Distribusion Technologies

  • Global Distribution System for intercity buses (“Amadeus for intercity buses”)
  • 165 bus operators offering 3.5 million connections are integrated
  • 4000 travel agencies and online resellers with more than 20 million visits per month currently using the system

Our role

  • Initiation of and support for the strategy pivot from a B2C platform to a Global Distribution System
  • Exclusive financial and legal advisor for €1.3 million financing round with BfB Frühphasenfonds and HR Ventures
  • Advisor for €6 million financing round with Creandum, Northzone, HR Ventures and reputable angel investors
  • Angel investor

“Without the Buddies, it would have been difficult to raise the financing on our own. Eventually, we did end up raising far more than we had initially planned. The Buddies helped us tremendously with strategy development, contacting investors, preparing the pitch, the due diligence and finally the negotiation of the shareholder’s agreement. They have a lot of experience, were always available and demonstrated 150% commitment to us. Absolutely recommendable.”

Julian Hauck & Johannes Thunert
Julian Hauck & Johannes ThunertFounderDistribusion Technologies GmbH

Hoard

  • Hoard is cracking the last mile by building up a network of pick-points and providing them with an easy to use mobile app. The app enables nearly anyone to exchange anything in a safe and easy way – Hoard is pretty much like UBER without wheels.
  • Hoard has already built up a network of more than 200 pick-points in 15+ cities.
  • First use case is the exchange of keys for Airbnb-appartments, supported by a close cooperation with Airbnb.
  • Currently, Hoard runs first projects for on demand parcel delivery.

Our role

“I met Marc in early 2016. Since day one he has been an important advisor, investor and friend we can rely on: Always available and very dedicated. He has become an integral part of our team and his experience and calm manner help us a lot to navigate Hoard through the ups and downs of start-up life.”

Anthony Forsans
Anthony ForsansFounder & CEOHoard

MotionTag

  • MotionTag develops seamless ticketing solution for public transportation providers. Expensive ticket machines and special infrastructures are no longer needed, and users don’t need to bother finding small change for their tickets.
  • MotionTag’s technology is based on artificial intelligence and a smart usage of smartphone sensor data.

Our role

  • Advisor for the carve out from InnoZ, Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change, and for building up the company and development of the strategy (part of our assignment at the Climate KIC Accelerator).
  • Angel investor

“We have worked with Marc since the inception of MotionTag and his help has always been very fruitful. During our time at the Climate KIC he was our coach and supported us building our company. Now he is one of our Business Angels and we enjoy working hand in hand together. From business model development to fundraising, the range of services Marc can help with is of great value. ”

Stephan Leppler
Stephan LepplerFounder & CEOMotionTag

bookingkit

Online booking solution and global distribution system for activity providers

Our role

Exclusive financial advisor for the Series A financing round with Intermedia Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds and Robert Kabs

Cashboard

  • Cashboard automatizes the tradition financial advisory role for retail investors, streamlining the investment process
  • Cashboard offers retail investors the opportunity to invest in more than 6,500 financial products at the lowest costs, according to their investment profile

Our role

“We appreciate the experience and support we receive from the Buddies. Both have helped us considerably in our fundraising, and we therefore continue working with them. Highly recommendable.”

Robert Henker
Robert HenkerFounder & CEOCashboard

Climate-KIC Accelerator

Our role

  • Lead-coach for fundraising process, working with start-ups in preparation and execution of fundraising process

“I work with Marc for almost a year now in our Climate-KIC Accelerator and really appreciate him as an expert for fundraising. He has already coached more than 30 of our start-up companies and has developed a fundraising strategy with them, discussed and explained term sheets and has fine-tuned their pitch decks. His clear and pragmatic way helps the start-ups to focus on the main tasks. In addition, he supports with his know-how and his network the further development of our accelerator program. All in all, it is a great pleasure working with him!”

