Meet Fabian...

Year of Birth:


Degree Program:

2013 M.A. in Economics


University of Sydney

Previous Internships:

Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, 21Diamonds, Bosch, BMW


Alternative Investments, Corporate Finance, Startups, Automotive Engineering, Literature, Traveling, Sports

Student Challenger since February 2013

Describe your educational background. Where did / do you study, what degrees did / will you receive? 
I received my bachelor’s degree in business engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Currently, I’m pursuing a master’s degree in economics at the University of Sydney.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences? 
After having completed my community service as an alternative to military service at a welfare organization in Stuttgart, I did internships in the research and development centre of BMW in Munich, in the automotive aftermarket group of Bosch in Plochingen, in business development at the internet startup 21Diamonds in Munich, and in venture capital at Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments in Berlin.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is / was your favorite aspect about your job?
My goal was to intern at a venture capital fund, so I was very excited when I came across the advertisement on the Bertelsmann website. BDMI is one of the leading European VC funds and has the benefit of having Bertelsmann as a strong limited partner. Bertelsmann has a long history of encouraging entrepreneurship in Germany and provides a great network for BDMI’s portfolio companies.
Being exposed to so many different tasks and challenges was my favorite aspect about the internship. No day was like the other and you never knew what would come next. On top of that, the amount of responsibility that is given to interns at BDMI is tremendous.

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far? 
Since an internship in venture capital is in general rather challenging, it is hard to pick one specific task or project. Therefore, I would like to talk about the most rewarding part of my internship. I was fortunate to join my team on a business trip to Venice, where we met the partners of one of our fund of funds investments and listened to pitches of startups that they would potentially like to invest in.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Be driven towards success, have high ethical standards in everything you do, be passionate about what you do, and be a team player.

What was / is a typical day during your internship like?
While there was no typical day, my tasks involved deal flow evaluation, calls with founders, conducting of due diligence, creation of investment proposals, portfolio controlling, meetings with our portfolio companies, and attending startup-related events.

What are your professional goals? Any others ;-) ? 
My professional goal is to work on something meaningful, in a challenging environment, with great colleagues.

Furthermore, my personal goals are to become fluent in French and Spanish and to travel as much as possible.

If you had one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?