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We offer investors the opportunity to partake in the positive performance of our portfolio companies. The investors of our closed eCAPITAL funds consist of institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies, as well as family offices and private investors.

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Investment opportunities.

For Investors

We offer investors the opportunity to partake in the positive performance of our portfolio companies. The investors of our closed eCAPITAL funds consist of institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies, as well as family offices and private investors.

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Investment opportunities.

For Investors

We offer investors the opportunity to partake in the positive performance of our portfolio companies. The investors of our closed eCAPITAL funds consist of institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies, as well as family offices and private investors.

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About

eCAPITAL is a venture capital firm that provides early to growth stage funding to technology companies in the fields of software & information technology, cybersecurity, industry 4.0, new materials and cleantech.

Established

1999

Current Funds

  • eCAPITAL IV, 2017
  • eCAPITAL Cybersecurity, 2018

Venture Capital

Venture capital belongs to the area of off-market equity capital – also known as private equity. Venture capital is capital that a business angel or a venture capital fund provides to a start-up. These companies usually are young technology companies that are not traded on the stock exchange. In return, the venture capital investor (VC) receives shares in the start-up. Venture capital funds generate their returns when the start-up is sold, taken over or floated on the stock exchange. Due to the young age of the companies and the associated uncertainty about their future business development, such investments are associated with high risks. The venture capital fund achieves an attractive return with some very successful investments.

A venture capital company makes the capital available to a start-up either in the form of equity capital or in the form of equity-like forms of participation. In addition, the founders are given access to the VC firm’s network. This gives them access to a pool of contacts with business partners, experts, potential co-investors or buyers. In return, the VC firm claims extensive decision-making rights in the strategic orientation of the start-up company.

When compiling the portfolio, professional VCs focus on a diversification according to industries and technologies, development stages, regions and / or countries. In addition, they strive to reduce management risks by providing less experienced founders with access to experts, by supporting them with coaching or mentoring programs and by being available as sparring partners.

Investment strategy

Focus on success and added value

We always take investment decisions with the utmost diligence, after thorough technical, legal, financial and commercial review of the respective potential investment opportunity, taking into account the market environment, entry barriers, the qualifications of founders and their teams, as well as future exit opportunities.

At eCAPITAL we pursue a stringent investment strategy and invest exclusively in companies and teams with the best prospects for success, and exclusively in sectors where we have a high level of expertise. Through this focus, we are able to realize the existing potentials for value growth for our investors.

The outstanding expertise of our team helps us to identify new technologies and investment opportunities with convincing potential for success at an early stage. In addition, we are supported by an extensive network of relevant partners including entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors and various advisors.

We are convinced that on the way from business idea to start-up to an established, profitable company, more than just capital is important.

That is why we support our portfolio companies intensively with our own entrepreneurial experience and with our methodical and technical expertise all the way to a successful exit.

eCAPITAL Funds

  • eCAPITAL II: The fund is closed and currently in the disinvestment phase.
  • eCAPITAL III Cleantech: The fund is closed and currently in the disinvestment phase.
  • eCAPITAL IV: The fund is closed and currently in the investment phase.
  • eCAPITAL Cybersecurity: The fund is closed and currently in the investment phase.

Our ecosystem

Network.

eCAPITAL maintains numerous alliances with industry experts, leading universities and research institutions, as well as banks and issuing houses, M&A agencies and other VC firms. These partners  support us partly in counselling and promoting our portfolio companies and contribute significantly to the generation of our high-quality deal flow.

Collaboration.

We are a member of the Federal Association of German Capital Investment Companies (“Bundesverband der Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften” or “BVK”) and Invest Europe. We also work closely with the BAND/BAAR networks. We have long-standing relationships and cooperations with KfW, BMWi and NRW.Bank in various constellations. There is also a cooperation with Demeter Partners (France). These alliances result in numerous opportunities for interesting network contacts, positive synergies and a constant deal flow.

Co-Investors.

In addition to contacts to other VC firms, the eCAPITAL network offers many ties to co-investors from a wide array of sectors. Both, the general network and the limited partner base of eCAPITAL are composed of active and former entrepreneurs, many of whom also commit themselves via direct investments in the portfolio companies.