Gründerszene Honours High-Tech Gründerfonds
September 20, 2011
Gründerszene, the online magazine, has awarded Bonn-based early phase investor High-Tech Gründerfonds the “Investor of the Decade” jury prize for the internet industry. The prestigious, 31-member selection committee consisted of journalists, successful founders and investors. The internet start-ups and founders of the 2000 to 2010 decade were also selected by the jury and the audience.
The distinction was awarded to both managing directors of the €272 m investment fund, Dr. Michael Brandkamp and Dr. Alexander von Frankenberg, as part of an event with selected market partners. “We feel very honoured! The award is extra motivation for us to continue to make the most of all of the opportunities available to us in the future, in order for us to finance promising high-tech business ideas at a very early phase and carry them to success along with our partners”, assured Brandkamp.
A total of 100 nominations from the internet industry made it to the final round of the founder’s prize. Besides High-Tech Gründerfonds, winners included games developer Bigpoint (Oldtimer, Jury Prize), website building provider Jimdo (Oldtimer, Audience Prize), games developer Wooga (Newcomer, Jury Prize), internet music TV site Tape.tv (Newcomer, Audience Prize), Oliver Samwer (Founder, Jury Prize), Michael Urban (Founder, Audience Prize) as well as DuMont Venture (Investor, Audience Prize).
Gründerszene is the magazine for founders and people interested in founding their own company. Gründerszene regularly publishes industry-related news and information about the German web economy and support for prospective and existing entrepreneurs. First-hand field reports and technical articles aim to inspire founders and help them realise their visions. The 17-member Gründerszene team uses social media and their website to promote dialogue with readers.
About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests venture capital into young promising technology companies that turn innovative concepts into viable businesses. Seed financing aims to help start-ups guide their innovation to the prototype or proof-of-concept stage or to market launch. High-Tech Gründerfonds provides seed financing of approximately €500,000. It supports high-tech companies by way of its investment managers and its highly-qualified network of coaches, investors and experts. In individual cases it can invest up to a total of €2 m per company. The investors in this public private partnership are the German Federal Ministry for Business and Technology, the KfW Banking Group as well as the six industrial groups of BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gründerfonds has an investment volume totalling approx. €272 m.