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MARCH 2019 // motec ventures‘ latest view on the Global Auto Industry

Among the numerous studies published, KPMG's Global Automotive Executive Survey under 981 execs from 41 countries is one of the most comprehensive. At motec ventures, we agree with the majority of the fields analyzed, but have a slightly different perspective on some of them. Our view in a nutshell:




motec ventures started its first investment in the Smart Mobility sector with Israeli company RFISee (the world’s first 4D imaging-radar-on-1-chip) and CarFellows (a German joint venture between a German multi-brand dealer group and an industry leading team of auto entrepreneurs). Both firms were funded by international private industry co-investors, one major German “Mittelstand” company and a tech-oriented family office. By Q1 2019 further investments in the Smart Mobility sector are expected as the fund will be backed by additional external investors out of the close network around Geza Brugger and Berthold Baurek-Karlic, both Managing Director of motec ventures.


Hahn Group

November 22 2018 // Motec Ventures concludes Cooperation/Co-Investment Agreement with Hahn Group.

This week Hahn AG has joined motec ventures’ strongly grown ecosystem of investors from the small and medium-sized world of enterprises. Hahn is a German asset and investment manager for large-scale retail properties. With more than 35 years of investment experience and a portfolio of about 160 properties, Hahn currently holds an amount of 2.8 billion euros of assets under management. With its many thousand ground-level parking spots, Hahn has recently intensified the exploration and development activities in the vibrant "mobility industry", a field highly connected to their core business. Both parties now agreed to share future deal flow and thus jointly co-design the future of mobility in Europe. More information on Hahn Group is available at www.hahnag.de.

Munich Frauenkirche

October 25 2018 // Motec Ventures Opens new Office in Munich.

We are proudly announcing another big growth step at motec ventures – the opening of a new office in the center of Munich at the famous "Viktualienmarkt". Munich is one of the big industry and venture hubs in Germany, where we are surrounded by a very inspiring working environment, with an academically and technologically sound breeding ground, close to fantastic start-ups, strong small and medium sized companies (SME), as well as big automotive players – thus being the perfect spot to intensify our local activities. Please feel free to contact us for a visit, we are very happy to have a coffee, "Weißwurst" or excellent Bavarian beer with you. Best regards from your motec ventures team!

Berthold Baurek-Karlic

September 9 2018 // motec ventures hosted a successful Mobility & Innovation event in Munich.

Together with Avestu Capital and the Economic Advisory Council Bavaria, motec ventures hosted an exclusive "Mobility & Innovation" networking and pitch night for executives and owners of small and medium sized companies (SME). The event was focused on fruitfully bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, startups and leading institutions of the Bavarian Mobility and Automotive ecosystem. Geza Brugger, Managing Director of motec ventures, held the opening keynote on the future of mobility and the importance of open innovation, followed by several pitch rounds. Berthold Baurek-Karlic, also Managing Director of motec ventures, afterwards lead the panel discussion with representatives out of SMEs, government, start-ups and investors. "For us at motec, it was a very successful first event in Munich – with valuable insights for all parties, strong discussions and future business opportunities." (Berthold Baurek-Karlic, motec ventures)

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Henrik Fisker and Geza Brugger

August 13 2018 // Henrik Fisker joins motec ventures Advisory Board.

The automotive industry design icon, renowned entrepreneur and EV pioneer Henrik Fisker becomes motec ventures advisory board member. He will support managing directors Berthold Baurek-Karlic and Geza Brugger through regular discourse on technical and entrepreneurial issues, and in finding new and untapped brainpower and technological innovation across the globe that will help transform mobility and create better customer experiences. In addition, his company Fisker Inc. will engage in co-investment opportunities that may be synergistic with the OEMs upcoming vehicle lineup, as well as the proprietary Fisker Solid-State Battery program.

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CarFellows // Germany

The start-up is a joint venture between a German multi-brand dealer group and an industry leading team of auto entrepreneurs. The business model is to provide a seamless solution for B2B campaign and lead management plus direct customer online sales for used and new cars, as well as future service business. The company structure allows CarFellows to offer the best service for the future auto customer.

Investment Manager: Berthold Baurek-Karlic, Geza Brugger // Year invested: 2018 // Sector: Vehicle Sales Platform / Mobility Services


FDTech // Germany

The experts in future driving technology develop mobility solutions for the upcoming era of the automotive and mobility industry, especially in the area of automated driving functions – from the concept phase and prototyping to systems integration, always with the focus on feasibility for series production.

Investment Manager: Geza Brugger // Year invested: 2018 // Sector: Autonomous Driving Algorithmics


Autobahn // Estonia

The Estonian startup Autobahn is reinventing the way to sell, order and deliver cars. They are building the leading platform to connect automotive manufacturers, importers and dealers directly with the vehicle buyer, working towards a connected and transparent automotive future. Their platform is highly scalable and drastically reduces overhead on daily activities.

