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WHAT WE DO

 

COMPANION D builds up innovative b2b startups to a mid-cap business, scales business, organization and teams into Silicon Valley, supported by seed capital investment and fund raising on the one hand and empowers large and mid-sized organizations to innovative, digital players via organizational development and change (ODC) on the other hand. 
We are your COMPANION for buildup and organizational Development in the new era. 

 
 

COMPANION D invests as a company and business builder seed capital into b2b-oriented startups in the DACH region, drives sales, business development and partnerships with industry experienced managers and advisors. We build up organizations and teams in Silicon Valley and organize transatlantic follow-up investments. COMPANION D helps to transform from a startup to a relevant mid-cap organization and business. To do so, we work together with leading innovation platforms such as Silicon Foundry (Silicon Valley Bank) + fair venture capital and private equity players.

COMPANION D provides in-depth expertise in co-creating and co-evolving operating models, structures, processes and organizational development in the context of digitization, AI movement and organization 4.0: transforming fast growing organizations into professional entities and leading corporates into agile and digital players. Thereby, we leverage our startup and innovation know-how from Silicon Valley and meaningful transformational insights such as Theory U!, from the Massachusettes Institute of Technology in Boston.


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COMPANIONS

 
“80 percent of digital b2b business build up success is people-based: dynamic teams - founders, board members, ecosystem partners - managing continuous change during the set up, growth and transformation journey”
— Companion D
 
 

We are a dedicated team of founders, networkers and cooperation partners, bringing together the collective intelligence and digital power to co-create something new and truly valuable for the benefits of our clients, and their ecosystem.  

 
 
 
 

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BJÖRN STRÜWER
Companion. Frankfurt

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Björn is founder and CEO of Roots of Impact, an impact finance advisory firm working with public funders, philanthropists and impact investors globally to finance innovation and enterprises with strong potential for social impact. He is also founder of the Social Finance Academy and lecturer of the Sustainable Finance & Private Wealth Center of the University of Zurich. Before focusing on social entrepreneurship, he was a managing director at Credit Suisse. Björn is fellow at the social platform ASHOKA with fellows such as Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank, Nobel Price winner). At COMPANION D fairness and creating social impact and jobs with innovation are core values.

/ Social Entrepreneur / / Impact Investor / / Glocal Traveller /

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DR. CHRISTIAN SCHWARZKOPF
Companion. Cologne

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As founder and CEO of SugarTrends, a b2b2c shopping platform for unique products and glocal experience, Christian is a leader of the digital entrepreneur scene in Germany. During his KIT time he supported multiple other startups. Christian constantly develops and pushes innovative ideas for digitization. You can experience his enthusiasm when reading the new onboard shopping magazine of airline Eurowings which is a cooperation product with Sugar Trends.

/ Trend Scout / / Passionate Entrepreneur / / True American-German/

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CHRISTOPH ZOHLEN
Companion. Berlin

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With more than 25 years management consulting experiences at companies such as Gemini, Christoph focuses on holistic business transformation starting first at C-Level. Clients experienced that changing things will only happen when changing thinking addresses all three aspects of change with impact – the mind, the heart and the hand. Christoph is founder and CEO of Radius 1, a top management consulting company. Radius 1 cooperates with COMPANION D.

/ Mr. Transformation / / C-Level Advisor / / Mindful Changer /

 

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DANIEL JENNEWEIN
Companion. Vienna

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Daniel has a long-term track record as managing partner of a private equity fond within the European “Mittelstand”. He is investor and advisor in M&A, business development, and growth transformation. As investment manager he was i.e. leading a 500 Mio. € M&A transaction in DACH, Denmark, France, India. In the context of business and growth transformation Daniel is experienced in strategy and organizational development, finance and operative restructuring, PMIs, greenfield investments and international expansion; and acts as well as advisory board member.

/ Austrian Investor / / Greenfield Expert / / Dino Author/

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DANIEL KELLMEREIT
Networker. San Francisco

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Daniel is IoT expert from the very first hour of the digital movement. At the end of the 90ies he co-founded and managed as CIO a SaaS company. Acting many years as CEO of Detecon USA, Daniel quickly headed to the heart of IoT – Silicon Valley. As CEO of Liganova USA Daniel shapes the digital revolution of B2B store concepts and customer experiences. He feels at home in the two inspiring cities San Francisco and Berlin.

