Prequel Ventures, Europe’s first independent pre-seed venture capital fund focusing on pioneering supply chain technology start-ups, announces its first closing. Among the early investors are Gero Decker (Co-Founder and CEO of SAP Signavio), Prof. Dr. Roland Fassauer (CODE University, CEO of aifinyo AG, Co-Founder of l1r1.ai) and a number of supply chain experts.
The fund focuses on supporting start-ups that develop transformative solutions for the challenges in global supply chains in their earliest phase. This includes technologies for optimizing logistics processes, supply chain management, decarbonization and compliance, real-time tracking and data-driven decision making.
“We are thrilled with the confidence and support we have received through the successful first closing,” said Mathias Bosse and Markus Börner, General Partners of Prequel Ventures. “Europe is home to a huge potential of innovative supply chain technologies and Prequel Ventures is determined to accompany and strengthen these startups on their growth path.”
In its first fund generation, Prequel is aiming for a volume of EUR 10 million and is positioning itself as a co-investor that creates added value beyond its investment, above all with a deep industry network. The team is supported by an experienced advisory board consisting of industry executives and successful founders of supply chain scale-ups. Among them are Gregor Stühler
(Scoutbee), Pierre Khoury (Shippeo) and Alex Leichter (Byrd) as well as Sabine Müller (CEO, DHL Consulting).
With Prequel Insights, the team has created its own platform for screening and monitoring supply chain tech start-ups and currently has more than 480 start-ups on its radar. The network of companies, founders and consultants in the supply chain and logistics sector is growing continuously.
Prequel Ventures already participated in the first financing rounds during the founding phase and began to build up a portfolio of seven promising supply chain start-ups. For example, the fund was involved in the financing of the multi-modal transportation platform rouvia and the customs AI solution Traide from Berlin. Since the first closing, three further investments have already been added – the topics range from medical drone logistics to the management of CO2 taxes in international trade.
Through targeted investments, strategic partnerships and comprehensive mentoring and networking support, Prequel Ventures helps accelerate the development of these companies and pave their way to success. With the successful first closing, Prequel Ventures is now well positioned to continue investing in innovative technologies that are shaping the future of supply chain management.