After graduating from WU Vienna, Andreas worked for several VC and PE funds in the DACH region and gained experience in all pre-IPO equity investment cycles. He has carried out numerous transactions and was a member of various advisory boards and supervisory boards of his portfolio companies. During his time as an independent M&A/corporate finance consultant, he advised on several buy- and sell-side transactions as well as various investment vehicles in Germany and abroad.
Andreas is a member of the board of AVCO, the branch representative of the Austrian venture capital industry, and has a doctorate in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management with a thesis on the value added of venture capital funds (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Växjö University, Vienna University of Economics and Business). Andreas is a university lecturer for financing topics and has published books and articles on VC and PE topics.
years of VC/PE expertise
Andreas R. 's FAQs
What work-related experience are you most proud of?
Start-ups do not always remain startups and depending on the company phase, there are specific challenges that have to be mastered. In the course of my career I have had the opportunity to work for investment companies with very different investment strategies: from seed to buyout, everything was included. This enables me to identify challenges that typically arise in portfolio companies before they become acute.
Why Gateway Ventures?
I’ve known Gateway for some time – but from the investor’s perspective: I’ve invested in 5 startups as a member of the Gateway Investors Community and was convinced of the quality of the deal flow and the professional processing – and of course the pleasing increases in value in the meantime : -). I am pleased to be able to contribute to the further development of Gateway as a member of the team.
What does the future of start-up investments look like?
The supply market for start-up financing will become more diverse. The classic division between the informal (business angels) and the formal (funds) no longer applies: venture builders, family offices, serial BAs with a professional set-up, crowd financiers (with a wide variety of approaches)… it got quite colorful on the market and I think this trend will continue.
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