TechCrunch DecemberÂ Include Office HoursÂ will be hosted in Berlin, Germany on December 1st. Weâre partnering with Calvary Ventures. From 2-3pm, Â Founding and Managing Partner Rouven Dresselhaus and Managing Partner Stefan Walter will be giving key feedback and valuable guidance for underserved and underrepresented founders. Apply now!
In 2014, TechCrunch launched IncludeÂ program to leverage TechCrunchâs unique network and resources to create access and opportunity for underserved and underrepresented founders.
TechCrunch Include Office Hours are a part of this effort. TechCrunch partners with a VC in New York or San Francisco to host these meetings. During Disrupt, we host Office Hours in the town of the event â? this month, itâs Berlin! These private 20-minute sessions are valuable opportunities for entrepreneurs to gain insights and advice from seasoned investors, as those from Cavalry Ventures. Â Founders can applyÂ here.
Underserved and underrepresented founders include (but are not limited to): female founders, refugees, veterans, minority, handicap, LGBTQ, Black, Latino/a, Asian, people with disabilities and Indigenous peoples.
Letâs meet Cavalry Ventures and the Partners
Based in Berlin, Cavalry Ventures invests in early-stage, disruptive companies. Cavalry is founded and led by way of a team with deep founder and investment experience themselves. Cavalry is really a âhands-on, operations driven and laser-focused on enabling early stage entrepreneurs who have the ambition to transform important markets to build the next big thing.â
âRouven DresselhausÂ is Founding and Managing Partner of Cavalry Ventures and contributes his expertise in strategic decision making, e. g. investment strategies, portfolio management as well as fundraising support to back the growth of portfolio companies. Â At Cavalry, Rouven is responsible for the portfolio companies McMakler and FreightHub.
Prior to Cavalry, Rouven invested privately in more thanÂ 35 startupsworldwide that have created over $1. 5bn in shareholder value. Among them are Tradeshift (worldâs largest network for businesses) and Simplesurance (leading online provider for product insurances).
Rouven started his career at KPMG as a consultant in the Financial Risk Management practice. He then supportedÂ Morten SondergaardÂ in his investment activities and joined the early/mid stage VC fundÂ Capnamic Ventures.
Aside from being experienced in the digital economy, Rouven possesses strong ties to the old economy as he grew up closely connected to his familyâs business, Â Dresselhaus GmbH & Co KG, one of the largest providers of screws and fastening parts in Europe. Other than taking theÂ Founders Pledge, he is an avid supporter of and donor forÂ YUNUS Social BusinessÂ to generate sustainable social impact. â? *********)
âStefan WalterÂ is Managing Partner at Cavalry Ventures and supports founders in areas such as funding / fundraising strategy, financial modeling and investor communications.
Stefan holds degrees in finance / tax law and business administration and ahead of Cavalry co-foundedÂ MontredoÂ amongst others, an ecommerce venture with focus on new luxury watches, before moving to another side of the table and joiningÂ Rheingau Founders, a Berlin-based company builder and early-stage investor.
Stefan is passionate about a variety of ball games (basketball, tennis, and soccer in particular), and is actively involved in the Berlin start-up scene, where he serves as mentor atÂ TechstarsÂ and METRO Accelerator. â? *********)