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Here are the first confirmed investors, who will take part in Startupnight. More will be published as soon as possible.


APX is an early stage investor and startup accelerator based in Berlin. We are a joint venture between Axel Springer and Porsche and we believe that digital business models are blurring the borders between industry verticals. That is why we are cross-industry focused and why our two shareholders - in building diverse products and in running different businesses - complement each other so well in their support to APX.


b10 is a Berlin based early-stage investor focused on B2B companies with the potential to be "Category Killer." b10 invests and acts as an operational investor alongside the founders, and offers active support with a team of specialists in the fields of HR, UX/UI, Finance, Fundraising etc.

bmp Ventures

bmp Ventures is an innovative Venture Capital Company from Berlin. Since 1997 we’ve been investing Smart Money in Early Stage and Growth Startups. We finance ingenious business models with outstanding teams, who build fast-growing and sustainably profitable enterprises.

We especially love to get involved with innovative businesses from the following industries:Internet/Software/Mobile, Industry Technologies, Cleantech/Material Science, Consumer Products. We manage several investment vehicles, ranging from (pre-)Seed (150k) to early stage-/growth-financing (1-10M)

btov Partners

btov Partners, founded in 2000, is a European venture capital firm with offices in Berlin, Munich, St. Gallen and Luxembourg. The investment focus is on digital and industrial technology companies. btov manages its own institutional funds, partner funds, and offers private investors and family offices access to direct investments. The company manages assets of EUR 420 million through its three divisions and examines over 3,000 investment opportunities annually. The most renowned investments include Data Artisans, Blacklane, DeepL, Facebook, Foodspring, ORCAM, Raisin, SumUp, Volocopter and XING. More information at

Capnamic Ventures

Capnamic Ventures is one of Europe’s leading early-stage Venture Capital firms, with offices in Berlin and Cologne. The VC invests most of its funds in tech startups in the German-speaking region. Beyond that, Capnamic joins forces with international co-investors. All portfolio companies are supported through Capnamic’s global network of established industry partners. 
The vast expertise of the Capnamic team includes more than 70 investments, a high turnover of successful trade sales and IPOs, as well as a strong entrepreneurial track record within the investment team.
The general partners are Jörg Binnenbrücker (@bibrue), Olaf Jacobi (@olafjacobi) and Christian Siegele.

Cavalry Ventures

Cavalry Ventures is a Berlin based (Pre-)Seed Fund. Initiated in 2015 by the six partners Rouven Dresselhaus, Markus Fuhrmann, Marcel Hollerbach, Dominik Matyka, Claude Ritter and Stefan Walter.
When supporting technology companies, the team uses its experience in successfully founding, funding and selling market leading companies such as Delivery Hero (IPO), Tradeshift or plista (Exit to GroupM / WPP).

We stand by the exceptional people behind our portfolio companies. Talk to them, they are an inherent part of the Cavalry and contribute to our approach of supporting early-stage businesses.


Ceravis is a strategic venture capitalist backed by a group of shareholders also holding the Hirschvogel Automotive Group. Established 2017 in Landsberg (Bavaria) we invest in outstanding teams with cutting edge technologies for industrial applications. Focusing on early and growth stage investments we understand the challenges in the foundation of hardware startups and are able to support with expert know how and technical expertise.

In addition to smart money we offer our portfolio startups access to the entire Hirschvogel Automotive Group as well as to our up- and downstream (automotive) partners. Areas of interest include Smart Factory, E- and Smart Mobility, AI, AM as well as robotics.


Companisto is a venture capital platform. Currently, more than 88,000 investors are registered on Companisto and have participated in more than 100 financing rounds for B2B and B2C early-stage startups and growth companies from a variety of industries with a combined financing volume of over EUR 52 million. Measured by the number of financing rounds published, Companisto was the most active private venture capital provider in Germany in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Contrarian Ventures

Contrarian Ventures is corporate backed VC fund with startup accelerator (Accelerator One) investing in Pre-Seed (50k + acceleration) and Seed stage companies. The fund is powered by the largest energy provider in the Baltics – Lietuvos Energija, therefore the main focus is on energy, IoT, Big Data, drone, e-mobility and related tech startups.

Contrarian Ventures international team (including partners from Lithuania, Israel and the Netherlands) aims to help teams pilot locally (Lietuvos Energija’s Sandbox, access to infrastructure and customers) and scale globally selected companies via our partners’ network.


Earlybird is a venture capital investor focused on European technology companies. Founded in 1997, Earlybird invests in all growth and development phases of a company. Amongst the most experienced venture investors in Europe, Earlybird offers its portfolio companies not only financial resources, but also strategic and operational support as well as access to an international network and capital markets. With over EUR 850 million under management, six IPOs and 22 trade sales, Earlybird is one of the most successful venture capital firms in Europe.

