Evolving narratives and
organizations – together.

Our team combines experiences of investors and operators - we are committed to contribute them to the work with our portfolio companies.

Christian Winter

General Partner

Christian has been part of the European venture ecosystem for over 20 years. He closely follows a broad range of industries and has led investments in more than 30 companies, including Zalando, Delivery Hero, Klarna and Global Fashion Group.

Before becoming an investor, Christian was co-founder of a fintech company, worked in business development and sales of leading IT companies, and in the early days of e-commerce was responsible for building the online presences of two major retailers. During his career as an investor, he supported six companies on their journey to IPO and was involved in multiple 9-digit trade sales.

Christian holds a master’s degree in business.

Laura Schmück

Financial Counsel

Laura started working in venture capital in 2018. She supports our portfolio companies in building their finance organizations – from spreadsheet to ERP - and heads our investor relations and finance.

Previously Laura was with a leading auditing, tax and advisory firm and supported transactions, fundraisings and restructurings across industries and stages of the business lifecycle.

Laura holds a master’s degree in accounting and finance.

Jan Sessenhausen

General Partner

Jan got involved in the European venture ecosystem in 2010. He has led investments in 15 companies such as data Artisans, wunderlist and Blickfeld, and helped lead these companies to significant financings and exits. He focusses on investments in digital services and software companies with a special dedication to open-source based projects.

Prior to investing, he spent seven years in the IT and consulting industry where he gained extensive experience in conception and implementation of IT service management organizations and systems.

Jan has a degree in Computer Science.

Sophie Graske

HR Counsel

Sophie got involved in the start-up scene 10 years ago. She has extensive HR experience from prior operational and leadership roles in companies of various sizes – from early-stage startups to larger organizations. Sophie’s career started in the recruitment industry and she has also gained international experience.

She is passionate about working with people and loves analyzing, developing and aligning an employee's skills with the challenges of an organization. She works with our portfolio companies to develop and grow their human resource management and culture in line with the changing needs. Furthermore she adds experience around how to work with different cultural backgrounds within an organization and how to set up international locations.

Sophie holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in Human Resource Management.

Helmut Klawitter

General Partner, General Counsel

Helmut has more than 10 years of experience in venture capital and leads our legal, finance and operations team.

In addition to his 10+ years in VC he has 25+ years of transactional experience and has been involved in many headline-grabbing M&A transactions, IPOs and corporate restructurings. He served as Deputy Head of Legal and Authorized Officer in a multi-billion family business and worked for a renowned law firm in the Middle East.

As an experienced inhouse counsel Helmut knows how to structure businesses from a legal point of view and to prepare them for the future.

Helmut is a fully qualified lawyer.

Katharina Kramer


Katharina got involved in the start-up ecosystem early during her studies and is passionate about connecting the right people to help them thrive. She is especially exited about companies pioneering developments in sustainability and digital health.

She holds a BSc and honorary degree in Technology and Management, and an MPhil in Innovation after studying innovation in various settings in Germany, the US, and the UK. As part of her studies she gathered experience ranging from building businesses to grounded research, graduating with distinction in all of her degrees.

Sandra Vorpahl

Team Assistant

Sandra supports our teaam as Assistant in admin, legal and finance.

Previously she worked for a company which is specialized in import and wholesale where she created concepts for the planning and realization of innovative product launches. Also, she analyzed product groups for the sustainable optimization of the product portfolio up to the coordination of global delivery of goods. During her education, she discovered her passion for organization and administrative management.

Sandra is Management Assistant for Office Communication and is in the process of completing her Bachelor studies.

Wilken Engelbracht

General Partner

Wilken first got into venture capital about 20 years ago when the European ecosystem was just starting to develop.

Wilken’s professional career encompasses both investment and operational management roles. He was in charge of building and leading the operations of one of Europe’s first online video portals and had the great personal pleasure of managing a professional soccer club in Germany. Furthermore Wilken spent many years in various roles at a global media corporation, where he worked on international growth investments and M&A transactions.

Wilken has a keen interest in enterprise software and the future of digital entertainment and holds a master’s degree in economics.

Johannes Behringer

Investment Manager

Johannes has been working in venture capital since 2018.

He seeks promising early-growth business models via research grounded in first principles and bold narratives. Currently, Johannes is interested in the intersection of networks, processing power and human nature.

Prior to VC, Johannes worked in policy and research at an EU institution and a U.S. grand strategy program, focusing on the future of financial markets.

Johannes studied in the U.S. graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with distinction in Ethics, Politics and Economics.

Dr. Maximilian Rowoldt

Investment Manager

Maximilian started working in venture in 2018 and specializes in fintech, consumer internet and open-source software companies.

He has experience in developing and executing strategies across industries after previous roles in Consulting and Investment Banking. He started his career as a research associate focusing on empirical studies on financial markets.

Maximilian holds a PhD and a master’s degree in finance & accounting. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Cusp Capital is a venture capital firm combining research enthusiasm with investment experience to identify European companies which use the power of digital technologies to redefine aspects of our personal and professional lives. Investing throughout their growth cycles, we support our portfolio companies in evolving their strategic narratives as well as the organizational foundations underneath.