Novaled Co-Founder Prof. Karl Leo joins eCAPITAL’s Entrepreneurs‘ Council

eCAPITAL AG has succeeded in strengthening its Entrepreneurs‘ Council with another renowned member. Prof. Dr. Karl Leo will support the team with his expertise with immediate effect.

As co-founder of Novaled AG and Heliatek GmbH, Karl Leo has long been associated with eCAPITAL AG. Karl Leo studied physics at the University of Freiburg, earned his doctorate in physics at the University of Stuttgart and habilitated at the RWTH Aachen. In addition to his professorship for optoelectronics at the TU Dresden, which he has held since 1993 (with an interruption from 2003 – 2006), he is involved in numerous advisory boards. In the past, he was a member of the supervisory board of Novaled AG and the advisory board of sim4tec GmbH. He is currently active on the advisory board of Heliatek GmbH and the Excellence Network “Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter”.

In the course of his career, Karl Leo has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards, including the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society, the “Nobel Prize of German Science”, the Leibniz Prize, the German Future Prize of the Federal President and most recently, in 2021, the European Inventor Award of the European Patent Office in the category “Lifetime Achievement”, to name but a few.

Karl Leo and eCAPITAL AG have already travelled a long and successful journey together. I have known and appreciated Karl Leo since eCAPITAL's first investment in Novaled AG in 2005 and have had the privilege of working closely and trustfully with him on various occasions since then. I am very pleased that Prof. Leo has now joined our Entrepreneurs‘ Council and that we can thus deepen our cooperation even further.

Dr. Paul-Josef Patt, Managing Partner, eCAPITAL AG

With the support of eCAPITAL AG and the special expertise of its team in the field of deeptech and impact investments, many of its portfolio companies have already established themselves as leading technology companies worldwide. Crucial to this has always been the trust that eCAPITAL has placed in the founders and thus strengthened them. As a member of eCAPITAL's Entrepreneurs‘ Council, I am pleased to be able to contribute to their continued success.

Prof. Dr. Karl Leo, Professorship for Optoelectronics, TU Dresden

The current issue of the business magazine brand eins also dedicates an extensive and readable article to Karl Leo’s career and outstanding personality. In it, author Thomas Ramge not only presents the physicist, researcher and entrepreneur, but also Karl Leo as a person. You can read the article at (fee required).



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. Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL has a history of supporting entrepreneurs determined to build companies with lasting significance. Partnering with eCAPITAL means joining an international network of business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists and potential partners. eCAPITAL is located in Germany, currently manages funds with over EUR 280 million under management and was lead investor of some very successful German exits like sonnen, Novaled or Jedox.




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