Team

Alex
Alexander Samwer
Founding Partner
Alexander Samwer
Founding Partner

Alexander founded Picus Capital together with Jeremias in 2015. He is an experienced entrepreneur and technology investor. Prior to starting Picus, he co-founded several successful ventures, among them Rocket Internet and European Founders Fund, where he was an early investor in companies like Zalando and LinkedIn.

Alexander graduated from the University of Oxford and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeremias Heinrich
Jeremias Heinrich
Founding Partner
Jeremias Heinrich
Founding Partner

Jeremias founded Picus together with Alexander in 2015. Having led large renewable energy and real estate investments in Europe within his function as founder of several companies in this space, he brings a lot of infrastructure expertise to our team. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in the consulting, construction and infrastructure industry.

Jeremias graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Business Administration.

Robin Godenrath
Founding Partner & Managing Director
Robin Godenrath
Founding Partner & Managing Director

Robin joined Picus as a Founding Partner in 2016 and started growing our team as Managing Director. Prior to that, he worked for McKinsey & Company in Munich where he was in particular involved in marketing & sales, digital customer experience and lean services topics. Before, he gathered practical experience in financial markets & equity sales, asset management and the industrial sector.

Robin graduated from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics.

Flo
Florian Reichert
Partner
Florian Reichert
Partner

Florian joined Picus in 2017 and started building our portfolio in emerging markets next to our core markets Europe and North America. Prior to that, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Zurich with a focus on corporate & innovation strategy, organizational restructuring and digitalization topics. Before, he gathered practical experience in investment banking, private banking/wealth management and the automotive sector.

Florian graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance.

Oliver
Oliver Heinrich
Partner
Oliver Heinrich
Partner

Oliver joined Picus in 2017 and is responsible for our pre-seed stage portfolio companies. Prior to that, he worked for McKinsey & Company in Munich where he was in particular involved in marketing & sales, business building for retailers and organizational design. Before, he gathered practical experience in research consulting, portfolio management at an investment holding and in the automotive sector.

Oliver graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance.

Julian Roeoes
Partner Picus Capital Americas
Julian Roeoes
Partner Picus Capital Americas

Julian joined Picus Americas as a Partner in 2020 and manages our Americas operations out of the Picus office in New York. Prior to joining Picus, he worked for Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets division in New York and London. At Credit Suisse Julian advised Financial Services and FinTech clients on M&A as well as private and public financing transactions. Prior to that, Julian gathered practical experience in Private Capital, Investing and Consulting and obtained an IHK Bankkaufmann degree.

Julian graduated from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and General Management.

Caroline Grau
Investment Manager
Caroline Grau
Investment Manager

Caroline joined Picus in 2020 as an Investment Manager with a focus on our pre-seed stage portfolio companies. Prior to joining Picus, she worked for McKinsey & Company in Munich and advised clients in the technology, semiconductor, and telecommunication industry. Besides that, Caroline gained practical experience in technical SMEs, the digital healthcare market, and her own startups.

Caroline graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a Master’s degree in Management and Technology.

Sebastian Schäfer
Investment Manager
Sebastian Schäfer
Investment Manager

Sebastian joined Picus in 2018 and focuses on our pre-seed investments. Sebastian supports our pre-seed investments, especially regarding growth and operations related topics. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in strategy consulting at Roland Berger, transaction advisory, as well as the private equity and venture capital space.

Sebastian graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master's degree in Economic Sociology.

Manolya Sezer
HR Manager
Manolya Sezer
HR Manager

Manolya joined the Picus Team in 2019 and is in charge of our recruiting activities and supports our portfolio companies in recruiting-related topics. Before joining Picus, she gathered practical experience in HR & Recruiting at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE as well as in developmental and psychological research.

Manolya graduated from Ulm University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Patrick Sonnleitner
Investment Manager
Patrick Sonnleitner
Investment Manager

Patrick joined Picus in 2020 as an Investment Manager with a primary focus on our portfolio in North and South America. Prior to joining Picus, he worked for Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division in Frankfurt. At Goldman Sachs Patrick advised clients on M&A transactions and initial public offerings in the technology, industrials, health care and energy space. Prior to that, Patrick gathered practical experience in mid-market transaction advisory as well as private equity.

