Investing in driven founders who reshape their industries.
For the next generation.

Supporting you from
Seed to Series A and beyond.

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“Building up and managing growth at waterdrop is only possible with strong support. The Simon Capital team has been that reliable partner by contributing significantly through continuous sparring and network since day one in addition to their investment.”

Martin Murray, Founder and CEO Waterdrop

“Being on the mission to generate social impact through daily consumption with a wide range of consumer products comes with complexity. We are very happy, to have Simon Capital on our co-driver seat, who constantly supported us beyond financing wherever we need sparring.”

Iris Braun, Co-Founder Share

"Simon Capital is not just a financial partner, but a true ally in our mission. They provide great support and their unparalleled know-how in industrial biotech and their network in the agri-food sector is instrumental to our journey towards making sustainable protein ingredients at scale a reality of today."

Katelijne Bekers, Co-Founder Micro Harvest

„With their extensive network into the VC ecosystem and the German Mittelstand, Simon Capital helped us with spot-on introductions to potential new clients and like-minded investors to help us build on our mission to create a SaaS procurement platform enabling transparency that ultimately saves time and money.”

Sven Lackinger, Co-Founder Sastrify

„Simon Capital has not only substantial know-how in D2C and consumer brand plays, but also is a true sparring on eye level when it comes to growth strategy.

Frederick Joost, Co-Founder Holy

Investment Thesis

01

Consumption.

Feeding the planet is the biggest societal and climate challenge in current times – solving this will be of pivotal importance for the upcoming decades. By inventing more efficient, healthy, and sustainable technology and product solutions, we invest into B2B and B2C consumption innovations that are better for the people and the planet.

Shaping.
Consumption.
Together.

02

Wellbeing.

Using state-of-the art scientific and technological advances, earth inhabitants’ lives are transformed towards more healthiness with respect to mental and physical conditions. Digital solutions are driving towards higher transparency, connectivity, and thus better performance creating superior living standards for the society.

Shaping.
Wellbeing.
Together.

03

Productivity.

Superior digital solutions along the value chain and innovative product experiences that disrupt analog businesses and ease complex processes with the aim to revolutionize existing segments or innovate new ones with the ability to adapt according to data will be key to safeguard the wealth and living on our planet.

Shaping.
Productivity.
Together.

We believe in sustainability as the base for lasting businesses. For the next generation.

Investment Portfolio

The investments marked with an asterisk were made by the investment team of Simon Capital GmbH & Co.KG for the Bitburger Ventures GmbH Portfolio. Bitburger Ventures GmbH is a limited partner (Kommanditistin) of Simon Capital GmbH & Co KG.

Strong partners

Offering access to a unique set of industry and venture networks.

01

Expert Access

Thanks to a highly diversifed network of industry leading companies of our investor, we have access to a unique set of industry and venture networks that we leverage for investment decision making and actively offer our investee companies as value-add in addition to our financial contribuionts. We understand ourselves as an accessible, reliable, and collaborative team – we remain on the co-driver seat beyond stages.

02

Powerful Network

In the past years we have built up a highly diversified and valuable network of trusted partners and co-investors. In addition to our direct investments, we are  also invested into leading early-stage funds, with whom we have co-invested in the past and will also do in the future. These networks give us access to world-leading early-stage co-investors and know-how.

03

Lasting Commitment

There is no ‘short-term’ in family. So being backed by one of the most renowned family businesses in Germany comes with lasting dedication. We are here to stay and will continue to invest in the foreseeable future thereby leveraging our experiences and expertise.

 

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Infinite Roots

Foods of the future.

Cathy Hutz – Founder Infinite Roots

When we started our mission in 2018, the goal was to use side streams from the current food production to cultivate a minimally processed, nutrient-rich, clean label meat alternative. Ever since seed phase, the team has supported us on our journey, recently leading to a strategic R&D and production cooperation with one of the largest brewery groups in Germany. In this partnership we develop innovative ways to produce food and strategically expand our capacities. The cooperation is a testimony to how innovation can provide impactful solutions to critical challenges facing the food industry: Global food insecurity, waste and shortage of fermentation capacities.

Just Spices

Make every dish tasty – the leading digital food brand.

Ole Strohschnieder, 
Founder Just Spices

Being one of the leading food brands on social media in Germany with a strong D2C focus, we have seen potential to bring our products into the retail landscape as well. Due to the large retail exposure and excellent know-how from Bitburger as one of the leading breweries in Germany, Simon Capital helped us with constant sparring to bring our spices in shelves across the country. Also, we joined forces with a concrete product collaboration in order to address our common market – is BBQ without beer even allowed? ;)

Dr. Friedrich Droste

Managing Partner

Friedrich is Managing Partner at Simon Capital and previously the initiator of CVC activities which culminated in the independent setup of the fund. Friedrich is responsible for investments in e.g.,  waterdrop, share, Just Spices, Mushlabs and Sanity Group and is serving in multiple VC/PE boards.  Friedrich has also led Group Strategy and Digitalization at Bitburger Group for several years being responsible for transformational und investment projects; he also spent several years at Henkel Consumer Goods in Corporate Finance and as Project lead for numerous global M&A and Strategy projects. Friedrich holds a Diploma in Mathematical Economics from the University of Bonn and Helsinki School of Management. In addition, he holds a PhD in Game Theory from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Lancaster School of Management. 

When he is not shaping tomorrow, Friedrich loves to improve his Tennis skills together with his three very energetic kids.

Jan Leicht

Managing Partner

Jan is Managing Partner of Simon Capital and has previously worked with the world’s largest growth funds and most renowned investors in private markets. Over the past years, he has been working in the private equity and growth equity group of Bain & Company serving over dozens of commercial due diligences, sector screens and fund strategies. Jan has focused on European startup investments and portfolio work with EMEA’s elite growth ventures in Tech and eCommerce . He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration where he specialized on Finance from University of Mannheim and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. 

When he is not shaping tomorrow, Jan is enthusiastic about motorsports (no wonder as he grew up next to the world-famous Nürburgring), enjoys long runs, race biking and reading.

Nico Heinz

Senior Investment Manager

Nico is Senior Investment Manager at Simon Capital and was part of the investment team from Bitburger Ventures before where he helped to build the VC Fund- and Directportfolio.  Beside establishing the venture activities, Nico was involved in several strategy and digitization projects within the Bitburger Group. Prior to that, Nico worked as a consultant in the financial industry in Luxembourg for 4 years, helping Banks and Funds in Germany, UK and Luxemburg to implement risk measurement and liquidity models with special focus on derivatives. He holds an MSc in General Management from the Steinbeis University Berlin and a BA from University Trier.

When he is not shaping tomorrow, he’s an sport enthusiast who loves playing football or climbing hills with his bike or running shoes.

Niklas Leske

Investment Manager

Niklas is Investment Manager at Simon Capital and was part of the Investment team from Bitburger Ventures before. Next to Bitburger Ventures he was involved and responsible for several strategy and digitalization projects for the Bitburger Holding and Brewery. Prior to his time in VC, he collected wide consulting expertise at KPMG and INVERTO, a BCG subsidiary, in value chain optimization and cost-cutting projects for e.g., Private Equity clients both in Germany and abroad. He holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Bamberg, a BBA from Fontys Business School and an executive education diploma from Oxford Saïd Business School in Venture Financing. He is a big fan of data-driven business models, strong brands and smart solutions for a more sustainable future. 

When he is not shaping tomorrow, you will find him diving oceans, hiking mountains or strolling around in the forests with his dog.