- The Berlin-based company builder invited investors, partners, founders and friends to the 2015 edition of the annual conference
Berlin, October 21th 2015. On the 15th and 16th of October, Berlin’s Project A Ventures played host to their annual Portfolio Days for the third year running. In the scope of the two-day conference, around 140 co-investors, partners, founders and friends of the company builder came together in the German capital. With Portfolio Days, Project A Ventures aims to assemble all of the individuals and companies who are key to its success once a year. This year there was both an internal day for Project A experts and founders as well as an external day, which partners and co-investors were invited to attend.
“We see ourselves as an operational VC, working close with our ventures. It is therefore very important to us, to bring our entire portfolio, including our international portfolio companies, together once a year to provide them the opportunity to exchange learnings and experiences and giving them new ideas and new input”, says Christian Weiss, co-founder and Managing Director of Project A Ventures.
The Portfolio Days offer entrepreneurs a platform to share experience, network and get to know the Project A experts and the other companies in the portfolio. During the Portfolio Days conference, they are able to exchange information about current challenges, trends and success stories and learn from one another in the process.
Investors and partners are able to gain a good overview of the company’s current portfolio and get in contact face to face with its founders. Representatives of Project A’s investors themselves also took part in the Portfolio Days, including among others Dr. Michael Otto and Dr. Rainer Hillebrand from the Otto Group, and Dr. Andreas Wiele from the Axel Springer SE.
Aside from talks and workshops on subjects such as UX design, Best Practices in CRM, B2B Sales and "How to Become a Data-driven Company”, all of the portfolio companies also had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the other guests. The most recently founded startups, such as Cross Engage, a platform for CRM channel orchestration, or LIQID, a digital family office for private wealth management, also pitched their approaches.
The grand finale came courtesy of Germany’s Human Rights activist Rüdiger Nehberg, known as “Sir Vival”, who gave an impressive presentation on his life, especially his fight to protect the Yanomami Indians in Brazil and against the unfortunately still wide apread atrocious female genital Female Genital Mutilation, which he's fighting since several years with his organization "Target e.V.".