How We Became Who We Are

We are Bridgemaker, the leading independent corporate venture builder based in Berlin. We build new business models alongside their core business for some of the most exciting hidden champions and mid-sized companies in Germany and Europe.

How It All Began

April 2016 ——
      Foundation

Do you know that tingling sensation when you are bursting with energy and you can almost feel the excitement of getting started in your fingertips? That’s how founding Bridgemaker in 2016 felt like.

Founding with friends

Do you know that tingling sensation when you are bursting with energy and you can almost feel the excitement of getting started in your fingertips? That’s how founding Bridgemaker in 2016 felt like.

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Henrike Luszick

— Founder & CEO

I believe in corporate venture building. That was my vision when I founded Bridgemaker and that’s how I want to be involved. I want to actively shape our social and economic future, especially in Germany and Europe, but also beyond.

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Building a strong core

Thies Hofmann

Looking back, it feels like I started Bridgemaker with friends. With Thies as the first partner, I immediately had someone on board who was just as enthusiastic as I was and who thought the same way. We put the customer's perspective first and are not afraid to lend a hand ourselves. Our first client was based in Munich, so we rented an apartment there – a place that was bursting with startup vibes and also served as a temporary home.

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Sweet like
chocolate

Building a strong team at the new headquarters

Previously home to a chocolate manufacturer, this sweet office space became our first professional headquarters.

With our new office, all things fell into place –– business got serious.

One dream –– and now one team

We started hiring employees and, only six months after our foundation, already launched the first Bridgemaker venture: VAI, an on-demand platform for purchase financing we developed in collaboration with Berliner Volksbank.

Strengthening the core

Kilian Veer,
Helmut Kranzmaier,
Sebastian Esser.

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“Companies have unimagined opportunities. Our task is to recognize these opportunities and exploit them. It is not about pitting the old world against the new world, but finding the most efficient combination.”

Business as unusual

BOLD Conference 2020

We want to bring people and knowledge together. To this end, we have launched our own business conference –– a major milestone. With the BOLD conference, we have created an annual day where people from all industries come together to talk about their successes, failures and learnings.

The BOLD conference is a special place for personal exchange, inspiration and networking.

Spread our wings

Philippa Köhnk,
Christian Reichmann
Alexander Thieme

“Company Builders need to be flexible and adaptable to make quick decisions. Bridgemaker combines entrepreneurship and a doer mentality –– that has a future.”

  • 175+ Exceptional Employees
  • 15+ Nationalities

We are in this together

Just as we celebrate our successes together, we also share all risks together. That’s why we are the only corporate venture builder that works by equity partnership.

Without major external financing, we have the setup to offer an end-to-end service. We are not just consultants –– we are a multidisciplinary team that accompanies our clients on their journey in the long term.

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We move to stay

Today the Bridgemaker family counts 175 brilliant minds –– while further growing. We are united by a shared passion and respect for established companies that have the courage to develop new business models outside their core business.

Our new office in Linienstraße 86 is a positive space which is proud to open its doors to all who want to break new ground and build the corporate ventures of tomorrow with us.

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