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Real estate is the largest asset class in the world: The value of global property is $228 trillion, which equals to 60% of all assets worldwide. The real estate industry is of particular importance for Germany and meanwhile accounts for approx. 18% of the gross value added of the German national economy.

As of now, the German real estate industry is considered a "sleeping giant" in terms of digital innovation. After decades-long reluctance, several sectors are now confronted with sustained transformation due to disruptive startups. Other sectors are at the very least presented with an enormous potential for optimization by digitalization, the utilization of which will ensure competitive advantages as well as an increase in profitability.

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German PropTech startups, of which more than 200 are active at the moment and whose numbers are growing by 82% every year, have set out to unlock these potentials, oftentimes in close partnership with traditional players. While a dedicated investor in Germany has been missing up until now, the investment activity in this sector is already at a high level and is growing strongly year by year. $12.6 billion were invested in 2017 alone.

PropTech1 Ventures is, to our knowledge, the first PropTech-focused VC fund in the German-speaking region. We invest specifically in the most promising PropTech companies in early stages and enable strategic partnerships and synergies through our close-knit network within the traditional real estate industry.

Benefits for Startups

As opposed to mainstream VCs, PropTech startups benefit in the partnership with us from our specialization, the expertise of our venture partners as well as the broad network within the traditional real estate industry. This sector-specific approach is complemented by the well-documented methodological competence of the COOPERATIVA Venture Group (whose Managing Partners, for example, are the authors of the standard reference book DEALTERMS.VC).

Benefits for co-investors and industry partners

Through collaboration with us, we offer real estate industry partners - alongside the financial yield prospects of the PropTech investments - in particular the opportunity for a first-hand impression of the various potentials beyond mere theoretical exercises that arise from digitization through direct cooperation with startups. Since our team speaks the language of both worlds, we can build precise bridges that bring added value both to the startups as well as the industry partners.

Geographic Focus: The pan-European PropTech platform

Simplifa - The digital property manager for elevators

Hubertus von Schierstaedt, Managing Director & founder
Jannis Wunderle, Head of Digitalization
Ludwig von Busse, Managing Director & founder

INPERA - The digital procurement platform for construction materials

Jannes Viebrock, founder
Johannes Lensges, CSO
Richard Liehmann, CEO

Seniovo - One-stop solution for barrier-free reconstruction

Jonathan Kohl, CEO & founder

Archilyse - The Swiss Army knife for real estate data analysis

Archilyse team headed by
Dr. Matthias Standfest, CEO & founder

Architrave - The central platform for digital real estate management

Maurice Grassau, CEO & founder
Dr. Benjamin Staude, CTO
Rainer Ohst, CFO
Dr. Philipp Päuser, COO

Wunderflats, the leading platform for Housing as a Service in Germany

Arkadi Jampolski, Geschäftsführer & Gründer
Jan Hase, Geschäftsführer & Gründer

Real estate entrepreneur Marius Marschall von Bieberstein and the COOPERATIVA Venture Group, managed by the two long-standing venture capital experts Anja Rath and Nikolas Samios, have initiated PropTech1 Ventures with their own capital and manage the investment activities. They are supported by venture partners and senior advisors, proven experts with special focus, who have invested their own capital in PropTech1 at an early stage. The partners combine network and know-how from the traditional real estate industry, the PropTech scene, and the venture capital sector.

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ANJA Rath (ARNOLD) – MANAGING PARTNER

As Managing Partner of the COOPERATIVA Venture Group, a 360° platform for venture capital, and former Managing Director of Brandenburg Ventures, the investment vehicle of MP3 inventor Karlheinz Brandenburg, Anja Rath (Arnold) is an expert for startup financing and exits, venture fund governance, compliance and risk management.

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MARIUS MARSCHALL – FOUNDING PARTNER

As Partner of the real estate project development company evoreal (>€500 million in project volume), PropTech business angel, and board member of the highly-respected venture capital investor Project A, Marius Marschall combines long-standing experience in the real estate industry with excellent insights into the digital scene.

NIKOLAS SAMIOS – MANAGING PARTNER

Nikolas Samios, also Managing Partner of the COOPERATIVA Venture Group, has participated in more than 200 transactions on both sides of the table and is a proven expert in all things venture capital methodology due to publications such as the book DEALTERMS.VC and various specialist articles as well as being co-initiator of the German Startup Standards Board.

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Dr. Beat Schwab - Venture Partner

Beat Schwab prior positions include Head Global Real Estate Asset Management at Credit Suisse, one of the world's largest real estate asset managers, as well as CEO of Wincasa, Switzerland's leading property manager. As one of the definite leaders in European large scale asset and property management, he complements the expertise of the management excellently and makes his network from his decade-long career in the real estate sector available.

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CHRISTIAN VOLLMANN – VENTURE PARTNER

As (co-)founder of eDarling and MyVideo, German „Business Angel of the Year 2017“, and board member of the German Startups Association, Christian Vollmann is one of the most prominent faces in the German startup ecosystem. As founder of his current project nebenan.de, he has established a social network for neighborly living.

