BALTIC BUSINESS ANGELS SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN e.V.

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The Baltic Business Angels bring together private investors who have made it their objective to support young innovative companies. The association aims to promote and develop the start-up community and innovation culture in Schleswig-Holstein.
For founders of a young technology- or knowledge-based company, getting funding through a business angel is often a good, if not even the better alternative to bank financing.
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Besides the pure financial commitment, also experience, personal support, confidentiality as well as knowledge transfer and access to networks are essential components of the cooperation. In return, the investor benefits from the economic success of the start-up company.

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WHO WE ARE

The Baltic Business Angels Schleswig-Holstein e.V. combines, for the first time, entrepreneurs in Schleswig-Holstein who want to support start-ups with capital and know-how.

The association's aim is to bring together start-ups and business angels in order to firmly establish Schleswig-Holstein on the map of founders of Germany. The Baltic Business Angels network is to leverage the already good conditions, and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial spirit and start-up culture in the most northern part of Germany are to be further strengthened.

We offer support and partnership to founders on their journey of establishing the business or managing the upcoming growth.
Ulrik Ortiz Rasmussen
Chairman 2018-2020
Start-ups in Germany often find it difficult to secure venture capital. It is therefore commendable that financially strong individual investors in Schleswig-Holstein, bundled in an association, are now giving start-ups a helping hand.
Dr. Bernd Buchholz
Member of the Board and Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

Baltic Business Angels e.V. was founded in 2018 by experienced entrepreneurs and investors. This followed an initiative of WTSH - Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH to offer private investors and innovative start-ups a means for bright minds and venture capital to meet. Under the patronage of the Minister of Economics, Dr. Bernd Buchholz, the association gathers people who are willing to invest their private capital to implement innovative projects in Schleswig-Holstein and strengthen innovative companies in their early stages. In addition to the financial commitment, also experience, personal support, confidentiality as well as expert knowledge and access to networks constitute essential components of the cooperation. In return, the investor benefits from the economic success of the young company.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Julian von Hassell

1. Chairman

Julian has been involved with the German start-up and venture capital scene as a serial entrepreneur, investor and business angel since 2003. He focuses on helping selected early-stage start-ups and their founders to turn ambitions into reality.

Claas Nieraad

2. Chairman &
Screening Officer

Claas started his career in the old economy at „AEG and Electrolux Group“ where he discovered his passion for emerging industries. This is what drives him to this day. After being on Wall Street at „American Heritage Management Corp.“ and participating in the first internet-based IPOs in the 1990s, his passion for engineering and disruptive technologies grew stronger.

Dr. Peter Steck

Commercial Officer

Peter started his career at BCG as a member of the Corporate Finance and Strategy practice group after completing his doctorate in chemistry. He then got to know life in a corporation as VP for Business Development of an international beverage manufacturer and finally the perspective of a medium-sized company as Managing Director of a natural cosmetics company. These experiences allow Peter to know the perspectives and development opportunities that can arise for start-ups after the founding phase.

Dr. Bernd Buchholz

Member of the Board and Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

Dr Bernd Buchholz (FDP), born in 1961, has been Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein since June 2017. He has been Deputy Chairman of the FDP Schleswig-Holstein since 2013.

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The development and establishment of the Baltic Business Angels Network is supported by WTSH - Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH within the framework of the state-funded project »Innovationsorientiertes Netzwerk StartUp Schleswig-Holstein« begleitet.

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Wir sind Partner der Kampagne „Women Business Angels Year 2020/21“ des Business Angel Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND).
We are a partner of the campaign "Women Business Angels Year 2020/21" of the Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND).
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Julian von Hassell

First Chairman

Julian has been involved with the German start-up and venture capital scene as a serial entrepreneur, investor and business angel since 2003. He focuses on helping selected early-stage start-ups and their founders to turn ambitions into reality. Investments are mostly made in early-stage B2B technology companies that show initial success. Julian’s focus is currently on industrial IoT, data analytics, B2B platform tools, e-health and 3D. He favours SpinOffs from research foundations, research organisations or technical universities, but is also open to other opportunities. The best way to find out more about Julian is to visit his website and read the webseite and interview here.

Claas Nieraad

Second Chairman & Screening Officer,
Next Logistics Accelerator GmbH

Claas started his career in the old economy at „AEG and Electrolux Group“ where he discovered his passion for emerging industries. This is what drives him to this day. After being on Wall Street at „American Heritage Management Corp.“ and participating in the first internet-based IPOs in the 1990s, his passion for engineering and disruptive technologies grew stronger.

He is co-founder of „New Commercial Room“, a VC firm based in Hamburg, with which he manages a portfolio of high-tech growth companies ranging from medical devices and media to SaaS, IT and cybersecurity. As an angel investor, he invested in companies both privately and with the „btov Investor-Network“. He actively supports numerous German start-ups, accelerator programmes and is a scout for the „High-Tech Gründerfonds“ (HTGF) in the northern part of Germany. This gives him access to first-class international deal flow and investors. Claas also holds several supervisory board positions and is a live musician with the „Soul Lounge Connection“.

Dr. Peter Steck

Commercial Officer

Peter started his career at BCG as a member of the Corporate Finance and Strategy practice group after completing his doctorate in chemistry. He then got to know life in a corporation as VP for Business Development of an international beverage manufacturer and finally the perspective of a medium-sized company as Managing Director of a natural cosmetics company. These experiences allow Peter to know the perspectives and development opportunities that can arise for start-ups after the founding phase.

