Venture Capital & Business Angels

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Venture Capital & Business Angels

Venture capital is a form of investment in which an investor provides a founder with capital in exchange for a stake in his or her company. Venture capital is not a loan, but rather a kind of "development aid" for start-up businesses. It entails high risk for the investor, since the success of a business cannot be guaranteed, i.e. the investor might not generate any profits with his investment or might even lose it altogether.

The stake to be claimed in exchange for capital depends on the company’s lifecycle stage (i.e. seed stage, early stage or later stage) as well as the enterprise valuation - these are the two decisive factors that determine the investor’s investment risk.

In many cases, the investor’s involvement goes beyond purely financial participation: information, control and participation rights may also be part of the agreement.

Business angels usually invest in start-ups during their early stage. Here it is often the case that an individual (e.g. a successful entrepreneur) invests resources from his or her own private assets. Beyond investment, business angels often support the founder with their expertise and relevant contacts.

Venture Capital
General information about Venture Capital in Germany
Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Venture Capital firms in Hamburg
Industry overview of venture capital firms in Hamburg
Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (german)

Venture Capital finder
Database, which helps finding relevant venture firms (according to the investment criteria of the venture capital firms)
German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association e.V. (BVK) (german)

Investor search
Detailed information about private equity and venture capital, including a search tool for investors in Europe
Invest Europe

NOAH19 Berlin fund book
Industry overview of venture capital firms focusing on internet companies across all stages (includes company portraits, figures & KPIs, contact partners, portfolio, etc.)

Business Angel network
A network of business angels that provides information on finding and getting financed by a business angel
Business Angel network Germany

TecPier is an early-stage investor in the shipping industry. Additionaly it offers operational support and introductions to established companies in the maritime sector.

BANEW | Business Angels Netzwerk Elbe
BANEW is looking for founding teams with ideas which are based on knowledge-intensive technologies, innovative research results and sustainable concepts. Selected teams receive the possibility to present their ideas on a matching evening in front of business angels and get displayed on the website.
BANEW (german)

Hamburger Investoren-Netzwerk (HIN)
The Hamburg investor network brings together business angels and venture capitalists with capital-seeking start-ups and actively supports the joint development of the network.
HIN (german)

The Baltic Business Angels bring together private investors whose concern is to support young innovative companies. The association pursues the goal of promoting and developing the founding and innovation culture in the country. 
Baltic BA's (german)

AngelList network
The international platform for business angels supports startups in their search for investors as well as employees.
AngelList network

Salsup describes itself as an ecovation system and offers a platform to startups, corporates and angels.