WESSEL MANAGEMENT GMBH
We particularly like to engage with companies, which contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of society in general. We mostly invest in conjunction with a small group of co-investors – all experienced entrepreneurs themselves with specific industry knowledge and wide-ranging personal networks. Together with these partners, we support our portfolio companies actively.
We often engage at an early stage and our own investments typically range from 1% to 25% of a portfolio company’s share capital. While we love accompanying entrepreneurs on their journey to commercial success, human interactions and ethical aspects equally define our partnerships
We truly believe that positive thinking, acting and investing leads to positive results.
Our team manages a portfolio of 40 direct investments. We consider ourselves as a very active and hands-on investor, providing support in following areas:
Operational support (interim CFO)
Strategic Guidance & Positioning
Acquisition Process & Exits
We like to invest in dynamic entrepreneurs, interesting disruptive business models and opportunities where we believe our know-how, network and collaboration efforts can truly move the needle. Geographically, our investments are focused in Europe, with a growing number of investments in South East Asia.
A separate subsidiary, Paarl Grundbesitzverwaltungs GmbH, manages in excess of EUR100m of real estate investments.
Rolf started during his studies of law at age 22 his first company (Modell Portfolio GmbH) with the first product (Japan Selection Fund). From there he developed what later became the Matuschka Group which he led as CEO until 1990. During this period Rolf was in charge of non-liquid assets, Real Estate, Venture Capital, and M&A while he also co-founded TVM (Techno Venture Management) now TVM Capital together with Siemens and TA Associate Boston. From 1991 to 2011 Rolf was the Founding General Partner of Wellington Partners Venture Capital in Munich, London and Zurich which managed in excess of € 1bn for institutional and private investors. From 2005 to 2009 he was on the Board of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK) and its chairman 2007 to 2009. Rolf is now retiring partner at Wellington and started his personal investment activities after a 9 months sabbatical in Asia in 2012 with his team at Wessel Management.
Georgia Dienst is a futurist and humanitarian at heart. Having worked at Google X and a handful of hyper growth technology startups (Kernel), transformation and leadership have been part of Georgia’s DNA from an early age on. She started her career in the startup scene in New York at aSmallworld. Later on, being drawn to cutting-edge, futuristic technology and science, Georgia was given the opportunity to transfer from Google London to its moonshot factory in Silicon Valley “Google X”. As Director of “Solve for X”, she led a global team that scouted for inventors and entrepreneurs building groundbreaking scientific and technological innovations that aim to improve the lives of billions of people. Combined with 15+ years of meditation, personal development and mindfulness studies/ practices, she enjoys working with individuals and teams as an investor, coach and speaker to support them to reach their full potential.
Andrea started her career at Microsoft in the consulting organization as part of the business operations team where she was significantly involved in the introduction and roll out of a new professional services automation application and played a key role in the development of a globally rolled out pipeline management tool.
Later she was hired by Teradata as business operations manager where she was responsible for all operational and financial aspects for DE/CH/UK within the consulting organization. She is profoundly skilled in financial control and reporting and rigorously ensures that all statutory and corporate obligations are met while she provides knowledgeable and accurate information to colleagues and senior management.
Having worked for multi-site/multi-culture organizations she highly appreciates diversity and constant change as being a natural challenge. She enjoys continuous self-developing and broadening her horizon by interacting with others and by travelling around the world.
Jessica is a multi-tasking Office Manager with a dedication for structure.
She started as team assistant at Bain & Company Germany, Inc. where her talent and flexibility soon was recognized and she became assistant to a Managing Director at the age of 24. For several years she, among other things, improved work flow, structure and communication between the management and the teams. After her baby break, she returned to work and headed the Human Resources department of a small management consultancy for many years. She then was hired as office manager of a boutique consultancy with focus on organization, sales and management in the wide field of mechanical engineering. Continuous improvement and learning, curiosity about people and the world, breaking down prejudices and intellectual boundaries through information and exchange, respectful use of resources and our environment are the driving forces in her life – and humor.
Marc Werner is equal parts realist and risk taker who loves to make dreams come true.
Having worked on both – the startup and the investment side – he loves to form winning partnerships and work with great entrepreneurs and personalities on a daily basis. Since 2013, Marc, together with Rolf, has built and grown Wessel Managements direct investment portfolio, led various follow-on investments, funding rounds and exits. Marc leads the operations and investment team at Wessel Management. Marc’s “secret sauce of life’ is a positive attitude, persistence, accuracy and teamplay.
Markus Wolf not only excels in business but also knows how to tackle his way through the world of Rugby. A team player on and off the pitch, he brings his real estate expertise and analytical mastermind to the Wessel Management Team. He mastered his Business Administration Studies in Munich after he finished his banking apprentice at UniCredit. Thereafter he spent two years at Pioneer Investments (Amundi), with a focus on Product Management and Business Development before his passion for real estate brought him to Deutsche Real Estate Funds where he helped building one of the leading players in the relatively new German student housing sphere. Currently Markus is completing his education as Real Estate Economist, while building the Real Estate Portfolio for Wessel Management and being in charge of several of our portfolio companies.
Thomas has many years of experience in accounting, tax, consulting and personal financial planning services to individuals and corporates. He handles the finance administration and the day-to-day business of Wessel Management in all financial matters. Thomas is also responsible for the fund management of the real estate funds. Before joining Wessel Management, Thomas worked as accounting manager at HVB Group and an owner-managed tax firm.
*these investments were managed by Rolf Dienst for Wellington Partners