Pre-Seed Investing

We follow a unique philosophy of early-stage investing by partnering up with founders starting from day one.

We support founders in the early days of founding their business with knowledge, contacts, and operational support without asking for any commitments. Our goal is to connect talented & passionate people while serving as an entrepreneurial sparring partner and fostering an exchange between new and seasoned founders within the startup community. We typically collaborate with founders who have strong academic and professional backgrounds, often involving serial entrepreneurs, to establish successful and sustainable category leaders.

We focus on working with independent and founder-driven companies. Our potential Pre-Seed investment offer upon the foundation of a company remains optional for the entrepreneurs to accept. This clearly differentiates our investment approach from incubation or accelerator programs. After a potential Pre-Seed investment, the offering for entrepreneurs doesn’t stop. We provide substantial support for our Pre-Seed portfolio companies to reach and cross the inflection point.

You want to explore new markets, opportunities and trends?
Future first-time founders at the brink of founding their own company or seasoned entrepreneurs looking for their next opportunity can discuss current market trends & opportunities and brainstorm new ideas together with our Picus
Pre-Seed investment team.
You have an idea to shape tomorrow?
Entrepreneurs can present their venture ideas to our Pre-Seed investment team to
finetune the concept and get investor feedback regarding the respective funding
environment early on.
You would like to work in a high-growth technology startup?
Entrepreneurial minds can explore career opportunities across various stages & sectors in the existing startup ecosystem. They can get feedback on potential job offerings.

Our Success Stories

We invest in strong business models and teams from day one to establish successful and sustainable category leaders.

”From the first meeting we knew Picus is the right partner for us. They understand what it takes to build an industry defining company and in the early days they were almost like a 4th co-founder to us. They knew how to support us and how to amplify our capabilities both strategically and operationally.” 

Christoph Baumeister, Julian Kley, Vlad Lata
(Co-Founders of Avi Medical)
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Avi Medical rethinks primary care by establishing a new, positive dynamic between doctors and patients

Strategic Partners

Strategic sparring in the concept ideation and operative support in the go-to-market phase leveraging the extensive HealthTech expertise and network of Picus

Fundraising

Heal Capital, Vorwerk Ventures, IDInvest, flatiron founder, Picus Capital

Debt Access

Access to substantial initial debt line to acquire hospital and introduction of the company to relevant follow-up debt providers & advisors resulting in follow-up debt lines

HR & Recruiting

Involvement in the hiring of co-founder / COO and Founders Associate leveraging the Picus network & HR resources

“Picus is a unique partner for both strategic discussions and hands-on support, especially in the early days they helped us significantly with setting the strategic direction of our business model and hiring the best talent by leveraging their network.”

Max-Josef-Maier
(Founder of Finn Auto)
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Finn offers an all-inclusive flexible car subscription to its customers

Strategic Partners

Strategic sparring in the concept ideation and operative support in the go-to-market phase leveraging the extensive MobilityTech and global car subscription model expertise of Picus

Fundraising

White Star Capital, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Heartcore Capital, Zalando Founders (David Schneider, Robert Gentz & Rubin Ritter), Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners, Picus Capital

HR & Recruiting

Involvement in the hiring of the co-founder / COO, the co-founder / CPO, the Head of B2B and various FTEs & interns leveraging the Picus network & HR resources

„Picus supported us with their comprehensive market understanding in the early phases of building our business and has been an excellent sparring partner for us ever since.“

Giorgio Tinacci
(Founder of Casavo)
X
Casavo operates an end-to-end real estate platform from discovery to market making and financing

Strategic Partners

Strategic sparring in the concept ideation and operative support in the go-to-market phase leveraging the extensive PropTech and global iBuyer model expertise of Picus

Fundraising

Greenoaks Capital, Project A, 360 Capital Partners, Picus Capital

Debt Access

Access to substantial initial debt line to finance Real Estate efficiently and introduction of the company to relevant follow-up debt providers & advisors resulting in follow-up debt lines

HR & Recruiting

Involvement in the hiring of the Head of Italy and the Head of Spain leveraging the Picus network & HR resources

“Picus is an exceptional partner for our firm when it comes to the ambition to build a global category leader and to recruit top talent for our organization.”

