We’re honored to work with some of the most innovative and inspiring minds on making our world a saver, better, more sustainable place. These are the startups and visions we truly believe in.
All-electric regional air mobility
Lilium is building an all-electric regional air mobility service. We are convinced that Lilium develops the leading technology in this sector and deeply impressed by the incredible founders and their team of renowned international aviation experts. We were the first investors back in 2016, when air taxis were still considered science fiction.
Precise solutions to tackle hard to treat diseases
PROSION developed a first-in-class approach to address so far undruggable pharmaceutical targets that are linked with various hard-to-treat diseases through a disruptive platform of chemical building blocks called ProMs. ProMs can in fact be combined to form the world’s first small molecule drugs for a very abundant class of “undruggables”, namely proline-rich-motif (PRM) binding targets. These targets are known to play key-roles in a multitude of pathologies, e.g. cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular diseases, immune-meditated disorders, etc. The potential of the ProM-platform has already been validated in a first POC targeting a particularly difficult oncological PRM-binding target.
All-in-One Business Software that takes e-commerce business to the next level
We discovered Xentral as customers. As we helped implement the Xentral software for our portfolio companies, we experienced first-hand that the team around Claudia and Benedikt delivers the leading ERP software for a new generation. Xentral helps companies of all sizes take their business to the next level and truly focus on what really matters instead of managing complex software tools and processes. With Xentral, we’re entering the next era of business software.
Cloud Platform for building complex business applications
BUILD.ONE is providing a cloud platform that allows its users to build future-proof complex business applications with its blueprint technology, using a combination of LowCode, NoCode and Deep Code.
Carbon Negative Construction powered by AI and Robotics Systems
LEKO LABS was founded with a vision to accelerate the adoption of sustainable building materials in the built environment. It has grown to over 30 FTE in Luxembourg and has recently opened a subsidiary in Switzerland and will soon open an office in London. It has developed a groundbreaking wood composite structure capable of replacing concrete bearing walls in any type of building up to 100m tall. Buildings are delivered today in its home BENELUX market, saving thousands of tons of CO₂ and expansion is planned across Europe in 2022.
AI-powered transport optimization and automatization for the logistics sector
We’re always looking for strong tech teams with a unique value proposition based on their product-technology. Smartlane’s technology is based on over 20 years of research at one of the leading technical universities in Germany. They’ve created a product that can completely transform our logistics sector.
As the first nano-satellite-as-a-service provider EnduroSat opens up the endless opportunities of space data to anyone
We see great potential in the space sector in the upcoming years. EnduroSat will allow numerous companies and institutions to make use of space data by providing nano-satellites that are affordable, quickly accessible and that can even be shared. We believe that EnduroSat is defining an emerging industry, and we are very excited to be on board of their mission.
Modular Industrial Robots for flexible process automation
Industrial automation is the key component of Industry 4.0. RobCo has developed one of the first fully modular industrial robots that can easily be customized for any task and its self-awareness allows for fast configuration and adaption without specialized personnel.
Eco-friendly, cost-efficient and highly scalable thermal energy storage. A cornerstone of the energy transition and de-carbonization of our industries
Decoupling energy production from consumption with storage facilities is crucial for the transition to renewable energy. Based on nano-technology, Martin has developed a granule that is able to store temperatures of up to 1.300 °C enabling use cases for storing both, industrial waste heat and electrical power. We’re convinced that Kraftblock is the missing puzzle piece for the global energy transition.
Realizing the European Hyperloop Transportation Network
Hyperloop is a very promising mobility concept for middle- to long distance travel and cargo with several outstanding teams working in different geographies on making this vision reality. What convinced us to invest in Hardt Hyperloop is their open partner network approach and their unique lane-switching technology, which will ultimately enable a much more efficient route network.
Next generation presentation & content collaboration platform created by the Wunderlist founding team that will change the way we work with presentation software
After working with Christian Reber and the 6Wunderkinder founding team on Wunderlist, we knew that we wanted in on their new project: Pitch. We are convinced that they will bring presentation and content collaboration software to the next level.
Next generation team productivity software by the Wunderlist founding team
Just like we had no doubt that the Pitch team will bring presentation software to the next level, we’re convinced that the Superlist team will do the same for team productivity software. Superlist will help teams collaborate more efficiently and be more productive.
A revolutionary drinking bottle that adds flavour to pure water just by taste
air up is a fascinating innovation, because the team has reinvented something as elementary as drinking. They’ve created a water bottle that lets you taste flavour while you’re drinking pure water. This way we’ll substantially cut down the amount of sugar we consume in flavored drinks as well as the amount of plastic that is used in the flavored water industry. We see massive potential in this product for improving our health and avoiding plastic pollution.
