A new investment from us out of Berlin as we back Til Klein and Lara Hämmerle, co-founders of Vantik – the world’s first fully digital private pension for millennials – as part of their 850.000 EUR pre-seed round. We’re delighted to invest in the round alongside Atlantic Labs and high-profile angel investors including the likes of Maximilian Tayenthal, co-founder of German FinTech company, N26.
Vantik is the first startup to create a private pension customized especially to the needs of young people, young professionals, and freelancers. With this concept, Vantik wants to fundamentally change the private pension market in Europe. Vantik concentrates on digital technology and a newly developed model of a peer-based security buffer.
Vantik is the brainchild of co-founders Til Klein, ex-BCG partner, and Lara Hämmerle. On the launch Lara, aged 26, comments, “From my generation’s view all existing private pensions are simply out of touch. We want to offer a private pension that’s finally understandable and will adjust flexibly to your current life situation.”
Til Klein, adds, “The high-profile investors we’ve attracted to this round shows the interest in the private pension market and its enormous potential. With Atlantic Labs, Seedcamp and Tayenthal behind us we are opened up to a wealth of experience and an amazing network to help us as we launch first in the German market before then taking Vantik worldwide.”
On the investment, Seedcamp Partner, Sia Houchangnia comments, “We’ve been looking for innovations around the way Europeans save for retirement for a while and with Til and Lara, we believe we found the perfect team to go after this huge untapped opportunity. By offering a flexible and reliable digital, private pension, Vantik perfectly fits the needs of millennials and the way the future of work is shaping up.”
In contrary to traditional private pension products, Vantik is completely digital and adjustable to the needs of the user. Customers can change their savings rate at any time and are able to access their money whenever they want to. Also, they can close their private pension plan and administer it digitally.
Vantik uses the opportunity of the capital market to offer a significantly better return while sustaining lower costs than any life insurance. And thanks to the peer-based security buffer all customer contributions are secured at retirement. This buffer creates a hedge against the risk of potential loses at a much lower cost than any insurance or individual solution.
For more information visit www.vantik.com
Another exciting addition to our portfolio, as we welcome Veratrak to the Seedcamp nation. Veratrak offers blockchain-based enterprise software to drive efficiencies in the pharmaceutical supply chain. With a strong team comprised of University of Oxford alumni bringing a wealth of technology and industry expertise, we’re thrilled to lead their pre-seed round of £175k and support the team on their mission to increase security, efficiency and auditability across the supply chain.
Veratrak has collaborated with Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 pharmaceutical companies to better understand the pain points that exist in their supply chains. Veratrak’s document and workflow management platform allows pharmaceutical supply chain companies to share information with greater ease and increased security when compared to current solutions offered in the industry. The Veratrak platform can be used on any device, and is interoperable with companies existing systems. Veratrak leverages blockchain technology to create an ironclad audit history of documentation changes, mitigating the risk associated with documentation tampering. Founders Jason Lacombe and Matthew Wilson met while studying at the University of Oxford. Before attending Oxford to do a PhD in the Medical Sciences Division, Jason worked as a health economist examining the cost of medicines and the distribution of those medicines using microsimulation modelling. Jason was determined to find a way to make medicine more affordable, safe and transparent for everyone, and was surprised to see so many bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the supply chain. Matthew brings expertise in product management and technology from a background in digital consultancy. When Jason and Matthew reconnected after Oxford, Matthew was building one of the first Electronic Medical Records blockchain projects globally, and jumped at the idea of starting Veratrak with Jason.
Matthew Wilson, co-founder of Veratrak says, “Efficient pharmaceutical supply chains are essential for delivering high quality, cost effective and increasingly personalised medicines. Traditionally, the pharma supply chain lagged behind other industries’ supply chains in-part due to a lack of need to innovate in areas outside of R&D. For many years Pharma has relied on high margin patented medicines and has out of date technology solutions. However, with the rise of generics, patent cliff, and increasingly stringent regulations such as the European Union Falsified Medicines Directive, companies are now looking to unlock additional value through innovating and digitising their supply chain processes. The vast majority of documentation is currently shared over email, fax or through the post. Our cutting-edge solution gives supply chain companies a new way to work together with their customers, suppliers and partners to deliver medicine to patients in a safe, efficient and secure manner. We’re delighted to be backed by Seedcamp and to work together with them to transform the way that pharma supply chain companies collaborate.”
On the investment, Seedcamp Partner, Tom Wilson, comments, “Veratrak’s product has the potential to revolutionise the way critical documentation is stored and collaborated on across the pharmaceutical supply chain. Large parts of this hugely valuable supply chain are still using paper based processes. As such, we see a real opportunity for Veratrak’s approach of creating a shared workspace that utilises blockchain technology to ensure the security of documentation handovers.”
Visit https://veratrak.com to learn more about Veratrak and to get in touch for a demo.
We love backing visionary founders targeting large, global markets and changing the way people live, interact and buy and we’re very happy to have discovered Lisa Gautier and her socially conscious digital platform – The Pasta Haters – connecting vintage shops with vintage fashion lovers and to welcome them as the most fashionable new addition to the Seedcamp portfolio.
We are thrilled to lead the $250k pre-seed round into the Stockholm-based brand alongside Wave Ventures, STING and The Nordic Web Ventures and see huge global potential for the business targeting the second-hand fashion market that is expected to soon overtake ‘fast-fashion’ according to a report from US-based ThredUP.
Since launch in 2017, TPH has attracted more than 10k customers to the site in hunt of unique pieces unavailable anywhere else. TPH has been gaining traction not just among fashion-loving customers but among stores too with coverage from leading vintage stores and with much-loved retailers in France, the US and Japan all available via the site.
TPH is the brainchild of Lisa Gautier. With over 10 years experience in product development, user experience and art direction, Lisa has worked at some of the fastest growing startups in Europe including Outfittery (Curated shopping for men) and FYNDIQ (Bargain superstore) and has consulted for Spotify. On creating TPH she comments, “I’ve always been driven by the idea of creating a global impact, across borders but also in people’s minds. At TPH.co we’re reshaping the way you consume fashion, keeping your closet unique and environmentally friendly. The fact that we attracted investors from 4 different countries perfectly reflects and supports the international ambition and opportunity for TPH.”
On the investment, Seedcamp Managing Partner, Carlos Eduardo Espinal, comments, “We were hugely impressed from the moment we met Lisa by the global market potential for TPH, the promising early traction the business has experienced to date, and the social impact of the business. We look for founders who are genuinely passionate about their industry, and the founder-market fit between Lisa and her customer’s needs is spot on. We’re excited to work together as Lisa builds out her vision and offering that serves a growing market for vintage and conscious fashion lovers.”
TPH.co is currently expanding the team and welcoming experts in operations & marketing. The funding will predominantly be used to establish TPH.co as the premier destination for vintage shopping online.
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