From an idea to a product

As co-founder and investor, we support startups in their early stages.

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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 provide operational support with our team of digital experts.

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

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Who we are.

At the heart of Hanse Ventures is our operational team of roughly 20 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.

  • Product team

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

  • Online marketing

    We derive recommended actions by optimally managing online campaigns.

  • Business intelligence

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

  • 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

  • Sebastian Schulz

    Partner HV Fonds

  • 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.

    Sebastian Schulz (Partner HV Fonds)

    Sebastian (born in 1990) is a thoroughbred entrepreneur and studied electrical engineering and industrial economics in Dresden and Switzerland. At the end of his studies, he set up his own company builder in Dresden, which focuses on business models that can be scaled online. One of the created companies is the Uniwunder GmbH, which operates one of the most known platforms for students. In 2020 Sebastian sold the portfolio he had built up by then and joined Hanse Ventures. Here he is responsible for the funds and takes care about both new and existing investments. Sebastian pays special attention to the scaling strategy and provides support in strategic and also very practical operational issues.

Vision, Mission & Values


Hanse Ventures is a key institution for digital start-ups, creating economically successful working environments shaped by commitment, fun and pioneering spirit.


Thanks to its professional expertise and high-profile network of investors and business partners, Hanse Ventures offers its start-up teams the appropriate assistance along with the opportunity to establish sustainable business models.


  1. Partnership

    We treat each other fair and with respect, working together and not against each other. The success of our start-ups affects all of us, together we also solve any errors that happen in our start-ups. Everyone treats each other as they themselves would want to be treated.

  2. Competence

    The Hanse Ventures team is a group of experts. Each of us has our own specialization in which we are really good. As experts in our field, we have a wealth of experience that we are happy to share with every single one of our start-ups. We adopt a solution-oriented approach and get things done. Dynamic as an agency and experienced as a corporate group.

  3. Identification

    We identify with our start-ups and are more than just a service provider. We operate like a member of their team and communicate on equal footings. If we think something isn’t beneficial, we address the issue. Both internally at Hanse Ventures, when working with start-ups or external partners. We practice knowledge management.

  4. Flexible opportunities

    We offer individual packages with regard to salaries, working from home, curiosity, cohesion, job security and great coffee.

  5. Support

    We support each other. At every stage we are the right contact for validating the product or services and scaling of business models. We accept any challenge, in order to provide performance-oriented solutions using our expert knowledge.

  6. Relevance

    We enter into certified partnerships and use the latest expertise. We organise events for founders, investors, experts and journalists and provide exciting, successful investment opportunities.

Was wir können!

Eine kleine Auswahl unserer
Skills & Tools.

Our portfolio.

An excerpt from our successfully launched startups.

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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.

Register for the next Ideensturm!

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.

Do... or do not. There is no try.

-Yoda, Jedi Master