Interview with Philippe Thiltges from WhatAVenture

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WhatAVenture joined AVCO in June 2022. Learn more about the corporate company builder from Philippe Thiltges, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, with whom we had the talk…

Can you briefly introduce yourself (background, past and current positions)?

As co-founder and managing partner of WhatAVenture, I have shaped the innovation landscape in Austria and Germany for over a decade, having supported more than 150 corporates in unleashing their innovation potential. Projects that I have supported in the past have received in total more than €500 M in funding.

What is your company’s activity, and what is its competitive edge?

WhatAVenture Beteiligungs GmbH invests as an extreme-hands-on investor in (corporate) startups. Next to our financial investment, we want to fill a skill gap the startup needs to cover quickly. The team of WhatAVenture consists of more than 35 experienced hands-on entrepreneurs that combine almost every skill it needs to build a successful venture.

What are your main projects/targets for 2022?

We want to grow our portfolio (currently 7 companies) by 3 companies per year.

In an ideal situation, what would you change or improve in the current VC/PE market?

Invest more in hardware startups.

Which one of the following topics inspires you most and why? – Sustainability, Equality, Education, Regulation

Sustainability: Most of our current portfolio companies are around this topic creating impact from different angles. 

Thank you very much for the interview!

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