Our Approach

Working with ambitious founders to build and fund startups that customers, employees and investors love.


Having founded and exited several companies ourselves, we know what it takes. Our experienced team of experts in brand, strategy, technology and design, become an extended part of your startup team to help you grow.


Our flexible investment model gives you, as a founder, a chance to design the perfect mix of funding, competence and mentoring, uniquely tailored to your startup.

Your extended team

We become a part of your extended startup team, and help to increase value from day one. We increase the likelihood of your startup’s success by:

  • Investing competence through sweat equity.
  • Assisting with business development, go-to-market and fund raising.
  • Assisting with brand and design.

We share the risk, and get paid in shares.

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Startup investments

We add funding and expertise to your startup through our extensive international investor network.

We invest in early-stage startups with a dedicated team, a scalable business model, a clear technological edge and an ambition to shape a more sustainable future.

Creating and co-creating

At our Startup Studio we build ventures on our own or together with ambitious founders with a great idea.

Got an idea, and need a team to help you get off the ground? Let’s talk!

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An international investor network looking for exciting startup opportunities.

Our network is carefully selected and paired with our startup teams to provide a good balance of experience, mentoring and funding.

Our investors have a wide variety of competence and knowledge through their extensive industry experience. They have experience with scaling companies internationally and access to an extended network within their individual market and industry.

The investors

Jesper Kreiborg

Carina Åkredalen

Robert Leinders-Krog

CEO OF YARA MARINE TECHNOLOGIES

Thomas Koniordos

  • CEO, Yara Marine Technologies
  • Location: Munich and Oslo
  • Expertise: Finance, Ocean Technology, Sustainability
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Kai Acker

  • CEO, KHS Group
  • Location: Dortmund, Germany
  • Expertise: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering, Corporate Governance
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Vice President - Cross-Border M&A

Ulrik H. Karlsen

  • Vice President, ARC Group
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Expertise: M&A, Financial Advisory, Telecom
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Ulrik has extensive experience in cross-border financial advisory services with a focus on Asia. By advising public and private companies on buyside, sell-side, capital raise, and in special situations, Ulrik has gained a deep understanding of the challenges and the best practices in crossborder M&A advisory. By advising public and private companies on buyside, sell-side, capital raise, and in special situations, Ulrik has gained a deep understanding of the challenges and the best practices in crossborder M&A advisory. Prior to joining ARC Group, Ulrik held positions in a boutique investment bank and in the telecom industry. Between 2017 and 2022, Ulrik was a cofounder of an M&A-advisory boutique that was acquired by ARC Group.

Lukas Renk

Lukas Renk

  • Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Expertise: Leadership, Succession, Governance
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Lukas is consultant within Russell Reynolds Associates’ Board & CEO Advisory Partners in Europe. In this capacity, he helps companies build superior boards and advises clients on succession planning, leadership assessment and developmental matters.

Benjamin is a senior leader with Mercuri Urval (MU) and advises his international clients in finding and selecting the right leaders. His market focus includes Industrial Production, Consumer & Life Science.

Benjamin Renk

  • Group Director, MU
  • Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Expertise: Leadership, Management, Psychological aptitude diagnostics, Change management
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Benjamin is a senior leader with Mercuri Urval (MU) and advises his international clients in finding and selecting the right leaders. His market focus includes Industrial Production, Consumer & Life Science.

nhaber und Geschäftsführung bei SCHWARZ CONSULT

Karl-Heinz Schwarz

  • Managing Director and Owner, Schwarz Consult
  • Location: Hamburg and Wuerzburg
  • Expertise: Leadership, Management coaching, Strategic Repositioning, Internationalisation, M&A, Startups
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Charly received a Master in Business Administration from the University of Würzburg. After six years being the head of Marketing and Sales at alpha getriebebau GmbH and the set up of an extremely successful worldwide distribution system, he became CEO of the company. In 2001 he joined Wittenstein AG (electromechanical drive solutions) as Executive Vice President and from 2006 he was appointed to CEO. In 2016 he left Wittenstein to establish SCHWARZ CONSULT with the consultancy focus in Leadership, Internationalisation, Sales& Marketing, Industry 4.0, Corporate Succession Planning & Execution, M&A incl. PMI. He is also working in various Supervisory Boards and Advisory Boards. In his spare time he helps start ups to find the right business model and setup for an upscale of business.

Johannes Fiegenbaum johannes@fiegenbaum.solutions +49 17620810953 Fiegenbaum & Cie. GmbH Geschäftsführer: Johannes Fiegenbaum Sitz der Gesellschaft: Hamburg Registergericht: Amtsgericht Hamburg, HRB 157814 USt.-ID: DE325208959

Johannes Fiegenbaum

  • Fiegenbaum Solutions and Multiplye
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Expertise: Paid Social, Attribution, Tracking, Product, Carbon Accounting, Climate Risk, Parenting
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After studying economics, linguistics and literature, Johannes went on a one-way trip to London and landed a job at one of Facebook’s first three API partners. After relocating to Hamburg he started his own consulting business. Father of two girls.

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Kjetil Kaldestad

  • CEO, Micro Matic Norge AS
  • Location: Oslo
  • Expertise: Management, Finance, HR, Digital, Prop-tech & Chocolate
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Married to Sarah, father of three, (motor)biker, skier and do what I like

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