Having always favored self-employment himself, he is now the founder of an online company in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein. His main interests as an investor are consumer goods, e-commerce business models and innovative companies with a focus on sustainability.

One of the tasks that Peter as Commercial Officer sets out for himself are the topics of networking and diversity – both among the founding teams and the members.

Dr. Bernd Buchholz

Member of the Board and Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

Dr Bernd Buchholz (FDP), born in 1961, has been Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein since June 2017. He has been Deputy Chairman of the „FDP Schleswig-Holstein“ since 2013. He holds a doctorate in law and was, among other things, publishing director of the „Hamburger Morgenpost“ and the „stern“, head of „Gruner + Jahr Deutschland“ as well as chairman of the board of „G+J AG & Co KG“ and member of the „Bertelsmann“ board. Between 2014 and 2017, the native Berliner worked as a criminal defence lawyer for the law firm „Causaconcilio“ in Hamburg.

Dr. Bernd Buchholz

Vorstandsmitglied und Minister für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Arbeit, Technologie und Tourismus des Landes Schleswig-Holstein​

Dr. Bernd Buchholz (FDP), Jahrgang 1961, ist seit Juni 2017 Minister für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Arbeit, Technologie und Tourismus des Landes Schleswig-Holstein. Seit 2013 ist er stellvertretender Vorsitzender der „FDP Schleswig-Holstein“.

Der promovierte Jurist war unter anderem Verlagsleiter der Hamburger Morgenpost und des „stern“, Leiter von „Gruner + Jahr Deutschland“ sowie Vorstandsvorsitzender der „G+J AG & Co KG“ und Mitglied im „Bertelsmann“-Vorstand. Zwischen 2014 und 2017 war der gebürtige Berliner als Strafverteidiger für die Anwaltskanzlei „Causaconcilio“ in Hamburg tätig.

Dr. Peter Steck

Commercial Officer

Peter startete nach seiner Promotion in Chemie bei der Unternehmensberatung BCG als Mitglied der Praxisgruppe „Corporate Finance and Strategy“. Er lernte dann als VP Business Development eines internationalen Getränkeherstellers das Leben im Konzern kennen und schließlich als Geschäftsführer eines Naturkosmetik-Unternehmens die Sichtweise eines Mittelständlers. Aus dieser Erfahrung weiß Peter um die Perspektiven und Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten, die sich für Start-ups nach der Gründungsphase ergeben können.

Da sein Herz schon immer für die Selbständigkeit schlug, ist er mittlerweile selbst Gründer eines Online-Unternehmens mitten in Schleswig-Holstein. Seine Interessenschwerpunkte als Investor sind Konsumgüter, E-Commerce-Geschäftsmodelle und innovative Unternehmen mit Schwerpunkt Nachhaltigkeit. 

Eine Aufgabe als Commercial Officer sieht Peter in den Themen Vernetzung und Diversität – sowohl bei den Gründerteams als auch den Mitgliedern.

Claas Nieraad

2. Vorsitzender & Screening Officer,
Next Logistics Accelerator GmbH

Claas begann seine Karriere in der Old Economy bei „AEG und Electrolux Group“, wo er seine Leidenschaft für aufstrebende Industrien entdeckte. Das ist es, was ihn bis heute antreibt. Nachdem er bei „American Heritage Management Corp.“ an der Wall Street war und in den 1990er Jahren an den ersten internetbasierten Börsengängen teilnahm, wurde seine Leidenschaft für Technik und disruptive Technologien immer stärker. Er ist Mitgründer von „New Commercial Room“, einem VC-Unternehmen mit Sitz in Hamburg, mit dem er ein Portfolio von High-Tech-Wachstumsunternehmen verwaltet, das von medizinischen Geräten über Medien bis hin zu SaaS, IT und Cybersecurity reicht. Als Angel Investor investierte er sowohl privat in Unternehmen als auch mit dem „btov Investor-Network“. Er betreut aktiv zahlreiche deutsche StartUps, Accelerator-Programme und ist Scout im Norden für den „High-Tech Gründerfonds“ (HTGF). Dadurch hat er Zugang zu erstklassigem internationalen Deal Flow und Investoren. Darüber hinaus hat Claas mehrere Aufsichtsratspositionen inne und ist Live-Musiker mit der „Soul Lounge Connection“.

Julian von Hassell

1. Chairman

Julian beschäftigt sich als Serial Entrepreneur, Investor und Business Angel seit 2003 mit der deutschen StartUp- und Venture Capital-Szene. Dabei konzentriert er sich darauf, ausgewählten frühphasigen StartUps und ihren Gründerinnen und Gründern dabei zu helfen, Ambitionen in die Tat umzusetzen. Investiert wird meist in frühphasige B2B-Technologie-unternehmen mit erstem Track Record. Julian‘s Fokus liegt zurzeit auf Industrial IoT, Data Analytics, b2b-Plattform-Tools, e-Health und 3D. Er liebt SpinOffs, die aus Forschungsstiftungen und -organisationen oder technischen Hochschulen stammen, ist aber auch für andere Möglichkeiten offen. Mehr zu Julian findet man am besten auf seiner Webseite und hier im Interview.