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    Hasso Plattner Ventures

    invests in fast-growing and information technology-driven companies.

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    Hasso Plattner Ventures

    is located in Potsdam,
    but active worldwide.

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    Hasso Plattner Ventures

    fosters information technology, entrepreneurship and innovation in Germany and South Africa.


  • Aug

    Further Funding Round for Dreamlines to Support International Expansion

    Europe’s biggest online booking portal for cruises, Dreamlines has announced 14 million euro in additional funding from its investors – Hasso Plattner Ventures, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Dimaventures, Truventuro, Target Global and… more

  • Aug

    Hasso Plattner Ventures says Thank you and Good Bye to OpenSynergy

    Panasonic Corporation and OpenSynergy GmbH today announced that Panasonic has acquired all the outstanding shares. OpenSynergy’s embedded automotive software technologies for cockpit solutions make it possible to realize a next-generation cockpit… more

  • Aug

    Diablo Secures $37 Million in Oversubscribed Series C Funding

    Diablo's recent achievements such as the production release and volume availability of its award-winning Memory1™ 128GB DDR4 system memory module accompany the last funding round of $37 Million in Series… more

  • Jul

    Diablo & Inspur unleash full Potential of Big Data Applications

    By leveraging Diablo's Memory1 technology to maximize system memory, Inspur servers can now support larger and/or more workloads per server with no changes required to application software. "This is a… more

  • Jun

    Interview with Robin's CEO Premal Buch & CTO Partha Seetala at DockerCon 2016

    At this years DockerCon in Seattle, WA, a two-and-half-day, Docker-­centric conference, Robin's CEO Premal Buch and CTO Partha Seetala had a talk with John Furrier and Brian Gracely. In the… more

  • Jun

    FACTON Opens New Office in North America

    The FACTON EPC Suite is the leading Enterprise Product Costing solution for the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering and electronics industries. The office opening in Troy, MI, brings FACTON developed solutions… more

  • Jun

    Robin Systems Honoured with 2016 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

    Well, you just have to agree with Premal Buch, chief executive officer of Robin: "Being named to the Red Herring Top 100 is great confirmation of the Robin team's efforts."… more

  • Jun

    Congrats to Robin Systems for ‘Startup of the Year’ recognition

    Robin Systems, a Silicon Valley-based enterprise software company, announced yesterday it was named the Silver winner in the 2016 IT World Awards in the Hot Companies “Startup of the Year”… more

  • May

    Wayin and EngageSciences are joining forces to redefine marketing campaigns

    Amidst the seeming chaos of social media, brands need the ability to discover valuable social media content, the metrics and visualize it. At the same time they need to build… more

  • Apr

    Diablo's leading-edge memory solution

    Since the number of applications taking advantage of large memory capacity is growing like crazy, especially in the Big Data analytics and HPC fields, and in all those cases where… more

  • Mar

    Diablo's Memory1: A larger and cheaper form of main memory

    Diablo Technologies is spruiking a new kind of memory. The new product, Memory1, is a larger, cheaper form of main memory that uses flash storage instead of DRAM to provide… more

  • Feb

    $18 Million in Series B Funding for Reflektion

    Today CEO Sean Moran announces the closing of Reflektion's $18 Million Series B Funding round led by Battery Ventures. The incredible development of the company and their impressive real-time predictive… more

  • Feb

    Optimized costing at Jaguar Land Rover with Facton EPC

    The FACTON EPC application puts the “Enterprise Product Costing (EPC)” approach into practice – a cost management method for standardized, enterprise-wide product costing independent of location and department. Solid calculation… more

  • Feb

    HP Ventures' and Hasso Plattner Institute's companies well represented in the German Tech Scene

    The New-York based research company CB Insights recently published its Periodic Table of Tech in Germany. We proudly announce that among the identified key players in the German Tech Scene… more

  • Jan

    Rebuy Expands into Europe

    The preparations at Rebuy for its expansion into Europe are running at full speed; the main focus is currently on Germany. Since the turn of the year also customers from… more

  • Jan

    Gamze in Forbes 30 under 30

    Gamze Demirci, former Analyst of Hasso Plattner Ventures made it in the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list - category Finance. We are very proud of you, Gamze! See the… more

