Spotta Founder

Stihl Ventures

WE ARE THE CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL ARM OF STIHL. WE BELIEVE IN AMBITIOUS FOUNDERS WHO GROW WITH US.

Dryad

Stihl Ventures

WE ARE THE CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL ARM OF STIHL. WE BELIEVE IN AMBITIOUS FOUNDERS WHO GROW WITH US.

Fairown

Stihl Ventures

WE ARE THE CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL ARM OF STIHL. WE BELIEVE IN AMBITIOUS FOUNDERS WHO GROW WITH US.

Stihl Ventures

WE ARE THE CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL ARM OF STIHL. WE BELIEVE IN AMBITIOUS FOUNDERS WHO GROW WITH US.

Flynex

Stihl Ventures

WE ARE THE CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL ARM OF STIHL. WE BELIEVE IN AMBITIOUS FOUNDERS WHO GROW WITH US.

Activities

Venture Capital

Venture Capital

We invest in startups in the forestry, professional landscaping, gardening, agriculture and construction sectors. Our goal is to add value by contributing our ecosystem network and the manifold assets of STIHL as a leading company in the industry.

Venture Partnering

Venture Partnering

We support the STIHL Group in solving strategic and operational challenges by leveraging the startup ecosystem. Our approach is to match external cutting-edge solutions with actual business needs at STIHL in order to increase efficiency or generate new long-term revenue.

Focus

Investment Stage
Investment Stage

Seed – Series B

Regions
Regions

Europe, USA

Initial Investment
Initial Ticket

0,5 – 3 MEUR

Equity Position
EQUITY POSITION

10% +

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CO Focus
Collaboration Focus

Proven solution is required

Transfer
Exchange & Transfer

Mutual exchange & utilization of synergies

Internal Experts
STIHL
expertise

Direct connection to departments

Partnership Goal
Long-term
goals

Strong partnership with two-way benefits

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Portfolio

Dryad provides ultra-early fire detection as well as health & growth monitoring solutions for public and private forests.

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FLYNEX

FlyNex provides a full-service platform for drone deployment and map-based management of objects.

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Fairown

Fairown’s software as a service enables companies to launch, manage, and transform into a subscription business.

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TinyMobileRobots

TinyMobileRobots specializes in high-precision, reliable outdoor robots that perform marking and stake out.

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Spotta offers early-phase detection of pests in forests, agriculture and hospitality.

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MemoMeister

MemoMeister is an app-based document management and collaboration solution.

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Logo Plancraft

Plancraft is developing a simple tradesmen’s software that digitises and simplifies basic processes such as quotation preparation and working time recording.

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Manufacturer of a portable power bank for professional users.

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SkyEngine

Sky Engine AI is a Full Stack Deep Learning and Synthetic Data Generation Platform for Data Scientists enabling AI Computer Vision at scale.

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parcelLab

Parcellab creates new engaging touch points with relevant and personalized order communications that boost loyalty and drive repeat purchases.

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ploou

App for the short- medium-term rental of equipment and machinery with a focus on the Spanish market.

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Library of Things

Library of Things lents useful Things for your home, projects and adventures. Affordable. Convenient. Kinder to the planet.

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halm

halm creates personalized lawn care kits to provide professional products directly to your home.

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treeva

treeva is an app and web application for timber harvesting support. Target customers are foresters and forest owners who want to improve operational efficiencies.

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Sägentraining

Sägentraining is an interactive app that allows fire departments to train on the most challenging chainsaw operations to gain routine for on missions.

Flenders is a brand and equipment-independent rental platform that enables private users to use professional equipment quickly and easily.

Network

High-Tech Gründerfonds

HTGF is a venture capital investor for innovative technologies and business models. They successfully support the best founders whose ideas can revolutionise entire industries and improve people’s lives – from seed to exit.

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Visionaries Club

Visionares Club unites the strongest network of successful digital entrepreneurs, family businesses and industry leaders in a venture capital fund to nurture the next generation of founders building tomorriw’s market leaders.

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Emerald Technology Ventures

Emerald is a globally recognized venture capital firm building a sustainable future at the crossroads of industry and technology.

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Speedinvest

Speedinvest partners with the most innovative tech startups in Europe with the mission to empower entrepreneurs throughout the whole journey.

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Gründermotor

Gründermotor is a cross-university platform for start-ups in Baden-Württemberg with the aim of creating the basis for the SMEs of tomorrow together with its partners.

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Maschinenraum

Maschinenraum is a shared innovation ecosystem that brings together German mid-sized and family-owned companies to work together to create a livable future for future generations.

