bizdev GmbH was founded by Dirk Schwartz as a consultancy and investment company in 2000. Since then, he has been the sole general manager and shareholder of the company.

bizdev has invested in more than 50 internet and mobile startups since 2000. In addition to this, bizdev has assisted venture capital firms in the selection and assessment of startups.

Since 2016, bizdev has gradually pulled out of its smaller investments and no longer assumes new advisory roles.

It now only invests in companies within the context of existing partnerships or if the significance of the idea demands an exception.

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bizdev is currently an active shareholder of the following ventures:
  • Schwartz FM GmbH – 100% Subsidiary

    Schwartz GM GmbH is a real estate developer wich purchases, restores, and modernizes valuable old buildings - usually protected as landmarks - with the aim of long-term value preservation. To promote cultural activities and environmental protection, Schwartz FM also founded the Hainbachtal Foundation in Gleisweiler in 2017.

  • GoodThinks – 100% Subsidiary

    GoodThinks GmbH is an independent and interdisciplinary think tank seeking to do good by utilizing technology and investment capital in an efficient manner. It aims to develop intelligent and innovative concepts, organizations, and products that contribute to solving the most important and urgent problems of our time.

  • GoodSpaces – 51% Subsidiary

    GoodSpaces is a developer and operator of innovative co-working spaces. It manages the entire value chain, from choosing the right real estate and creatively designing offices and social spaces to handling operations of the locations and caring for the resulting communities.

  • Chrono24 GmbH – Minority interest

    Chrono24 was founded by bizdev, FoundersPark and M. Krkoska in 2010 and has since then become the world’s leading marketplace for luxury watches. Until 2016, Dirk was co-CEO of Chrono24. Today, he is serving the company as Founder & Advisor. Chrono24 has more than 300 employees and offices in Karlsruhe, Berlin, Chemnitz, New York, and Hong Kong.

  • Phoenix Games – Minority interest

    Phoenix Games is a globally active games holding company with majority stakes in a notable number of international gaming studios. Its Founder and CEO Klaas Kersting is a serial entrepreneur with a longstanding successful track record in the industry. bizdev is one of the seed investors at Phoenix.