  • Jan

    $19 Million and Key Hires for Diablo Technologies

    In their latest financing round Diablo raises $19 million to further accelerate customer deployments. Their ground-breaking memory solutions convinces old and new investors alike. The Series C round is led… more

  • Dec

    Welcome on Board - Key Hires for Robin Systems

    We are excited about two key additions to the company's executive ranks. Robin's new CTO Partha Seetala with more than 16 years of technology and product expertise, joines from Symantec's… more

  • Nov

    Riccardo Badalone about DRAM economics

    In a recent article about DRAM economics Riccardo Badalone, co-founder and CEO of Diablo Technologies, outlines how DRAM plays a surprising role in the high cost of Data Centers. DRAM… more

  • Oct

    Valsight's Simulation Software Ready for Pilot Customers

    The first version of Valsight's simulation software is ready and waiting for pilot customers. The 4-man founding team has worked hard in the last months for their long sales pipeline… more

  • Oct

    Interview with Dubsmash Founder Roland Grenke

    Roland Grenke, Co-Founder of Dubsmash - one of the most successful apps worldwide - talks in an interview about the German startup scene and investors and advises young entrepreneurs not… more

  • Oct

    How Reflektion made an impression on the Startup of the Year Judges

    Reflektion’s technology is able to track shoppers in real time as they browse products online. Click-by-click, Reflektion’s technology develops a sense of shoppers as individuals — their preferences, interests and… more

  • Oct

    Reflektion Winner of Shop.org's Startup of the Year Competition

    Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world's leading community for digital retail. The renowned judges of the group's Digital Commerce Startup of the Year competition named… more

  • Oct

    Interesting Interview with ReBuy Founder

    Lawrence Leuschner founded ReBuy together with his schoolmate Markus Börner in 2004. But the idea to sell used goods goes back to their childhood. Today ReBuy  employs more than 500… more

  • Oct

    Excellent Key Executives at Robin Systems

    Premal Buch former vice president of Software Engineering of Altera is the latest addition to the excellent management team of Robin Systems. Cheng Tang, whose background includes tours of duty… more

  • Oct

    Robin Systems wins over investors for $15 million round

    Robin Systems revolutionizes industry's IT infrastructure by their data-centric compute  and storage containerization software. According to the company customers are able to speed up their queries by factor of 3x… more

  • Oct

    Reflektion hits major milestones

    Our portfolio company Reflektion - which delivers through their predictive analytics platform an average of 70 percent increase in shopper engagement and 26 percent increase in conversion rates for existing… more

  • Sep

    $5.5 million in Series A funding - Dubsmash on the road to success

    Two-year-old Dubsmash raises $5.5 million in Series A funding. The video messaging app thrills celebrities and investors alike. That's how the young founders closed the round with Index Ventures as… more

  • Aug

    Celebrities drawn to Dubsmash

    We are proud: our portfolio company Dubsmash conquers the world, attracting more and more celebrities - as this article clearly shows. Read full article Visit Dubsmash   more

  • Aug

    Diablo's flash DIMMs attack DRAM

    Diablo Technologies, innovator in flash memory, announces a new flash device that replaces DRAM. At up to 256GB capacity, at 1/10th the cost, and using 1/3rd the power, it looks… more

  • Jul

    Die Software für den Grexit

    Wenn Griechenland den Euro verlässt, müssen Unternehmen schnell reagieren: Sollen sie Warenpreise erhöhen oder senken? Die Produktion ausweiten oder einschränken? Eine neue Software soll helfen. Das Finanz-Simulationsprogramm „Business Simulator“ erlaube… more

  • Jun

    Arnstädter und sein Team gewinnen 50 000 Euro

    Vier Studenten, darunter der Arnstädter Alexander Schulze, haben am Freitag 50 000 Euro Förderung für die Gründung eines eigenen Unternehmens zugesagt bekommen, informierte jetzt Hans-Joachim Allgaier, Pressesprecher des Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) für… more

  • Feb

    economictimes.indiatimes.com: Infosys buys automation tech company Panaya valued at $200 million

    MUMBAI: InfosysBSE -0.93 % said it would buy automation technology company Panaya Inc, at an enterprise value of about $200 million, as the third-largest IT company in the country looks… more

