Faculty Bio

“The potential for a successful future lies in the hearts of entrepreneurs. Sometimes it is difficult for them to convince the public of the potential of their ideas. That‘s why I try to be a good listener & translator and to make their ideas heard!”
Claas started his career in the old economy at AEG and Electrolux Group, where he discovered his passion for emerging industries. That is what is driving him until today. After being on Wall Street with American Heritage Management Corp. and participating in the first internet based IPOs in the 90’s, his passion for tech and disrupting technologies became stronger still. He is Co-founder of New Commercial Room an early stage VC company based in Hamburg, where he manages a portfolio of high-tech growth companies, ranging from medical devices (Celon AG – exit to Olympus), to media (moreTV), SaaS, IT and Cybersecurity (SciEngines).
As an Angel Investor, he privately invested in companies including buch.de (IPO), wire card (IPO), Realtime Technology AG (exit to Dassault), Compass (exit to Sage) and with BtoV Investor Network. He actively mentors numerous German startups, Accelerator Programs (Next Media, BizLab) and the High Tech Gründerfonds. Through the High Profile Angel network in Switzerland, he enjoys access to prime international Deal Flow and Investors. Furthermore, Claas holds several board positions and is a live musician.