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DB1 Ventures – the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Deutsche Börse Group

We drive innovation through start-up investments along the capital markets infrastructure value chain.
  • €400 million
  • AUM
  • 21
  • Active investments
  • 2
  • Unicorns
  • 5
  • Exits

DB1 Ventures

Our vision

DB1 Ventures’ vision is to be a strategic partner of choice for early-stage to growth-stage fintech start-ups along the capital markets infrastructure value chain. Through targeted start-up investments, we aim to gain access to innovations and technologies that are core or adjacent to Deutsche Börse Group’s strategy, generate attractive investment returns and add strategic value to the growth plans of our portfolio companies.

Our mission

DB1 Ventures considers itself as Deutsche Börse Group’s “eyes and ears” in the global venture capital and fintech ecosystem. Its focus is set on areas of strategic interest to the Group to help the company drive innovation.

Investment strategy

  • Geography agnostic
  • €5–25 million investment size
  • Active investment philosophy
  • Minority, significant minority stakes
  • Lead and co-participate in investments
  • Return targets: 1) Financial KPIs; 2) Strategic value
  • Focus on early-stage to growth-stage companies (post-Series A)
  • Fintech start-ups, with a specific focus on capital markets infrastructure

Value proposition 

We help early-stage and growth-stage start-ups scale better from a technical and business connectivity perspective by working closely with our product, technology and operations teams.

We provide connections to the financial world from issuers to intermediaries, traders and investors, who appreciate our neutrality and the high quality of market services we provide.

We understand what it means to operate within the capital markets space and can help start-ups strategically with our expertise and connections to relevant players in the space.

We bring the experience and brand of one of the largest market operators – a strong brand in the industry, standing for quality, independence, reliability and innovation.

Current Issues

Caplight secures strategic investment from the Deutsche Börse

18 October 2022 – Caplight to expand derivatives trading and hedging on private company shares, to explore collaboration opportunities with Eurex

Illuminate Financial secures commitments from key financial investors

27 May 2022 - Illuminate enters a strategic relationship with Jeffries, J.P. Morgan, S&P Global and the Deutsche Börse Group, who also commit to invest

Proxymity closes US$52 million Series B

12 April 2022 - Mediant and BNP Paribas join the Consortium, alongside existing investor the Deutsche Börse Group

Deutsche Börse invests in and partners with AirCarbon Exchange

22 March 2022 - Collaboration with EEX envisioned for Voluntary Carbon Markets

New York

Forge Global goes public via SPAC merger

22 March 2022 - Becomes the first publicly traded Private Securities Marketplace; trading debut on NYSE under ticker "FRGE"



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    Investment team

    • Markus Hablizel

      Markus Hablizel

      Head of DB1 Ventures - LinkedIn

    • Monika Fuchs

      Monika Fuchs

      Investment Principal - LinkedIn

    • Christoph Osburg

      Christoph Osburg

      Investment Principal - LinkedIn

    • Stefan Djuknic

      Stefan Djuknic

      Investment Associate - LinkedIn

    • Leopold Buening

      Leopold Buening

      Investment Associate - LinkedIn

    • Leopold Buening

      Luca Wendler

      Investment Analyst - LinkedIn