Let’s build something the planet needs

Climate Change. Plastic Pollution. Water shortages.

Planet A Ventures supports founders tackling the world‘s largest environmental problems.

We provide early stage funding and mentoring to highly scalable green tech companies – while measuring and forecasting the positive environmental impact of a start-up as our central metric of success.

Three pillars, one goal:

Change

Impact Forecasting

We help start-ups to scientifically quantify and predict the positive ecological impact of their business-model.

Planet A network

We give founders access to a  unique mentoring network of experienced, serial entrepreneurs, and proven experts.

Funding

We provide early-stage funding to accelerate impact and growth.

 

Enable scientific

insight

Empower entrepreneurial

Action

We believe in close collaboration of entrepreneurs and scientists to change our economy for the better of our planet.

Without scientific insight, even the best entrepreneurs are ignorant of the true ecological impact of their business.

This is why we have a full-fledged scientific team committed to calculating Life Cycle Assessments: this allows us to not only evaluate the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions involved, but also to determine plastic, water, and land use footprints. Our approach provides entrepreneurs with the insight to scientifically quantify, visualize and forecast the environmental effects of their product or service.

This knowledge empowers founders to make sustainable and strategic decisions. Such knowledge also allows investors to understand the impact of every Euro they have invested into early-stage start-ups.

With great power comes

Great Responsibility

Our planet desperately needs an economy that operates within its environmental boundaries. This requires us to radically change the ways we produce and consume. Now.

Reinventing our economy is a major global challenge. It will take entrepreneurial action, scientific ingenuity, political stamina, and individual choices to achieve it.

Capital has great power to influence the future of companies and entire industries: Tomorrow’s economy is based on today’s investment decisions. And we think it’s time for venture capital to take on its responsibility.

This is why we at Planet A Ventures work hard to advance an economy that serves the people and our planet. We support start-ups taking action and spearheading positive change with capital as well as knowledge.

By Founders for Founders

Planet A Ventures is founded by founders for founders. Our team and the Planet A Network give every venture unique access to the knowledge and experience of like-minded successful entrepreneurs, scientists, and business experts.

Team

Fridtjof Detzner, GP

Fridtjof co-founded the DIY website builder Jimdo before he shifted his focus to supporting and investing into founders that contribute to an economy within the planetary boundaries.

Fridtjof Detzner, GP

Fridtjof Detzner, GP

Planet A Network, Start-up Support and Vision

Christian Schad, GP

Christian is a serial entrepreneur and a social activist. At Planet A, Christian is spearheading the financial strategy as well as governance and compliance matters.

Christian Schad, GP

Christian Schad, GP

Finance, Governance and Compliance

Lena Thiede, GP

Lena is an Environmental and Climate Policy Expert. At Planet A, Lena’s focus is on assessing, tracking and visualizing impact.

Lena Thiede, GP

Lena Thiede, GP

Impact Assessment and Communication

Tobias Seikel, GP

Tobias is a skilled manager and senior investment professional with extensive experience in building start-ups and VC. Tobias is responsible for the fund’s dealflow and investment process.

Tobias Seikel, GP

Tobias Seikel, GP

Dealflow, Start-up Support, HR

Nick de la Forge, GP

Nick is the deep-tech expert at Planet A, leading the fundraising efforts and is responsible for expanding our network within the European investment space

Nick de la Forge, GP

Nick de la Forge, GP

Investor Relations, Dealflow

Christoph Gras, GP

Christoph is a serial entrepreneur (e.g. myphotobook, enorm, Tomorrow Bank, Leaders for Climate Action) and startup investor for more than 12 years.

Christoph Gras, GP

Christoph Gras, GP

Investor Relations, Dealflow

Dr. Benedikt Buchspies, Senior Scientist

Benedikt holds a Master of Science degree and a PhD in environmental engineering. At Planet A, Benedikt is responsible for impact assessments, methodology development and calculating the LCAs.

Dr. Benedikt Buchspies, Senior Scientist

Dr. Benedikt Buchspies, Senior Scientist

Impact Assessment, LCA Development

Dr. Michael Münnix, Venture Partner

Michael is a trained physicist and experienced investor with extensive venture capital experience.

Dr. Michael Münnix, Venture Partner

Dr. Michael Münnix, Venture Partner

Dealflow, Fund Strategy

Ulrike Schütze, Personal Assistant

Ulrike is an experienced assistant with a background in the start-up scene as well as having worked for a corporate company builder.

Ulrike Schütze, Personal Assistant

Ulrike Schütze, Personal Assistant

Communication and coordination

Helmut Söhler, Venture Partner

Helmut is an experienced Senior Manager within the European Financial Industry.

Helmut Söhler, Venture Partner

Helmut Söhler, Venture Partner

Planet A Network, Fundraising

Jessica Burley, Investor

Jess holds a Politics degree from Cambridge. Prior to joining Planet A, she worked as an analyst in a climate VC and a researcher for the UN.

Jessica Burley, Investor

Jessica Burley, Investor

Dealflow

Laura Alberty, Brand & Communications Manager

Laura is responsible for communication and supports founders to develop their brands. She has experience in top tier strategy consulting and PR campaigning.

Laura Alberty, Brand & Communications Manager

Laura Alberty, Brand & Communications Manager

Communication, Platform

Florian Schabus, Investor

Florian studied Operations Research and currently completes a Masters degree at the University of St. Gallen. He mainly looks at CDR, Carbon Markets, Plastic, Packaging and Waste.

Florian Schabus, Investor

Florian Schabus, Investor

Dealflow

Kim Dang, Talent Advisor

Kim is the sounding board of founders in everything talent and people. Having worked in early-stage startups and VC, she helps founders to build a sustainable organization.

Kim Dang, Talent Advisor

Kim Dang, Talent Advisor

People and Talent, Platform

Mentors

Rolf Schrömgens

Rolf Schrömgens

Rolf Schrömgens

Co-Founder Trivago

Brigitte Mohn

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Brigitte Mohn

Brigitte Mohn

Managing Director Sunrise Capital

Sebastian Borek

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Sebastian Borek

Sebastian Borek

Founder Founders Foundation

Mirko Novakovic

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Mirko Novakovic

Mirko Novakovic

Angel Investor New Forge

Nicola Breyer

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Nicola Breyer

Nicola Breyer

CCO Optiopay & former Head of Growth Paypal

Philipp Westermeyer

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Philipp Westermeyer

Philipp Westermeyer

Founder & CEO OMR

Dr.-Ing. Heba Aguib

Dr.-Ing. Heba Aguib

Dr.-Ing. Heba Aguib

Chief Executive RESPOND at BMW Foundation

André Schürrle

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André Schürrle

André Schürrle

MD Bivus GmbH & Soccer World Champion

Iris Braun

Iris Braun

Iris Braun

Co-founder & CPO share

Portfolio

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Let’s take action for the planet. Together!