Your idea – to the max
Lakeside – Your startup companion


You are an innovative tech startup with strong scaling potential. We offer funding, a strong network and growth support. 
Together we reach for the stars.


of startups have to make do with 
<150k€ of funding

56 h/wk

average hours worked per week 
for founders


average employees / startup

You are …

An innovative, scalable startup with a vision that

  • Is addressing a well understood customer need and can demonstrate initial evidence of a strong product-market-fit
  • Has established initial customer traction and shows early signs of rapid growth
  • Is pursuing a business model with solid unit economics
  • Is built on a capable and cohesive team with a spark, a plan and the necessary grit to pull it off
  • Is demonstrating a rapid learning curve and is well equipped to scale

Lakeside is …

… offering fast & dependable growth funding for innovative and scalable seed and early-stage startups:

  • Access to funding of typically 30 – 200k€ with the opportunity for follow-up investments across a multiple year funding period
  • An entrepreneurial mindset. Investors that have backbone and don‘t think they know better
  • A fast and agile response and a quick, no-nonsense investment decision process
  • A growth companion that offers executive level business experience and a broad network to solve issues and accelerate growth
  • Developing early-stage businesses into profitable businesses or to exit readiness

Together …
we reach for the stars


  • Get to know each other and form a joint vision about where to take your business
  • Exchange experiences, contacts and competences to overcome obstacles and build a bigger and bolder business
  • Stand together in fair and foul weather conditions to solve issues before they become problems
  • Continue to invest and prepare you to become a self-reliant business or for a profitable exit  

How does it work? 
A fast & fair process

A professional and speedy process to secure value-based investment decisions:

  • Case submission: You submit the information about your venture including your pitch deck and business case. Lakeside provides a quick initial response typically within less than a week 
  • Initial screening: We meet and get to know each other. We talk about your business and perform an initial screening vs. our invest criteria. We get independent perspectives from experts and have an initial discussion with you about potential terms
  • Due diligence: We perform a deeper due diligence on relevant aspects of your business and evaluate your venture vs. our investment criteria. We agree on terms and come to an investment decision
  • Deal: We sign and notarize the necessary legal documents and shake hands. This is the start of our joint journey

Our 10-point assessment
Your full potential revealed

We evaluate investment opportunities along 10 dimensions, where it is clear that nobody is perfect and there is no single path to happiness. Rather our intent is to understand you and the true potential of your business:

  • Idea: How convincing is your business idea, product and/or service offered? Does is address a real customer need?
  • Market, Customers, Competition: How well is your venture positioned in the market, towards customers and versus competition?
  • USP: Does your venture offer a substantial, differentiated & defendable value proposition?
  • Team: How strong is the founding and leadership team?
  • Ops Model: How effective are the operating model, processes & technology? How fast is the learning curve?
  • Growth plan: How clear, ambitious & realistic is your growth plan? What are core milestones? How big is the scaling opportunity?
  • Legal setup: Is the legal setup sound & appropriate? How big are the legal or regulatory risks? Any sleeping dogs?
  • Financials: How attractive and realistic is the financial structure and outlook? Are the unit economics healthy and scalable?
  • Risks & opportunities: What are core business risks & opportunities?
  • Investment terms: Are the investments terms clear and fair?

Submit your profile here

If you want to submit your case and gain access to the Lakeside investor network, please register with the Lakeside Network, add your startup in "Startups" and your invest request in the "Deals & Opportunities" section.



If you want to let us know about a potential investment opportunity but are not ready to register yet, please submit the venture profile using the form on the right. If possible, please upload your pitch deck and financial plan. You will get a confirmation that we have received your submission and you can expect an initial response from us within 48 hours.

Lastly, you can also go easy and send an email to 

Please include your pitchdeck and - if available - your financial plan.