APX Portfolio Startups
The teams that we’ve invested in
Powerplace helps improve the availability and responsiveness of vehicles using an AI-dispatch system. By integrating multiple mobility providers, Powerplace enables a seamless mobility experience for passengers and end users alike.
Trucksters connects drivers with trucking companies to improve the efficiency of long-distance journeys. Trucksters enable an innovative system of relays that reduces costs, optimizes the use of vehicles and improves the life of truck drivers.
Flowletics is the digital flow coach in your pocket. A training app for mental and emotional fitness, it harnesses the science of flow states to help people in stressful work environments become more productive and achieve peak performance.
Myndseed is an e-learning video course platform for education, business and mentoring, where most wanted experts share their experiences.
Streetkickers is the ultimate soccer training app. It delivers professional soccer exercises and training plans to a young audience so that they have more fun and improve their skills.
Nexto is reimagining the on-location visitor experience of travel and heritage destinations by transforming guided tours into gamified adventures with elements of augmented reality (AR).
Meet the Founders
Florian Grüning is the CEO at Powerplace. After studying in Sweden, Istanbul, and Berlin, he cofounded the NGO, bread and water. He then became a data scientist and project manager at an international management consultancy.
Patrice Billaut has eight years’ experience in software engineering. He worked in startups like Crealytics and IAV before becoming the cofounder and CTO of Powerplace.
David Jacob is the cofounder and Head of Product Design at Flowletics. Prior to this, he cofounded Workeer, Europe’s largest online job board for refugees.
Recognised as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2017, David also received an Innovation Award from the SPD and a prize for Successful Science Communication from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
Franci, Co-Founder of Nexto, is an entrepreneur and a full-stack engineer with over 10 years of hands on experience building solutions on computer vision and location based technologies. In 2008 he founded a software development studio “Proxima”, which focuses on developing location based and IoT solutions. He spent 6 years as the head lecturer at SAE Institute mentoring younger generations on modern mobile and web technologies.
Tadej, Co-Founder of Nexto, has over 10 years of experience building and launching digital products. He is focused on strategic product planning & management, interaction design and user experience. Specialized in app development, AR and gamification. His background is in creative digital agency work and ad tech. He spent two years in San Francsico as a Director of Product at “Celtra”, one of the most successful Slovenian startups.
Clemens, Co-Founder of Myndseed, studied Communication and Business Science and founded his first startup in 2007. After a couple of years in consulting and various industry corporates he co-founded MyCouchbox, a subscription box provider for sweets and snacks, where he sold his shares in 2016. Afterwards he joined the management board of VC investor “Atlantic Foodlabs”.
Luis Bardají Izard
Luis, Co-Founder of Trucksters, started his career as an Associate (Strategy consultant) of PwC, specialiasing in innovative projects, including the design of the first fully mobile bank in Spain, the optimization of the industrial footprint and logistics. Luis holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from University Carlos III of Madrid, studying part of his degree in the University of New South Wales in Australia and the City University of Hong Kong.
Gabor, Co-Founder of Trucksters, worked as a consultant for the Strategy Implementation firm BTS for 2 years, managing projects, teams and clients from industries such as IT, Manufacturing, Oil&Gas and FMCG. Expert in public speaking, he led business and sales strategy seminars for up to 200 attendees. He has lived in 7 countries around the globe and speaks 6 languages.
Ramon Castro Neira
Ramon, Co-Founder of Trucksters, has consulting background as well as he worked with the Advanced Analytics and Digital teams, developing Revenue Management algorithms for transport companies, Digital Transformations or Geomarketing based on advanced analytics among others. Ramon holds an M.Sc. in Aeronautics from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Peter, CTO of Flowletics, has a Bachelor degree in IT System Engineering at the reputable Hasso Plattner Institute and is about to finish his Master’s degree there. He worked for international companies such as eBay and ResearchGate but also gained experiences as a Head of Software Development at a leading educational institution (IbF- Halle GmbH). Moreover, Peter is a certified mental trainer.
Jonas, Co-Founder of Flowletics, has Master’s degrees in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (TU Berlin) and in Business Administration (Universität Twente). He gained experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers und Berlin- Startup-Insights (EMF-Institute, HWR Berlin). He researched flow states in gaming for three years at the Institute for Ludology (IfL) and executed consulting and lectureships for gameful design.