Just as every venture is unique, so is each one of our partners.Entrepreneurs‘ Council
The Entrepreneurs‘ Council accompanies, advises and supports eCAPITAL with its network. It consists of the following members.
Former member of the board of directors of BASF Coatings AG, Münster, CFO of Diskus Werke AG since 2008. Stock-listed family business in the field of special machinery (machine tools, abrasives, contract manufacturing); Solution provider for machining workpieces; turnover approx. € 110m, about 900 employees.
Helmut an de Meulen
Managing partner of Materna GmbH Information & Communication, Dortmund. The MATERNA group is one of the leading, independent software houses in information and communications technology in Germany. With about 1,100 employees, the company generates a turnover of approximately €142m. In addition to that, Mr. an de Meulen holds various other honorary posts.
Former managing partner of the ebmpabst group, Mulfingen. President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Heilbronn. Various advisory and upervisory board posts. ebmpabst Mulfingen is the world market leader in the field of motors and ventilators with a turnover of more than €1bn and more than 10,000 employees.
Josef H. Boquoi
Chairman of the supervisory board of the bofrost* family-owned company group in Straelen. bofrost* is the European market leader in the direct sales of frozen foods. The company generates a turnover of about € 1.1bn and employs approximately 9,000 people.
Founder of Laser Optronic, after successful sale, engagement as venture capitalist with founding TECHNOLOGIEHOLDING. Founding partner of Extorel since 1997. Various advisory and supervisory board posts. In 1998 Chairman of Invest Europe (formerly EVCA). Laser Optronic is Europe’s leading laser and laser systems manufacturer and was taken over by world market leader Coherent, Inc., USA.
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schäfer (PhD)
Managing Partner of Teconomics GmbH, prior to that co-founder and CEO of Puron AG, nowadays called Koch Membrane Systems. Puron AG engages in the development, production and marketing of membrane filters for large-scale municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. The company was sold to Koch Membrane Systems International Inc. in 2004. Since 2009 Teconomics GmbH has been active in the areas of consulting, as well as project and interim management services regarding technology and strategy issues – for start-up companies, SMEs and R&D organizations.
Wilken von Hodenberg
University of Hamburg, University of Lausanne: Studies of Law; Deputy Managing Director, Tengelmann Gruppe; Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank (Frankfurt office); Board member and Spokesman, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG; President, German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK – Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften).
Dr. Peter Lütke-Bornefeld
Chairman of the supervisory board of MLP AG and VHV Insurance Group, member of the supervisory board of VPV Lebensversicherung AG. MLP AG is a finance consultancy with experience in financial consulting of more than 40 years. Its three brands MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG – experts in all financial matters, FERI AG – partner for institutional investors and high net-worth individuals as well as TPC GmbH – specialist in occupational pension schemes for employers are leading service providers in their business segments. VHV Group is a group of specialized service providers for insurance, occupational pension schemes, and assets. VHV’s affiliates operate in Germany under the brands of VHV Versicherungen and Hannoversche, in Austria under the VAV brand.
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, ESC Lyon, McKinsey; founder and former chairman of the executive board of OnVista AG; founder and former chairman of the executive board of IS.Teledata AG. After successfully selling IS.Teledata to the New York-based Enterprise IDC and OnVista to Socété Générale in 2005 and 2007 respectively, active as investor and entrepreneur. Former Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG. Managing Partner at STS Ventures.
University of Bayreuth; subsequently KMC Management Consultants GmbH (Managing Partner), Accelerance Business Consulting & Corporate Finance GmbH (Founder and Managing Partner), Sunmachine GmbH (Founder and Managing Director); since 2010 Founder and Managing Director of sonnen GmbH (formerly Sonnenbatterie GmbH), supported by VC lead investor eCAPITAL from 2013 to the widely acclaimed acquisition of sonnen by Shell New Energies in February 2019, including the Cleantech Deal of the Year award by Cleantech Group. sonnen is one of the global leaders in smart, distributed energy storage systems and has a track record of customer-focused innovation. www.sonnen.de
Dr. Rainer Baumgart
University of Siegen: physics PhD; 20-year career in IT security, having previously held positions at RWTÜV AG and TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH in Germany; has been with secunet when it was founded in 1997; joined the Board of secunet Security Networks AG when it became a listed company in 1999; Chairman of the Board of secunet from 2001 until his retirement in June 2019. At the European level, Dr. Baumgart is member of the ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) Stakeholder’s Group.
