WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT
We’re not just another incubator. Here’s why building your company with us is something special.
It’s your startup, and you stay in control. Rheingau Founders only takes a minority share, so you get to run your business with our input. We always advocate for very founder-friendly terms in all our agreements.
Courage meets creativity
We believe entrepreneurship means true innovation, not just copying what other people are doing. We want to co-found new and as yet unproven ideas – and then prove them together.
Who we work with
The companies we’ve co-founded so far are mostly B2B-focused digital business models, but we’re open to anything new and exciting, whether you have a team or not. With our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, we’ll help you to find the right business model to co-found. Even though we always have some good ideas in our pocket, we won’t push you to execute a business you’re not happy with.
FOUNDERS WITH A BUSINESS PLAN OR STARTUP IDEA
Come to our office and we’ll discuss your business model and how to prove your concept.
FOUNDERS WITHOUT A BUSINESS PLAN OR STARTUP IDEA
Blow us away with your CV or experience, and we’ll help you to find a new business model so you can continue to rock.
SOLO FOUNDERS WITH NO TEAM OR PARTNERS
Don’t worry if you don’t have your dream team yet. We’ll reach out to our network and find the perfect people for you.
FOUNDERS WITH A TEAM OR PARTNERS
If you’ve already got geniuses in product, bizdev and marketing, then we’re already looking forward to meeting you.
How does it work
IMPRESS US WITH YOUR IDEA OR TRACK RECORD
We are always looking for passionate and dedicated new entrepreneurs to join our exclusive list of companies. If you have the vision, we have the means, so get in touch. We can even fix you up with a team or find the right idea for you.
MOVE INTO OUR RHEINGAU CAMPUS IN BERLIN
We provide you with office space, initial funding of €250k to prove your concept, and 360° support in legal, HR, tech, sales, business intelligence, and finance – the essential toolset to build your business successfully.
WE DON’T JUST GUIDE YOU, WE WORK WITH YOU
One of our experienced partners is always there, working with you and providing mentorship as needed, to get you ready for your Series A funding. It’s all part of the deal, so you won’t pay a penny for it.
THE FOUNDER CAN FOCUS ON THE OPERATIONS, RHEINGAU LEADS THE FUNDING
Some entrepreneurs spend 90% of their time trying to secure funding, but not you. We take the lead in negotiating deals with Business Angels, VCs and corporates so you can focus on proving your concept. Soon, your business is ready to run on its own. Additionally, the Rheingau Club can match up to €2.5mn in follow-on financing rounds to really give your business wings.
FOUNDERS’ EQUITY STORY
With Rheingau Founders, your equity share is significantly higher than market average. Over the course of more than 20 companies we have built, we learned how to avoid many costly mistakes, take the right shortcuts and build trusting relationships with many angel and VC investors. Therefore, the average valuation of our co-founded companies is also substantially higher than market average. This means you retain a significant share of your company throughout the financing rounds, so you stay in control. We’ve discovered this strong intrinsic motivation for the founder makes companies more attractive to investors in later funding rounds too.
questions & answers
We mostly do internet and mobile, though as you can see in our portfolio we’ve worked with companies in all sorts of different business areas. We’re open to almost any idea, as long as you can demonstrate that it has the potential to be a viable business and that you have the determination and ability to make it a success. And of course, it needs to be such a smart concept that VCs will go down on their knees and beg for a share in the company.
Nope. You retain the majority of shares and you remain in control, thanks to our founder-friendly contracts. We have your back, and if it looks like you’re about to crash your company into a wall then we’ll kindly tell you not to, but it’s your call.
Not a chance. We’re not run by a massive multinational with no goal except to make some cash off other people’s dreams. We’re nice guys, and we want to help interesting companies become successful, and maybe make a few new friends in the process.
Not to mention any names, but many don’t care about you. We do. Usually these guys take the majority of the company and leave you with a fraction of a fraction of the pie. In these companies you’re not a true founder but rather a regular employee with some left-over shares. The market is full of big funds throwing money at company builders and hoping something will stick, but it takes more than huge amounts of funding to achieve success. The way we do business, you’ll get the money once you know what to do with it. And don’t worry, we’ll help you figure out that bit too.
Sorry to disappoint you, but as professional company builder we can’t. We will only be great partners if we start working together as early as possible. Don’t be devastated, though: we are currently setting-up a new venture fund specially designed to invest in series B – D rounds. Make sure to read more in our investors section.