Elephant & Castle Capital

Elephant & Castle Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm specialized in seed and series A investments in Europe. They have profound expertise in intellectual property and invest in patents and patentable deep tech ideas. They partner with entrepreneurs, leading family offices and angel investors to drive innovation.

Engelhardt Kaupp Kiefer

Engelhardt Kaupp Kiefer invests in challenges. This is also why the company sees itself not as an industry specialist, but a situation specialist. With a holistic understanding of what success actually has to signify today. Our investment focus: Companies from the areas of IT, business services, clean technology and innovative volume products with proven business models. We understand these markets and have built up a close-knit network of industry experts.

Fly Ventures

Fly Ventures is a Berlin-based VC firm investing in seed stage companies across Europe. Its focus is on software companies leveraging machine learning to drive business automation.

Fly is led by a team of engineers, product designers, and investors, uniquely positioned to help founders build technologically outstanding businesses with global ambitions.

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor with offices in Bonn and Berlin 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 500 start-ups since 2005. Driven by their expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, its team of experienced investment managers and start-up experts help guide the development of young companies. HTGF’s focus is on high-tech start-ups in a range of sectors, including software, media, internet, hardware, automation, health care, chemicals and life sciences.

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hubraum is the tech incubator of Deutsche Telekom. By bringing early-stage startups and the leading European telco together, hubraum strives to ignite innovation transfer to create new business opportunities for both sides: startups benefit from co-innovation programs, seed-investments and the shortcut to tech assets, customers and knowledge of Deutsche Telekom. In return Deutsche Telekom benefits from business opportunities between startups and its business units. Since 2012 hubraum connects with its digital ecosystem and has worked together with several hundred startups out of Berlin, Krakow and Tel-Aviv. More information at

Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB)

Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the state of Berlin´s business development and promotional bank. With a wide product spectrum it is active in the areas of business and property promotion. IBB supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin with subsidies, loan products and equity stakes developing targeted solutions for its clients.

Karma Ventures

Karma Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm, specialized in late seed and A round investments in Europe’s most promising tech startups. We back companies with strong ideas delivered with unique technology, customer traction, and global ambition.

Kompass Digital

Kompass Digital is a Venture Capital fund located in Germany.

Through early stage investments, we aim to back digital, EU-based startups with the potential to shape industries and expand their reach globally. We consider lead and co-investments in the following areas: Financial Services, Digital Health and Smart Home.

We strongly believe that startups should do what they do best - build a company. We are here to support entrepreneurs on that journey.


We are more than simply investors, we incubate, accelerate, advise, implement and mentor – in short, we are company builders. We see ourselves as a vitamin boost to promote start-ups and help new companies reach the peak of their potential. You can rely on us throughout every stage of the start-up process. Our portfolio of services has a modular structure that can be precisely tailored to fit your specific needs.

We do more than invest; we develop strategies, which we then implement together with our clients, as well as providing access to our extensive network of contacts and expertise. All of this makes us a powerful strategic partner – and ensures that your start-up will be a strong one!


MOTU VENTURES is a Berlin-based seed fund focused on building lean startups and boosting talented entrepreneurs, specialized in first round financing of seed stage technology companies.
Leveraging with their network and experience, MOTU VENTURES supports their portfolio companies from their early stage and accelerates them as an active investor. 

We believe that the global economy will continue to need to improve its efficiency and that innovative software and tools are a significant part of this. Innovative tech companies have the potential to shape the future and MOTU VENTURES wants to support exactly these innovations.

Project A

Project A is an international venture capital firm based in Berlin. We invest in passionate early-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with exclusive access to our team of 100 operational experts in areas such as Software Engineering, Marketing, Product, Design, Communications, Business Intelligence, Sales, and Talent Acquisition. As entrepreneurs and operators we have experienced, how crucial it is to have access to the right support at the right time. That’s why we developed a new approach to venture capital: combining capital and optional in-depth operational support.

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners (UVC Partners) is a Munich-based early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology-based startups in the areas of industrial technologies, enterprise software and mobility. The fund typically invests between € 0.5 - 3m initially and up to € 12m in total per company.
Portfolio companies benefit from the extensive investment and exit experience of the management team as well as from the close cooperation with UnternehmerTUM, Europe’s leading innovation and business creation center. With over 180 employees and more than 100 industry partners, UnternehmerTUM can draw from many years of experience in establishing young companies. This cooperation enables UVC Partners to offer startups unique access to talent, industry customers, and other financial partners. The portfolio includes investments such as FlixBus, Carjump (Freer2Move), KONUX, Blickfeld, 3YOURMIND and Vimcar.

WestTech Ventures

WestTech Ventures is a Berlin-based VC firm focused on pre-seed & seed investments in Germany in the fields of B2B SaaS in different verticals, Developer Tools, and Enterprise Software. The portfolio consists of more than 30 companies as of today and notable investments are Dalia Research, Knotel, Remerge and, TestObject (acquired by Sauce Labs).