Vorwerk Ventures is an independent € 150m Venture Capital Fund and defines itself through a strong commitment towards consumer-facing digital businesses. Our unique direct selling experience in addition to an outstanding track record in Venture Capital provides added value for forward-thinking entrepreneurs.
Headquartered in Berlin Germany, we currently have close to € 500m in assets under management and are constantly on the look-out for promising opportunities starting with Seed/Series A investments of € 1m to € 10m and ensuring continuous support reserving up to € 15m for upcoming financing rounds. An outstanding founding team, a unique product or service addressing a substantial market framed by a consumer-centric business model are key requirements to us when it comes to making an investment decision.
* The investments marked with an asterisk were made by Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GmbH. Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GmbH is a limited partner (Kommanditistin) of Vorwerk Ventures III GmbH & Co KG. The managing directors of Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GmbH are also the managing directors of MM Venture Management GmbH, which acts as managing limited partner (geschäftsführende Kommanditistin) of Vorwerk Ventures III GmbH & Co KG.
Dirk is a Managing Partner of Vorwerk Ventures which he joined in early 2007 as the second team member. He has more than 25 years of international investment management experience in venture capital and private equity. He has been instrumental for the firm´s investments in Meinauto, HelloFresh, Gestigon and Neato Robotics. Currently he is in charge of the fund´s investments in habyt, Smartfrog, Rebike, Thermondo, Ottonova and many others. Prior to his assignment at Vorwerk Ventures he managed an extensive emerging markets investment portfolio mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa at Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, one of the largest development finance institutes in the world. His career originated in Deutsche Bank´s venture capital arm DVC Deutsche Venture Capital, where he was a Partner with responsibility for investments in digital technology companies. Dirk holds an MBA from ebs European Business School, graduating with distinction.
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Norbert is a Managing Partner of Vorwerk Ventures since its inception in 2007. He is the initiator and driver of the Corporate Venture Capital activities from the very beginning which culminated in the independent setup of the most recent Fund. He was responsible for the firm´s investments in Flaschenpost, Ringana, Enjo and Tennispoint from identifying the investment opportunity until its exit. Today he is, among other things, responsible for the fund´s investments in Lillydoo, CrossEngage and Dinner for Dogs. Prior to Vorwerk Ventures, Norbert led Project Management at Vorwerk Group and was involved in numerous strategy and M&A-projects. He started out his career at Vorwerk as a trainee in sales followed by growing responsibilities in various field management and sales support management roles. Norbert studied Business Administration in Mannheim and Tübingen, graduating top of his class.
Constantin joined Vorwerk Ventures in early 2020. Prior, he was part of the investment team at the early stage VC Project A, focusing on early stage B2B topics in Europe and more specifically the Nordics. During his business development time at the digital health startup Careship, he had hands-on operational exposure to growing a business at speed. Before jumping into the startup ecosystem, Constantin gained first experience in finance in Private Banking and Asset Management at LGT Group in Hong Kong and later in M&A at the global construction firm CPB Contractors in Sydney. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Politics and Economics from Zeppelin University. Apart from his VC activities, Constantin is a passionate Alpinist in his home country Austria.
Before joining Vorwerk Ventures as an Executive Assistant early 2020, Julia has held several positions within the Vorwerk Group. After starting off as an Executive Assistant in 2016, she transitioned to the Sustainability Department in order to push the company towards an even greener future. In 2018 Julia supported an internal restructuring program by assisting in drafting new structures and processes as well as a new IT infrastructure. In her last role, she was part of the Vorwerk IT Department as an Executive Assistant. Julia holds a BSc in Psychology from FOM University in Düsseldorf. Besides being the “good soul” in our office, Julia enjoys pampering her two dogs and taking them on runs and hikes.
Before joining Vorwerk Ventures as a Partner in late 2019 Holger has been active in Venture Capital for 12+ years. He worked in several high-ranking positions at Project A Ventures being responsible for the fundraising and fund administration, supporting portfolio companies in raising follow-on funding, making new seed and early stage investments as well as generating ideas for incubation projects. Before joining Project A, he was Head of New Business and Online Investment Manager at Bauer Media managing the online portfolio and developing media-related business models. In addition, Holger has several years of experience as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City and (unsuccessfully) founded his own digital business gaining viable operational experience. In his free time, he enjoys all kinds of sports and came to love the campervan and hiker life during a long sabbatical in 2018/2019.
Before joining Vorwerk Ventures early 2020, Katharina gained experiences in the consulting and start-up world in London. To follow her passion for the entrepreneurial space, she joined the fashion-tech start-up Lyst as a Country Manager being responsible for the company’s largest international region. Prior to Lyst, she was a Vice President at AlixPartners, where she advised Private Equity clients and helped them to optimize their portfolio companies to maximize their exit value. Projects have allowed her to work in over 10 countries and thereby experience the beauty of working with a diverse team. She studied Business Administration at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and Bocconi University and holds a MSc in Economics & Strategy from Imperial College London. Besides hunting exciting ventures, Katharina is an avid runner and modern art lover. She passionately scuba dives and explores untraveled countries – amongst her favourite trips is a three weeks hike in the Himalayas by herself.
Peter joined Vorwerk Ventures in 2018 and experienced the company´s development during its CVC stage, helping to relaunch Vorwerk Ventures as an independent fund entity in late 2019. Before joining Vorwerk Ventures, Peter worked in the Treasury Department of the Vorwerk Group in Wuppertal, where he was mainly responsible for foreign currency management and liquidity management besides assisting in managing Vorwerk´s investment fund. Peter holds a BA in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MA from Bergische Universität Wuppertal in European Studies. He has always enjoyed playing (semi) professional football in his spare time, thus you will most likely find him on a football pitch if not hunting for the next unicorn out there.