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 impact companies – while measuring and forecasting the positive ecological 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 blinded towards 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 enables 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. And let’s be frank: We have about ten years left to radically change our economy.  

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

Especially venture capital has great power to influence the future of markets and entire industries: Tomorrow’s economy is based on today’s investment decisions. And we think it’s time for venture capital firms to take their planetary responsibilities.

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 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 Measuring, Impact Forecasting

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

Dr. Benedikt Buchspies, 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, Scientist

Dr. Benedikt Buchspies, Scientist

Impact Assessment, LCA Development

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

Andrei Dinu, Design Advisor

Andrei is an experienced product designer specialized in UX, UI, research, and prototyping. He helps Planet A to turn impact forecasting into a digital product.

Andrei Dinu, Design Advisor

Andrei Dinu, Design Advisor

Product Design & UX

Christian Riedel, Storytelling Advisor

Christian is an expert in business storytelling and brand strategy. He has co-initiated Planet A and helps to shape Planet A’s vision and brand.

Christian Riedel, Storytelling Advisor

Christian Riedel, Storytelling Advisor

Storytelling & Branding

Portfolio

Mentors

Benjamin Adrion

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Benjamin Adrion

Benjamin Adrion

Founder Viva con Agua

Jakob Berndt

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Jakob Berndt

Jakob Berndt

Co-founder Tomorrow, Co-founder Lemonaid

Iris Braun

Iris Braun

Iris Braun

Co-founder & CPO share

Nicola Breyer

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Nicola Breyer

Nicola Breyer

CCO Optiopay & former Head of Growth Paypal

Christian Dereser

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Christian Dereser

Christian Dereser

Founder CheckMyBus, Co-founder financeAds

Hubert Deutsch

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Hubert Deutsch

Hubert Deutsch

CEO Feinguss Blank & former CFO Liebherr

Wilfried Gilrath

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Wilfried Gilrath

Wilfried Gilrath

former CEO Lichtblick

Achim Hensen

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Achim Hensen

Achim Hensen

Co-founder Purpose Economy

Matthias Henze

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Matthias Henze

Matthias Henze

Co-founder & CEO Jimdo

Lars Jessen

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Lars Jessen

Lars Jessen

Film director and producer

Paul Kupfer

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Paul Kupfer

Paul Kupfer

CEO soulbottles

Brigitte Mohn

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Brigitte Mohn

Brigitte Mohn

Managing Director, Sunrise Capital GmbH

Jörg Pannenbäcker

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Jörg Pannenbäcker

Jörg Pannenbäcker

Systemic Coaching & Consulting for New Work

Sven-Oliver Pink

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Sven-Oliver Pink

Sven-Oliver Pink

Founder FOND OF

Jan Plambeck

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Jan Plambeck

Jan Plambeck

CEO purefood

Henrike Schlottmann

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Henrike Schlottmann

Henrike Schlottmann

MD Project Together

Rolf Schrömgens

Rolf Schrömgens

Rolf Schrömgens

Co-Founder Trivago

Christian Springub

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Christian Springub

Christian Springub

Co-founder & COO Dance, Co-founder Jimdo

Philipp Westermeyer

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Philipp Westermeyer

Philipp Westermeyer

Founder & CEO OMR

Jan Boris Wintzenburg

Boris is an economist and business writer. He is heading the jury of the most prestigious german entrepreneurship award. At Planet A he and Fridtjof are in charge of the Planet A Network.

Jan Boris Wintzenburg

Jan Boris Wintzenburg

Business Editor, stern

Contact

Let’s take action for the planet. Together!