OUR PLATFORM FOR DIGITALLY
ENABLED HEALTHCARE AND MEDICINE

  • We build

    We co-found and scale digital health companies together with selected entrepreneurs. Individually tailored setups lay the foundation for each company’s success. This encompasses funding, key hires and a network of accomplished advisors and investors. Experts in tech, product, marketing, BI, HR, finance and legal – with thorough understanding of the complex healthcare market – ensure high quality across all necessary areas. Our serial entrepreneurs guide the companies’ development and help find the optimal strategy.

  • We invest

    With our market exposure we constantly come across new and innovative solutions to address specific healthcare and medical challenges. We select talented teams with an emerging business or technology that create synergies and strategic relevance with our portfolio. Within our portfolio, we actively leverage each other’s know-how to increase each companies chances of success.

  • We partner

    We partner with corporates and industry experts, academic research teams and accomplished individuals to create impactful environments. With our proven expertise in founding digital health companies we can join forces to build a digital-native product or service, access the healthcare market, scale new business or overcome regulatory hurdles faster and more successfully. Our main objective and expertise is fast and lean execution.

The Venture Development Process

There are different ways we come across the challenges in healthcare and medicine. Ranging from analytical research and expert interviews, through problems we identify within other existing business contexts to the value of exchange with all relevant healthcare stakeholders.

We then match the relevance of the opportunity with our skillset of potential solutions and compare its strategic fit with our portfolio. Ideation can take as long as several months down to a couple of days for us to decide to execute.

Though our concept development is based on textbook approaches, our main focus is on understanding the key value driver for the business model and translate it into the success factors for the organization and DNA of the future company. 

We believe the former needs to be a given, but the latter makes the difference between failing and succeeding.

While fine tuning the concept we continuously sketch out and test prototypes of our digital products.

This always includes ongoing user testing and constant iterations, while clearing regulatory and legal questions.

Our core believe for any new company that we build up is assembling the best possible team for this endeavor. So early focus is on recruiting and establishing the right culture. Together with the co-founding managing directors and all other early team members we then specify the go-to-market approach. 

Mostly this ends up in a very direct, often niche, way to find the first customer group of success. With them we generate the learnings and de-risk our hypotheses to establish a long term foundation and strategy to take our companies to the next level.

As soon as the company sees traction with its core business, we execute on the growth plan:

We raise funding from additional investors, consider vertical/geographical expansion and guide the company to become fully self sufficient with an independent sustainable business model.

Management Board

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Stephanie Kaiser

Founder & Managing Director

Stephanie Kaiser leads product development, engineering and venture execution. Previously she helped building Wooga, one of Europe’s fastest growing companies for mobile games and in 2018 Stephanie joined the digital council to the federal government.

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Founder & Managing Director

Stephanie Kaiser leads product development, engineering and venture execution. In addition to her role at Heartbeat Labs, she is a member of the German digital council to advise the federal government on digitization.

When she studied humanities at Humboldt University Berlin, nothing pointed towards a bright future as chief product officer. Then came Vietnam: Stephanie took a position as project manager for the digitization of a tremendous German library catalogue in Ho Chi Minh City. She conducted the deployment of a specific software by training 100 Vietnamese co-workers to use it – both of which (project management and leading a team) she had never done before.
Since then, Stephanie has excelled in building products from scratch and nurturing teams and corporate cultures.

Back in Germany, she worked on the development of a social network for Europe’s biggest ring-tone provider Jamba. She then joined MTV/Nickelodeon where she developed a learning platform for children and gained experience in navigating and shaping “big corporate culture.”

In 2009, Stephanie was hired by Wooga, a start-up for Facebook and mobile games, as their first full-time employee. There she grew from developing her own game to leading six international teams with around 70 people building games as head of studio. German chancellor Angela Merkel was among the many visiting guests at Wooga, that Stephanie met at the offices of the emerging start-up.

In 2015, she co-founded two companies, a mobile health app for diabetics and a brain training app, where she also acted as chief product officer.

The following year, Stephanie moved on to become VP of product at Clue, a menstrual cycle tracking app which became the world’s fastest growing female health start-up, with more than 6 million active monthly users.

In the same year, she was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in Tech in Europe (by Inspiring Fifty).

In 2018 Stephanie joined the digital council to the federal government.

