Germany-Based Venture Capital Fund Managers

by Louise Maddy

  • 15 Feb 2012
  • PE

Preqin’s extensive fund managers profile database reveals there are 177 fund managers located in Germany, of which 95 undertake a venture strategy. These 95 firms that predominantly focus on venture capital have collectively raised EUR 4.1 billion over the last ten years and currently have EUR 1.1 billion available to them in dry powder.

The top three Germany-based venture firms by aggregate capital raised over the last 10 years are TVM Capital, Wellington Partners and STAR Ventures. TVM Capital established in 1983 as one of the first venture capital firms founded in Germany. It makes investments in technology companies throughout Europe and the US. Within the technology sector TVM invests clean and environmental technologies.  It also invests in life science, focusing on drug discovery and development. Over the last 10 years the firm has raised EUR 597.8mn and has EUR 48.6mn available in dry powder.

Wellington Partners is a Munich-based pan-European venture capital firm, focusing on life sciences, digital media, cleantech, electronics and software. The firm has raised five funds since it established in 1991, garnering an aggregate EUR 516.9mn and has EUR 125.3mn in available dry powder.

STAR Ventures (STAR) is a venture capital firm headquartered in Munich, Germany, with offices in Herzelia, Israel and Dallas, Texas, USA. STAR focuses on investments in early-stage high tech companies located in Israel, the US and Europe (mostly Germany). The firm has an emphasis on communications, enterprise software and semiconductors. Over the last decade this venture firm has raised EUR 361.2mn from 11 funds.

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