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360° of VENTURE CAPITAL


We are a collective of venture capital entrepreneurs with 20+ years of track record in venture capital value generation. We are founders, investors, LPs, GPs, family office and advisor. We are COOPERATIVA.

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360° of VENTURE CAPITAL


We are a collective of venture capital entrepreneurs with 20+ years of track record in venture capital value generation. We are founders, investors, LPs, GPs, family office and advisor. We are COOPERATIVA.

WHO WE ARE

COOPERATIVA is an international team with head office in Berlin, led by Managing Partners Anja Arnold and Nikolas Samios, two long-standing experts in the German VC and startup ecosystem, both with >15 years of experience in venture capital and corporate development. 

COOPERATIVA's Senior Partners include entrepreneur and angel investor Andreas von Blottnitz (exit of own company to Citrix, angel exits to Red Hat, HP, KKR as well as NASDAQ IPO of AppFolio as Chairman) and serial entrepreneur Jan Henric Buettner (founder of BV Capital / e.ventures, a leading international group of VC funds with >$850m capital raised, previous founder of AOL Europe, exit to AOL USA for >$6bn).

 

WHAT WE DO

I. 
Venture Capital
I
NVESTMENTS

We invested in far more than 100 startups with focus on B2C and B2B Internet across all stages with a regional focus on EU and USA either directly via (i) our own funds/vehicles (ii) family office portfolios advised by us or (iii) indirectly via our venture fund/LP investments. Examples include SONOS (exit to KKR), Appfolio (IPO), Delivery Hero (IPO), Scalable Capital (exit to BlackRock) and Mr. Spex.

II.
VENTURE CAPITAL

TRANSACTION ADVISORY

To support our investment activities, we operate an agile task force that addresses typical aspects of importance during the startup lifecycle including (i) getting ready for A/B round or exit, (ii) M&A execution and (iii) working capital financing and therefore derisking and/or accelerating value generation. Our task force is open for external mandates both from startup founders and investors.

III.
Venture Capital
Investor SERVICES

Originating from our own needs, we built a state-of-the-art asset/portfolio management structure for startup investments that operates as (i) sector specific family office for super angels and (U)HNWIs, (ii) add-on domain expert for traditional family offices / wealth managers or (iii) investment advisor to institutional investors and corporates.

 

V.
VENTURE CAPITAL
ECOSYSTEM & EDUCATION

We are an active and eager supporter of the venture capital & entrepreneurship ecosystem and try to instigate others leveraging the datapoints gathered from hundreds of transactions, exits, write-offs and IPOs.

We support the ecosystem by:

  • Providing non-profit training on venture deal methodology
  • Working with associations on creating industry standards
  • Educating political stakeholders to improve the legislative framework
  • Supporting selected entrepreneurship-related social enterprises

IV.
VENTURE CAPITAL
FUND PLATFORM

We have been decisive in establishing venture capital structures   including traditional closed-ended funds, but also listed private equity structures and family office style individual vehicles.

We are a leading address in Germany to structure, build-up and (co)-operate venture capital centric funds and investment programs, including:

  • Co-founding and co-operating vertical funds with sector expert entrepreneurs
  • Inception of individual structures for family offices or corporates
  • „Venture Capital as a Service“ 
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TRANSACTION ADVISORY


Support in the foundation, funding and M&A for a small selection of growth-oriented founders, companies and their shareholders.

TRANSACTION ADVISORY


Support in the foundation, funding and M&A for a small selection of growth-oriented founders, companies and their shareholders.

COOPERATIVA supports a carefully selected circle of company founders along the company lifecycle - from the foundation and funding of the startup to its growth and exit. Based on our first-hand experience our partners gathered from participating in more than 100 funding/exit/M&A transactions, we become a temporary part of the team and provide a holistic view on funding options, timings and phasings, circumvent typical pitfalls and realize upsides for our clients.

After agreeing on a strategy, we can also cover the hands-on execution of the identified steps, ensuring consistent results, allowing the company founders to keep their focus on the business and not the funding process. 

 

 

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Frederic Westerberg

Serial Entrepreneur, Founder / Former CEO at TVSMILES

"Thanks to COOPERATIVA, we managed to close three rounds of financing with more than 15 angels, two VCs and a media group within a year. Everything had to happen parallel to building our product, rolling out, scaling sales and recruiting 30 employees. Without their pretty perfect advice and hands-on execution, going that fast would not have been possible."

