We understand Corporate Venture Capital and have redefined the way corporates approach innovation and are investing into new technologies. We strongly believe in data and the idea to combine the industry knowledge of our clients with our extensive venture capital expertise and track record. Our clients appreciate our independent advice and our ambition to support them to make the best possible investment decision which fits to their own investment strategy.
Multiple clients, various starting points and one common denominator
Digitalisation and new regulations have fundamentally changed the world of banking in the last two decades. The Volksbanken Cooperative has been shaping Germany’s banking landscape since 1850. Today, the Cooperative has over 18 Million customers and is the market leader in SME-banking. In 2015, Berliner Volksbank decided to leverage its unique position to become a driver of innovation in the financial and real estate sector by investing in FinTechs, PropTechs and digital solutions for SMEs. The bank chose Redstone to be its strategic partner and venture capital expert. Within five years, our joint teams invested alongside top global investors like Insight Ventures, e.ventures and Partech into a portfolio of 12 startups. Late 2019 was the beginning of the next chapter, when multiple investors joined Berliner Volksbank and Redstone for the closing of a second and significantly bigger VC fund. VR Ventures was born and is now actively investing.
Vogel Communications Group
In 2013, the over 125-year old family-owned B2B publisher Vogel started transforming their core business operations. In close relationship with Redstone, Vogel launched their Corporate Venture Capital activities Vogel Ventures, and became Redstone’s founding client. Redstone helped Vogel develop their investment strategy, entering the startup ecosystem and evaluating investment opportunities. The partnership led to companies, such as Atheneum Partners, Cobrainer and Labforward. In 2018, Vogel transformed to Vogel Communications Group and is now the leading B2B marketing and communications provider.