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ANDREAS WENDE – VENTURE PARTNER

Andreas Wende has decades-long experience in prominent positions at Deutsche Telekom, JLL, Savills, and currently as Managing Partner of NAI apollo and the Arena Group. He therefore has great expertise in the real estate industry, while at the same time being active in the digital real estate scene for several years as business angel and startup advisor for e.g. the PropTech startups Allthings and Evana.

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KRISTOFER FICHTNER – VENTURE PARTNER

Serial entrepreneur and former CTO & co-founder of Thermondo, a leading German provider for heating solutions (partial exit), is, also by being an active PropTech angel, deeply rooted in the German startup scene and our go-to person for all topics relating to construction and energy.

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Dr. Peter Staub – VENTURE PARTNER

Peter Staub is CEO and founder of pom+, the leading Swiss consulting firm that advises real estate companies on digitization strategy and technology deployment. Peter Staub is regarded as one of the most active experts in the Swiss PropTech segment and organizes the annual Digital Real Estate conference, holds the "Digital Real Estate" chair at the Zurich University of Economics (HWZ), is responsible for the LAB100 innovation laboratory, and is an active PropTech business angel.

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Nicholas Neerpasch - Venture Partner

Nicholas Neerpasch has been an expert in all facets of the real estate industry for years. As diploma architect, he initially worked for architecture firms such as Zaha Hadid in London, then switched to real estate consulting at EY, and later went into project and construction management as Managing Director of the GFP Group. In 2014, he founded the PropTech startup Doozer, a marketplace for modernization management that has been funded by several millions of euros.

ANDREAS VON BLOTTNITZ – SENIOR ADVISOR

As serial entrepreneur with exceptional exits such as AOL Europe ($6.8 billion), Expertcity ($225 million), and a NASDAQ IPO with the PropTech company AppFolio ($420 million; 300%+ since IPO), Andreas von Blottnitz is equipped with an excellent network within the technology sector worldwide - from Berlin to Silicon Valley.

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JAN HENRIC BUETTNER – SENIOR ADVISOR

As founder of e.ventures / BV Capital, an international VC platform with a fund volume of $1 billion (approx. $3 billion distributed to investors), Jan Henric Buettner is the German venture capital pioneer and boasts exits such as NASDAQ IPOs as well as trade sales to companies like eBay, Yahoo, Google, KKR, BestBuy, and RedHat.

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Vitali Ivantsov Principal

Vitali is a Certified Private Equity Analyst (Technical University of Munich - School of Management) and has International Business degrees from the HTW Berlin and Ukraine. He possesses substantial VC transaction know-how, both in the areas of investment as well as portfolio management, and heads the deal flow team in this function together with Nikolas.

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Jan Gierkes - SENIOR Associate

Jan holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Banking from the University of Amsterdam as well as a Bachelor’s in Economics from the Free University of Berlin. During his studies, he has acquired relevant finance experience at the Netherlands’ Central Bank and the PropTech startup Homebell. As Associate, Jan supports the PropTech1 deal flow team.

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Uta Wasserberg - Fund Administration

Uta has a diploma degree in Business Administration (Technical University of Berlin) with focus on taxation. After years of experience in controlling, reporting, and tax and liquidity planning, she now supports our team in the business administration area.

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Theo Bonick – Corporate Communications / PR

Theo gained an interdisciplinary BA from the Free University of Berlin and the University of Colorado and subsequently worked at various startups in the editorial department as well as in online and content marketing. Theo joined up with the COOPERATIVA team in the context of an IPO project and is now responsible for investor & public relations as well as marketing at PropTech1.

 

Invested real estate companies (selection)

We are continuously expanding our circle of shareholders. Our shareholders are not purely financial investors, but experts from the real estate industry and the PropTech scene, so that we can offer our portfolio companies strategic advantages such as access to a broad customer base and property portfolio. In addition to medium-sized companies, our shareholders also include some of the leading real estate corporations from the DACH region and Europe.

 
 

Invested real estate & serial entrepreneurs and business angels (selection)

Among our shareholders are private investors from the traditional real estate industry as well as PropTech business angels and serial entrepreneurs, who contribute their network and years of experience in the creation of digital companies. These include:

  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Bone-Winkel (Managing Partner of ceos Investment GmbH)

  • Robin Behlau (CEO & Founder of Aroundhome)

  • Dr. Florian Stetter (Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Wohnen SE and CEO of RockHedge AG)

  • Rackham Schröder (Managing Director of Engel & Völkers Commercial Berlin)

One year PropTech1: Our deal flow statistics

One year PropTech1: Our deal flow statistics

PropTech1 Deep Dive #1: Flexibilization of the Housing Market

PropTech1 Deep Dive #1: Flexibilization of the Housing Market