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The pressures of starting a business while looking for funding is hard. Startups need to purchase equipment, rent offices and hire staff. More importantly, they need to grow. In almost every case they will require outside capital to do these things. The initial capital raised by a company is typically called “seed” capital.
In this Deep Talk Louis from High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) will give you a summary of what startup founders need to know about raising the seed funds critical to getting their company off the ground.
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor that finances high-potential, tech-driven startups. With EUR 892.5 million in total investment volume across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has already helped forge more than 540 startups since 2005. Driven by their expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, its team of experienced investment managers and startup experts help guide the development of young companies. HTGF’s focus is on high-tech startups in a range of sectors, including software, media, internet, hardware, automation, health care, chemistry and life sciences.
This group also includes a number of success stories, such as Mister Spex, Rigontec, 6Wunderkinder, Next Kraftwerke and Cumulocity, as well as Juniqe, an online shop for art enthusiasts. To date, external investors have injected over EUR 1.7 billion into the HTGF portfolio via more than 1,300 follow-on financing rounds. HTGF has also successfully sold interests in more than 100 companies.
ABOUT LOUIS HEINZ:
Louis studied business administration, during which time he already got a taste of the start-up world. After graduating, Louis went into private equity and analysed established software and service companies. His enthusiasm for working with intelligent business models and highly motivated founders finally led him to High-Tech-Gründerfonds. Louis relishes every opportunity he gets, both at and outside of work, to put into practice the Russian language skills he acquired during several stays in Russia.
This DEEP TALK is hosted by the German Startups Association in cooperation with The Place.
The German Startups Association is the representative of startups in Germany. Our unique bottom up approach is reflected in all that we do. Headquartered in Berlin with fourteen regional representations, we are constantly growing. Bringing together more than 700 startups from various sectors and in all stages and over 50 corporate members and business angels to create synergies between old and new economy.
The Place is an international startup hub—a stimulating 1000 square meter space within a former printing house. In a garage-style atmosphere with 7-meter vaulted ceilings and tons of natural light, we’re well positioned to bring in a new breed of founders and young companies. Startups are the spark that lights the engine of The Place. Ottonova, Grover and relayr are just a few examples of our members that have attracted tens of millions in investment capital. We’ve seen success stories and startups growing big—raising rounds, going public, making exits, and gaining huge experience.