Niclas Fritz, Managing Director

Niclas has been fascinated with entrepreneurship and technology for all of his life. He started his career in the innovation department of T-Systems MMS where he helped co-found the DTAG spin-off Couchfunk. Later he became an Associate Partner at PULSAR Consulting where he focused on Innovation Management, M&A, Corporate Venturing and Fundraising.

After supporting, TechFounders and organizing his own Events for Hardware Startups, he founded BatchOne out of his desire to support founders to bridge the gap from first prototype to mass production.

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Heiko Dimmerling, Managing Director

Heiko has over 20 years of experience in investing, scaling and supporting portfolio companies on an international level. He was Partner at the Private Equity Fund Triton since 2000 with 7 sponsored funds totaling EUR 9 billion under management and co-founded a few years later West Park Management to offer hands-on technical and operational support for Triton’s investments.

Experiencing the support gap for hardware startups as a Business Angel himself, it was obvious for him to join BatchOne as co-founder in 2016 to leverage his experience and network to help hardware startups scale.




Ferkaran de la Jara, Partner

Industrial Design & User Experience

With more than 15 years of experience, Ferkaran has worked for a diversity of industries spanning consumer electronics and products, automotive, home automation, industrial, lifestyle as well as the medical and music sectors. His work has earned him over 15 international design awards.

Ferkaran, founder of the Munich based product strategy and design studio Phosphor, has worked in Europe and Asia as an independent design consultant for several start-ups, world renowned design agencies and global corporations such as Asus, Biotronik, BMW, Dell, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu-Siemens, Heineken, Huawei Technologies, LG, Moog, Munich Airport, Native Instruments, Siemens, Wella, etc.

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Michael Hering, Partner

Engineering, Tooling & Production

Mike started to work as a freelancing mechanical engineer already during his studies over 25 years ago. Being one of the first freelancers in Germany to use CAD programs, he has solved many complex construction, tooling and manufacturing problems for renowned companies and startups alike.

One of his core strengths are the development of genius mechanical solutions, rapid prototypes as well as matching injection molding tool design and manufacturing support during ramp up. In his career, he was often asked for help from high-tech companies such as Airbus, Gore, Huawei, Jenoptik, Toptica Photonics and Zeiss.


Barbara Riedmann, Partner

Industrial Design & CMF Partner

Barbara, an industrial & CMF designer herself, co-founded Phosphor after working independently for world leading design agencies such as Designit and Designaffairs, serving clients like Samsung, LG and Bosch.

Over the years Barbara has gained extensive experience and knowledge working on CMF (Color, Material & Finish) projects as well as Trend Forecasts for various corporations.

She has received several international design awards including iF Design Awards, Rat für Formgebung nominations and Red Dot Awards.


Mark Rinehart, Partner

QM, Factory Auditing & Production Ramp Up in China

Mark, a veteran of business operations within China, founded White Horse in March of 2004. Mark began his career in electronics with an Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, where he ran operations, training, and team building. One of his primary focuses was on quality, where he trained emphatically on IPC/JEDEC standards, operational process and quality controls, and efficiencies.

Today he focuses on identifying counterfeit electronics and helping companies to ramp up production processes in China with factory audits, pre-shipment inspections, production monitoring and logistics.




Diana Seidl, Partner

Startup Recruiting & HR Services

After starting her career as a foreign language correspondent for Spanish, Diana became a recruiter, falling in love with this job ever since. She has worked as a recruiter for companies such as Michael Bailey Associates, Huntress Group and SapientRazorfish and won an award for the Best New Resourcer in 2013.

Diana is specialized in identifying software developers and engineers for challenging projects in no time. Unconventional scouting techniques combined with her outgoing personality and recruiting experience make her an ideal partner for startups to help them scale their teams and implement lean HR processes.


Stephen Griffiths, Partner

Business Development & Finance

With more than 40 years of experience, Stephen is a highly experienced Senior General Manager who performed CFO functions at Azego, Ingram Micro, Rebound Electronics and Sharp, often being responsible for acquiring competitors and leading change management processes.

He has numerous experiences of starting up companies globally across Asia and Europe encompassing sales, marketing, business development, distribution, financial reporting and IT to achieve USD multi-million growth. Likewise, Stephen has a high-level negotiation capability on major, complex and time-consuming contracts.


Martin Stein, Partner

Branding & Corporate Design Partner

With more than 12 years of experience, Martin developed numerous corporate identities and branding strategies for clients from the telecommunication, banking, insurance and automotive sectors as well as several startups. His work has earned him IF and red dot design awards.

After spending several years in Switzerland at a graphic design studios he returned back to Munich where he worked for other branding agencies till he opened his own studio. He loves to develop identities for new brands and companies from scratch including names, logos, color pallets, font selections along stationary and websites.


Birgit Zacher, Partner

Executive Coaching Partner

Birgit studied performing arts in Stuttgart, Germany, followed by theater engagements in Koblenz, Bochum, Neuss (all Germany) and in Switzerland. She successfully performed in TV productions and dubbing under her artist’s name Birgit Salkin.

Since 2007, Birgit works as a personal, media and corporate trainer and coach. Her focus is on personal performance and development, striving to improve soft factors, body language, charisma, rhetorical and communication skills. Her clients range from C-Level executives of SMEs and blue chips (DAX), consulting companies, entrepreneurs, to welfare organizations.Furthermore, Birgit is an active speaker on business networking and business women challenges.