(c) …this is not the entire truth, because life is a bit more complicated.
Successful start-up investments are successful
(in the eyes of an investor) if they lead to successful exits. More generally speaking, venture capital is not only about buying
– i.e. adding new companies to your portfolio. It is also about support
, i.e. how you nurture and advise your portfolio companies. And, last but not least, it is about selling
– i.e. getting to an exit for a portfolio company (that is not an exit which ends on Boot Hill
These issues inspired us to start hosting the annual b-to-v Portfolio Day. This year was already the 8th edition of the event. The goal of the b-to-v Portfolio Day is to connect us (us
meaning our portfolio companies
and our team
) with other VCs, private investors, accelerators, incubators, family offices, private equity houses, and major corporations. In other words: If you have something to sell, you may want to ensure that potential customers know that
you are selling and what
you have to offer. And since the central European start-up industry is still rather small, we try to invite all relevant players, and therefore host the Portfolio Day traditionally in cooperation with other players that are not directly fishing in our pond. This year, we were very happy to cooperate with Axel Springer Plug&Play and host the Portfolio Day in Axel Springer’s famous Berlin headquarters. A very special thank you in this context goes out to our friend, investor and entrepreneur Jörg Rheinboldt! We had about 150 participating investors, and we presented six start-ups from the Axel Springer Plug&Play portfolio and six start-ups from the b-to-v portfolio. For more information on the Portfolio Day, please click here
. We would be happy to see you at our next Portfolio Day in 2016. Please let us know if you’re interested!