Dr. Maura KesselAccelerator Programme ManagerClimate-KIC Accelerator

Lumenaza

  • Digital marketplace for local producers and consumers of electricity (“utility-in-a-box solution for distributed energy”)
  • Specific algorithms ensure a secure and balanced supply

Our role as part of the Climate KIC Accelerator

  • Development of the pitch-deck
  • Sparring partner during the €1,3 million financing round with EnBW and IBB Venture Capital

“We worked closely together with Marc during our last financing round. Marc has a strong view on the really important things and always pushed us to stay focused. Besides that he helped us quite a lot with developing a compelling pitch deck. We could close the financing successfully and still appreciate Marc’s opinion very much.”

Dr. Christian Chudoba
Dr. Christian ChudobaFounderLumenaza

Wunderflats

  • Renting of furnished appartments from 1-12 months (“mid-term Airbnb”)
  • Presence in Berlin, Munich, Münster, Grenada, Griesheim, Oestrich-Winkel, Seville and Wiesbaden

Our role

“We gained very much from their experience. They have improved the quality of our presentation for the Microsoft Accelerator and Hasso-Plattner business plan competition very much and had a significant contribution to our success in both cases.”

Benedikt Scholz
Benedikt ScholzFounderWunderflats
Christoph Wedegärtner

“I have known Marc for many years as a co-investor, fellow Board Member and friend. Over the years, I have learned and appreciated his high integrity, curiosity for new challenges and commitment to his investments, especially during difficult times. I can highly recommend Marc as a competent sparring partner and wish him and his Business Buddies all the best.”

Christoph WedegärtnerPartnerCipio Partners
Bernhard Schmid

“Marc and I worked together at Innotech. I particularly appreciated his judgement, his integrity, and his no-nonsense approach, even during difficult times. I look forward to receiving new investment proposals from him and can highly recommend him to every founder.”

Bernhard SchmidPartner & General Manager GermanyXAnge Private Equity
Jürgen Habichler

“I’ve known Marc as an investor, founder and friend since 2007 and love to work with him. I appreciate his analytical skills, his reliability and high integrity. He is definitely a great, experienced, and highly recommendable partner for any founder.”

Jürgen HabichlerFounder & Managing DirectorJadeberg Partners AG
Volker Rofalski

“I have had good experiences with the Buddies both professionally regarding investment funds and personally. They have been a valuable source of support for evaluating our business and financial plans, have extensive legal know-how and we also like to get their help for market and background research. And of course, we are always happy to receive new investment proposals from them.”

Volker RofalskiExecutive Director, Logan Capital AGMountain Partners
Stéphanie Heller (Galantine)

“We came to Berlin to check out the start-up scene and see if the buzz was a myth or a reality! And the best person to call for intros was of course Marc, who knows everyone from start-up founders, to accelerators and investors.”

Stéphanie Heller (Galantine)Founder & PartnerBootstrap Europe / TREE
Konstantin Tsoraklidis

“We had received a lot of pressure from potential investors and hired Business Buddies on Friday night. By Sunday night, we had already received a correct state-of-the-art financial plan. The plan fulfills our requirements perfectly and the investor standards as well. Further, the plan enables us, to check sensitivities and run different scenarios. Great work! We would definitely hire them again.”

Konstantin TsoraklidisChief Operating OfficerBDSwiss
Jonathan Gabler

“Marc has helped us tremendously with the closing of our seed financing round. Furthermore, he is a sparring partner that adds significant value, is available 24×7 and has a broad network in the startup scene, both very unique.”

Jonathan GablerFormer CEO, HarimataHarimata
Jennifer Skupin

“The Buddies have the expertise that you, as a founder, highly appreciate. With a blend of entrepreneurial spirit and investor know-how, they give you detailed input and feedback. And when you go with them for lunch, you might find even a review about it afterwards on: http://mittagsinmitte.de

Jennifer SkupinFounder & CEOHouse of Big Things
Christian Bicker

“Marc has extensive experience as an investor as well as a founder. He is very result oriented and together with his team, delivers valuable strategic input and hands-on support when it comes to fundraising. Highly recommendable!”

Christian BickerPartnerCareerteam
Min-Sung Kim

“With his 10 years of experience in Venture Capital and Private Equity and 4 years of Startup experience, I have appreciate Marc’s counsel and insights very much. I value him as a good sparring partner, since he is always sincere and straightforward with his advice.”

Min-Sung KimPartnerXLHEALTH