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Falk Strascheg
Founder and Entrepreneur, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship gGmbH





Falk Strascheg
Founder and Entrepreneur
Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship gGmbH

Falk F. Strascheg is one of the most experienced and successful venture capitalists in Germany and Europe.

In 1971 Mr. Strascheg started the company Laser Optronic in Munich. After growing the company to become Europe's leading manufacturer of lasers and laser systems within a period of ten years, he successfully sold the business to global market leader Coherent Inc. of Palo Alto, California.

Then in 1987 he founded TECHNOLOGIEHOLDING, which he made into the leading venture capital firm in Germany and German-speaking Europe within just a few years. TECHNOLOGIEHOLDING has financed numerous innovative high-tech firms as lead investor.

In late December 2000, he sold the company to 3i Group plc. Through that date, of the 156 early-stage investments made, 16 young enterprises went public on growth-oriented international exchanges and 31 companies were sold.

Mr. Strascheg is a supervisory or advisory board member for several international technology firms. In 1998 he became chairman of the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA).

He established the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, which under the vision of a "lifelong learning concept for entrepreneurs", is dedicated to applied research, education and policy formation for the benefit of European entrepreneurs and investment professionals. He also established the "Strascheg Institute for Innovation, Transformation and Entrepreneurship (SITE)" at the EBS European Business School and the "Polytech Strascheg" at the Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg.

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