we are looking for founders with massive passion and contrarian ideas to disrupt the industrialized world.

stories of our entrepreneurs and backers

Flixbus

Jochen, Daniel and André built the world’s fastest-growing intercity bus operator.

We wanted to democratize intercity mobility for everyone.
Daniel Krauss, Jochen Engert and André Schwämmlein, Co-Founders of Flixbus
UiPath

Daniel has built the fastest-growing and leading provider of Robotic Process Automation.

If Bill Gates said ‘a computer on every desk’, our vision is to have one robot for every person.
Daniel Dines, CEO & Founder of UiPath
Personio

Hanno and his team are revolutionizing human resources management steering HR to the digital age.

People are the single biggest influencer on the success of every company - we help by providing excellence in people operations.
Hanno Renner, Co-Founder & CEO of Personio
Pigment

Eléonore and Romain are tackling only the most ambitious problems. They settled on a plan to replace spreadsheets — in effect, to liberate 1 billion users from the tyranny of Excel. Pigment‘s mission is to allow businesses everywhere to make better, faster decisions in a changing world - drawing on data analysis, intuitive design and sophisticated modelling to help leaders spend more time thinking and less time number-crunching.

Everyday when you wake up as a founder, you should ask yourself, what I'm going to do today that is really going to change the course of my business.
Eléonore Crespo, CEO & Co-Founder of Pigment
Mario Götze

Mario is a football world cup champion and scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.

I want to compete, prove myself at the highest level and show that I can help any team.
Mario Götze, Soccer World Champion and angel investor
GetHarley

Charmaine is the Founder of GetHarley, an online platform that connects consumers with physicians and personalized skin care products.

I’m used to having good service in other parts of my consumer life, which is why I wanted to create the same thing in the skincare space.
Charmaine Chow, Founder of GetHarley
Miro

Andrey is the Founder and CEO of Miro — the world's most popular visual collaboration platform, funded by leading investors like Accel, Iconiq and others.

I am not in love with my ideas, I'm in love with the problems. Every product should be.
Andrey Khusid, Founder & CEO of Miro
Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg – 2016 Formula One World Champion – is an awarded Sustainability Entrepreneur and Founder of Rosberg Ventures. After his highly successful racing career, he transitioned into the business and startup world with ventures focused on sustainability, innovation and technology.

No matter how good a driver you are, you have to have the right car and the right team behind you in order to succeed.
Nico Rosberg, Founder of Rosberg Ventures & Formular 1 World Champion
Stihl

Selina is Vice Chairwoman of the STIHL Advisory Board, a German manufacturer and the world's best-selling brand of chainsaws, and the only chain saw manufacturer to make its own saw chains and guide bars.

As a globally active company, you must not and cannot forget your roots.
Selina Stihl, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board at Stihl
Swarovski

Markus Swarovski is taking the world’s largest crystal manufacturer to the next level.

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
Markus Langes-Swarovski, Chairman of the Board of Swarovski
KAZAA, SKYPE, ATOMICO

Niklas has changed the game three times as the founder of Kazaa, Skype, and Atomico.

If you want to be an entrepreneur it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle. It defines you.
Niklas Zennström, Founder of Skype, Kazaa and Atomico
Wolt

Miki is the co-founder & CEO of the Helsinki-based company Wolt, Europe’s second fastest growing company, known for its food delivery platform.

A company needs to have an extreme focus on the smallest subset of things that constitute success. As the founder, your job is to define this narrowest possible focus.
Miki Kuusi, Co-Founder & CEO of Wolt
Viessmann

Viessmann is taking a 100-year-old market leader in heating and cooling systems to the digital age.

We generate living spaces for generations to come.
Max Viessmann, CEO of Viessmann Group
Amorelie

Lea co-founded Europe's leading sensual lifestyle platform.

I wanted to break with the taboo to openly talk about our love lives.
Lea-Sophie Cramer, Co-Founder of Amorelie
Supercell

Ilkka is the CEO and co-founder of Supercell, the Helsinki-based mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach, Clash Royale and Brawl Stars.

Great teams make great games. Great individuals do not necessarily make a great team.
Ilkka Paananen, Co-Founder & CEO of Supercell
Mollie

Adriaan has been disrupting the payments industry with Mollie’s smart and flexible payment solutions now for over a decade.