  • Jan

    Video Selfie App Dubsmash Proves To Be A Smash Hit

    When Dubsmash founders, Jonas Drüppel, Roland Grenke and Daniel Taschik, created a new mobile app that lets you record a video of yourself, synced to a preselected sound clip, such… more

  • Nov

    In 2015, Hasso Plattner Ventures will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

    Dear Visitors, In 2015, Hasso Plattner Ventures will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, we’ve managed three funds: HPV I founded in 2005 and HPV II founded in… more

  • Nov

    www.tnooz.com: Dreamlines cruise booking service steams into new Euro 20 million investment round

    www.tnooz.com: Dreamlines cruise booking service steams into new Euro 20 million investment round Online cruise search and booking brand Dreamlines has secured another round of investment from a heavyweight roster of backers.… more

  • Sep

    Hasso Plattner Ventures sells its shares in Fyber (ex SponsorPay)

    After four years of successful collaboration Hasso Plattner Ventures is giving up its position as investor of Fyber GmbH (ex SponsorPay). The shares will be taken over by the existing… more

  • Aug

    www.forbes.com: GoEuro Closes $27 Million Funding Round

    Long Europe’s leading metropolis for digital start-ups, London’s 600 blossoming tech companies have earned it the well-deserved title of Tech City. In recent years, however, Berlin has gained serious ground.… more

  • Jul

    venturebeat.com: Sweden’s Hansoft raises $10M for dev tools

    The new round of funding for the company was led by investment firm Hasso Plattner Ventures. Hansoft makes the team collaboration tool Agile, which game companies such as Capcom, id Software, and EA’s… more

  • Jun

    siliconallee.com: Forget the Unicorn: Why Aspiring Entrepreneurs Should Opt for Tech

    A small group of computer nerds drop out of school, set up a tiny business in a garage and conquer the tech world. This is the American Dream, Silicon Valley… more

  • May

    forbesindia.com: The Indian in Berlin...

    Imagine you’re in the UK on holiday and you want to get from London to Edinburgh quickly, on a budget. At £35, a 90-minute flight is clearly the best way… more

  • Apr

    abendblatt.de: Bei Dreamlines gibt's die Kreuzfahrt per Mausklick

    Hamburg. Russische Gespräche dringen abwechselnd aus der Etagenküche, englische, portugiesische, deutsche. Mitarbeiter von Dreamlines stehen auf eine Tasse Kaffee zusammen, verschwinden dann wieder in die Arbeitsräume vor ihre Computerbildschirme und… more

  • Mar

    www.tnooz.com: DreamLines sails into new capital round...

     A former-boss of Kayak in Europe is behind a seven-figure Euro investment in DreamLines, a German online travel agency specialising in cruise trips. Christian Saller, who joined Kayak as part of… more

  • Jan

    IBM is First Mover with Disruptive Flash Memory Technology on New x6 Servers

    This week, IBM announced its new line of x86 servers, and included among the usual incremental product improvements is a performance game-changer called eXFlash. eXFlash is the first commercially available… more

About us

Since 2005, Hasso Plattner Ventures encourages innovative ideas driven by information technology.

Hasso Plattner Ventures invests in fast-growing, information technology-driven companies in Europe, South Africa and the USA on behalf of Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of software giant SAP. The support we offer reaches beyond financial commitments. Our multifaceted work includes acting globally as a strategic partner for our information technology growth companies. In Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany, as well as in Cape Town, South Africa, our commitment has taken also the form of a seed program for information technology startups.

After retiring from the operative business of SAP in 2003, Hasso Plattner was appointed Chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board. He has devoted his time to the promotion of science, innovation and entrepreneurship ever since.

To further these goals, Hasso Plattner founded Hasso Plattner Ventures on July 1st, 2005 in Potsdam, Germany. Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa launched as an affiliate in 2008, operating from Cape Town, South Africa.

In the past, Hasso Plattner Ventures managed three funds. HP Ventures I started in 2005, focusing on early stage software companies in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2008, HP Ventures II and HP Ventures Africa launched, looking for investment opportunities in startup- and expansion-stage companies across the USA, Europe, Israel and South Africa.

As of 2015, Hasso Plattner Ventures will be the umbrella brand for all direct investments of Hasso Plattner regardless under which legal structure those investments are made.