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Eckhardt Weber

Founder & Managing Director

Eckhardt Weber is leading the overall venture development, investment strategy, investor relations and communications. Through his experience at FinLeap, where he guided a bank and an insurance to their BaFin licenses, he confidently navigates highly regulated environments.

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Founder & Managing Director

Eckhardt Weber’s focus is business development in highly regulated markets, where he builds and deploys deep vertical knowledge. For HitFox’s financial technology platform FinLeap, he guided solarisBank through the process of obtaining a full banking license – one of the first German internet start-ups to do so (and that within just nine months). The same applies to Element which has recently obtained a full insurance license and was co-founded by Eckhardt.

Eckhardt studied law at LMU Munich, after which he spent one year in South Africa adding a master’s degree in commercial law in 2012.

He then joined P+P Pöllath + Partners, a law council specialized in venture capital legislation. In October 2014, he moved over to HitFox Group, structuring the legal and finance team, working with Jan Beckers on business development strategy and acting as managing director for the financial technology platform FinLeap.

While working at FinLeap, he also completed an EMBA degree at the University of Münster.

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Hendrik Krawinkel

Founder & Managing Director

Hendrik Krawinkel develops the team and defines workflow processes around finance, legal, human resources and operations. In 2011, he started HitFox together with Jan Beckers and three years later co-founded FinLeap.

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Founder & Managing Director

Hendrik Krawinkel’s specialty is operational and organizational excellence. He builds teams and defines workflow processes around finance, human resources and operations etc. In an industry as complex as healthcare or finance, this provides the crucial foundation upon which innovative business models can be developed and executed.

Hendrik studied management at HHL Leipzig while beginning his professional career with global technology companies such as IBM and Rolls-Royce. In 2011, when he was still enrolled in university, he joined Jan Beckers in founding HitFox, which they developed into a platform for advertising and big data technologies. He has since been the backbone of turning new business ideas into excellent company practice.

In 2014, Hendrik co-founded FinLeap, HitFox Group’s company builder for financial technologies, which he co-led for three years. Apart from his focus on structural topics he has acted as managing director and project manager for many companies on the HitFox and FinLeap platform.

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Jan Beckers

Founder & Chairman

Jan Beckers guides Heartbeat Labs’ overall strategic development. While studying, he launched the event portal studenta.de and the job portal absolventa.de. From 2008 onwards he focussed on adtech, co-founded madvertise, fyber and a few years later HitFox Group.

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Jan Beckers


Founder & Chairman

an Beckers has been leveraging the opportunities of the internet to develop new businesses his whole life: First within student communities, then in gaming, advertising and financial services and now in healthcare.

While still studying business in Münster, he launched the event portal studenta.de in 2004, and thereafter, the job portal absolventa.de, which became his first double-digit million exit deal.

In 2008, he began focusing on advertising technologies for mobile, apps and games. Together with Lukasz Gadowski, he founded Madvertise, which was sold four years later for a double-digit million amount. In 2009, he co-founded Fyber, another adtech start-up, which lead to a three-digit million exit deal just five years after launching.

In 2011, Jan co-founded HitFox, a gaming distribution start-up. He and his team turned it into a platform for various adtech startups. One of the most successful enterprises on the HitFox platform is AppLift, which today analyzes the anonymized data of nearly 80% of the world’s smartphone population outside China, to make mobile ads more relevant and more successful.

For his success in the adtech space, the global consulting firm EY awarded Jan Beckers “Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.”

Later in the same year, Jan laid the foundation for bringing digital change to the next industry: financial services. Together with his long-term business partner Hendrik  Krawinkel he founded the company builder FinLeap, which has quickly become the go-to player for financial technologies, attracting institutional investors and partners such as the world’s third largest reinsurer, Hannover Re, and the insurance company Signal Iduna. Jan was behind the idea to apply for a full banking license for FinLeap’s financial service provider solarisBank, which the company attained in a record-breaking nine months. Less than two years after launch, solarisBankwas valued at a three-digit million euro amount.

In 2017, together with an experienced team of serial entrepreneurs, Jan entered the fast growing market of digital health with the launch of Heartbeat Labs.

Besides his HitFox activities, Jan has made several angel investments in companies such as Delivery Hero, Brands4Friends and Clio and has also invested pre-IPO in Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Prof. Dr. med. Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr

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Prof. Dr. med. Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr


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Prof. Dr. med. Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr is the former Medical Director of the Heart Center Leipzig and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Leipzig. He has been awarded with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding achievements in the development of East Germany after reunification. Focus magazine repeatedly listed the physician in its list of top German doctors.

