The success of our portfolio companies is paramount to all parties. Venture capital investments are based on the premise that everyone meets on a level playing field.
Contractual structures therefore aim to balance information asymmetries and differing interests. That is why we structure our investments and contracts in accordance with proven and market standard VC contracts and incentive mechanisms.
The VC community is important to us. We act towards our portfolio companies and co-investors as a professional, financially driven and therefore rational VC investor. A sparring partner who does not only contribute capital but also their network to create value.
Our close relationship with EnBW is another contributing factor. Cooperation between start-ups and a corporate is challenging but essential – when done fairly. Piloting a product or solution with the corporate as a first customer or reference in the market can be beneficial for the start-ups. When this is successful it creates positive momentum in the market. In this case the corporate benefits from the high speed of innovation and the possibility to apply new products or technologies early in the market and thereby create new growth areas.
Corporate venture capital as we understand it is the ideal open innovation platform to balance the interests of founders, investor and corporate.