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Team

Benjamin Junghans
Benjamin Junghans Director / Authorized Signatory
Ronald Hotz
Ronald Hotz Venture Partnering Manager
Alexander Köberlein
Alexander Köberlein Junior Investment Manager
Martin Walter
Martin Walter Managing Director
Claus Schmidt
Claus Schmidt External Advisor
Bernd Groß
Bernd Groß External Advisor

Events

  • 18.03.2024 – 19.03.2024 Emerald Spring Forum
  • 21.03.2024 – 22.03.2024 START Summit St. Gallen
  • 21.03.2024 – 22.03.2024 Hello Tomorrow Global Summit 2024
  • 11.04.2024 – 12-04.2024 Tech Tour Growth Deeptech
  • 18.04.2024 STIHL Startup Spotlight (In-house Fair)
  • 14.05.2024 Venture Con
  • 06.06.2024 Startup Autobahn Expo2024

Meet us at selected events

News and insights

Spotta Investment STIHL

NEW INVESTMENT – SMART INSECT MONITORING WITH SPOTTA

We are joining The Yield Lab, ACF Investors, GrowthWorks, Martlet Capital and REMUS Capital by leading a £3 million Series A investment round in Spotta.

Care STIHL Strategy

SUSTAINABILITY AND CARE – TO ENSURE A BETTER TOMORROW

The third pillar of our sustainability strategy is Care. It is focused on human and employee rights, health and safety, non-discrimination, as well as governance and compliance. If you are a startup in this industry, feel free to contact us and send your pitch deck to ventures@stihl.de

STIHL Circularity Strategy

OUR 5 WAYS TO CIRCULARITY

The second pillar of our sustainability strategy is circularity. It focuses on pollution prevention and management, promoting education, technology, innovation and more. If you are a startup in this industry, feel free to contact us and send your pitch deck to ventures@stihl.de

Ecosystems STIHL Strategy

SUSTAINABILITY – FOCUS AREAS, STRATEGIES AND STARTUPS?!

We are aware of our ecological responsibility, which is why ecosystems are one of the three focus areas of our sustainability strategy. If you are a startup in this industry, feel free to contact us and send your pitch deck to ventures@stihl.de

STIHL x Maschinenraum

CORPORATE VENTURE BUILDING VS. VC INVESTMENTS !?

Benjamin Junghans has been invited to a panel at Maschinenraum Momentum in Berlin together with Florian Heinemann (Project A Ventures), Malte Brettel (RWTH Aachen University) and Anne Decker (moderation).

Dryad Funding Round

FURTHER FUNDING FOR DRYAD – ULTRA-EARLY WILDFIRE DETECTION

STIHL Ventures portfolio company Dryad Networks has received an additional investment from the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good.

FAQ

What is the focus of STIHL Ventures?

At STIHL Ventures, we run investments (Venture Capital) and cooperations (Venture Partnering) in parallel: Investments focus on STIHL-related business areas. Cooperations aim to increase efficiency or generate new sales. The venture team helps to find the right approach. Read more below.

What does venture capital mean for STIHL?

All investments are pooled under Venture Capital. This includes investments in startups as well as in Venture Capital funds, which are true partners for us. In addition to financial participation, we focus on actively managing our portfolio and opening up contacts in the STIHL Group and other areas to generate win-win opportunities.

How does the investment processes work?

After the initial review of basic information such as pitch deck or financial plan, we discuss the possible strategic fit with STIHL in a first call. Initial indicative feedback can be expected within a few days. The earlier STIHL Ventures is involved in the financing opportunity, the better. A decision on an investment can usually be made within one to two months, depending on the speed of due diligence and internal capacity.

What does venture partnering mean for STIHL?

Venture Partnering, also known as Venture Client, refers to the cooperation between STIHL and a startup in a wide variety of forms. The collaboration can range from the use of hardware and software solutions, existing sales channels, white label opportunities to joint further development following a PoC at STIHL. The possibilities are numerous, as STIHL distributes through a large network of more than 55.000 dealers, conducts intensive R&D activities, manufactures and assembles worldwide with high vertical integration. Cooperation opportunities are approached cooperatively with the aim of generating a long-term win-win partnership.

How can a collaboration come about?

After you have contacted us, the STIHL Ventures team performs an initial assessment to identify the right people and internal needs, priorities and capabilities. We aim to provide quick and qualified feedback.
If STIHL sees an opportunity, the venture team organizes and conducts an initial meeting followed by feedback on how to proceed. Depending on the complexity of the issue, a timeframe of four weeks can be expected in the shortest case. However, the process can also take considerably longer. Transparency and openness in communication are important to us, because only in this way can a long and positive partnership succeed.

How do you start a proof of concept project?

STIHL is happy to check whether your solution can be successfully used in our products and processes to experience a tangible and scalable benefit. As a basis, we require an offer for our purchasing department with detailed information. If a project is considered worthwhile, we are happy to offer fair partnership agreements as well as to work together on it, help with IP, IT approval procedures, etc.

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