Capnamic Ventures supports young businesses that question the status quo and shape the future with their products and solutions. In order to promote a mutual knowledge transfer and enhance growth potential, we bring together these dynamic start-ups with the experience of established companies from our network.
Investors in Capnamic Ventures include successful companies and family offices. This multi-company approach offers a complementary network with a unique value proposition for old and new economy.
Partnership with Iris Capital
Iris Capital is one of the leading growth and development capital investors in media and entertainment, communication and IT in Europe. For early-stage investments, Iris Capital pursues a multi-corporate approach by making use of the OP Ventures Fund, in which Orange and Publicis jointly invested.
Capnamic Ventures co-invests together with Iris Capital for early-stage investments in Germany. Our portfolio companies benefit from this partnership by having better access to the French market, a larger global network and additional growth financing opportunities. Iris Capital has offices in Paris, Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Montreal, Riyadh, Dubai, Beijing and Tokyo. Over € 1 billion were invested in more than 250 companies since Iris Capital has been founded in 1986.
“If you want something you’ve never had,
then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”
– Thomas Jefferson, US- President 1801 – 1809
Christian is managing partner and founder of Capnamic Ventures.
He holds a diploma in physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a diploma in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. Between 1997 and 2008, Christian worked at 3i where he last worked as senior partner for the German venture capital business. Throughout his career, Christian was responsible for major venture capital portfolios and numerous successful IPOs and trade sales.
In his leisure time he appreciates good wine, crime thrillers and spending time with his family. He also enjoys being outside and gathering firewood with his chainsaw for the cold winter time.
Maurice is a technical advisor and in charge of the in-house developed deal flow software and further internal tools.
Maurice studied information science and business administration at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and is currently doing a master´s program in management and leadership. He is a passionate cineaste, loves soul music and comics and keeps in shape by doing fitness, climbing and badminton. He is a co-founder and organiser of the progressive start-up event “European Pirate Summit” in Cologne.
As research support Sebastian is performing active deal-sourcing activities and provides the investment team with data and analysis.
Sebastian studied in Istanbul and Helsinki and is currently writing his master thesis focusing on venture capital fundraising at the University of Cologne. He has gained professional experience through multiple internships in the digital space. In parallel with his job and studies, he is running the Entrepreneurs Club Cologne as founder/chairman.
Sebastian is an enthusiastic music producer, media fan, FC Bayern Munich supporter and hobby chef.
Jörg is managing partner at Capnamic Ventures. He created the multi-company fund and initiated it together with Christian.
Jörg has been active in the VC scene for more than 13 years. He is part of the advisory board of the initiative Digital Economy of the state North Rhine-Westphalia, advisory of the House of Ventures at European Business School (EBS) and supports the German founders award (Deutscher Gründerpreis) as an industry expert in the nomination of experts. As an expert for early-stage investments, he was awarded “investor of the decade” by the German start-up magazine “Gründerszene”. As a founding partner and managing director of DuMont Venture, Jörg has built up the investment business of the DuMont media group and thereby contributed significantly to the digital strategy of the publishing house.
Jörg is a passionate entrepreneur, sports enthusiast and great supporter of 1. FC Köln, the soccer club of Cologne.
Kristina is an executive assistant and her desk is the organisational hub at Capnamic Ventures. She is the right hand for Jörg & Christian, organising trips and meetings, caring for event planning and marks the gateway to human resources and finance.
Kristina holds a diploma in international administration and management in English and Spanish. She worked as a reporting and office manager at a mobile content company in Cologne. In her free time she reads tons of books, she loves music and also plays the guitar.
Thorben has worked for several internet start-ups before he started as a financial analyst at DuMont Venture. As a Principal at Capnamic Ventures, he is responsible for deal-sourcing, public relations and human resources.
Thorben studied in Los Angeles, Melbourne and Daejoen and holds a diploma from Technical University of Munich in technology- and management-oriented business administration. In his leisure time, Thorben tries to engage in new kinds of sports or excitedly looks forward to the next victory of his hometown club Hertha BSC.
André is a Principal and is responsible for deal-sourcing, business development, corporate finance, M&A, portfolio support and fund controlling at Capnamic Ventures.
He is a banker and graduated in economics from the University of Cologne with a focus on media management. While being a student, André has already been working for several VC funds. As a senior analyst at an M&A boutique, he focused on topics like internet, media and mobile. André plays tennis, basketball and is interested in everything related to design.
Christian’s responsibilities as analyst are deal sourcing, business development, corporate Finance and fund controlling.
Christian received his bachelor’s degree in International Business from Cologne Business School. During his studies he spent a semester abroad at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands and did an internship with the European Commission in Luxemburg. After his graduation, Christian became an Investment Controller at High-Tech Gruenderfonds, where he was responsible for around 80 portfolio companies.
In addition, Christian sucessfully completed a part-time MSc. program with a focus on Entrepreneurship at Handelshochschule Leipzig.
Olaf is managing partner at Capnamic Ventures.
He studied business administration in Hamburg. Olaf benefits from over 20 years of experience as a manager, entrepreneur and investor. Between 2007 and 2015 he was partner and co-owner of Target Partners. In the past, Olaf has invested as a Business Angel in emerging entrepreneurs in the Internet- and IT-sector. From 1999 to 2007 he founded and established multiple prosperous start-ups, which led to several successful exits (trade-sales and IPOs).
Besides his professional career Olaf is an ambitious beach volleyball player.
Dominik Mühl is a Principal and responsible for deal-sourcing, business development, corporate finance, M&A and portfolio support.
He studied Business Administration at the European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel as well as Chicago and Stellenbosch. Dominik is a trained IT-system electronic technician and was an analyst in investment banking at a major American bank and project manager at an M&A boutique specialising in the areas of internet, software and mobile. Afterwards he founded an online food-start-up.
Besides his professional life, Dominik loves good music and likes to do sports and traveling.
Capnamic Ventures focuses on fast-growing companies in the early stages of business. We invest in seed, series A and later stages. We finance businesses whose product development is to a large extent completed and already show a positive market response through existing customer relationships. We prefer companies that are already successfully established in the market, but which lack the capital to achieve further growth potential. Our philosophy is based on the principle that the better we know the market and the entrepreneur, the sooner we invest.
We like rapidly-growing, dynamic markets. Whenever there are technological novelties or situations of radical change in the market, enormous potential for growth unfolds for the entrepreneur. Your company with its offered products or services should be consumer- or prosumer-based and part of the digital value chain. Among others, we invest in technology sectors such as mobile, e-commerce, gaming, payment, advertising or software-as-a-service.
The founders are particularly important to us. We offer a lot to the founders we work with and in return expect a lot from them. Therefore, we are looking for outstanding individuals with talent, perseverance and know-how who want to build up a company that quickly becomes the market leader in its field and operates internationally. Moreover, your business model has to be scalable and should allow for rapid growth once being equipped with sufficient capital.
In a first round, we generally invest between 0.5 and 2 million euros. For more mature companies, this amount may be higher and can be increased by our fund investors or other co-investors from our network. Over the entire life cycle of a portfolio company, the investment volume is typically between 4 and 6 million euros. We believe that incentivising the founding team is a prerequisite for a successful collaboration. Therefore, we prefer minority shareholding and we are open for both lead and co-investments. The holding period ranges on average between 2 and 6 years.
“When you don’t take risks you’ll never know what you’re capable of.”
“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”
— Yoda, Jedi Master
“If everything seems under control, you´re just not going fast enough.”
— Mario Andretti, Racer