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We invest in technology-oriented, fast-growing companies in all stages of their development, especially in the fields of Specialized Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Industry Tech and Enabling Platforms. The regional focus is on Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Nordics. These companies must be technology-based, use technology to create a unique product or service, or apply technology in a way that significantly alters a business model or market, or creates an entirely new one. We have a very broad definition of the term “technology” here, meaning that even business models that are not technology-driven but run on a technical platform (e.g. the Internet) are of interest to us. We do not invest in companies that do not have any ties to technology. This includes fashion brands and advertising agencies, for example.
We invest in every stage of business, from “seed” (very early on) to “late-stage” (mature) companies. Consequently, a business does not necessarily have to be generating revenue. However, existing revenues do increase our likelihood of making an investment decision in favour of a specific company.
We invest up to ten million euros per company over the entire period of participation. However, we do this in several increments or financing rounds. This means that we contribute anywhere between 0.1 million and three million euros per financing round. As a rule, the amount invested per financing round is somewhere between 0.5 million and two million euros.
We currently have approximately 220 million euros in four funds. Our third fund, which we use for active financing projects, has a volume of approximately 80 million euros. It was established in 2011 and has a term of up to 12 years.
We have a select group of investors in our fund. In general, these are well-known financial institutions and private investors. Unlike virtually all other venture capital investors, the Creathor Ventures team is its own fund’s largest investor.
Our Creathor Venture Fund II is also backed by the ERP-EIF Fund of Funds and the European Union’s “Multiannual programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship (MAP)”.
Moreover, the European Union also supports our Creathor Venture Fund III with funds from the “Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme” (CIP) and resources from the “ERP-EIF Fund of Funds” along with the LfA – Gesellschaft für Vermögensverwaltung mbH asset management society, both of which are facilities of the European Investment Fund (“EIF”).
We receive over a thousand business plans each year. If we were to sign an NDA for each request, this would have to be legally checked by an attorney, then possibly negotiated, archived and also compared with existing NDAs to identify possible violations. The time and money needed for this procedure would neither be proportionate for us nor for the company.
Also, as a venture capital investor we do not have the resources to exploit supposedly confidential information ourselves. We are not an incubator or “company builder”. Furthermore, our “deal flow” and the confidence of companies that are introduced to us is crucial for our business. If we abused it, we would remove our vital business foundation.
Finally, we are member of all relevant venture capital associations (BVK, EVCA, SECA) and thus already subject to rigorous standards to maintain confidentiality.
We are active investors who do not interfere with daily business operations. So we normally take a seat on the advisory board, with the primary objective of being a constructive “sparring partner” for the company’s executives. This enables us to address any challenges – whether strategic or operational – together as a team.
We are happy to work with other investors.
We can act very quickly and complete the investment process within a period of four weeks, from the initial meeting to the certification of the deed. Naturally, this is highly dependent upon a company’s situation and the effort involved in performing due diligence. The process generally takes one to two months.
Our daily business is naturally built on trust. We would not be able to reflect on over 30 years of success in the venture capital business if we did not take confidentiality seriously. In addition, we are a member of all of the key associations involved in creating relevant guidelines.
It may take up to two or three weeks for you to receive feedback. We are normally able to respond more quickly, but depending on our workload, it can take a bit longer in some cases.