btov, founded as brains to ventures

We are pioneers in developing venture capital investment solutions for private, corporate and institutional investors.

Business Units

About us

btov is a European venture capital firm, managing about EUR 450m in institutional funds, partner funds and direct investments of private investors. btov teams in St.Gallen, Berlin, Munich and Luxemburg jointly with seasoned entrepreneurs back Start-ups with teams willing to make the difference.

btov is among the largest and oldest venture capital firms in Europe. Founded in 2000, originally as online matching platform named “BrainsToVentures”, btov has pioneered venture capital investment solutions for private, corporate and institutional investors. We share their risk since we invest significantly in our funds and have “skin in the game”.

  • 2000

    founding year

  • 450m

    AuM in EUR

  • 8

    funds raised

  • 0.25-10m

    EUR investment size

We provide members of our investor network with vetted investment opportunities in early and later stage tech companies from over 25 different industries. This includes all sectors covered by btov venture capital funds and btov managed partner funds. We enable our members to jointly discuss investment opportunities, to contribute to a consolidated due diligence and transaction process, and to keep track of their portfolio companies throughout the entire investment journey. The minimum investment per investor per company is EUR 50.000. We expect our members to take their investment decisions independently and build individual, diversified portfolios of at least 10 start-ups per member. We only work with investors / business angels who meet SEC criteria for accredited investors. The activities of the private investor network are summarized in the btov Investor Report.

  • 250


  • eight digit

    funding volume p.a.

  • 30-40

    transactions p.a.

We enable corporations, non-profit organizations and high net worth individuals or family offices to set up tailor-made venture capital funds. The investment strategy of a managed partner fund is customized according to your preferences regarding geography, industry, and maturity stage. We will assign a dedicated team to the management of your portfolio, arrange the legal set-up, and manage the fund’s operations, including transactions and reports. Finally, we coach the fund management team on an ongoing basis to ensure smooth operations. You and your fund team will become members of the btov family, i.e. we will enable you to access our deal-flow of about 3’000 start-up investment opportunities per year, and to co-invest with other btov funds, other btov managed partner funds, or the btov private investor network. So far, we are managing EUR 125m in three individual managed partner fund portfolios for the Swiss publishing company Ringier, the Swiss insurance company Helvetia, and for a Swiss family office.

  • Portfolios

    for UHNWI & family offices

We operate own funds investing in digital tech and in industrial tech start-ups. The digital tech fund invests in B2C- and B2B-oriented businesses in the fields of commerce, marketplaces, mobile and software. The industrial tech fund places its focus on deep tech, e.g. in industry 4.0, resource efficiency, industrial AI, IoT, enterprise software, cyber security, as well as medtech. Initial investments amount to EUR 0.25-3.5m and we can increase our total investment to EUR 10m over the life cycle of a company. We are focused on Europe and invest outside of Europe on a case-by-case basis.

  • 0.25-10m

    EUR investment size

  • 5

    funds raised

  • >10 years

    fund mgmt. experience