Do. Or do not. There is no try.
Adriaan Mol, Founder and CEO of Mollie
Xentral

Benedikt and Claudia are redefining lean ERP for SMEs.

We want to build a better ecosystem to help our customers run their own businesses better.
Benedikt and Claudia Sauter, Co-Founder of Xentral
Choco

Daniel and his team accelerate the world's transition towards sustainable food systems.

The food supply chain is one of the largest and most inefficient globally.
Daniel Khachab, Co-Founder & CEO of Choco
HelloFresh

Dominik reinvented how we shop and consume our daily food.

You will miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Dominik Richter, Founder & CEO of HelloFresh
Verena Pausder

Verena is an entrepreneur and one of the best-known faces on the start-up scene in Germany. She is Chairwoman of the Startup Association and stands for entrepreneurial passion, a high degree of economic and socio-political responsibility and the will to actively promote the future viability of Germany as a business location.

We need a narrative that says, "yes we can" rather than "we’re going down".
Verena Pausder, Founder of Pausder Ventures & Chairwoman of the Board at German Startups Association
Miele

Christian’s great-grandfather founded Miele and formed it into a global leader of home appliances. Christian now backs the next generation of Europe’s entrepreneurs as a partner at e.ventures.

The time has come to strengthen Europe’s startup powerhouse: We can build the next generation of digital global market leaders in B2B.
Christian Miele, Partner at e.ventures
Fiege Logistics

Felix and Jens Fiege are pioneering the digital future of one of Europe's leading full-service logistics providers in the fifth family generation.

We embed the latest technologies in networking and automation to stay at the forefront of the complex e-commerce and multi-channel logistics.
Felix and Jens Fiege, Co-CEOs of Fiege Logistics
Oetker

In 1891 Dr. August Oetker invented Backin, a new baking powder that should soon revolutionize how we bake cakes. Today the fourth generation of the Oetker family business is building the future from 125 years of experience.

We support growing the future of food.
Oetker Digital
GetYourGuide

Johannes and Tao re-invented travel experiences with the fastest-scaling tour and activities booking platform in the world.

We often credit our success to our dedication to infinite learning.
Johannes Reck and Tao Tao, Co-Founders of GetYourGuide
  • Personio
  • Xentral
  • Pigment
  • Tacto
  • Apron
  • Miro
  • Truelayer

We are entrepreneurs ourselves.

We are entrepreneurs at heart. We have gone through your journey. We have directly lived and experienced it. Today we work hard day and night to build the VC fund we always wished for when we were founders ourselves. It is this joy of building that gets us up in the morning. We make deep and enduring commitments to the founders that we back. In a world of fast-paced deals and momentum-driven opportunism, we take the long-term view. The founders we back want to make a lasting impact on the world. And so do we. Following our deepest passion is what brings out the best in us. Thus, we do not see ourselves as investors, but rather as co-entrepreneurs working tirelessly alongside the founders that we back. We are obsessed with helping you win.

The
club

The importance of money has decreased in venture capital.

Today, access and network have become the most important ingredients that an investor can offer. We are backed by a selection of the world’s leading entrepreneurs from the digital and industrial space. With our family entrepreneurs such as Swarovski, Mittal, Haniel, Stihl, Henkel, Siemens, Oetker, Fiege and Bitburger, we can provide you with direct access to first customers for product-market-fit, and unparalleled scaling opportunities, reaching more than 90% of Europe’s most prolific (industrial) family businesses. Our founders and operators are behind companies such as UiPath, Miro, Flixbus, Mollie, Spotify, Personio, Adyen, HelloFresh or Pitch, and have only just gone through your journey themselves. They will directly assist you in building and scaling a successful SaaS company. This authentic, hands-on entrepreneurial experience is the best possible support we can offer to founders - one which we could never replicate as partners or just “hire” into a fund.

We are entrepreneurs ourselves.

We are entrepreneurs at heart. We have gone through your journey. We have directly lived and experienced it. Today we work hard day and night to build the VC fund we always wished for when we were founders ourselves. It is this joy of building that gets us up in the morning. We make deep and enduring commitments to the founders that we back. In a world of fast-paced deals and momentum-driven opportunism, we take the long-term view. The founders we back want to make a lasting impact on the world. And so do we. Following our deepest passion is what brings out the best in us. Thus, we do not see ourselves as investors, but rather as co-entrepreneurs working tirelessly alongside the founders that we back. We are obsessed with helping you win.

