Jan Gräfe

Managing Director

Jan joined Gründerfonds Ruhr on January 1st, 2021 and is one of the two Managing Directors.

Before joining Gründerfonds Ruhr Jan worked at Axel Springer. In his 6 years at Axel Springer he has held various positions focusing on the group’s digital transformation as well as managing selected digital portfolio companies. At Axel Springer Digital Ventures, the venture unit of the group, Jan was responsible for its investment activities. Thereby he initiated and successfully completed numerous investments in early-stage companies. As one of the key persons for portfolio companies he carried out shareholder mandates and promoted partnership initiatives between startups and Axel Springer subsidiaries. Prior to his time at Axel Springer, Jan was part of the US Investment Bank Jefferies. At Jefferies, he was involved in a variety of M&A and financing projects.

Jan holds a diploma degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne.