Together we build purpose-driven companies.
We are a venture studio with the mission to accelerate positive social and environmental change. We team up with entrepreneurs and companies to build and launch digital ventures that have a positive impact.
How to go from plain idea to a full-blown company? At Interlink Ventures we launch new initiatives as independent startup or corporate venture. Hands-on & all-in. Our approach guides a company through the different phases.
Meet Our Team
Guido Grotz is a passionate entrepreneur, investor, and forward thinker. As a venture partner in the Interlink Organization, he actively supports internal, external, and corporate startups that are interested in achieving specific improvements for our economy, society, and the environment.
After completing a degree in computer science, Guido spent over 25 years putting his entrepreneurial skills to great use in a variety of areas within the software industry (Finance, Sales, Service, HR, and Product). In 1999, he co-founded the ERP vendor Step Ahead AG, building it up to a workforce of more than 200 employees. He sold his shares in 2019 and left the company at the start of 2020.
Since April 2020, Guido has been busy developing promising startups, where his focus is on projects, talent, and teams. His efforts have led to several companies being formed across Bavaria, Germany, and Europe, which are able to harness their innovative potential to create multilayered added value and exploit opportunities on international markets.
Guido was born in 1967 and has five children. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, whether running or on his bike, although other hobbies include reading a good book or taking an exciting trip away. He is a passionate advocate for sensible and sustainable business even in his downtime. Fairness, openness, and personal responsibility are important to him in both his professional and his private life.
Thomas Geiger is an entrepreneur, investor, and champion of innovation with an enormous amount of technological expertise. As a venture partner, he creates an environment where innovative individuals can turn their ideas into reality and make the most of their particular strengths.
While studying for his degree in computer science, he was able to gain valuable international experience in the USA; the time he spent there also forged his technology-focused and value-oriented mindset.
Thomas has spent the past 15 years building up Anywhere.24, a successful IT company with over 70 employees. Over this same period, he gained extensive knowledge in the fields of strategy, technology, and innovation. He was then able to harness this expertise for the benefit of his company by implementing digital business models based on cloud or SaaS IT platforms.
After selling his shares, Thomas left the company in 2019 so he could focus instead on developing promising startups. He enjoys working as part of a team, using his entrepreneurial experience to ensure good ideas are given solid foundations.
Thomas was born in 1978 and is happily married with three children. Outside work, when he is not spending time with his family, he is involved in non-profit projects dedicated to ensuring schools are able to provide education that is fit for the future. His special focus here is on digital learning and equality of opportunity for all young people.
Treating others with fairness and respect is extremely important to him both professionally and personally. It is the basis for reaching goals together – goals that everyone can identify with and success that everyone has a hand in achieving.
As an investor and co-founder of Interlink Ventures, Benedict Padberg focuses on young companies that embody social ideals, helping them on their way to achieving sustainable success.
Benedict is a brand strategist, entrepreneur, and investor with a great feel for sustainable projects. He has amassed a wealth of brand development experience, coming up with distinctive designs and smart communication strategies for major corporations and impactful startups.
At the age of 14, he created a social network that focused on data privacy and control. This project first brought him to the attention of businesspeople, who started bringing him on board as part of their entrepreneurial communication campaigns. Finding he got a real thrill out of this work, he decided to turn his passion into a profession and established branding agency Interlink Branding in 2012.
In the interests of shaping social and economic change from all angles, he and his venture capital company, Interlink Ventures, have been supporting committed and pioneering businesses since 2016.
Alongside his management duties, Benedict is active on a number of committees and in initiatives such as Young Leaders and the Bavarian Value Alliance; he is also involved in various environmental projects.
The results that his projects have helped bring about have been recognized by prizes like the Next Economy Award, the German Design Award, and the Energy Award.
Benedict is a passionate proponent, both professionally and privately, of individual freedom, mutual acceptance, and a forward-looking culture of communication.
Dr. Michael Berger
Dr. Michael Berger discovered his passion at an early age. His ability to consider all aspects of any given issue, from both a technological and a business perspective, makes him stand out from the crowd.
