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b-to-v Newsletter December 2015
Dear Readers

A politically tense year comes to an end. Believing that entrepreneurial success is a significant driver of open and peaceful societies, we are happy about the developments in Europe. At this year’s NOAH Conference in London, it was very interesting to observe how all the participants suddenly became aware of the European start-up scene’s progress. Nowhere else is the density of European tech scene superstars as high as here. Amongst them are the several impressive “billion dollar companies” such as Blablacar from France, MoneySuperMarket from the UK and “100% self-funded product driven engineer founders” like Branko Milutinovic from Nordeus in Serbia.
Berlin appears to be fostering numerous start-ups – many of them successful. There is a fair possibility that one might in a few decades compare the Samwer brother impetus of Zalando and Rocket Internet in Berlin with Helwett & Packard’s garage in Silicon Valley. We Europeans need a healthy dose of confidence without losing touch with reality. This is especially true for mid-size companies who desperately need to digitize – perhaps on their own or perhaps more interestingly by means of smart acquisitions and developments with start-ups under their own roofs.
The German Stock Exchange set an example this year with 360T and Adidas’ runtastic. The merged sum of those acquisitions have the potential to become much more than the individual company values.
b-to-v exited three investments this year – special thanks to Paul Schwarzenholz and Björn Kolbmüller for their in depth efforts before and after the sale to Pro7Sat1. Even if the political scene serves for insecurity – we are quite content from the perspective of entrepreneurial involvement beside all the teams which we get to invest in. Many of them, like data artisans, lingueeorcam, or quanta for example, will shape their respective industries globally.
In over 30 financing rounds this year, around EUR 150m will have been invested in the b-to-v portfolio. We are especially pleased with an increasingly international investor base such as Highland’s participation in Finanzcheck or Ribbit in SavingGlobal within the internet sector as well as a massive investment by VerdantF/Mers in Romo Wind on the Advanced Tech side.
In the new year, we plan to raise an additional fund alongside our Internet & Mobile Fund, focusing on start-ups which place technological innovation with strong hardware components at the core of their business model. The b-to-v Advanced Technologies Fund will invest in young companies from MedTech, Smart Industries and Industrial Software. Fundraising preparations for this fund will begin in the coming weeks and will launch officially in the summer of 2016.
We are looking confidently forward to the new year 2016 and wishing you all merry christmas, strong deceleration and happy holidays as well as thereafter an entrepreneurially inviting and successful new year.
With kind regards
Your b-to-v Team
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