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PAULINA JÄNSCH

Founding Partner

After finishing her Abitur in Germany and her Bachelor's from the University in Maastricht, Paulina obtained her first MSc from the Rotterdam School of Management in Marketing Management. Subsequently, she graduated from her second MSc in Finance at EADA Business School in Barcelona.

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"What fascinates me about venture capital is that you get to know so many truly passionate, driven people who all have stories to tell and ideas that need to be heard. To understand startups, we have to grasp the people behind them and the market they operate in before we start to structure financial deals. So both of my strengths are combined in the goal to understand and connect people and help them flourish."

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THORE VOGEL

Founding Partner

Driven to expand his intercultural knowledge, Thore moved from Germany to China at the age of 18 to work in steel trading. He then studied Business Administration in Paris, while founding his first company, which produced sustainable apparel. Afterward, he worked in Russia for two years in business development. Lately, he obtained his MSc in Finance at EADA in Barcelona.

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"If you are passionate about photography you know that beyond the technical skills it takes soft skills to capture a great shot of a person. It is vital to quickly build a connection with the individual. As venture capitalists, we invest in people, ideas, and passion. No financial model can precisely evaluate a pre-product company. It is the connection we build with the people that give us an accurate valuation of their capabilities. Tapping into people’s lives and bringing out the best shot in them is what I build my professional career on."

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RAUSHAN KRETZSCHMAR
CFA, FRM

General Partner

Experienced financier; private equity, real asset portfolio management professional with extensive U.K.; Pan European (Germany, Spain, and Portugal) as well as Central Asian deal experience. Specialised in portfolio structuring & oversight, investment analytics, financial optimisation, valuation of operational synergies, complex covenant management as well as special situations credit origination and equity valuation. Raushan is responsible for capital allocation and portfolio management.

Prior Experience: Previously part of FTSE listed sell-side advisory team, involving equity de-listing and debt restructuring. Extensive structuring deal experience in liaising with buy & sell-side investors, LBO target companies, financial institutions, and management teams.

 

Qualifications: Raushan holds a MSc in Finance from ESADE Business School, she is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

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JASPER NIMTZ

Investment Analyst 

Jasper had his first point of contact with startups and the analysis of business ideas while working towards his Abitur in the international project "Business at school“. This interest increased while continuing his studies for a BSc of International Management and Foreign trade in Germany’s gateway to the world, Hamburg. 

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"I believe that major challenges can be best faced by a strong team that has an ambitious aim to work towards a goal. This is not only true for my passion for field hockey where I had the chance to play in some truly incredible teams but especially for startups that try to change the world. Therefore I am sure that the team behind a great business idea is as important as the idea itself. Consequently, for me, the great thing in venture capital is to help other great teams to accomplish their very best“.

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CLAUDIA JARAMILLO

Marketing Manager

Claudia's entrepreneurial spirit has led her career to the creation and management of brands through creative thinking. She co-founded her first fashion brand at the age of 19 in her natal country Ecuador. In 2017 she moved to Barcelona to get her MSc in Art and Design Research gathering a multidisciplinary background in design, fashion, and creative strategy,

For the last three years, she has dedicated herself to helping entrepreneurs, small businesses, and artists start from scratch. She focuses on creating brands from the planning to the execution of their marketing strategy. Currently, she is enrolled in a PhD program in Contemporary Aesthetics exploring fashion as a social phenomenon.

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I believe that research and creativity are needed for creation, whether to create a brand or to create a work of art. From my perspective fashion phenomena also plays a very important role since it influences and impacts all industries. Having this background allows me to provide creative solutions, through understanding and doing processes differently. Leanox shares my out-of-the-box thinking, which in my opinion is the foundation to discover great opportunities, make decisions, and grow in our rapidly changing world."

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NICK ABRAMS

Investment Analyst

Nick went to high school in the US and Germany, where he completed his Abitur and then moved to the Netherlands to study BSc International Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management. He has interned at two venture capital firms in London and was previously involved with YES! Delft and ECE, two of the largest incubators in the Netherlands. Nick has recently started a second BSc in Quantitative Software Engineering and joined Leanox in September 2022. 

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“As a kid, I was always about building things and coming up with new approaches to everyday activities - there are still pictures of me trying to cook pasta in the backyard using aluminum foil to concentrate sunlight. This spirit has never left me and eventually led me toward embarking on an entrepreneurial path from trying to found my own company to joining VCs and incubators. What I love about VC and especially Leanox is that I get to interact with so many inspiring founders that are truly trying to make a positive impact on the world.”

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RUTH VANLANGENAEKER

Content Marketing

Ruth is a creative 24-year old with a MSc in Innovation and Sustainability from Hasselt University, Belgium. Ruth has experience in project management for regional development from her previous internship and was a board member in a student enterprise, where she led consultancy projects with students. Next, she likes to go on adventures. Last summer she walked the Camino, a 245km journey from Porto to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Her curious and adventurous mindset also brought her to Barcelona for a marketing internship at Leanox. 

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"If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be ‘intrapreneur’ – an entrepreneur within the company. I like to take on any challenge and believe that every problem is solvable with the right team and if you are willing to learn. At Leanox, we realise so much together. It's the place where I can combine my passion for entrepreneurship, marketing and impact. It has shown me that numbers can go hand in hand with creativity. Here, I am able to discover marketing in a different way, while bringing valuable content and insights." 

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