Hasso Plattner – Co-founder of the software company SAP

Hasso Plattner (born in 1944) grew up in Berlin and Konstanz, Germany. He studied Communications Technology at the University of Karlsruhe.

His career started at IBM Germany in 1968. In 1972, Hasso Plattner and four colleagues founded the software company SAP in Walldorf. Hasso Plattner was responsible for the new company’s technology segment. When the company went public, he became a member of the Board, which he chaired from 1998. Since 2003, he has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Hasso Plattner is regarded as one of the most important and influential IT entrepreneurs world-wide, and has received numerous awards for success in business, as well as in science. His awards include honorary doctorates by the University of Saarbrücken (1990) and the University of Potsdam (2002). He teaches as a professor at the University of Potsdam. (Here you will find the link to the Wikipedia article on Hasso Plattner and to SAP)


Investing in information technology-driven companies in seed or growth stage.

Hasso Plattner Ventures invests solely in fast-growing and information technology-driven companies in seed stage (with no prior institutional financing) or growth stage (with a minimum annual turnover of EUR 10m). Our support reaches beyond financial commitments. We offer a strong network, a well-known brand and individual coaching.


The technological edge of a company is our main focus for investment. We concentrate on information technology companies in Europe, South Africa and the USA with a strong emphasis on IT in their value propositions. Our goal is to foster entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. In order to achieve this goal, we focus on seed investments and growth investments. Seed companies must be located in geographical proximity to our office in Potsdam. Growth companies with over EUR 10m in revenues can be located in Europe, South Africa or the USA.


Funding: We provide seed and growth capital.
Brand: We offer a well-known brand that is directly linked to one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Germany, and in the information technology sector worldwide.
Network: We offer access to our global network, which includes other information technology-driven companies, large corporations and capital providers.
Strategic Support: We help as a strategic partner and provide support in terms of strategy, executive recruiting and partnering.


The mission of Hasso Plattner Ventures is to support and inspire young software and IT entrepreneurs as they successfully transform great technological ideas into sustainable, viable products and companies in Germany, as well as abroad. Furthermore, we want to leverage our know-how to enable startups to maximize their company’s value, and to achieve personal fulfillment.


Engagement focus: Information technology-driven companies in seed or growth stage.

Hasso Plattner Ventures is the umbrella brand for all engagements and investments of Hasso Plattner. Since 2005, Hasso Plattner has supported as well as directly or indirectly invested in more than 50 companies.

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  • Seed stage
  • Former portfolio companies
Noa Technologies
  • Category: Current
  • Contact: Yair Re'em
  • Website: www.noa.one
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  • Category: Current, Seed stage
  • Contact: Dr. Rouven Westphal
  • Website: www.dubsmash.com
  • Category: Former portfolio companies
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  • Category: Current
  • Contact: Dr. Rouven Westphal
  • Website: www.rebuy.de
  • Category: Current
  • Contact: Dr. Rouven Westphal
  • Website: www.oligo.de
  • Category: Former portfolio companies
  • Category: Former portfolio companies
  • Website: www.ez.no
  • Category: Former portfolio companies
  • Contact: Dr. Rouven Westphal
  • Website: www.collax.com

Investment Criteria

Hasso Plattner Ventures focuses on seed investments and technology growth investments. Moreover, we work closely with the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) to support young HPI-related startups.

We use the following criteria to pre-select suitable investments:


  • You are an information technology-driven company whose business model is based significantly on proprietary information technology.
  • You are in the pre-revenue phase and have no prior institutional financing.
  • You are located within one-hour driving distance from our Potsdam office.
  • At least one of the founders studied at the Hasso Plattner Institute.


  • You are an information technology oriented company.
  • Your revenues exceeded EUR 10m in the previous fiscal year.
  • You are in the growth phase (growth > 30 % in the last fiscal year).
  • You are located in Europe, South Africa or the USA.

Contact us


Rudolf-Breitscheid-Strasse 187
14482 Potsdam

Phone +49 (331) 97992-101
Fax +49 (331) 97992-130

Cape Town

Physical address
4th Floor, 33 Bree Street
Cape Town 8001
South Africa

Postal address
PO Box 50011
Waterfront 8002
South Africa

Phone +27 21 4176520