Meet The Team
Meet The Team
Our experience has taught us that simply infusing cash into a growing young company is only one element in our overall growth strategy. Even at a fast-growing company, it takes time to develop expertise. That’s where we come in — with a team ready to tackle unexpected challenges, and help start-ups come out on top.
Thomas R. Villinger
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
As one of the major providers of venture capital investment in Germany, we support innovative young companies, and establish long-term partnerships with them. ZFHN has a fund volume of about EUR 200 million, and effects investments ranging in size from EUR 2 million to EUR 10 million, acting primarily as a lead investor. In addition to providing founders with capital, we offer advice and know-how from the very beginning.
Our team of investment professionals and the members of our administrative board have, collectively, worked in a range of industries and branches of business management. From medical technology to materials science, and from controlling to legal and tax matters, we possess a vast range and depth of expertise. Our CEO has more than 12 years of experience in venture capital management, and before co-founding ZFHN in 2006, he was the co-founder and CEO of the Innovationsfabrik Heilbronn GmbH, a center providing space for 60 startups. Our other co-founder, Günter Steffen, has established nearly 50 companies, including the IT services provider tele-daten-service GmbH, which he ran from 1975 to the year 2000. The youngest investment professional on our team — Manuel Böhringer – joined us in 2016, after completing a dual program of university studies and work, and now handles acquisitions at ZFHN’s seed fund, Born2Grow, in the areas of automation and industry, life sciences and IT.