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 the 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 & Managing Director
Florian Reichert
Partner & Managing Director

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 Americas
Julian Roeoes
Partner 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.

Raphael Mukomilow
Partner
Raphael Mukomilow
Partner

Raphael joined Picus in 2021 to support our portfolio companies in growth stages with their growth strategies, raising equity and debt financing, preparing for public markets, and M&A opportunities. Prior to that, he worked at the private equity fund Stirling Square Capital Partners in London and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Munich.

Raphael holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s degree from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Alexander Bark
Investment Associate
Alexander Bark
Investment Associate

Alexander joined Picus in 2021 as an Investment Associate focusing on Seed & Series A stage companies. Prior to joining Picus, he gathered practical experience in consulting at Bain & Company and in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Alexander holds a BSc in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management as well as an MSc in Finance & Private Equity from the London School of Economics.

Stephan Füchtenhans
Senior Investment Associate
Stephan Füchtenhans
Senior Investment Associate

Stephan joined Picus in 2021 as Senior Investment Associate with a focus on our pre-seed investments. Prior to joining Picus, he gained practical experience in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company and in Private Equity where he focused on automotive and retail. In addition, Stephan worked several years in commercial positions at Siemens AG.

Stephan holds a Master’s degree in Accounting, Valuation and Financial Management from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Caroline Grau
Vice President
Caroline Grau
Vice President

Caroline joined Picus in 2020 as a Vice President 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.

Bastian Hasslinger
Senior Investment Associate
Bastian Hasslinger
Senior Investment Associate

Bastian joined Picus in 2019 during his studies and started as an Investment Associate in 2020. He has since supported several Pre-Seed and Seed & Series A investments, especially regarding marketing, sales as well as operations related topics. He is part of the Seed / Series A investment team focusing on Northern Europe. Before joining Picus, Bastian worked at startups, in management consulting and engineering.

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

Cynthia Haug
Executive Assistant & HR Manager
Cynthia Haug
Executive Assistant & HR Manager

Cynthia joined Picus as an Executive Assistant & HR Manager in 2021. Located in Munich, she supports both our HR team and our Partner Oliver as an Executive Assistant. Besides assisting Oliver in his daily tasks, she manages the on-/offboarding processes as well as the recruitment of new team collegues. Prior to that, Cynthia gathered practical experience at Studyflix as an Executive Assistant and at Juzo as an Event Manager. Cynthia graduated from the University of Augsburg with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Patrick
Patrick Hermann
Vice President
Patrick Hermann
Vice President

Patrick joined Picus in 2016 during his studies and started as an Investment 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.

Arian Iranshahi
Investment Analyst
Arian Iranshahi
Investment Analyst

Arian joined Picus as an Investment Analyst in 2021. Located in Munich, he supports our pre-seed portfolio companies in validating their business models and setting up their operations. Prior to joining Picus, he gathered practical experience in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Rothschild & Co.
Arian graduated from the University of Mannheim with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Jeremy Kaner
Senior Investment Associate Americas
Jeremy Kaner
Senior Investment Associate Americas

Jeremy joined Picus Americas as a Senior Investment 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.

Moritz Kittler
Investment Associate
Moritz Kittler
Investment Associate

Moritz joined Picus as an Associate in 2020. Located in Munich he supports the pre-seed portfolio companies regarding business model validation, operational set-up and growth. Prior to joining Picus, he gathered practical experience in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company and in various operational banking departments at KfW and Deutsche Bank.

Moritz graduated from University College London with a Master’s degree in Business Analytics.

Alessandro Kopp
Senior Investment Associate
Alessandro Kopp
Senior Investment 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.

Julia Leipold
Executive Assistant
Julia Leipold
Executive Assistant

Julia joined Picus as an Executive Assistant in 2021. As part of her role, she manages all administrative needs related to the daily work of our Founding Partner Robin and ensures a smooth running of daily office tasks. Prior to that, she gathered practical experience at DataGuard and Ted Baker in London and completed a hotel management apprenticeship at Platzl Hotel in Munich.

Diana Müller
Executive Assistant & Finance Manager
Diana Müller
Executive Assistant & Finance Manager

Diana joined Picus as an Executive Assistant and Finance Manager in 2021. She manages all administrative needs related to the daily work of our Partner Florian and takes care of our finance-related topics.

Prior to that, she gathered practical experience at Milbank LLP as an assistant to the Management and holds a diploma in Economics from the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida.

Daniel Niklas
Vice President
Daniel Niklas
Vice President

Daniel joined Picus in 2020 as a Vice President with a focus on our pre-seed investments in North and South America. Prior to joining Picus, Daniel worked on the Investment Banking Team at Goldman Sachs in Los Angeles and Frankfurt where he advised global enterprises and financial investors on strategic transactions in the technology, retail, automotive, renewable energy, chemicals/pharma, and engineering/construction industries. In addition, Daniel gathered practical experience in large- and mid-market corporate finance and transaction advisory as well as in equity research.

Daniel holds a BS in business administration from the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Katryna Nolan
Marketing & Communication
Katryna Nolan
Marketing & Communication

Katryna joined Picus in 2020 as a Senior Communications & Marketing Manager. Prior to joining, she worked at Oliver Wyman in Munich for three years, with a focus on PR and marketing campaigns for the practice groups Energy, Retail and Consumer Goods as well as Financial Services. Her tasks included placing Oliver Wyman in the top tier business and daily press, managing corporate social media, and developing thought leadership content across several industries.

Katryna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and French from the University of Manchester in the UK and a Master’s degree in Communications from Sciences Po in Paris.

Lucia Paskert
HR Team Lead
Lucia Paskert
HR Team Lead

Lucia joined Picus in 2020 as a Human Resources Team Lead. Prior to joining Picus, she worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Munich for several years, with a focus on recruiting, staffing, and internal HR projects. Among other responsibilities, she was in charge of hiring top talents from all backgrounds and led various recruiting initiatives encouraging an inclusive workplace.

Lucia graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and a Master's degree in International Management from the Maastricht University.

Lukas Pauly
Senior Investment Associate
Lukas Pauly
Senior Investment Associate

Lukas joined Picus in 2019 and focuses on our pre-seed investments and their support especially regarding operations related topics. 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.

Lena Röslmaier
Senior Investment Associate
Lena Röslmaier
Senior Investment Associate

Lena joined Picus in 2021 as a Senior Investment Associate in the Seed & Series A Investment team. Prior to joining Picus, she worked for Boston Consulting Group in Munich and advised clients in the technology, telecommunication and insurance industry. Besides that, Lena gained practical experience at Oliver Wyman and goetzpartners.

Lena graduated from the University of Mannheim with a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Sebastian Schäfer
Vice President
Sebastian Schäfer
Vice President

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.

Niclas Schmidt
Investment Associate Americas
Niclas Schmidt
Investment Associate Americas

Niclas joined Picus in 2018 during his studies and started as an Investment Associate in 2020. Located in New York, he is part of the pre-seed investment team and supports founders in validating their business models and setting up their operations. Prior to that he gathered practical experience in high-growth startups, consulting and Design Thinking.

Niclas graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a Master’s degree in Business Innovation.

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.

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
Vice President Americas
Patrick Sonnleitner
Vice President Americas

Patrick joined Picus in 2020 as a Vice President 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.

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.

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.