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Venture Beyond

Digging in to Germany from the lens of an International VC

As a start up scales, new markets become a natural new lever for growth. Similarly, at White Star Capital, having doubled in size with our latest fund, we are constantly looking for new opportunities in North America and Europe (and eventually beyond). This resulted in our first major investment in Germany, where we co-led the $29m Series B round in Clark , a Frankfurt-based digital insurance broker. We’ve since been building a deeper understanding of the German startup ecosystem and have decided to share our key findings, taking the lens of an international VC in the hopes that others can find this information helpful.

In addition to sharing our excitement about Germany and expressing our belief that the ecosystem is stronger than ever, we do a deep dive on the VCs and other investors who make up the space, and break down some of the peculiarities of what makes the German market unique:

White Star’s transatlantic model puts us in a unique position to cover Germany with both North American and European investment team members. Having German speaking members on both sides as well as a London-based Partner and a Paris-based Partner who are no strangers to the ecosystem also helps. In looking at Germany from this international angle, we hoped to add our own perspectives on what excites us about Germany.

While Paris and London remain key hubs for us and are both areas where we have an office, several investments and have been doubling down on, we welcome Germany as a new pillar in our investment strategy.

To all entrepreneurs in Germany planning to raise a Series A or B in our areas of focus — Disruptive Commerce, FinTech and Sensors & Algorithms — reading this, reach out, we’d love to speak to you. Best way is either through our website or by contacting our Associate — Sanjay Zimmermann at sanjay@whitestarvc.com

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White Star Capital is an international venture and early growth-stage investment platform in technology. We partner with founders who aspire to scale globally.