Buyer is founder and CEO Wolfgang Munz
Heilbronn, April 11, 2017. The zfhn Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn has sold its shares in
dataglobal GmbH. Following a management buy-out by Wolfgang Munz, the
specialist information management company is back in the hands of its founder.
dataglobal was brought to Heilbronn by the zfhn in 2008, and was among its first
dataglobal was founded in 1992 and supports its customers in the establishment of
digital business processes, as well as company-wide information management
(Enterprise Information Management) and archiving of company data (Enterprise
Information Archiving). More than 500 successful installations have been
implemented by dataglobal in over 40 countries for small and medium-sized
businesses as well as listed companies. Customers include AUDI AG, Rhenus Logistics,
T-Systems and the Bundesnetzagentur, among others. Besides its headquarters in
Heilbronn, dataglobal has two other locations, in the US and in Romania.
In 2008, the zfhn started its investment in dataglobal. By July the same year,
dataglobal had already relocated its headquarters to Heilbronn. Since then,
dataglobal has grown steadily, with sales and employees increasing tenfold during
the years of the zfhn investment. More than 60 employees in the three locations now
generate annual sales of over six million euros. For the zfhn, the sale of the shares
represents its third successful exit in the last 12 months. Just last year, dataglobal
moved within Heilbronn. The new offices are located in the WTZ III tower in the
Zukunftspark Wohlgelegen, in the immediate vicinity of other zfhn portfolio
“The company’s strong growth shows the excellent work of Wolfgang Munz and his
team. dataglobal is well positioned and ready to take its next steps,” said Thomas R.
Villinger, Managing Director of the zfhn. “We are pleased that the company sees its
future in Heilbronn, which is a positive result of the zfhn’s location policy.”
“With the zfhn, we have had a strong partner at our side during the past few years.
Without it, we would not have dared to take so many steps forward,” said Wolfgang
Munz, founder and CEO of dataglobal. “The zfhn has supported us not only
financially but also with a lot of know-how. In Heilbronn, it created an ecosystem for
young companies – an excellent environment for strong growth.” He added “At this
point, I would also like to thank all the employees of dataglobal. Our success would
not have been possible without them. Together, we will work to grow further not only
at the Heilbronn site, but also throughout the company. My special thanks go also to
Günter Steffen and the zfhn team for their commitment over the past few years. ”
Since its foundation in 2005, the zfhn Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn has been one of the major
venture capital providers in Germany. It mainly supports young, innovative technology
companies that are located in the Heilbronn area or are willing to settle there in the short to
medium term. The Zukunftsfonds is financed privately and has an equity capital in the threedigit
million range. It provides companies with capital, know-how and contacts in the
economic region of Heilbronn. The goal is to develop Heilbronn into a very successful
technology center. This includes the creation and expansion of technology clusters
(MedTech, BioTech, Cleantech) in Heilbronn.
dataglobal is a leading provider of Enterprise Information Management and Enterprise
Information Archiving. With its solutions, dataglobal supports its customers in the establishment
of digital business processes (empowering your digital business) as well as in the areas of
Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and eDiscovery. dataglobal solutions optimize
systems such as file servers, mail servers, SharePoint, ERP and third-party applications, and
help companies leverage information from heterogeneous systems to create added value.
More than 500 successful installations in over 40 countries around the world are proof of the
performance of dataglobal’s products. Customers include AUDI AG, Rhenus Logistics, NDR, TSystems,
the Bundesnetzagentur and Deutsche Bank.
dataglobal is headquartered in Heilbronn. Abroad, dataglobal also has offices in Boston
(USA) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania). In addition, dataglobal has a globally successful network
of implementation partners.