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Cosmin Ene

Serial Entrepreneur, Founder / CEO at LaterPay

„I have been enjoying working with Anja, Nikolas and their team for more than 10 years now across multiple ventures. They are always spot-on, understand the entrepreneur’s view and share all ups and downs. Whoever needs pragmatic, loyal and efficient help in founding, funding and growing startup companies should better give them a ring first.“

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HANNES KLEIST

Founder / CEO Stanwood

„Finding the right partner to exit your business is seriously a tough call and nothing you do every other day. Based on a recommendation I went with
COOPERATIVA. They supported me diligently through the full process up to the successful deal and really optimised the outcome in many aspects. Couldn’t
be happier with the results!“

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INVESTOR SERVICES


State-of-the-art venture capital asset management solutions for senior business angels, institutional investors and corporates.

INVESTOR SERVICES


State-of-the-art venture capital asset management solutions for senior business angels, institutional investors and corporates.

COOPERATIVA supports business angels and private investors in all asset management tasks for their direct company and VC fund investments. Our „Venture Office“ is one of the leading structures in this field and can act as a temporary partner for single projects or as a long-term asset manager, reducing headaches and improving the ROI of our clients’ startup investments. 

Since the Venture Office has a strict and clear focus on direct company investments and VC funds, we do not compete with traditional wealth managers, family offices or private banking experts, but rather complement them with our deep sector experience, methodological excellence and comprehensive deal flow access.

 

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Jan Henric Buettner

Serial Entrepreneur, International Venture Capitalist & Business Angel

"Although I have been managing VC funds for 15 years now, I almost lost the fun of being a business angel due to the high number of my private investments and the associated detail work. COOPERATIVA's Venture Office does not only improve the quality of my private portfolio management, but also my personal quality of life."

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MARIUS MARSCHALL VON BIEBERSTEIN 

Entrepreneur & Business Angel

"Going solo as a business angel can be a bad idea: Who will challenge your investment decision, ask the tough questions when you are emotionally biased and work through all the cumbersome detail? Thanks to COOPERATIVA, you can have a full investment team at hand, whenever you need it."

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Prof. Dr. Kai Desinger

BAND "Angel of the Year", HTGF Investment Committee Chairman, Entrepreneurship Professor & Serial Entrepreneur

„A business angel often faces the problem that, for obvious reasons, one cannot be in two locations at the same time. Furthermore, you rarely have an objective sparring partner at hand. COOPERATIVA provides both solutions: They can represent me in negotiations, due diligence, board meetings and escalations, and I always get a positively sober assessment of the reasonable options. This enables me to make much better investment decisions."

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VC FUND INCEPTION


Inception, setup and (co-)management of venture capital funds, investment clubs and other venture investment formats.

VC FUND INCEPTION


Inception, setup and (co-)management of venture capital funds, investment clubs and other venture investment formats.

COOPERATIVA supports entrepreneurs, corporate customers, private investors, family offices and institutional investors in the conception, setup and operation of taylor-made investment programs in the venture capital asset class. Based on our experience from structuring and operating different kinds of venture capital funds and investment companies both listed and unlisted, we understand the venture capital fund life cycle end-to-end. Based on our platform, we can both incept custom funds in less time with reduced cost and better results and also co-found new funds together with leading domain experts, serial entrepreneurs and investors.

 

SMALL EXCERPT FROM PREVIOUS PROJECTS / investments (direct/INDIRECT) / funds & EXITS:

  • Amorelie
  • Amplify.LA
  • AppFolio
  • ARMEDANGELS
  • BV Capital
  • Bitium
  • BOOK A TIGER
  • Brandenburg Ventures
  • Delivery Hero
  • e.ventures
  • Exozet
  • Fiagon
  • Friendsurance
  • Fyber
  • German Startups Group
  • GoToMyPC
  • JUNIQE
  • LaterPay
  • Mister Spex
  • Onefootball
  • realbest
  • Redpoint
  • Remerge
  • Rheingau Founders
  • Scalable Capital
  • SmartRecruiters
  • Sonos
  • SoundCloud
  • SpinLab
  • stanwood
  • TVSMILES
  • WEISSENHAUS

... and many more