Josef Vollmayer and Lars Stäbe
(Founders of Limehome)
X
Limehome offers fully furnished and serviced tech-enabled apartments for business projects, city trips or weekend getaways

Strategic Partners

Strategic sparring in the concept ideation and operative support in the go-to-market phase leveraging the extensive Real Estate expertise and network (e.g. broker access) of Picus

Fundraising

Lakestar, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Picus Capital

Debt Access

Access to substantial initial debt line to finance rent deposits & furniture efficiently and introduction of the company to relevant follow-up debt providers & advisors resulting in follow-up debt lines

HR & Recruiting

Involvement in the hiring of the VP Operations, the VP Business Development, the CFO and various FTEs & interns leveraging the Picus network & HR resources

“We were amazed by the comprehensive market understanding and broad industry network of Picus which helped us tremendously with our go-to-market strategy and to acquire our first customers.”

Julius Bolz and Stavros Papadopolous
(Founders of Lendis)
X
SaaS office operating system with flexible subscription model for software, electronics, furniture and services

Strategic Partners

Strategic sparring in the concept ideation and operative support in the go-to-market phase leveraging the extensive PropTech expertise and Real Estate network (e.g. broker access) of Picus

Fundraising

Holtzbrinck Ventures, DN Capital, Picus Capital

Debt Access

Access to substantial initial debt line to finance office equipment efficiently and introduction of the company to relevant follow-up debt providers & advisors resulting in follow-up debt lines

HR & Recruiting

Involvement in the hiring of the COO, the CCO, the first FTEs and various interns leveraging the Picus network & HR resources

“Picus’ deep FinTech expertise and network contributed to the structure of our product offering today and was a key element to finance our business on the equity and debt side in the early days.”

Hubert Fenwick and Leonard Benning
(Founders of Selina Finance)
X
Selina Finance offers flexible online mortgages at affordable rates

Strategic Partners

Strategic sparring in the concept ideation and operative support in the go-to-market phase leveraging the extensive PropTech & FinTech and global home equity loan model expertise of Picus

Fundraising

Global Founders Capital, Zalando Founders (David Schneider, Robert Gentz & Rubin Ritter), Picus Capital

Debt Access

Access to substantial initial debt line to finance Real Estate loan portfolio efficiently and introduction of the company to relevant follow-up debt providers & advisors resulting in follow-up debt lines

HR & Recruiting

Involvement in the hiring of the VP Operations & Customer Experience, the VP Growth, the VP Strategic Projects, the Head of Data Science, the Head of Compliance and various FTEs & interns leveraging the Picus network & HR resources

“Picus has been an exceptional strategic sparring partner in the early days and ever since. We in particular worked closely together with them to solve the complex financing challenges inherent in our business model.”

Mario Kohle, Viktor Wingert and Jochen Ziervogel
(Founders of Enpal)
X
Enpal operates a decentral renewable energy platfrom offering energy systems in a subscription model, smart energy management and an own green energy tariff

Strategic Partners

Strategic sparring in the concept ideation phase and ongoing support leveraging the extensive Renewable Energies and financial planning expertise of Picus

Fundraising

Princeville Capital, Zalando Founders (David Schneider, Robert Gentz & Rubin Ritter), Lukasz Gadowski, Picus Capital

Debt Access

Access to substantial initial debt line to finance solar systems efficiently and introduction of the company to relevant follow-up debt providers & advisors resulting in follow-up debt lines

HR & Recruiting

Involvement in the hiring of the COO, the VP Corporate Finance, the Head of Controlling, the Head of Project Finance, the Head of Operations & Assembly leveraging the Picus network & HR resources

Our Pre-Seed Investments In Numbers

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Our Pre-Seed Portfolio

Check out with which ventures we initially partnered in Pre-Seed stage.

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