Dr. Helmut Linssen
University of Hamburg, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich: Studies of economics and social sciences; Heinrich Linssen KG (Managing Director); joined the CDU in 1972, first-time member of the NRW State Parliament in 1980, Secretary General of the CDU NRW from 1987 to 1991, Chairman of the CDU State Parliamentary Group from 1990 to 1999, Vice-President of the NRW State Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Technology from 2000 to 2005, Finance Minister NRW from 2005 to 2010; 2010 elected Federal Treasurer of the CDU; 2012 to 2019 Chief Financial Officer of the RAG Foundation and member of the Supervisory Board of RAG Aktiengesellschaft and RAG Deutsche Steinkohle AG; the RAG Foundation administers assets worth billions of euros, from the income of which the perpetual burdens of coal mining will be paid from 2019 onwards; bearer of the Federal Cross of Merit 1st class and the Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Our Venture Partners
Technical University of Hanover: Mathematics and Computer Science graduate; Nixdorf Computer AG, former CEO and President Nixdorf USA; executive positions at Pyramid, NeXT and Versant; Warburg Pincus, Consultant; early investor in start-up IT companies; Brainloop AG, former CEO and now board; Jedox AG, chairman of the supervisory board, Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
University of Hamburg: business graduate; General Manager Germany, IBM; COO, United Internet; chairman of the board of directors, Open Source Business Foundation e.V.; member of the advisory board, Pactas GmbH; chairman of the supervisory board: Open-Xchange AG, Evidanza AG, Simple Fact AG, PE International AG; Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Ruhr-University Bochum: M.Sc. Mathematics; specialist for reverse engineering; CEO & founder / Head of Research Zynamics (sold to Google); winner of the German IT Security Award 2006 and the Pwnie Lifetime Achievement Award 2015; Software Engineer “Project Zero” (Google); co-founder / CEO optimyze.cloud AG; sought-after speaker in the field of IT security; Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Dr. Paul Grunow
Berlin University of Technology: Dr. rer. nat (doctorate in natural sciences); graduate physicist; scientific employee at COPPE / UFRJ Rio de Janeiro; founder and Production Manager at Solon AG, Berlin; technology advisor, board member at Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG; various posts: curator of the Reiner-Lemoine foundation. Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Dr. Vasant Desai
University of Münster: Dr. rer. nat. (doctorate in natural sciences); founder and Managing Partner of Soft Imaging Systems, Münster – sold to Olympus; CEO at Olympus Soft Imaging Solutions Group; founder and Managing Partner of Delaro GmbH and Delaro Invest GmbH, consulting and holding company for start-ups; active as an entrepreneur in various start-ups; joined SuperBioMarkt AG as chairman of the supervisory board and member of executive board; founder and Managing Partner of XIMEA GmbH and XIMEA Corp (USA); Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Dr. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth
TU Dresden/Uni Oldenburg; Institute of Applied Photophysics (IAPP): Ph.D.; Consultant for optoelectronic applications, Golder Engineers, Senftenberg; TU Dresden, OLED research at IAPP, Assistant Director of research group „Organic Optoelectronics”; co-founder Novaled GmbH: CTO and member of the board; owner and Managing Director, JBN-Invest GmbH; business angel; JBN-Consulting, Dresden; Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle
TU München: Dipl. Ing. Electrical Engineering; Université de Rennes I: Dr. en Traitement du Signal et de l’Image; Assistant to the President of Deutsche Telekom, France; Nokia: Sales Director, Director Market Creation, Director Corporate Strategy; founder and Managing Director Secusmart GmbH; SVP BlackBerry; seats on various boards, among others chairman of the board of Rhebo GmbH; Venture Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Our Cybersecurity Partners
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz
Professorship for systems security at Ruhr University Bochum. Four successful spin-offs of the professorship (Lastline, VMRay, RIPS Technologies, Sphere Secure Workspace). Director of the Horst Görtz Institute (HGI – leading institute for IT security). Cybersecurity Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Prof. Dr. Norbert Pohlmann
Professor for computer science and institute director of the renowned if(is) (Institute for Internet Security). 28 years experience as a founder, entrepreneur, Managing Director and board member (e.g. KryptoKom GmbH and Utimaco Safeware AG). Visiting Professor at Stanford University / Stevens Institute of Technology. Cybersecurity Partner at eCAPITAL AG.
Prof. Dr. Christof Paar
Professorship for embedded security (Uni Bochum) and research professorship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Extensive experience as founder & CEO (Escrypt GmbH & isits AG), supervisory board member (Eracom AG, Cardfactory AG) as well as shareholder of numerous companies. Co-founder of the CHES (Conference on Cryptography Hardware & Embedded Systems). Cybersecurity Partner at eCAPITAL AG.