/ IoT First Mover / / Dynamic Contributor / / High End Quality Lover /

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Dr. ERIC SCHOTT
Companion. Frankfurt

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Eric founded Campana & Schott, a global (USA, Europe) consultancy in digital and transformation program management; strong in evaluating and implementing digital tools and applications. With more than 25 years of experiences in C-Suite consulting, strategic projects and digital innovation and change, he is member of various expert and advisory committees. He is one of our passionate key investors and advisors for bringing COMPANION D startups into the corporate world.

/ Consultancy CEO / / Digital Investor / / Transformator /

 

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HARTMUT BETKE
Companion. Frankfurt

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Hartmut is founder and managing partner at the Deutsche Cleantech DCT, a German based corporate finance boutique with tailor-made services in M&A, growth capital and management consulting. He is specialist for cleantech companies such as smart energy or CO2 neutral power generation firms. Deutsche Cleantech has supported COMPANION D in the A-round investment of VENIOS. Hartmut has long term experiences in investment banking, private equity and restructuring, i.e. when working at Deutsche Bank, Frankfurter Beteiligungsholding and Augusta & Co.

/ Cleantech Investor / / Enthusiastic Fund Raiser / / M&A Expert /

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JAN STENGER
Founder. Frankfurt

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Jan is a thought leader for digital innovation and growth transformation in Europe. As management consultant at Roland Berger, Deutsche Telekom and AT Kearney he focused growth transformation and business innovation of technology and digital industry players, especially for private equity clients. He gained buildup experience as CEO and founder of a b2b SaaS business, as investor and chairman of several digital startups and advisor of Silicon Foundry. Jan is also founder of Auckland Partners, a provider for tailor-made Executive Search and Interim Management solutions, digital consultants and complete transformation project teams.

Jan enjoys to scale greenfield business with international investors to relevant players and organizations in its ecosystem.

/ Thought Leader / / Global Finance Networker / / Serial Entrepreneur /

 

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JAN WILDBERGER
Companion. Frankfurt

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Jan is a recognized international lawyer for private equity, corporate finance, M&A and risk management. He was partner and Head of Private Equity at Simmons & Simmons, a 100 years old global British law firm with offices in Asia, Arabia and Europe. He is our legal strategic advisor for COMPANION D’s seed projects. In addition he is co-founder of two startups in the battery / e-mobility and health tech segment. Jan set up as well the recognized non-profit organization “City Goes Pink” which sets itself the task of creating awareness for important social issues that receive little public attention, i.e. men dealing with breast cancer.

/ Legal Advisor / / Private Equity Specialist / / Tech & Social Founder /

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Dr. JONAS DANZEISEN
Companion. Frankfurt

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Jonas is CEO of Venios, a smart grids analytics and AI platform provider; one of our buildup cases. His home turf are the energy, storage, e-mobility and grid industries. Jonas is a famous key speaker and advisor especially for the energy sector. He is energy industry chairman of the German Federal Association of Startups and Central Association Electrical Industry (ZVEI) board member with a focus on startup driven innovation.

/ Dr. Energy / / Smart E & Grids Guru / / The Brain /

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LENA STENGER
Founder. Frankfurt

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With more than 15 years of business transformation expertise Lena is passionate about changing thinking and changing things. She empowers organizations to design their own future and to navigate successfully through complex change situations. Lena has a strong expertise in digital and business transformation design, operating models, workforce 4.0 and HR transformation. Before founding COMPANION D she successfully headed European Strategy & Change Consultants; and worked as transformation and people expert at Deutsche Bank and for consultancies such as Capgemini, Theron Advisory and Mercer.

Lena has set up a professional network and coaching project dedicated to women across all professions, called FrauenWelten. Plus 100 women in Frankfurt benefit from key speeches, facilitated discussions and learning experiences to become empowered for future fitness.

/ Passionate for Workforce 4.0 /
/ Transformation Screenwriter /
/ Process Lover /

 

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LORENZ HAASE
Companion. Cologne

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Before becoming CEO of Studienkreis, the leading private tutoring company in Germany, he worked for many years as a strategy and restructuring specialist at BCG and Bain&Company. Understanding and leading the complexity of operations and management in a transformation case are his core competencies. Lorenz is a passionate CEO for driving growth of the digital arm of his business.

