.

Since then, we have been in constant exchange. About the advantages and disadvantages of on-premise installations compared to cloud-based solutions, about virtualized development teams and how remote work actually works properly, about business models and B2B contracts, and about strategy. For example, whether to offer dedicated tooling for the property tax reform in Germany or not. You should! Because then you’ll have several hundred more law firms in your customer base.

Maybe tax returns will even be fun at some point. Just before it either fits on a beer mat or is completely automated.

 

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Protembis

It is very gratifying that minimally invasive surgical methods for serious conditions are being developed and tested more and more frequently. This also includes minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, one of the most common heart surgerys in Germany. But as is often the case when something is new, not all side effects are recognized right away. During aortic valve replacement, for example, it is quite common for calcium deposits to break loose in the vessels during the procedure, reaching the brain and causing severe damage. 9% of the patients suffer a stroke, many damages are less striking, but lead to later secondary diseases such as dementia.

Problem recognized – but what now? Karl von Mangoldt and Conrad Rasmus, the founders of Protembis, have an idea! A filter is needed that keeps the dissolved particles out of the brain arteries and thus prevents damage to the brain. This is the birth of ProtEmbo®, a catheter-placeable filter, permeable to blood but a barrier to all dissolved particles.

We are a bit proud that together with Coparion, Abiomed and other investors we were able to finance the clinical trials for an approval of ProtEmbo® in Europe. So far, all results are promising. Thus an important innovation – minimally invasive aortic valve replacement – will also be a safe innovation for patients. Is there also a short form for this? Yes: Restore the heart. Protect the brain. The Protembis claim is the essence of this story.

 

 

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CUREosity

What do you do when family members are affected by diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome or paraplegia and you are not statisfied with the therapy options for your family patients, neither in quality nor in quantity? You found a company that solves this problem. That’s what Thomas Saur, Stefan Arand and Marco Faulhammer did in 2018.

The idea: transfer highly targeted therapeutic knowledge tailored to patients into VR glasses. This way, patients with neurological, neurodegenerative or musculoskeletal diseases receive a completely new, constantly available and highly motivating access to effective therapy.

The solution and the management team, which has been further strengthened with Caesar van Heyningen, convinced us so quickly and comprehensively in 2021 that we were eager to work together.

And that is what we are doing now. With over 30 highly motivated CUREosity experts from the fields of physiotherapy, medicine, software and game development as well as sales and marketing. The team is already bringing CUREO from Düsseldorf to many clinics and rehab facilities in the DACH region. The feedback is almost overwhelming and gives us courage!

And we bring a lot from our long established MedTech network to accelerate the journey to the European VR therapy market leader. Reimbursement, regulatory affairs, internationalization: we do what we can. Matter of the heart.

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Hemovent

ECMO has been around since the 1970s. And it is an extremely important technology for supplying oxygen to people with lung damage. So it’s good to see founders like Christof Lenz and Dr. Oliver Marseille, who founded hemovent in 2013, rethink such an important technology and ultimately revolutionizing it.

Smaller. Lighter. More gentle on the sensitive blood that has to flow through it. And: completely without electricity. The system draws its energy solely from oxygen pressure. That is unique.

And when such a system becomes smaller, lighter, cheaper and more independent, it often opens up to other areas of application and gives more patients access to a technology that is vital to their survival. For example, patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), whose numbers are increasing worldwide.

So it’s no surprise that our partnership couldn’t be for life – the successful exit was unstoppable, so to speak. We are happy to stay on the ball and continue to follow this story, because it is far from over.

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MOQO

Serial entrepreneurs have a good reputation with investors and should not be confused with serial offenders of a another type. Michael Minis and Markus Harmsen once started with tamyca in the field of private peer-2-peer car sharing. They then sold the resulting platform, and after a detour via fleetButler finally took off with MOQO as a software platform for mobility sharers of all kinds. Now it doesn’t have to be cars – but it can be. In addition, scooters, wheels and everything else that can be used to get from A to B faster.

And as is often the case when you start something new in the market, you first make a few detours. Who are the customers? Maybe companies that want to offer Car-Sharing for their workforce? Housing associations that want to avoid parking regulations? Municipal utilities that want to set up their own Car-Sharing services in the wake of electromobility?

With hardly any of our startups have we discussed strategy so intensively, reinvented ourselves again and again, conceived and wrestled with each other, and also tried one way or another and discontinued it again. Finally, with negotiation and contract expertise, we were then able to help secure crucial deals for MOQO.

And the result: MOQO is on its way to become Europe’s largest software platform provider for mobility sharing. Since Flinkster, Europe’s largest car-sharing provider, recently also started using MOQO, Michael and Markus are unstoppable. And we’ll be damned if we’re going to change that.

Aktives Portfolio

LiSA LiSA
Catch Catch
Pathmonk Pathmonk
ONIQ ONIQ
EEDEN EEDEN
Taxy.io Taxy.io
Talent::Digital Talent::Digital
Protembis Protembis
PL BioScience PL BioScience
Dr. SAM Dr. SAM
automaited automaited
Nano4Imaging Nano4Imaging
Picavi Picavi
MOQO MOQO
CUREosity CUREosity
ambiHome ambiHome
entrafin entrafin

Exit

aquila biolabs aquila biolabs
Adhesys Medical Adhesys Medical
Silexica Silexica
M2P Labs M2P Labs
Momentum Technologies Momentum Technologies
QuinLogic QuinLogic
PRECIRE Technologies PRECIRE Technologies
Kube Kube
KLANG:technologies KLANG:technologies
Hemovent Hemovent
Cognesys Cognesys
audimark audimark
Adhesys Medical Adhesys Medical
AIXaTECH AIXaTECH
aquila biolabs aquila biolabs

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