Prof. Mohr began his professional career in the early 1970s starting a medical degree at Freie Universität in West Berlin, which he later successfully completed in Bonn and Sydney.
He then worked as a medical assistant at the University Hospital for Cardiovascular Surgery Bonn. Soon he became a specialist in cardiac and vascular surgery and was soon promoted to the position of senior physician. In 1986-1988 he worked as a fellow for the German Research Association at University College Los Angeles. In 1990 he was designated a C3 professorship at the University of Göttingen as Deputy Hospital Director. In 1994 Prof. Mohr became Medical Director of the Heart Center Leipzig which – under his leadership – became internationally renowned. Prof. Mohr has headed several German, European and international professional societies as president. In March 2017, Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr retired from his position at Heart Center Leipzig.

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Peter Zühlsdorff

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Peter Zühlsdorff


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Peter Zühlsdorff was on the executive board of Wella AG for almost 20 years, five of which as its chairman (1991-1995). He also received recognition as the president of the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) and through heading some major restructuring projects such as the Tengelmann Group and the dual waste system DSD (Grüner Punkt).

Zühlsdorff began his professional career at the age of 16 as a ship’s boy on a small freighter of the East Africa line. Even before his time at Wella AG, he worked in the field of hair care as an entrepreneur. In 1970 he became managing partner of TONDEO Werk GmbH in Solingen, a medium-sized manufacturer of hairdressing supplies. In 1978, Zühlsdorff moved to Wella AG in Darmstadt. In 1999 he took over Deutsche Industrie Holding.

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Dr. med. Dominik Löer

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Dr. med. Dominik Löer


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After graduating first as physician and later in laboratory medicine, Dominik Löer took over his father’s private medical laboratory in Münster in 2004. Within a few years he expanded the business to serving 1,300 practicing doctors. He also added 50 hospitals to his clientele, which was a completely new group of customers for the family business at that time.

Working with so many different doctors and medical institutions, he learned to understand the diverse needs and challenges that healthcare providers face. Based on this experience, he co-founded HYBETA, an institute that tests and analyzes hygiene standards in operation and clean rooms and also consults on methods of improving them. HYBETA serves not only hospitals and doctors’ practices but also corporations, and today the company employs over a 100 hygienists and technicians.

In 2008, Löer co-acquired a medical laboratory in the town of Nordhorn and added a second branch to its operation shortly after. Five years later he sold the laboratory in Nordhorn to the Kramer Group and the one in Münster to Limbach Group. The latter is now the market leader in medical laboratories in Germany. Between 2014 and 2016, Löer worked for Limbach as a strategic consultant.

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Dr. med. Martin Bloch

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Dr. med. Martin Bloch


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Dr. Martin Bloch is Managing Director of Germany’s largest anaesthetic clinic Anaesthesio. The company, which he founded in 2002, today employs over 100 medical specialists and serves 22.000 patients every year at 40 different ambulatory and stationary surgery sites in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Bloch graduated from RWTH Aachen.

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Herbert Henzler

Senior Advisor

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Herbert Henzler


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Herbert Henzler was the German face of the global consulting firm McKinsey for 32 years until his departure in 2001. He acted as managing partner for the German offices, was a member of its global Executive Committee and was the driving force behind the expansion into Brazil, Turkey and Eastern Europe.

After McKinsey, Henzler moved into finance, leading the advisory board of Credit Suisse for ten years, up to 2012, and then joining the investment bank Moelis & Company. In the late 2000s he also led the Hightech Innovation Program for the German State of Bavaria. Henzler is an advisory member of several boards including Deutsche Bahn, FC Bayern Munich, Bogner, Ottonova and more. In 2011 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit and was named “most powerful consultant in Germany” by business magazine Handelsblatt.

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Johannes Pichler

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Johannes Pichler


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ohannes Pichler has been with Globalways AG for more than 10 years – as co-founder and CEO. During this time, the company has become the leading provider of high-availability fiber optic connections and data center services for business customers in the Stuttgart region. Globalways AG has received multiple awards including the SME Award for Social Responsibility in Baden-Württemberg, the Deloitte Technology Fast50 and Deloitte Technology Fast500 EMEA Awards, and the FT 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies Award.
Parallel to his entrepreneurial activities, Pichler completed his Master’s degree in Business Informatics at the Technical University of Munich in 2010.