/ Native CEO / / Restructurer 4 Lifetime / / NRW Entrepreneur of the year /

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NEAL HANSCH
Companion. San Francisco

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Neal is CEO at Silicon Foundry, a leading global startup and innovation platform building important bridges between world’s leadings corporations, mid-caps, tech players and the innovation economy. Silicon Foundry was set up among others by Silicon Valley Bank, Sherpa Capital, Salesforce and ebay; and is one of COMPANION D’s cooperation partners for digital and greenfield business build up. Neal has over 20 years of venture capital, M&A, corporate and technology development experience in Silicon Valley and beyond, i.e. for Sherpa Capital, Meltwater Group, Rustic Canyon Partners, Macromedia Inc., Technology Crossover Ventures, webMethods.

/ Silicon Valley Pioneer / / Platform CEO / / Innovator /

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RAOUL FELIX MAIER
Companion. San Francisco

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Raoul is tech & digital industry principal at the top management consultancy A.T. Kearney and is member of the Americas leadership team for Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT),based in Palo Alto. He is a multi-talent for, i.e. strategy, M&A, due diligence, corporate finance, b2b marketing & sales, enterprise software, or startup advisory in collaboration with leading Accelerators and Venture Capital firms. Raoul’s Eudemian Venture fund co-invests into startups which COMPANION D brings for A-rounds into the Silicon Valley.

/ Silicon Valley A Round VC / / ICT Tech Expert / / Fast Thinker /

 

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Dr. STEFFEN PAULS
Companion. London

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Steffen was top manager at KKR Germany, a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity. Steffen is our cooperation partner from the new transatlantic VC fund 7 Global Capital in whom COMPANION D is invested in; located in San Francisco and Berlin. He was chairman and advisor of diverse supervisory boards such as A.T.U, SBB Telecoms or Versatel. 7 Global Capital is invested in a portfolio of 110 USA based tech startups and invests mainly in B-rounds.

/ Executive Investor / / Private Equity Manager / / Transatlantic Bridge Builder /

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UDO EBERLEIN
Companion. San Francisco

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Udo is an original Silicon Valley entrepreneur, building up Nero as CEO in USA. As board member of diverse US startups Udo brings in comprehensive expertise in digital transformation, innovation and venture capital. Udo is an associate partner of Auckland Partners in San Francisco and executed several projects with COMPANION D.

/ Silicon Valley Entrepreneur / / Digital Leader / / Bicyclist in the hills /

 

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Dr. WOLFGANG RUNGE
Companion. Frankfurt

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Wolfgang is a senior HR professional in international environment and in complex projects, i.e. M&A, ramping and downsizing organizations, HR digitization, forming agile teams, changing business models. He is perceived as recognized partner to business, coach to employees at all levels and working with unions. He was HR director of Manpower, Ford Motor, Avaya, and Motorola. Wolfgang is chairman of a professional network focusing on future HR requirements and needs generated by business. / HR Transformator / / Partner to Business / / Navy Office /

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Raoul Felix Maier
Companion. San Francisco

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Raoul is tech & digital industry principal at the top management consultancy A.T. Kearney and is member of the Americas leadership team for Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT),based in Palo Alto. He is a multi-talent for, i.e. strategy, M&A, due diligence, corporate finance, b2b marketing & sales, enterprise software, or startup advisory in collaboration with leading Accelerators and Venture Capital firms. Raoul’s Eudemian Venture fund co-invests into startups which COMPANION D brings for A-rounds into the Silicon Valley.

/ Silicon Valley A Round VC /

/ ICT Tech Expert /

/ Fast Thinker /

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ZERRIN BÖRCEK
Companion. Cologne

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Zerrin is founder of the fe:male Innovation Hub, based in Cologne and Dusseldorf. The hub is the first one in Germany which empowers women to assume leadership in digital business; providing i.e. strategic networks, investors, entrepreneurial coaching, hackatons and a sophisticated incubator program. Zerrin is also an ILP business coach, supporting among others business idea competitions. She studied at the famous German technical university RWTH Aachen and knows well programming and IT.

/ Innovation Hub Founder / / Digital Women Promoter / / Army Girl /

 

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