A ready to drink meal for balanced nutrition even when you’re pressed for time
YFood offers a healthy alternative when you’re on the go or pressed for time and therefore addresses a large problem we have today. More and more people are becoming aware and mindful of what they eat and how they want to treat their body in a fast-paced daily routine. YFood is firmly established as the market leader in continental Europe and continues to grow at an impressive pace.
3Bears is bringing the English breakfast classic Porridge to Germany
3Bears is an all natural, organic porridge without added sugar and with a high portion of dried fruits that can be enjoyed warm, cold as overnight oats or on the go. Tim and Carolin are bringing the English breakfast classic to Germany and reinventing something as elementary as oats.
The leading AI-based mobile data capturing SDK enabling fast business process digitization for companies across all industries
Based on its outstanding scanning technology, its ever-increasing content recognition features, and its easy implementation, Scanbot has become the leading scanning and data extraction SDK with over 200 customers in various industries from Banking, Accounting and Insurance to Logistics and Healthcare.
The most complete mobile app for golfers of all skill levels who want to improve their performance and connect to a worldwide golf community
What convinced us to invest back in 2014 was the outstanding design and user experience of the app as well as the team’s deep technical competence and passion for Golf. Hole19 has become the most complete golf app and one of the leading golf communities worldwide out of Portugal.
Fully individualized travel provider that helps you create a unique experience based on your specific interests, needs and conditions
Computer algorithms and atomization will have an impact on basically all industries and iTravel discovered this early enough to become a leading player in the field of individual travel. We see great potential in this industry with more and more people seeking unique experiences without wanting to miss out on the comfort of having a provider take care of everything.
Premium spices and spice-mixes
Ankerkraut re-invents premium spices and spice mixes for a broad audience based on high quality, beautiful design and values, which align with the consumers’ desire to gather with family and friends around the kitchen table. Ankerkraut has become a true love-brand.
Little Lunch provides a healthy, organic soup, acquired by Allos in 2020
Little Lunch has developed a manufacturing process for soup that keeps the nutrition and vitamins inside the vegetables, offering a healthy, organic lunch alternative. Little Lunch was acquired by Allos Hofmanufaktur in 2020 and is today part of the ecotone Group, a certified B Corp.
A project and task management software designed to boost productivity, acquired by Microsoft in 2012
Especially in B2C software, UI and UX are key. We love working with founders, who are passionate about building outstanding products. Christian is one of those founders, and we really enjoyed setting a new standard for productivity tools with Wunderlist, together.
The leading photo service software to create beautiful photo products from your digital images, acquired by Fujifilm in 2008
We founded ip.labs, because we were passionate about the idea and this new industry we had discovered. We built a global market leader from scratch, without external funding. Developing the leading software in this sector meant a lot of hard work and late nights. ip.labs is a great example of the opportunities presented by disruption. Digital cameras replaced analog cameras, and we developed the software to go with this new technology.
A mobility service to easily order a taxi nearby and pay for the ride within the app, acquired by Daimler in 2014
FreeNow, which was originally called MyTaxi, is the German competitor to Uber, and was founded around the same time in 2009. We saw the potential of this new service long before it had been established anywhere in the world. Although we knew that building the backend, and establishing this new service with drivers and consumers would be an insanely tough challenge, we decided to invest.
KaufDa inspires consumers and drives in-store sales by delivering personalized content to engaged shoppers, acquired by Axel Springer in 2011
Nowadays, we can’t imagine a world in which retail leaflets aren’t available online. But that wasn’t the case in 2008. KaufDa was the first service in Germany to digitize retail leaflets and has become a key driver in the digitization of the local retail and classifieds business. We believe that digitalisation comes with a lot of advantages for almost any industry and really enjoyed supporting the KaufDa team on their mission. KaufDA was acquired by Axel Springer in 2011 and is part of the bonial Group today.
A leading online soccer gaming app, the only one being played in the ESP, acquired by Travian Games in 2010
Building up a leading gaming app is a tough challenge. We saw the potential in the founding team of Goal United, and it was the right timing, as the app rush hadn’t started back in 2009. Goal United is, to this day, one of the leading online soccer gaming apps and is even being played in the ESP.
Event management and marketing platform that uses software to optimize the event experience, acquired by Intermedia in 2019
Marketing, much like events, aims at creating unique experiences. Collecting and analyzing data allows us to create those unique and tailored experiences through software. Doo was among the first in this emerging industry with the vision to provide a platform for the entire event marketing organization and make events more efficient and successful for organizers and participants alike.