Dr. Cornelius (“Conny”) Boersch is an entrepreneur, business angel and founder of numerous technology companies. Conny is considered one of the bestconnected networkers in the tech and start-up scene. He is the founder of the global company builder Mountain Partners as well as the global co-investment
company Conny & Co. Conny initiated the Entrepreneurs Day at the Tegernsee, one of the most exclusive conferences in Europe and regularly holds speeches at
universities or tech events all over the world.
As a business angel, he has invested in more than 300 companies since 1995 and was voted “European Business Angel of the Year” in 2009. He is a European Investment Fund (EIF) - certified super angel, which means that, subject to certain restrictions, the EIF matches all of his startup investments 1 to 1.
As an entrepreneur, Conny previously founded the stock-listed RFID-based companies ACG, Smartrac and Identiv as well as the cashless payment systems provider Sandpiper. For his activities he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000.
Politically, Conny acted as advisor to Dr. Guido Westerwelle, former president of the German Liberal Party, FDP, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany from 2009 to 2012.
He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Essen with a thesis on venture capital and investing. He later also acted as honorary professor and held lectures at the University of Essen.
Conny can open doors where others can't and introduce startups to potential clients, suppliers, business development opportunities or cooperation partners.
He specialises in the internationalisation of startups, being able to provide local expertise, office space, funding and guidance in over 15 key markets worldwide through Mountain Partners and Conny & Co.
Conny leverages his extended network to source potential investors for his portfolio companies’ investment rounds.
He is a lighthouse figure in the European and global venture capital scene and his investment is seen as a ”stamp of approval” by many other investors.
Pure venture capital is too much money for too much risk, leading to a poor risk-return ratio.
To get invited to great deals, you need to bring more to the table than money.
Learning to deal with uncertainty is the key to venture investing.
They align incentives and provide superior returns.
They dictate the performance of an investment from the start.
A broad, varied dealflow is key to having a market overview. High-quality deals still have to be hand-picked.
Teams of co-investors make better decisions than individuals and can help to avoid the “lemming-effect”.
Track the progress of your early investments, then double down on those showing growth.
Invest in high-growth markets in business models that were proven in saturated markets.
There are always new hyper-growth markets. You need to be there be ready when the trend is emerging.