On May 10th the Spanish Newspaper “La Expansion” released the following article and we'd like to share our free English translation with you.
Every member invests between 25.000 and 250.000 into each project. At the next summit two new Venturepreneurs will be welcomed to the Organization: Marek Fodor (Atrápalo) and Heiko Rauch (Zanox).
Catalan economic history books always emphasize the entrepreneurial character of this region. Recently it’s been enriched by a new movement of young foreign entrepreneurs who left their successful projects in other European capitals to move to Barcelona.
One case is Christopher Pommerening, originally from Hamburg (Germany) who created various Internet portals until when, in 2004, he allied with Philipp Schroder (also German), Ricard Soderberg (Swedish) and Blair McLaren (Scottish). These four are forming the management team of Active Venture Partners, a management company of the risk capital branch of the Molins family, owner of Cementos Molins.
In 2007, the Active Venture Partners initiated the creation of the Venturepreneurs’ Organization, a network of international investors with headquarter in Barcelona. Next to Active other supporters of this initiative are Didac Lee, Catalán with Chinese roots who founded Inspirit – with the Carulla family, owner of Agrolimen, as partner – and Carlos Muñoz, founder of the first Spanish low cost airline Vueling.
Venturepreneurs’ Organization, a non-profit organization which comprises more than 30 investors, is a special red of business angels. “We contribute with entrepreneurial experience, knowledge in distinct sectors, contacts and knowledge of international markets, meaning all the attributes and entrepreneur needs”. This is how Christopher Pommerening explains the leading motive of the Venturepreneurs’.
Other members of the organization are Rodolfo Carpintier (Netjuice), Albert Armengol (eConozco) and Jesús Encinar (Idealista.com).
Twice a year they come together for a Summit where they share new potential investment opportunities. Every member of the organization decides individually where and how much he/she invests as the entity as such does not form part of any investment activity in a company. The amounts of investment range from 25.000 to 250.000€. The average investment amount is around 100.000€. The members of the organization take minority participations in the first rounds during the Start-Up phase.
Until today, the Venturepreneurs’ have invested in around 200 projects. Just mentioning a few of the funded projects Bloguzz, Genoom, Linqia, 3scale o Garmz.
The upcoming summit will be held from 20th to 22nd May in Gavá Mar (Baix de Llobregat). Then it is expected that two new Venturepreneurs will join the organization: Marek Fodor, co-founder of the leisure and travel portal Atrápalo, and Heiko Rauch, creator of the online marketing company Zanox.
What do the members of the Venturepreneurs Organization have in common? All share the same mission: “Create one European ecosystem for investment activity into companies in their seed stage.”, comments Christopher Pommerening. At the same time the Catalan capital provides all the necessary conditions to become a hub for entrepreneurs.
The investors not only contribute money to the companies they support, but also their experience and network of contacts. Further their profiles are filled with international references, which contributes added value to the projects. This means the companies start off by already paying attention to international markets.