Particularly for start-up and early-stage companies, business angels are vital figures that fill the gap between self-finance and venture capital. They are an important source of equity in the early stages of an enterprise, before it becomes attractive for venture capital funds.
The synergy "business angel - founder" will be described in this i2c Public Lecture from both sides' points of view. In a panel discussion, an entrepreneur together with his business angel will draw from their experiences, to share insights on the relationship between their respective entities. This talk will provide both informative and practical advice grounded in first-hand experience of a currently running business venture.
DI Herbert Gartner is an active business angel investing smart and hard capital in young high-tech product companies. He is focusing on spin-offs with strong growth potentials. Herbert Gartner founded SensorDynamics together with 3 co-founders in 2003 and held positions as CFO and CEO. SensorDynamics was specialized on high-volume micro- and wireless semiconductor products for applications in automotive, industry and consumer sectors. The company was acquired by Maxim Integrated Products Inc., California in July 2011 for $164 millions.
Clemens Gasser is a founder member of the NextSense GmbH and has been CEO since March 2007. Before this, he was project manager and research associate at the Institute of Digital Image Processing of the Forschungsgesellschaft Joanneum Research (Center for applied research and development). During this time, he gathered management experience regarding international industrial projects in the field of optoelectronic, laser-based measuring. From 2003 to 2005, he was also member of the supervisory board of the SensorDynamics AG. Clemens Gasser graduated as a Diplomingenieur for Telematik from the Technical University of Graz.
This lecture is part of the "Public Lecture Series on Innovation Cases" and organized by the Informatics Innovation Center.