Patrick graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master’s degree in Finance and Private Equity.

Laura Sommer
Finance
Laura Sommer
Finance

Laura joined Picus in 2020 and is responsible for all finance-related topics at Picus Capital.

Prior to that, she worked as a research assistant at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Laura graduated from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with a Master's degree in German as a Foreign Language.

Patrick
Patrick Hermann
Senior Associate
Patrick Hermann
Senior Associate

Patrick joined Picus in 2016 during his studies and started as an Associate in 2020. He was mainly involved in developing our screening channels together with Konstantin and implemented key processes to identify promising early-stage ventures. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in consulting at McKinsey & Company, Risk & IT management and investment banking.

Patrick graduated from the Technical University of Munich and holds a Master's degree in Technology & Management. He further participated in the Manage & More program, an entrepreneurial initiative of UnternehmerTUM.

Jeremy Kaner
Senior Associate Picus Capital Americas
Jeremy Kaner
Senior Associate Picus Capital Americas

Jeremy joined Picus Americas as a Senior Associate in 2020 and is based out of the Picus office in New York. Prior to joining Picus, Jeremy worked for Barclays in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets division. While at Barclays Jeremy advised PropTech, ConTech, Real Estate FinTech and traditional Real Estate clients on M&A as well as public and private capital raises.

Jeremy graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

Bastian Hasslinger
Associate
Bastian Hasslinger
Associate

Bastian joined Picus in 2019 during his studies and started as an Associate in 2020 and focuses on our pre-seed investments. Bastian supports our pre-seed investments, especially regarding marketing, sales as well as operations related topics. Before that, Bastian gathered practical experience working for startups, in management consulting and engineering.

Bastian graduated from ETH Zurich with a Master's degree in Management, Technology and Economics.

Nicole Pazman
Team Assistant
Nicole Pazman
Team Assistant

Nicole joined Picus in 2020 and is responsible for ensuring smooth operations, taking care of the entire team, and supporting our management team. Prior to joining Picus, she worked at Invexo. Before that, she gathered practical experience in the hospitality sector.

Nicole has an education in Hospitality Management with an additional degree in business management.

Alessandro Kopp
Associate
Alessandro Kopp
Associate

Alessandro joined Picus in 2020 as an Analyst. Before joining Picus, he gathered practical experience in consulting at McKinsey & Company, investment banking, and the automotive sector.

Alessandro graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a Bachelor's degree in Management & Technology.

Konstantin
Konstantin Kochan
Associate
Konstantin Kochan
Associate

Konstantin joined Picus in 2017 and is responsible for developing and coordinating our different screening channels to ensure a constant deal flow by identifying and assessing the most promising ventures. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in transaction advisory, consulting and marketing. He also founded his own start-up developing a social platform for app developers.

Konstantin graduated from the Maastricht University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business.

Amélie Wencker
Finance & Accounting
Amélie Wencker
Finance & Accounting

Amélie joined Picus in 2018 and is in charge of tax law, accounting and finance-related topics.
Prior to that, she was responsible for the accounting of construction, medical, and gastronomic companies.

Amélie graduated from the Cooperative State University (DHBW) with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Cooperation Management.

Lukas Pauly
Associate
Lukas Pauly
Associate

Lukas joined Picus in 2019 and focuses on our pre-seed investments and their support especially regarding operations related topics, hereby, mainly covering emerging markets. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in strategy consulting at Roland Berger, as well as in the automotive industry, the venture capital and startup space.

Lukas graduated from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship.

Laura Schumacher
Team Assistant
Laura Schumacher
Team Assistant

Laura joined Picus in 2019 and is responsible for ensuring smooth operations, organizing events, and taking care of the entire team. Before joining Picus, she gathered practical experience in the hospitality sector.

Laura has an education in Hospitality Management.

Thomas
Thomas Winkler
Finance & Accounting
Thomas Winkler
Finance & Accounting

Thomas joined Picus in 2018 and is responsible for all accounting and finance related topics. Prior to that, he worked as tax consultant at different pharmaceutical corporations and health service companies.

Thomas graduated from International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef with a Bachelor’s Degree in Taxation and Auditing.