Marco Beckmann (born 1978) is one of the world’s leading experts in the area of nanotechnology investment.
Beckmann was the first to seriously explore the implications of nanotechnology for the global capital markets. He is the author of three books (in German) on the subject of nanotechnology investing.
In 2001 he published the world’s first book on the subject of equity investment in nanotechnology, followed by a second book which in 2002 was the most successful German-language book on this subject.
While still in university, Mr. Beckmann began his professional career as a sub-advisor at the Hauck & Aufhäuser DAC Nanotech Fund, an internationally invested equity fund specializing in nanotechnology. In late 2003 he founded Nanostart AG, since which time he has served as its chief executive officer.
In just a few years, he has built Nanostart into the world’s most successful venture capital provider specializing in nanotechnology. Mr. Beckmann has managed to build not only an international portfolio of investment holdings but also to initiate a global base of operations managed from the company’s headquarters in Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany. Today, the portfolio companies owned by Nanostart span Europe, the U.S. and Asia, enabling it to participate in the rapid growth of nanotechnology around the globe. With five successful IPOs of its portfolio companies to date (including both NASDAQ and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) as well as three trade sales of investment holdings to major corporations, Marco Beckmann and his team at Nanostart can point to an unparalleled track record of success in the emerging nanotechnology sector.
In addition to his role as CEO and sole executive board member of Nanostart AG, Marco Beckmann also serves as director of Nanostart Asia Pte Ltd, a subsidiary established in Singapore in April 2008 to manage the company’s investment activities throughout the Asian region. He is likewise director of VentureTech Equity-Partners GmbH, an investment company which was acquired in its entirety by Nanostart AG in October 2005. In addition, Mr. Beckmann serves as chairman of the supervisory board of ItN Nanovation AG, an exchange-listed portfolio company based in the southwestern German city of Saarbrücken, and as member of the board of directors of Lumiphore, Inc., a nanotechnology company located in Richmond, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. He is also member of the board of directors of Singapore based New Asia Investments Pte Ltd.