Alexander Stoeckel – btov

Person:

Alexander Stoeckel is a Partner and Board Member at btov. He has joined the firm in 2007. Alexander has studied international business administration at the European Business School (ebs) in Oestrich-Winkel and Paris, and at the International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund and San Diego. He holds an MBA from the University of Oxford. Since May 2015, Alexander is a Board Member for the Seed Money & Venture Capital Chapter of the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA). Alexander was born and raised in Berlin. He is married and has two kids. He and his family live in St. Gallen.

Interview

Startup@HSG: What is btov doing?
Alexander Stoekel: btov is a venture capital firm and one of the largest private investor networks in Europe. Today, btov manages three proprietary btov venture capital funds, and three fund portfolios on behalf large strategic investors. btov offers co-investment opportunities to its private investor network with more than 250 members. btov has more than 100 startups in its active portfolio and about EUR 320m assets under management.

Startup@HSG: In addition to the money, startups often require support from experienced investors, market access, contacts with potential customers. How actively do you invest yourself in your investments?
Alexander Stoekel: btov aims to leverage the technological expertise, entrepreneurial experience, and business acumen of its private investor network for the benefit of all portfolio companies. Over the past 17 years, the btov team has built one of the strongest private investor networks in Europe, composed of entrepreneurs with outstanding career achievements and skills. The support for btov portfolio companies stems from btov’s investor network and btov’s own network. In addition, we bring in our own team’s experience from 17 years of startup investments.

Startup@HSG: In how many new projects do you invest every year?
Alexander Stoekel: In 2016, btov did more than 40 transactions, which includes follow-on investments and new additions to the portfolios.

Startup@HSG: btov is, for example, involved in Quanta Fluid Solutions. How did the partnership come about?
Alexander Stoekel: The investment opportunity in Quanta was initially introduced to btov by one of our members and experts for medical technologies, Mr Johan de Ruiter (http://btov.vc/investor/johan-de-ruiter/). But Johan did not only introduce the company to us, he was actively involved in the investment process and in working with Quanta ever since. He is today the Chairman of Quanta Fluid Solutions, and the company is one of our most promising portfolio companies.

Startup@HSG: What is the best way for a startup to get in contact with b-to-v?
Alexander Stoekel: It is very easy to get in touch with btov. Simply go to our website under “contact” (http://btov.vc/contact/) and click on “pitch us your company”.