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BITKRAFT Jens Hilgers — Venture Capital for Gaming, Esports, and Interactive Media
Founding General Partner

Jens Hilgers

Widely considered one of the godfathers of esports. Co-Founder and former CEO of ESL, Co-Founder and Chairman of G2 Esports, and Co-Founder and CEO of Bayes (formerly, Dojo Madness). Based in Berlin.

Jens is a Founding General Partner of BITKRAFT Ventures, the world’s first and largest dedicated esports investment fund. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of esports team G2 Esports as well as Co-Founder and former CEO of the industry's leading big data company Bayes (formerly, Dojo Madness).

Widely considered one of the godfathers of esports, Jens launched his first esports online platform gamers.de in 1997, which he sold in 1999 to then found ESL in 2000. As CEO for ten years, Jens grew ESL into the world's most prestigious esports brand and, along with it, paved the way for esports to go mainstream.

In 2015, international entertainment company MTG acquired a majority stake in ESL, marking the first acquisition of an esports company by a traditional media organization.

BITKRAFT Malte Barth — Venture Capital for Gaming, Esports, and Interactive Media
Founding General Partner

Malte Barth

20-year media, games, and esports veteran with leadership roles at Modern Times Group, ESL, and DreamHack. Based in London and Lisbon.

Malte is a Founding General Partner of BITKRAFT Ventures based in London and Lisbon. Since 2014 he served as Head of Esports at Modern Times Group, which holds one of the largest esports portfolios globally with leading brands like ESL, DreamHack, ESEA, and others. He holds Board roles at ESL and DreamHack and since 2010, serves as an Industrial Advisor to EQT, a leading global private equity firm.

Malte graduated in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from Nordakademie and is active as an entrepreneurial leader, investor and operator in the media, games and esports space for over 20 years.

BITKRAFT Scott Rupp — Venture Capital for Gaming, Esports, and Interactive Media
Founding General Partner

Scott Rupp

Interactive entertainment entrepreneur, investor, and operating executive with over 20 years experience including at Modern Times Group, McKinsey, Deutsche Bank, and Carlyle. Based in San Francisco.

Scott is a Founding General Partner of BITKRAFT Ventures based in San Francisco. An interactive entertainment entrepreneur, investor, and operating executive for over 20 years, Scott served as USA Managing Director for Modern Times Group, a global leader in games and esports, where he led their venture capital fund and U.S. expansion.

Scott held Co-founder and CEO roles at influencer marketing and digital content companies Digital Artists and Icebox and was an early leader in the U.S. online games industry as SVP of Corporate Development for Gazillion.

He advised the world’s leading entertainment companies on the games industry while at McKinsey, and previously served at Deutsche Bank and Carlyle Group. He has an MBA from Kellogg and an MPA from Harvard.

BITKRAFT Moritz Baier-Lentz — Venture Capital for Gaming, Esports, and Interactive Media
Partner

Moritz Baier-Lentz

Former Vice President and Co-Head of the global gaming and esports practice at Goldman Sachs. #1 ranked Diablo II player in 2003. Based in Los Angeles and New York.

Moritz is a Partner of BITKRAFT Ventures based in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining the fund, he was a Vice President with the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he built and co-led the firm's global gaming and esports practice.

Over the past years, Moritz advised the world’s leading publicly listed technology corporations on over $300B transaction volume across M&A, IPOs, VC, and other strategic transactions. For his work at the interface of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, he was recognized among the Forbes 30 Under 30 and Capital 40 Under 40.

A former #1 ranked esports player of Diablo II, Moritz now also enjoys "analog" sports including Ironman and ultramarathon races. He holds an MBA and M.A. from Stanford University.

BITKRAFT Martin Garcia — Venture Capital for Gaming, Esports, and Interactive Media
Chief Financial Officer

Martin Garcia

Kauffman Fellow responsible for all operational and financial activities. Leveraging fund management knowledge and experience from work across almost 20 countries. Based in Madrid.

Martin is the CFO of BITKRAFT Ventures. He carries out many duties at BITKRAFT, including all operational and financial responsibilities. His international background and fund management knowledge are key to ensure that BITKRAFT maximizes its efforts as it invests in and supports portfolio companies’ growth.

Prior to BITKRAFT, Martin was the Operating Partner of a Palo Alto-based VC firm with over $250mm in AUM. Martin started his professional career as a consultant at PwC where he performed financial due diligence in almost 20 countries. Martin has an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a CPA. He is also a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

BITKRAFT Lenny Langenscheidt — Venture Capital for Gaming, Esports, and Interactive Media
Principal

Lenny Langenscheidt

In charge of finding and analyzing new opportunities, and instrumental to the fund's investment activities. Prior private equity analyst at Auda. Based in Berlin.

Leonard ("Lenny") is a Principal at BITKRAFT Ventures where he is instrumental in investment activities. Leonard is in charge of finding and analyzing new opportunities before presenting them to the investment committee. Additionally, he actively advises and supports BITKRAFT portfolio companies with a focus on operations, strategy, and growth.

Prior to BITKRAFT, Leonard started his career at Auda, a private equity fund in NYC. Leonard is a huge esports fan himself and can be found online under the alias LennyLongLegz.

BITKRAFT Jasper Brand — Venture Capital for Gaming, Esports, and Interactive Media
Senior Associate

Jasper Brand

Identifying and evaluating new investments and providing strategic and operational assistance to portfolio companies. Former experience at Amundi and Lakestar. Based in Los Angeles.

Jasper is an Associate at BITKRAFT Ventures where he identifies and evaluates new investment opportunities. Furthermore, he provides strategic and operational assistance to BITKRAFT portfolio companies while being a helping hand in their long-term positioning for growth. Jasper conducts market and segment deep-dives to develop investment hypotheses for the team.

Before joining BITKRAFT, Jasper gained experiences at Amundi Asset Management, a leading European asset manager, at BITKRAFT’s Seed Fund, and as an analyst at Lakestar, a successful European venture capital firm.

Jasper studied business administration and philosophy at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and Columbia University in the City of New York. Besides a history in traditional sports competing as a golfer on a national level in Germany, he has always been dedicated to esports since his early childhood, reaching the top percentiles of players across different major game titles.

Finance Manager

Adrian Galea

Following his experience in early-stage investing across Europe, Adrian is responsible for tracking the BITKRAFT portfolio. He is a finance and legal services professional on regulatory and taxation matters. Based in Madrid.

Adrian is a financial services professional with experience in dealing with international clients seeking corporate, taxation, and regulatory advice across Europe. His professional development includes time at local audit and legal firms in his native country of Malta, where his focus was on corporate services for private clients, managing their investment holdings, trusts, and family office affairs. He is a qualified accountant by the ACCA (UK) and holds a Masters in Financial Services. Adrian later transitioned into early-stage investing where he helped develop a pan-European platform for early-stage Investors, based in Switzerland and operating across several European countries. He led the investment team having closed Seed and Series A deals in a portfolio of more than 100 startups across Europe.

At BITKRAFT, Adrian manages portfolio tracking, seeking to build relationships with the management teams of our portfolio companies, tracking financial and other performance indicators, whilst identifying the optimal manner to allocate the fund`s follow-on investments. He is an avid reader of innovation and technology blogs, enjoys traveling, follows the NBA and European soccer, and believes that technology will enable people to pursue a more fulfilled life.