Hanse Ventures

We turn ideas into companies

Hanse Ventures is the company builder in Hamburg. Together with founders, we are building the digital SMEs of tomorrow. We bring founders, ideas and capital together and, as co-founders, our team of experts provides operational support.

  • 3+start-ups per year
  • 500+employees
  • 80+funding rounds

Setting up a company with us.

Investing with us.

Who we are.

At the heart of Hanse Ventures is our operational team of roughly 25 experts, all of whom have many years' experience in the digital sector. Founders are free to choose which discipline they need help with and when. Teamwork and knowledge transfer are crucial success factors.

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    Product team

    Our support ranges from developing a name (including CI/CD) to the fully programmed website and app.

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    Online marketing

    We derive recommended actions by optimally managing online campaigns.

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    Business intelligence

    We systematically pool and analyse data silos to determine profitable actions.

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    Human resources

    Teams have to be assembled and managed, which is where our expert knowledge comes in, from recruitment to employment law matters.

  • Jochen Maaß

    Founder & Partner

  • Tobias Seikel


  • Marvin D. Andrä


  • Your Job?
  • Jochen Maaß (Founder & Partner)

    Jochen (born in 1982) has been an Internet entrepreneur since the age of 15. He is one of the pioneers of online marketing in Germany. In 2000, he founded artaxo AG, one of the leading agencies for search engine optimisation. As a Business Angel, he supported over 30 start-ups. Jochen is a Business IT graduate. He founded Hanse Ventures in 2010, together with the former Chairman of Gruner+Jahr, Dr Bernd Kundrun, and the former CEO of Sony Music, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz. Jochen develops new concepts and provides the portfolio companies with considerable support for strategic matters and fundraising.

    Tobias Seikel (Partner)

    Tobias (born in 1977) is a Business Studies graduate. He joined Hanse Ventures in 2011, after almost 10 years in publishing. He began his career as a trainee at Gruner+Jahr, established the company's magazine business as Head of Publishing in Croatia and was then appointed Deputy Managing Director of a G+J International joint venture operating throughout Eastern Europe. As Deputy Publishing Director of the news magazine, stern, and Publishing Director of the art magazine, Art, he was responsible for their development and strategic direction from 2008. At Hanse Ventures, he is responsible for the operational management of the company builder and overall project management with the portfolio firms.

    Marvin D. Andrä (Partner)

    Marvin (born in 1982) founded his first company at the age 18. At that time, Business Week voted him one of Europe’s Top 5 Best Young Entrepreneurs. He has since sat on the advisory boards of various domestic and overseas start-ups, as well as the Board of the listed Capital One AG, and worked as "Rescue Manager" at Unister Holding. During his time as Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds, he oversaw more than 12 investments, including the Rebelle marketplace co-founded by Hanse Ventures. Marvin is a Certified Private Equity Analyst and highly proficient in all aspects of start-up funding.

Our portfolio.

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Your start-up —
our assessment

eBizz Talk

The meeting place for digital masterminds

Would you like to set up your own business and receive honest feedback about your idea? Here, you have the opportunity to present your concept to an expert jury from our company builder and receive direct feedback.

Whether it's executive-level decision-makers from established companies or aspiring founders – they are all united by their passion for the Internet. Several times a year, Hanse Ventures invites two prominent players from the digital business community in order to take a look at their founding history and the secrets to their success.

In these "off the record" lectures, the speakers talk about their careers, the highs and lows and sometimes second chances. The lectures are seamlessly followed by casual networking. Over snacks, our guests can exchange views with the speakers and each other during face-to-face discussions, thereby taking away exciting insights and tips for their own start-up. Attendance at eBizzTalk is by invitation only.

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