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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.

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. HPV I started in 2005, focusing on early stage software companies in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2008, HPV II and HPV 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)

Investments

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.

INVESTMENT STRATEGY:

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 offices in Potsdam or Cape Town. Growth companies with over EUR 10m in revenues can be located in Europe, South Africa or the USA.

VALUE PROPOSITION:

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.

MISSION:

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.

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:

SEED 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 one of our offices.
  • It is a great advantage, but not a must, if at least one of the founders studied at the Hasso Plattner Institute.

GROWTH INVESTMENTS

  • 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.

Engagements

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.

  • All
  • Former portfolio companies
  • Seed stage
wayin
voipfuture
vioso
versioneye
veerkant
  • Category: Seed stage
  • Contact: Katja Grzebiela
vascode
  • Category: Seed stage
  • Contact: Yair Re'em
ujam
torch
fyber
smeet
senzari
sablono
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  • Category: Seed stage
  • Contact: Katja Grzebiela
RIB
rebuy
playtestcloud
  • Category: Seed stage
  • Contact: Katja Grzebiela
panaya
orderbird
opensynergy
oligo
myHeritage
monoqi
MineRP
KnowledgeTree
knowable
Kenesto
iZettle
Intellisis
inchron
inala
HitFox
hiogi
Hansoft
GroupDiscussionServices
  • Category: Seed stage
  • Contact: Katja Grzebiela
goeuro
goalio
  • Category: Seed stage
  • Contact: Katja Grzebiela
facton
ez
  • Category: Former portfolio companies
  • Website: www.ez.no
dubsmash
dreamlines
diablo
deliveryhero
datango
d-labs
Conatix
Collax
clearasset
Butterfly_Media
Bramasol
Aperion

News

  • Nov
    26

    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
    25

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  • Sep
    25

    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
    27

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  • Jul
    02

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  • Mar
    08

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     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

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    16

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Contact us

Potsdam

Rudolf-Breitscheid-Strasse 187
14482 Potsdam
Germany

Phone +49 (331) 97992-101
Fax +49 (331) 97992-130
Email info@hp-ventures.com

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
Email info@hp-ventures.com