Investment Manager: Geza Brugger // Year invested: 2017 // Sector: Vehicle Sales Platform (SaaS)


Butleroy // Austria

The artificial intelligent digital butler offers an elegant scheduling solution for private users as well as for corporates (e.g. postal services, automotive industries and delivery services). With Butleroy, the automotive industry for instance can give their customers the chance to schedule an appointment, e.g. for a test drive, to book a service or to repair their car – arranging this appointment automatically, perfectly corresponding to the business’ and customer’s schedule.

Investment Manager: Berthold Baurek-Karlic, Geza Brugger // Year invested: 2017 // Sector: Artificial Intelligence, Scheduling Engine


Firstbird // Austria

The war for talents peaks all over the world. Digitalization and higher degrees of mobility of talents make it hard to find and attract the right employees. Firstbird’s digital employee referral program enables companies to recruit talent through employee referrals, making their hiring faster, cheaper and more efficient. Among others, leading automotive suppliers have already made very good experiences with the program.

Investment Manager: Berthold Baurek-Karlic // Year invested: 2017 // Sector: Social Recruiting


YodelTalk Ltd. // United Kingdom

YodelTalk is a Gartner Cool Vendor 2018 and supported by Facebooks VCx program. Its voice computing solution enables a conversational call-center automation. A digital receptionist, able to service 90% of clients without human interaction. This technology certainly has a very wide range of potential applications in various industries – specifically in the automotive sector (shared-economy platforms, new connected services ...).

Investment Manager: Berthold Baurek-Karlic // Year invested: 2016 // Sector: Voice Computing (Natural Language Processing)


RFISee // Israel

The Israeli company was founded through the DRIVE Accelerator of the Technion Institute of Technology, and is developing the world’s first 4D imaging-radar-on-1-chip. The high-resolution and low-cost radar sensor will generate real-time 3D location and velocity maps of cars’ surrounding objects, enabling a mass market of safer cars that will massively disrupt the transportation industry with new business models.

Investment Manager: Berthold Baurek-Karlic, Geza Brugger // Year invested: 2018 // Sector: Smart Mobility / Autonomous Vehicles



skill-fisher // Germany

skill-fisher is a recruiting-boutique for digital talents, providing network-as-a-service. The company connects best-fit talents with traditional organizations and startups to shape the digital future, especially in the automotive- and mobility industries. Their core company values are convenience, quality and trust.


European Super Angels Club // Austria

The European Super Angels Club (ESAC) is a network of investors, offering its members access to international co-investments of European startups. Every startup undergoes a thorough analysis before being presented to investors. Their members only see the best business cases, saving them time and effort.


DealMatrix // Austria

DealMatrix runs an independent end-to-end SaaS platform for the venture eco-system, specialized in scouting, matching and workflow management. Their structured process helps clients to gain streamlined pitching- and business data about startups, increasing the efficiency of their clients.


code & co. // Germany

code & co. is a strategic technology, UX and product advisory firm for mission-critical situations. They work with prestigious clients and companies from a wide array of industries (e.g. automotive) to help them make key decisions confidently, at times when it matters most.


everlean // Germany

everlean digitizes lean management. All employees are involved into the continuous improvement process so that companies can leverage their full potential. Suggestions are easily entered into a web-app, made transparent and implemented by teams. Tasks are easily allocated, relevant information is presented in management reports and relevant KPIs are tracked to be discussed in shop floor meetings to ensure long term success.


CMP Financial Engineers // Germany

CMP is an expert team with more than 17 years' experience in supporting companies on getting public funding for investments and innovative R&D projects. They assist from the initial project idea through the application process along the entire project schedule. Besides of comprehensive contacts to the relevant funding agencies and government departments, CMP has deep knowledge of the industries such as automotive, engine- and plant engineering, life science, food, chemistry and renewable energies.




e&Co. AG // Germany

e&Co. is an entrepreneurial management consultancy and investment company focusing on the automotive and mobility industries. The change experts develop tailor-made solutions to a range of strategic, organisational, and operational challenges, especially within the context of digital transformation. Working at the interface between the start-up scene and established corporates, they provide sustainable increases in value to both sides – with a key focus on outstanding concepts in the mobility services related industry.



Venionaire Capital // Austria

Venionaire is specialized in (Corporate) Venture Capital, Corporate Startup Engagement (CSE), Digital Transformation and High-Tech Innovation. The VC experts are a trusted partner for scouting, screening, technology, market and competitive analysis, valuation, as well as management of related transactions and portfolios with a high-tech footprint.


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