The importance of money has decreased in venture capital.

Today, access and network have become the most important ingredients that an investor can offer. We are backed by a selection of the world’s leading entrepreneurs from the digital and industrial space. With our family entrepreneurs such as Swarovski, Mittal, Haniel, Stihl, Henkel, Siemens, Oetker, Fiege and Bitburger, we can provide you with direct access to first customers for product-market-fit, and unparalleled scaling opportunities, reaching more than 90% of Europe’s most prolific (industrial) family businesses. Our founders and operators are behind companies such as UiPath, Miro, Flixbus, Mollie, Spotify, Personio, Adyen, HelloFresh or Pitch, and have only just gone through your journey themselves. They will directly assist you in building and scaling a successful SaaS company. This authentic, hands-on entrepreneurial experience is the best possible support we can offer to founders - one which we could never replicate as partners or just “hire” into a fund.

The Power of Old and New

We bridge information asymmetries between the old and the new.

At Visionaries, we bridge the information asymmetry of “what is possible” in the technology startup space and “what is actually needed” in the industrial space. Bringing those two entrepreneurial worlds together lies at the core of our DNA to unlock infinite value in B2B.

Visionaries B2B Funds

Why B2B?

There is no economic reason for any part of the value chain not to be digitized in the long run if there is potential to streamline and automate processes. From developer tools to vertical-specific applications, we expect software to power all areas of business. Work is increasingly digital, distributed, and getting more complex. People need better tools to do their jobs and free up time for personal health and self-fulfillment. Businesses will thus look more and more like tech companies – the digital world will need new infrastructure, both hardware, and software.

Visionaries Tomorrow Fund

Courageous Capital for the World of Tomorrow

Big, science-enabled technological breakthroughs have changed the world – for the good and the bad. We are at an inflection point that requires radically rebuilding the fundamentals of our world’s largest industries – not just incrementally improving them via digitalization. The current VC ecosystem is not designed for this. Bold investments into frontier technologies require deep domain knowledge, (almost) infinite pools of long-term capital, entrepreneurial risk-taking and a new guiding principle: not just “financial return” but “world return”.

The Visionaries Tomorrow Fund, together with our commercialization partners (our family business & industrial LPs) and our scaling experts (our unicorn founder LPs) is providing courageous capital and entrepreneurial experience to ambitious founders addressing the greatest challenges of the 21st century, from lab to IPO.

Visionaries
Unplugged

Exclusive video sessions: Meet our Visionaries and Friends unplugged

Embracing the adventure and leading to Endure: The story of Airbnb
Entrepreneurship Unbound: the story of building India's largest telecom and finding the next generational businesses
Hyperscaling SaaS & Family
In the eye of the storm: The role of AI in a changing world order
Tomorrow: Propelling Planetary Prosperity
UiPath & Miro Unplugged: Pioneering AI in Automation & Visual Collaboration
The State of European Tech: An ecosystem perspective from behind the scenes
Rising with Resilience and Vision: The stories behind Wolt and Supercell
Behind the scenes of Europe's early stage VC and angel mafia
Highlights Visionaries Unplugged 2023
Skin in the game
Visionaries Unplugged I: Leading the Charge of Fintech & Business Planning
Tomorrow Unplugged: New Frontiers of Clean Energy
A Changing World Order

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Embracing the adventure and leading to Endure: The story of Airbnb
Hyperscaling SaaS & Family
In the eye of the storm: The role of AI in a changing world order
UiPath & Miro Unplugged: Pioneering AI in Automation & Visual Collaboration
Behind the scenes of Europe's early stage VC and angel mafia
Index unplugged
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Power of B2B

We are at an inflection point of global tech: Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated technology adoption in B2B: There is no economic reason for any part of the value chain not to be digitized in the long run if there is potential to streamline and automate processes. From developer tools to vertical-specific applications, we expect software to power all areas of business. Work is increasingly digital, distributed, and getting more complex.

People need better tools to do their jobs and free up time for personal health and self fulfillment. Businesses will thus look more and more like tech companies – the digital world will need new infrastructure, both hardware and software. This time we are in a strong position in Europe to shape the next wave of disruption in B2B: Europe is home to many global industrial world market leaders, most of them built on legacy technology with the potential to be either disrupted or enabled by new digital technologies.

Calling a dream crazy is not an insult, it’s a compliment.