Curaze

Why we created Curaze

In today’s world of digitalization and ongoing change, we are facing an exponential increase in information, transformation, innovation and complexity – welcome to the VUCA world. The past several months have certainly pushed us to change how and where we live, work, communicate, shop and travel. As we adapt to the current situation, we are altering our fundamental habits.

This shift in behavior requires the consumers as well as the businesses to adopt digital technologies, solutions and strategies. Navigating a transforming world is crucial for corporates which are already in the process of reimagining all facets of their digital ecosystems – from sales and transaction processing to marketing and customer service – because most of consumer life and decision-making now happens online. Start & scale ups need to accelerate their business, create new partnerships with Corporates and want to grow through a curated matchmaking service, hybrid event formats and exclusive insights & intelligence.

That’s why we created CURAZE, a platform where leaders, entrepreneurs, business influencers and visionaries can meet in an environment of trust, start new partnerships, co-create, collaborate, share their insights and extend their network. We boost your digital transformation, create real business opportunities and build up a new client pipeline.

OUR VISION

Our purpose and inspiration is to become the leading global networking, matchmaking and business platform with a sustainable impact for innovative corporates and technology start- and scale-ups.

OUR MISSION

We curate an ecosystem of companies and people at the forefront of innovation. Together we strive to make an impact on the digital world of today’s consumer commerce & communication, technology, business and society.

a skyline at night: our people and network makes an impact on the digital world of today´s consumer commerce & communication, technology, business and society

OUR TEAM

Together with their team, Christian Muche, Claus Schuster and Natascha Zeljko created an interdisciplinary and internationally connected platform for corporates, start- and scale-ups as well as global business influencers who are eager to transform their business and change the world in the digital era. They all have a common vision to delve into the unexpected and the unknown, share insights from industries, start-ups and the consumer world and help their business network to take advantage of digitalization and technology trends.

Christian Muche

Christian Muche

Founder and Executive Partner

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Claus Schuster

Claus Schuster

Founder and Executive Partner

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Natascha Zeljko

Natascha Zeljko

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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Constanze Grass

Constanze Grass

Director Operations

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Markus Fekerl

Markus Fekerl

Director Finance

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Margherita Concina

Margherita Concina

Junior Editor

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Irene Ge

Irene Ge

Representative China

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Simone Lis

Simone Lis

Representative US

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Carmen Benz

Carmen Benz

Web and Graphic Design

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Margit Berner

Margit Berner

Representative Austria

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Joey Forghang

Joey Forghang

Project Manager

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Pallavi Singh

Pallavi Singh

Intern Social Media

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Eric Hall

Eric Hall

Representative Germany/Switzerland

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Our Partners

At CURAZE we believe in meaningful, personal and long-term partnerships and collaborations. Our network partners represent the leading minds and designers in their industries, companies and sectors. They give our platform a decisive advantage.

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Capnamic Ventures

Cologne, Germany

About us

Capnamic is a venture capital firm from Berlin/Cologne doing early-stage investments in outstanding teams in Germany/Austria/Switzerland.

The team’s expertise includes 70+ investments, 30+ successful trade sales and 13+ IPOs as well as broad professional experience across various industries and functions. 
Capnamic unites institutional and corporate investors thus offering its portfolio companies a unique network of sparring partners and customers.

The firm’s general partners are Jörg Binnenbrücker, Olaf Jacobi, and Christian Siegele.
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Allegro Investment

USA

About us

Allegro Investment Fund, L.P. (the “Fund”) is a privately held investment fund with over $500 million under management. We invest in companies ranging from start-ups to established businesses across a broad range of industries and geographies.
The Fund was founded in 2009 and is a “close-ended fund” and not open to additional investments.
We have a global perspective and actively look for opportunities where our capital, experience and passion can build long-term value as we support the strategic and financial objectives of talented, entrepreneurial management teams, currently with the primary focus to complement existing investments.
Allegro is flexible, decisive and discreet and our collaborative approach forms a true partnership with our management teams. We distinguish ourselves by focusing on the long-term strategic development of our investments, in contrast to many private equity firms that normally have a much greater focus on short-term results and exit strategies.
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Allegro Invest SE

Los Angeles, California

About us

Here at Allegro, we see things differently. To us you are not just another number, but instead an individual with unique and personalized financial needs. That’s why we’ve set out to change the financial game with our robust community of like-minded clients who are tired of the old ways of financial management. 

With our wide portfolio of services, we’ve got everything you need to quickly accomplish your financial goals whether you’re looking to repair and build your credit, pay off your bills, send money to your loved ones, or even get a loan for that new car.  Everyone deserves financial freedom, that’s why we’ve set out to make financial  management easy and accessible. No matter your need, we are here to help you every step of the way.
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Sanpei Ventures

Shanghai, China

About us

SANPEI VENTURES is China's first Venture Builder for Western tech start-ups aiming to accelerate their growth in Chinese and Asian markets. We work with growth stage, data-driven start-ups developing innovative B2B technologies aiming to disrupt how traditional industries operate, with a first focus on retail and consumer-facing sectors.

Despite China obvious attractiveness as a market due to its size and scalability potential, Western start-ups often rule it out of their international expansion plans as it is perceived as an extremely complicated market to access. 
SANPEI VENTURES aim to solve this problem, putting at work not only our extensive experience in China and Europe but also full operational capabilities to help Western start-ups set foot and accelerate their growth in Chinese market. 

We identify DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES with scalability potential in China, and fully support their expansion locally by providing funding, full operational support via our in-house team and generation of qualified sales leads with top tier corporations, in order to maximize their growth in China and APAC. 

Our unique model consists on developing local 50/50 JOINT-VENTURES: Start-ups don’t need to invest in the Joint-Venture, they just need to provide to the Joint-Venture with exclusive, perpetual rights of their technology in the territory. Sanpei Ventures funds the Joint-Venture and operates it throughout its development in the territory.

OUR MENTORS AND ADVISORY BOARD

The CURAZE Advisory Board is made up of the most successful thought leaders from various industries, technology and social sectors. The advisory board guides us on the strategic direction and on content-related issues, and provides insights about the changes we face as a society.

Our CURAZE mentors are proven experts and advisors for our corporates, start- and scale-up partners. They add unique insights, extend our network and provide valuable experience to our team and to the Business Boutique.

Katharina Gehra

Katharina Gehra

Blockchain Technology

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Dieter Kempf

Dieter Kempf

Industry 4.0

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Cindy Chin

Cindy Chin

Big Data, Video and Entrepreneurship

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Matthias Malessa

Matthias Malessa

New Work and Thought Leadership

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JC Oliver

JC Oliver

Digital Strategy and Marketing

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Anastasia Barner

Anastasia Barner

GenZ, Social Media and Reverse Mentoring

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Christoph Bornschein

Christoph Bornschein

Digital Leadership, Asset-as-a-Service/Industrie 4.0, Business Process Mining and Mobility und Smart Societies

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Klaus Harnack

Klaus Harnack

Fashion Retail and Lifestyle Brands

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Prof. Dr. Heike M. Hölzner

Prof. Dr. Heike M. Hölzner

FoodTech, Problem-Solution-Fit, Got-to-Market, Teambuildung

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