At the tender age of 13, he was already heavily involved in working with computers and software. After his undergraduate degree at TU Dresden, he stayed on in academia and obtained a Ph.D. in computer science, with a special focus on software architecture and intelligent systems. He owns several German and US patents in this particular field.
Michael has held numerous prestigious posts throughout his career, for example spending 15 years at Siemens AG’s central research department, where he developed business software solutions and rolled them out successfully worldwide.
He is currently President of DocuWare GmbH, headquartered in Germering, Germany. This is an organization with 400 employees and 500 partner companies, offering innovative digitalization solutions for automating business processes in all four corners of the world.
Michael has also made a name for himself on Europe’s research scene as an expert, a lecturer, and a member of numerous research bodies. On top of that, he has managed national and EU-funded research projects, including as part of the “KMU-innovativ” research initiative set up by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to support the incredible research being done by the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises.
In his capacity as a partner to Interlink Ventures, Michael has made it his mission to not only encourage innovative minds, but also to harness his own expertise and international network to provide a breeding ground for projects and business ideas that will be on the road to success right from the start. He is reliable and tenacious when it comes to implementing decisions – both qualities that guarantee predictable results and that customers and business partners alike really value.
Michael was born in 1970 and is married with one son. Family life at home in Germering is his priority whenever he gets any downtime. He relaxes by travelling and reading interesting books; his particular preference is anything to do with the history of communication.
Bastian Aigner is an entrepreneur and forward thinker. As an Engineering Partner in the Interlink Organization, he actively supports promising tech startups.
His incredibly inquiring mind first became apparent in elementary school when he began trying his hand at coding outside the classroom environment. At 15, his remarkable IT talents were recognized outside of school too; after that, he started to receive invitations to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Bastian is currently studying computer science at the Technical University of Munich. He has a real passion for AI and neural networks, especially in the field of autonomous mobility.
Bastian gets a thrill out of harnessing his expertise to pave the way for businesses, particularly young ones. He designs smart business processes, whether they are logistics workflows, ERP systems or other associated process chains. His inquiring mind stops him from simply accepting the status quo – he instead scrutinizes technical standards in detail so they can be continually optimized to benefit the company. His quick mind and ability to combine technology, business expertise, and a sense for the big picture mean he is an asset to any team.
Bastian spends his free time immersed in the wondrous world of astronomy – he loves to take photos of the night sky and is a regular visitor to his local observatory.
Dr. Oliver Wulff
Success in business always depends on the legal framework too. Dr. Oliver Wulff is an experienced business lawyer and an expert in corporate and banking law.
It is absolutely crucial for companies, especially young ones, to know what they are doing in these areas, which is why Interlink Ventures provides them with access to this experienced legal professional, who will support them on all matters relating to business law.
After studying law at the University of Regensburg and Tulane University in New Orleans, Oliver joined the prestigious law firm Weiss Walther Fischer-Zernin as an attorney in 1996; now as a partner, he plays a significant role in the firm’s success. He remained active on the academic scene after obtaining his Ph.D. in 1998 and made a name for himself by publishing numerous articles on corporate law. Oliver advises an international client base on all matters relating to business law. Company sales, mergers, and acquisitions are his particular forte, alongside the strategic structuring of corporate groups. He is also an expert in legal issues pertaining to executive boards, supervisory boards, and managing directors, especially in terms of their liabilities, obligations, and rights.
Several bodies where Oliver sits in an advisory capacity benefit from his expertise and business-minded approach, for example he is chairman of the supervisory board at A-HEAT Allied Heat Exchange Technology AG and Securetec Detektions-Systeme AG, a member of the advisory board at Tyczka GmbH, and a member of the supervisory board at Therme Group RHTG AG and blu Gruppe AG.
Oliver will harness his profound knowledge of business law to support young, up-and-coming organizations so their creative ideas can flow along channels that are legally sound and economically viable.
Our accomplished corporate lawyer was born in 1965 and is married with three children. Alongside his family life, he has a range of interests and a particular penchant for music – a dream that he lives out as the keyboard player in a band. He also likes to relax with regular rounds of golf.