Based in Stuttgart Grazia has been supporting a large number of mostly young companies, often from their foundation to the Initial Public Offering or eventual sale.
In contrast to other venture capital firms, we predominantly work with our own capital that we invest as entrepreneurs. This results in the following advantages and benefits for our portfolio companies:
- understanding for the situation and matter at hand
- fast and pragmatic decision making
- Grazia contributions range from a few hundred thousand to several million Euros per investment.
- Grazia focuses on Europe and in particular, Germany. Grazia co-invests in selected situations in the USA.
Having invested through two severe financial market crises, Grazia has proven that we weather stormy times. At the end of the day, fairness, empathy and passion are the essential values that shape our decisions, actions and our lives.
Founders about Grazia
Find out what others have to say about us!
Founder and CEO of YEAY
"YEAY feels that Grazia Equity’s investment has gone beyond that of simple financial support, but also includes the team’s extensive expertise. As the founder of YEAY, I especially value the open and honest dialog we have. And the sense of appreciation has been noticeable throughout."
Founder and CEO of Moviepilot
"Grazia means entrepreneurship to me and a very competent and respectful way of dealing with others. It stands for precise and instrumentally strategical sparring, for accelerated personal contacts, helpful momentum at the right time and for steady, extremely valuable support in building up our company."
CPO and Co-Founder of Zageno
"We were very selective in approaching partners for our pre-seed round. Right from our initial discussions, Grazia gave us the feeling they fully believed in the team and our vision. Alec and his team have a real passion for enabling entrepreneurs at all stages. Their pragmatism and speed in getting things done are incredible. Ever since we started, they have been very active and dependable partners."
Founder and CEO of Mister Spex
"Working with the Grazia Equity team means: sound discussions in optimizing and scaling the business model as well as active support with a high-quality contact network."
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Statista
"Grazia is more to us than an investor. In product development as well as organizational issues, we are helped by their many years of experience and know-how as well as their objective point of view."
Dr. Behrooz Rezvani
Founder of Quantenna
"Grazia Equity brings a deep understanding of our technology and extensive knowledge of the trends that drive our market. The support, network and insight this experienced team provides is very helpful to our business moving forward. They are not just an investor, but a strategic partner with us."
Founder and CEO of B2X Care Solutions
"With Grazia we have found a partner with whom we perfectly share our core values such as innovation and sustainability."
CEO of SiTime
"SiTime actively sought an investment from Grazia Equity. Their high-level corporate connections, and their long-term investment perspective are good assets for us. I have had a serial investor relationship with one of their partners, who was a key investor. His attention to the important issues and support for the entrepreneur have helped me."
Dr. Harpreet Singh
Founder and CSO of Immatics and CEO of Immatics USA
"What I especially appreciate about Grazia is their long-standing entrepreneurial experience and their highly analytic way of thinking. Grazia always treats you as a partner. They are refreshingly straightforward, critical and always constructive. In short, you don’t work with just venture capital people but with real entrepreneurs."
Founder and CEO of Urbanara
"Grazia is a team of very clever, honest and respectful people. They are wonderful partners to work with. Something many VCs claim to be but very few truly deliver."
Founder and CEO Inspekto
"Building a Gazelle and scaling it up at 10-exer pace takes people, strategy, execution and cash (thank you Verne Harnish and Jim Collins!). Our match with the Grazia team of pro’s, in each and every of these key aspects, is a match made in heaven!"
Our Investment Focus
We love great entrepreneurs as well as big, world-changing innovations and ideas. Our enthusiasm is generally not limited to particular industries. Nevertheless the following success criteria are important to us:
- An extraordinary, dynamic and talented team preferably with relevant experience
- A unique product or service
- A sustainable and defensible competitive advantage
- A scalable business model
- Sizeable market potential
The Grazia partner team includes entrepreneurial investors who like to move big ideas forward. Our actions are driven by sound knowledge, empathy and passion. Grazia also benefits from an excellent back office team and a supportive group of dynamic business partners.
Founder & Managing Director, First German Business Angel of the Year awarded by BAND (Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V.)
An entrepreneur by heart, I discovered my passion for technology and entrepreneurship early in life. I launched my own brand of windsurfing boards at the age of 16; designing and producing them myself. When I was 20 and studying aerospace technology at the Technical University in Munich, my sister and I managed the sole Cartier franchise in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. It was our first company that we managed.
I gained great insight into process management and organization during my time at ABB and Behr after graduating from Harvard Business School. It was then that I realized both my love for adventure and helping young companies move forward. I am fascinated by technology and innovation. I like discovering and supporting things that make our world a better place.
My professional passion is working with fantastic entrepreneurs. I love surfing the best waves also at work. If you’re looking to establish something big and groundbreaking — something that is a positive contribution to our world — you should contact us.LinkedIn profile
Since 2002 I have had the best job on the planet. Even the years prior to that — first working for McKinsey, then founding an Internet company in 2000/2001 — were exciting. I count myself lucky to have been surrounded by innovative and inspiring topics ever since graduation from university.
My focus has and will continue to be riding the wave of the digital revolution. Supporting market-defining moments with companies like Mister Spex, Moviepilot, Statista, and Lingoda, Reelio and YEAY have allowed me to keep my finger on the pulse of global and generational impact. This means being ahead of time by months, or even years, in order to anticipate trends and competitive reactions. Maybe even redefining what customers might want and/or need.
I am proud to have actively contributed to a thriving German digital landscape for more than 15 years. And I am sure the best is yet to come. Current developments are exciting and promise a great future. I can’t wait to talk to you about your ideas and visions. You’re likely to find me in Berlin or Zurich, Switzerland.LinkedIn profile
Dr. Benedikt Battke
I am thrilled by new businesses that disrupt established industries and advance our society. The challenge of entrepreneurs to understand technology, markets and society in order to shape the future fascinates me. I strive to address this challenge from different angles during my career.
As an economist by training (London School of Economics), I very much enjoyed to shape corporate strategies in the high-tech and energy sector at McKinsey. During my PhD on Energy Storage in Zurich (ETH) I discovered my passion for technological innovation. When I was responsible for the CASE portfolio (Connectivity, Autonomous, Service, Electrification) at Daimler I developed corporate venture strategy, prepared investment decisions, and supported start-ups. During this time we invested for instance in Chargepoint, Turo, Anagog and Volocopter. Yet I also value the societal aspect of entrepreneurship. This is why I worked as coach for startsocial and ETH pioneer fellowship.
I love working with founders that are driven by the ambition to move the world. As investor, I see myself as a passionate partner of entrepreneurs actively supporting them wherever possible – and I am looking forward to engage with you in this endeavour.LinkedIn profile
We’re expanding and further strengthening our team
We always look for charismatic and analytical personalities for an internship at Grazia. You will get the possibility to take part in identifying, selecting and actively contributing to building world-changing companies with us.
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