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BORN2GROW

Providing capital to early-phase innovators – and staying with them as they grow! BORN2GROW is a venture capital fund focusing on start-ups in tech and life-science industries.


Single Investments: € 0,5 – 1,5 Mio.

Investment Strategy

BORN2GROW invests in start-ups that offer truly innovative ideas, and a management team with the skills and grit to achieve sustainable growth. We partner with companies at an early stage, but our private funding allows us to form long-term relationships that may involve our parent company, Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn (ZFHN). 

By investing in a range of industries, we can partake in a variety of growth opportunities, and manage risk. Our start-up partners are at work in fields from the Internet of Things to Mobility, and from Life Sciences to Industry 4.0.

Do you want to hear more about how we work together with young companies? Please see Need Capital.

Our Investment Partners

BORN2GROW is committed to maintaining a diverse portfolio, including early-stage start-ups working in a range of industries throughout Germany, and as far away as Israel. 

Amid that diversity, all of our companies have one important thing in common: the founders and their teams have relied on technological innovation to create a product that has a well-defined market!

See Our Portfolio

Testimonial

“TinyInspektor’s collaboration with BORN2GROW has been invaluable from the get-go. We have benefited from BORN2GROW’s direct top-level access to key market players, its intimate acquaintance with major market dynamics, and its meticulous planning across the broad array of strategic and tactical considerations – all of which was crucial to the effectiveness of our market entry.”

Read more about TinyInspektor

Harel Boren, CEO and co-founder

Our Network

BORN2GROW participates in an extensive network of people and institutions that are committed to supporting young companies, and can provide entrepreneurial expertise and industry-specific knowhow. Many network members are based near BORN2GROW at start-ups, medium-to-large-sized companies, and in educational and medical institutions in the dynamic Heilbronn region. 

As network members with more than 10 years of venture-capital experience, BORN2GROW and its parent company, ZFHN, can provide in-house support on questions of strategy and business development. We can help you deal with sales and marketing, financing, production processes, and development of staff and management. If you need qualified administrative board members, we can assist you with that, too.

Our BORN2GROW Team

Günter Steffen
CEO and Founder

Günter Steffen has founded nearly 50 companies, in addition to TDS, or tele-daten-service GmbH, an IT services company at which he was head of the management board until the year 2000. After that, he served on TDS’ supervisory board in various functions. From 1998 until 2005, Günter Steffen was president of the regional chamber of trade and commerce, the IHK Heilbronn-Franken, and in 2006 he was named honorary president of that organization.

Mr. Steffen founded BORN2GROW in 2012. Since then, he has taken the lead in making a number of investments, and helped a number of investment partners reach their goals. 

Alexander Hofer
Investment Director, Authorized Officer

Alexander Hofer studied business administration at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Mannheim. Before arriving at the company, Hofer worked for various firms in Germany and abroad – predominantly in the field of corporate finance. Hofer boasts many years of experience in the financing of start-ups and has supported companies along the life cycle of the venture capital model – from seed funding to successful exit – on multiple occasions. He also successfully served as Interim Manager numerous times.

Manuel Böhringer
Investment Manager

Manuel Böhringer acquired his knowledge of the theoretical foundations of corporate finance through his banking studies at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart. After completing internships in a range of areas in the financial industry in 2016, Mr. Böhringer began working as an investment manager at BORN2GROW. He is responsible for investment acquisition in the fields of Industry, Life Sciences, and IT.

Marius Diehl
Investment Manager

Marius Diehl focuses on the acquisition and support of start-ups. Before coming to out team, he worked as an analyst for a private equity company in Frankfurt in the area of restructuring and turnarounds. Marius Diehl has a degree in economics from Leibnitz University in Hanover.

Andrea Muth
Investment Controller

Andrea Muth is a member of the team as an investment controller. Muth previously worked for several years as a scientific researcher and lecturer in the field of strategy and controlling at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences. She studied business administration at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences and obtained a dual master’s degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

Tanja Pozar
Executive Assistant to the CEO