Meet the Team
Michael is one of the most successful founders of the German-speaking Internet industry.
Together with his brother Matthias, he created numerous ventures including lastminute.de and turned it into the largest last-minute travel site in Germany. Most notably, the brothers founded WEB.DE, and after a successful IPO, grew it into one of the country’s largest internet portals and online media businesses.
After the successful sale of his companies, Michael created the seed-stage venture capital investor Kizoo that came to fund and mentor some of Germany’s most promising tech startups including Babbel, Staffbase, and Mambu.
Forever Healthy started out more than a decade ago as a personal quest to shed the extremely unhealthy lifestyle he acquired while building WEB.DE, and over time turned into the focus of his entrepreneurial energy: To accelerate the transition to a world without age-related diseases.
Initiatives of Forever Healthy include hosting the annual Rejuvenation Startup Summit, funding translational research on the root causes of aging, and providing evidence-based evaluations of current rejuvenation therapies.
Michael’s venture capital firm Kizoo is now also part of Forever Healthy. Kizoo’s focus is on the creation, mentoring and financing of rejuvenation biotech startups that turn basic research into therapies for human use. Investments include Cellvie, Cyclarity, Revel, Elastrin, LIfT, and MoglingBio.
Frank Schueler is Chief Operating Officer of the Forever Healthy Foundation, Managing Director of Kizoo Technology Capital and Co-founder of the Rejuvenation Startup Summit.
Starting to work with Michael in 1999, Frank led the IPO of WEB.DE, co-founded the Kizoo Venture Capital business together with Michael and Matthias, and since then, helped numerous startups to grow. Among Frank’s other board-level assignments, mostly at Kizoo portfolio companies, he is on the executive board of Atevia AG, a public company for 16 years.
Previously, he was a strategy consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Frank holds a M.Sc. (New York) and a diploma in Business Administration and Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
Patrick Burgermeister is an expert in life science investing with a double background in molecular biology (Biozentrum Basel) and business administration (HSG Sankt Gallen). He joined Kizoo in 2019 coming from the venture capital group BioMedPartners where he was one of the partners. Moreover, his industry career encompasses also pharma as a senior portfolio manager at Novartis and banking as a senior analyst for pharma/biotech.
Patrick supports various biotech companies as a director on their boards, was a successful business developer for early-stage biotech companies, and led collaboration and licensing deals with publicly listed and private companies. He headed business development at several companies, including Apeiron Biologics and BioVersys.
As Chief Services Officer (CSO) Heiko is responsible for developing technology, processes, and tools used by the foundation and our external partners.
Heiko has worked in leading positions in software development and management for 25 years and has built up various companies with a focus on digital services, several of them based in Asia.
He already got to know our company during his technical responsibility for the development of the financial center of more.de AG. In this function, Heiko created the technical platform for the IPO of WEB.DE AG via the Internet in 2000, as well as for other major successful online placements, e.g. Deutsche Post AG.
Modern development procedures and technologies are tools for continuous organizational development, which Heiko is responsible for, as part of product development in service companies.
He has a degree in business information technology.
Matthias Hornberger is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Forever Healthy Foundation and Managing Director at Kizoo Technology Capital.
He has been part of the senior management team of the group since the IPO of WEB.DE AG in 2000.
With his long-standing experience in the investment sector and his comprehensive knowledge of typical features of successful business models, he is a competent reference person for young founders. Matthias has extensive contacts in the high-tech industry and numerous local and national networks.
Before joining the group he had a career in Investment Banking. He studied Business Administration at Universities in Mannheim and Toronto (Dipl.-Kfm).