Peter Richarz

Managing Partner

Peter co-founded DvH Ventures with the backing of German publisher Dieter von Holtzbrinck, entrepreneur Sven C. Sixt and former CEO of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group, Prof. Michael Grabner.

Peter has been part of the German start-up scene for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in venture capital and company building. During this time he has co-founded numerous technology companies. He is an ambassador and active supporter of the "2hearts" initiative to build tomorrow's tech society with cultural diversity and a mentor of the "Digital International Partnership Cologne/ Tel Aviv".

He is co-founder and member of the supervisory board of Design Bestseller, one of the most successful e-commerce platforms for designer furniture in Europe. Together with Sven C. Sixt, he also founded crossventures, a Cologne-based incubator with a technology-oriented, cross-industry market focus, which was the starting point for the later founding of DvH Ventures.

Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Media Ventures, the venture capital company of Dirk Ströer and Udo Müller, founders and shareholders of the now listed Ströer SE.

Peter studied economics at the University of Cologne and at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles. He lives with his family near Cologne and is passionate about nature, photography, architecture and the Cologne Carnival.