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YPOG advises Heartfelt on the first closing of its new € 80 million early-stage fund

Cologne, June, 19, 2023 – A YPOG team led by Jens Kretzschmann provided Heartfelt with 
comprehensive legal and tax advice on the structuring and first closing of its new early-stage VC fund with a target volume of EUR 80 million. In addition to established LPs, Axel Springer and Porsche again participated in the closing as anchor investors.

With its fund, Heartfelt, like its predecessor structure APX, will invest primarily in European start-ups in their early-stage phase. Heartfelt invests in start-ups at the earliest possible stage - often before the angel round. Initial investments are up to EUR 100,000 and are further increased up to the Series A round if the start-ups show momentum and raise external capital. 


Jens Kretzschmann (Lead, Funds), Partner, Berlin 
Dr. Sebastian Schödel (Funds), Partner, Köln 
Dr. Andreas Bergthaller (Funds), Senior Associate, Köln 
Markus Alsdorf (Funds), Associate, Köln 
Dr. Carl Sieger (Tax), Associate, Köln 
Sylwia Luszczek (Legal Operations), Legal Project Manager, Berlin


About Heartfelt

Heartfelt is the new Berlin unit of the team of APX, a joint venture of Axel Springer and Porsche, which also invests in European start-ups across sectors as an early-stage investor. . 


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