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 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

  • Tobias Seikel

    Partner

  • Marvin D. Andrä

    Partner

  • 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.

Vision, Mission & Values

Vision

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

Mission

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.

Values

  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.


Our portfolio.

Come and meet us.

Ideensturm

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