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Multiple clients, various starting points and one common denominator
Digitalisation and new regulations have fundamentally changed the world of banking in the last two decades. The Volksbanken Cooperative has been shaping Germany’s banking landscape since 1850. Today, the Cooperative has over 18 Million customers and is the market leader in SME-banking. In 2015, Berliner Volksbank decided to leverage its unique position to become a driver of innovation in the financial and real estate sector by investing in FinTechs, PropTechs and digital solutions for SMEs. The bank chose Redstone to be its strategic partner and venture capital expert. Within five years, our joint teams invested alongside top global investors like Insight Ventures, e.ventures and Partech into a portfolio of 12 startups. Late 2019 was the beginning of the next chapter, when multiple investors joined Berliner Volksbank and Redstone for the closing of a second and significantly bigger VC fund. VR Ventures was born and is now actively investing.
Together with Redstone, VR Ventures has already won various investments and given startups with innovative solutions the chance to digitize the industry and simplify processes. Investing in startups such as RightNow, Palturai and Banxware demonstrates the shared objective of Berliner Volksbank and Redstone. VC expertise on the part of Redstone combined with Volksbank’s many years of industry knowledge enable new standards to be set jointly and thus, in perspective, to decide on the banking sector of the future.
For the last century, forward-thinking automotive corporate Brembo has been using its influence to change fundamentally its industry. The partnership with Redstone brings together automotive expertise, strong networking and DeepTech knowledge to provide a forward-thinking symbiosis for new digital solutions. Striving to develop new approaches and shape innovations, the traditional company is constantly on the lookout for forward-looking investments. Since 2020, Redstone has been helping the company to expand its innovation engagement. With its digital approach, Brembo can thus not only modernize the automotive sector, but also set new standards for an entire industry. This sector specialization of Brembo enables the highest level of expertise. One business of Brembo showing this is for example its role as a brake supplier for Formula 1. The company’s full-service approach opens up unlimited opportunities for innovation, of which Redstone promotes the potential to set new standards.
Since 1870, Zürcher Kantonalbank, the market-leading universal bank of the Canton of Zurich has held the highest level of banking expertise in Switzerland. Eager to drive innovation and enrich long-standing industry knowledge with forward-looking solutions, the Zürcher Kantonalbank decided in 2019 to start a collaboration with Redstone through its Privat Equity Fund Swisscanto Invest to jointly invest in the future. In this constellation, we are pursuing high ambitions, combining financial expertise and venture capital knowledge to discover and nurture the next big innovation. In doing so, we primarily focus on funding startups with the potential to bring about impactful improvements in the world. ZKB’s significant knowledge, combined with its drive to steer the industry into the future, has already enabled it to close significantly high rounds. Redstone’s close collaboration with ZKB allows for joint innovation across multi-sector investments. Together with ZKB, Redstone looks deep into the future and aims for a long-lasting and close collaboration with nothing less than the goal of setting new milestones in the financial world and jointly shaping the world of tomorrow.
Zürcher Kantonalbank offers various services, such as private banking, tax, pension and digital banking. This close partnership with the Swiss bank offers innovation opportunities and new digital approaches to banking. As a CVC partner, our goal is to support these innovations and transform the industry in a forward-looking way.
Vogel Communications Group
In 2013, the over 125-year old family-owned B2B publisher Vogel started transforming their core business operations. In close relationship with Redstone, Vogel launched their Corporate Venture Capital activities Vogel Ventures, and became Redstone’s founding client. Redstone helped Vogel develop their investment strategy, entering the startup ecosystem and evaluating investment opportunities. The partnership led to companies, such as Atheneum Partners, Cobrainer and Labforward. In 2018, Vogel transformed to Vogel Communications Group and is now the leading B2B marketing and communications provider.