We believe that compelling investments should be able to meet BOTH of the following criteria:
- The investment is fundamentally attractive AND
- There is an evident reason why we, as opposed to other investors, have this opportunity to invest
Thüringen is an exceptionally attractive region for investments when looking through this critical lens.
To the first criteria, Thüringen has world-leading technology in many fields
and is increasingly adept at converting its ground-breaking research into effective and valuable companies. The region’s world-renowned tradition and expertise in optics (Carl Zeiss / Ernst Abbe) has continued and expanded to many adjacent, related fields (photonics, robotics, life sciences, materials sciences, etc.) in which Thüringen now plays in the top leagues globally.
Regarding the second criteria, Thüringen, despite increased visibility in recent years, remains off the beaten path for most investors.
No private institutional investor who invests tickets over 1 Mio. EUR has an office here and surprisingly few make the short trip from Berlin, Frankfurt, or Munich. Thüringen’s record results in terms of total venture funding and seven-figure rounds over the last years
clearly demonstrate that investors are increasingly finding compelling opportunities here. Importantly, we foresee that there is further increase in investor awareness ahead, and we work diligently to accelerate this recognition of Thüringen as an attractive location for investment.
There are numerous reasons why Thüringen historically has not been more in investors´ focus. It has some genesis in Thüringen’s general modest nature, as entrepreneurs here focus more on developing innovative technologies and companies rather than beating a drum about their accomplishments. Traditionally, most entrepreneurs in Thüringen have also looked to local partners for their initial fund raises. We at bm|t have great respect for the responsibility that comes with this trust
placed in us and strive to be an excellent partner for entrepreneurs
, primarily by activating our extremely strong local networks and increasingly acting as a springboard to larger global investors.
While Thüringen has flown under most investors’ radars, bm|t has played a central role in funding the innovation economy here as the most active venture investor in the region. This unique market position has enabled us to build a portfolio of Investee-Partners over the last twenty years that is truly exceptional in its quality and variety.
In addition to being a leading investor in Thüringen, bm|t is tasked with increasing the amounts of private venture capital being invested here. Thus, we see it as our job to continually introduce more investors to the lesser-known, impressive companies in the region. In fact, we hope to do our job so well that one day we can call this market crowded, but that day still has some time to come – good news for those adventurous investors that voyage off the beaten path.
An easy step for any investor wanting to discover Thüringen’s investment gems, is to attend this year´s larger-than-ever Investor Days Thüringen on June 14th
. Although we are expecting strong attendance after two digital years, we promise it won’t (yet) be overly crowded
Your bm|t Team