We are investors & entrepreneurs

We are investors & entrepreneurs with a passion to build successful and scalable businesses.  We partner with founders and investors on eye level to unleash the full potential of their business models. We invest in you.

Europe needs startups – 
startups need investors

EU startups need capital to grow: Startup and VC investments are growing quickly in the EU and have quadrupled over the last 4 years. But EU startup investments are still trailing the US and Asia by a factor of 4-9x. Europe is strong in engineering and innovations but weaker in turning great ideas into successful business models. We love to make a contribution to changing that.

We are entrepreneurs and investors – we invest and develop. As entrepreneurs we are aware of the risks of starting a new venture but firmly believe that the opportunities outweigh the risks. As investors we are willing to put our money where our mouth is. We love to partner with startups to develop new solutions that deliver customer value – and great returns for our investors.

Lakeside – We invest in you 

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    Some see what is and ask why. 
    I imagine what could be and ask
    – why not?

    Pablo PIcasso

Our values – 
Deliver value together

We are a value-based investment firm: our values are what keeps our backs straight when the going gets tough. Our values also provide guidance for our day-to-day and strategic decision taking:


  • Can do – Stretch the what is towards the what could be
  • Go to the gemba – Act on facts, not prejudices
  • Results count – Great ideas are measured by the results they deliver 


  • Customer first – Don‘t compromise on customer value
  • Entrepreneur‘s hat – Think and act as entrepreneurs
  • Value focus – Create value, remove waste, keep it simple


  • Great people, great outcomes – People matter. We care
  • Trust & respect – Say what you do, do what you say
  • Forthright transparency – Straight talk, no nonsense

An experienced team  
with a strong track record

Our founding partners bring along >20 yrs of business & leadership expertise in business operations, growth and strategy across a broad range of industries:

  • Investment experience in seed, venture capital, private equity and corporate investments*
  • Executive & leadership experience in industrial and digital commerce, finance, legal and M&A 
  • Operational experience in sales, supply chain & manufacturing operations, R&D, portfolio- & project management, growth and strategy implementation
  • Entrepreneurial experience in commerce, finance and technology. All of us have founded companies ourselves

* See e.g. Hauke Hansen et al., “Capex Excellence – Optimizing fixed asset investments”, Wileys (2009). On Amazon.

Who we are – 
The Lakeside team

Dr. Hauke Hansen
Founder & Chairman

Sourcing, Portfolio Mgmt, Portfolio Company 
Strategy & Development

Hauke founded Lakeside with >20 yrs of business & executive experience in technology, ecommerce and operations. He served as a member of Amazon‘s EU Leadership Team, as board member of Cimpress / Vistaprint and in several supervisory / advisory board roles for international companies. In prior roles he worked for ASML and McKinsey & Company. Hauke has (co-) founded 9 companies including the VC firm Digital Venture Capital (DVC). He works for the PE firm Triton Partners and is author of the book Capex Excellence.
He is an expert in investments, technology, operations, 
business strategy and growth


Peter Anderegg

Investment Advisor, Innovation Management

Peter is looking back on >30 years of professional experience in R&D as well as business development. Formerly he served as the SVP R&D of Vistaprint (Cimpress) and is the founder of Vistaprint Schweiz GmbH. He is an ETH graduate (Dipl.-Ing.) and has also attended the EMBA program at the University of St. Gallen.
He is an expert in R&D, product development and innovation management, SW development & Agile, business growth & innovation


Christof Höfner

Investment Advisor & 
Legal Counsel

Christof is a business lawyer with >25 years of professional experience as a legal council, authorized representative, managing director and management board member. He is currently working as senior legal counsel for Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. and has formerly served as the legal director of Vistaprint Schweiz GmbH.
He is an expert in international business and contract law 


Andreas Brey
Authorized Officer

Tax & Certified Accountant

Andreas brings along 30 years of professional experience in tax law. After working in a larger tax consultancy firm and an auditing company, he built up his own tax consultancy firm with a focus on German/Swiss tax law. Since the sale of the firm, he has devoted himself to his new tasks at Lakeside.
Andreas is a specialist in structuring advice for cross-border tax law in Germany and Switzerland.


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