Since 2008, Claas Heise is responsible for Venture Capital Investments and Early-Stage Financing at NRW.BANK in Düsseldorf, Germany. He heads the venture capital activities of NRW.BANK, including the management of several venture funds focused on the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which together have more than 50 investments. He is also responsible for over 10 investments in European venture capital funds and manages fund-of-fund activities sponsoring now 13 regionally-focused seed capital funds.
From 2006 to 2008, Claas Heise was a partner at Innovature Capital Partners, an advisory and venture capital/secondary services firm based in the Silicon Valley, California. From 2002 to 2006, he was the Managing Director for T-Venture of America, a subsidiary of the Corporate Venture Capital unit of Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, based in Foster City, CA, USA.
He joined Deutsche Telekom in 1995 and held a variety of management positions. He helped to found the enterprise software start-up TRAIAN and joined TRAIAN in October 2000, where he led the partnership business development efforts.
Claas Heise received his PhD in physics and worked for seven years in science, including a postdoc fellowship at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., USA. He won a Feodor Lynen fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and a NASA grant. Claas Heise is also a graduate of NVCA’s Venture Capital Institute.