Born in Germany, raised biculturally in Portugal, Jakob is fluent in four languages (German, English, Portuguese, Spanish). Outside of work, he is a passionate surfer and sports enthusiast. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a semester abroad in the US and recently completed a double Master’s degree in Management, specializing in Innovation and Strategy. His first real contact with venture capital was during his Master’s thesis on ‘Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) investment relationships from the perspective of Tech-oriented Start-ups’, where he analyzed the motivations, concerns and protection mechanisms for start-ups when accepting CVC investments. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant in strategy and entrepreneurship courses for Maastricht University and prepared an industry-specific target market analysis on ‘E-Health in Portugal’ for German companies wishing to enter the Portuguese market on behalf of the BMWi.