Romy Schnelle

Managing Director

Romy Schnelle has been involved in the start-up ecosystem for 20 years and brings her great enthusiasm for innovation to her new role. She has worked for HTGF since 2008, latterly as Partner for Digital Tech where she and her team were responsible for around 30 investments focused on climate tech, digital health, fintech, AI and SaaS. She has already successfully sold ten companies from her own portfolio, including Stocard to Klarna and Kiwigrid to Innogy, LG Electronics and Aqton. Thanks to her extensive start-up experience and expertise in business development, fundraising and corporate finance, Schnelle has played a key role in the development of HTGF’s Industrial Tech and Digital Tech portfolios. She is also a member of the advisory boards of start-ups and chaired the Investment Committee of TX Group, one of Switzerland’s leading media companies. 

Prior to joining HTGF, she worked with mp3 inventor Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg to co-found Fraunhofer spin-off IOSONO, now Barco Audio Technologies. She began her career in business development at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology. Schnell studied media science at the Technical University of Ilmenau. 


Posts & mentions

20. December 2023

The year in review – 2023 

As the year draws to an end, we sat down for a chat with the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) management team. Read on to find out what Romy Schnelle, Alex von Frankenberg and Guido Schlitzer had to say about how HTGF fared in 2023, which trends are becoming important, and what will really count for start-ups moving forward.   What would you say were the highlights for HTGF this year?   Alex von Frankenberg: Looking at the figures, 2023 was a good year for us –
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8. May 2023

High-Tech Gründerfonds expands management team: Partner Romy Schnelle made Managing Director 

Bonn, 8th May 2023 – The Investor Advisory Board has appointed Romy Schnelle (44) as a Managing Director of High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF). Together with Dr. Alex von Frankenberg and Guido Schlitzer, she is responsible for managing one of Europe’s leading seed investors. HTGF launched its fourth fund in February and now manages around €1.4 billion of capital in total. With around €500 million in this fund, HTGF can invest even more capital in each start-up.  Romy Schnelle h