Patrick Schmitt joined Fraunhofer Venture as an investment manager in 2018. His primary responsibilities include advising and supporting Fraunhofer employees as they start their company. Patrick also represents Fraunhofer Gesellschaft's interests in its active investment portfolio and makes recommendations regarding further investment. While working on his Master's degree he was involved in founding an IT start-up, where he ran the commercial management aspect for 2.5 years. He was also responsible for process control, controlling and business development and was involved in several funding rounds.
Patrick studied business sciences with a focus on logistics and economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg and at IT Sligo in Ireland. He also completed a Master's program in value chain management at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and was awarded an EXIST founders' stipend in March 2017.