Deutsche Börse today published details of its growth companies funding programme, “Deutsche Börse Venture Network”.
The aim of the programme is to bring together businesses and investors to make an effective improvement in the funding of new high-growth companies. The launch of this new initiative is scheduled for June 2015.
Deutsche Börse Venture Network is not a new market segment but a programme which comprises a non-public online platform, where funding rounds will be initiated, and training and networking events.
Growth companies have to meet certain selection criteria to qualify for the programme, such as being in the growth, late or pre-IPO phase and already exhibiting initial business success. Other criteria include growth in sales, company value and profitability.
Growth companies will have the opportunity to present themselves directly on the online platform, without the support of investment banks or other intermediaries. Among others, 004, Auctionata, brillen.de, Brille24, Hitmeister, Home24, Kreditech, NFON, Proteros, reBuy, stylefruits and Swyx will be on the platform at the launch. Further companies are currently in the process of applying.
The platform offers a range of European growth companies to German and international investors from private equity, venture capital, public funds and family office areas, as well as high-net-worth individuals.
“We form the link that enables an early dialogue between businesses and investors, and offer our complete knowledge of capital markets to help solve structural access and information deficit issues,” said Dr Martin Reck, Cash Market Managing Director at Deutsche Börse.