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10 Million Euro Deal boosts Business Growth


Berlin, June 2nd, 2015 – The global knowledge broker today announced that it has received a strategic growth investment of 10 Million Euros. This investment was provided by Vogel Business Media, Germany’s largest B2B trade media house, as well as other distinguished investors including Redstone Digital, Senovo, and Atheneum ambassador Dr. Jens Odewald, former Chairman of the Board of Tchibo Holding AG and CEO of Kaufhof AG. The funds will be used to secure the company’s global market position, strengthen their technology enabled marketplace, and fuel international growth.

Currently, the Atheneum Expert Platform comprises over 210,000 industry experts and senior executives. Thanks to the additional investments, Atheneum is able to expand this network significantly to provide clients with more rapid and tailored business intelligence. Moreover, the company uses this cash injection to develop an even more robust technology platform to better connect leading investment funds, consulting firms, and corporations with foremost industry experts and key opinion leaders.

Mathias Wengeler, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Atheneum: “We are excited to partner with Vogel Business Media, as this relationship will help us further develop the world’s leading platform for shared business intelligence. Since its founding in 2010, Atheneum has empowered its clients globally by connecting them to the world’s most relevant experts. Now, we have the capabilities to continue on this path of rapid growth.”

Stefan Rühling, Chief Executive Officer at Vogel Business Media: “We have been impressed by Atheneum growth since its founding and by the quality of its customer base. As the largest European media company for the industrial sector with broad international activities we see an increasing need on expert information. We are very pleased to be partnering with the Atheneum management to accelerate the company’s growth even further with a strong focus on B2B communication. This investment represents also an important part of our transition from a publishing house into an information services provider for business intelligence.”

About Atheneum

Atheneum is a global knowledge broker, which connects leading investment funds, consulting firms, and corporations with the world’s most renowned experts to empower our clients’ business decisions.

Thanks to the Atheneum Expert Network complemented by our custom recruitment, clients can gain the latest and most in-depth insights across more than 7,000 niche market segments. The company’s global footprint extends to 7 offices on 4 continents including Berlin, London, New York, Santiago de Chile, Lahore, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and our team represents 35+ nationalities and 40+ languages. This allows us to offer global reach and local knowledge depth through our custom-made solutions, tailored to our clients’ needs.

About Vogel Business Media

Vogel Business Media, Germany’s major specialist media publisher, provides high-quality specialist media for established and up-and-coming professionals. We are a multi-media partner for industry, automotive, IT and Law/Business/Tax in information and communication, and support our customers in their professional success. For this, we offer 100+ specialist media, 100+ web portals, 100+ business events – national and international. In other words: what the specialist needs to know, in all common media channels from print magazine or web portal to social networks.

Atheneum Continues Its Worldwide Expansion and Announces New Office in Hong Kong

Berlin, March 17, 2015 – Atheneum, a global knowledge broker, which connects leading investment funds, consulting firms, and corporations with the world’s most renowned experts, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Hong Kong, reinforcing Atheneum’s position in Asia Pacific and further expanding its global footprint.

Jenny Kim, Business Development Manager Hong Kong & Singapore is responsible for expanding the company‘s reach and project execution, helping existing as well as new clients reap their full potential with unmatched access to in-depth market insights and industry expertise.

“I am very excited to be the one to introduce Atheneum to the vibrant markets of Hong Kong and Singapore.  With so much untapped opportunity, Atheneum is an undiscovered gem in terms of market intelligence for these markets. Our presence in Hong Kong is key to building up our already strong reputation in the Asia Pacific region.”

The office in Hong Kong is located in the heart of the Financial District in CENTRAL. It broadens Atheneum’s local presence in Greater China, and is further evidence of the company’s long-term commitment to building a lasting footprint in the region, following the successful strategic decision in 2012 to open an office in Shanghai.

Atheneum’s increasing global presence is a reflection of its exponential growth nurtured by 7 offices in 4 continents, including Berlin, London, New York, Santiago de Chile, Lahore, Shanghai, and Hong Kong

Atheneum Continues Its Worldwide Expansion and Announces Two New Offices in New York and London

Berlin, September 14, 2014 – Atheneum, a global expert platform and primary research firm which connects consulting companies, investment houses and corporations with the world’s most relevant experts, is pleased to announce the opening of two new offices in New York and London – enlarging the company’s reach and global footprint to six offices in four continents, complementing its existing presence in Berlin, Shanghai, Santiago de Chile, Lahore.

Mathias Wengeler, Founder and CEO, Head of North America: ‘’I am delighted to be leading Atheneum’s global expansion with the establishment of our New York office. With the capacity to take full advantage of local resources and market insight in the US, we look forward to counting New York as an integral hub of our increasing global presence.’’

Ammad Ahmad, Founder and Managing Partner, Head of United Kingdom & Middle East: “London represents a great opportunity for Atheneum’s expansion and I am very enthusiastic about spreading our international footprint even further. The London office will be a key commercial hub as we continue to grow, and I look forward to boosting new and existing relationships’’

Atheneum’s increasing global presence is a reflection of its exponential growth. London and New York are among the world’s largest business hubs and Atheneum is strategically committed to their long-term growth. 

Atheneum featured in “Top Hundred – Startups in Berlin”

(Berlin, Germany, 5 May, 2014) Atheneum, a global expert platform and advisory firm, is featured in the Hundert magazine “Top Hundred – Startups in Berlin”. The list highlights 100 companies that operate successfully in the Berlin start-up scene and whose work excels in their field. In Europe’s leading capital for start-ups there is much competition and we are thrilled that our efforts to change the way business decisions are made, by providing our clients with access to hundreds of thousands of experts around the world, have been recognized.

Atheneum, entering its 4th year, is looking to further continue its fast growth and expand its global presence. With our Berlin HQ, as well as offices in Shanghai and Santiago de Chile, we are excited to enter a new phase of development which will see offices opening in the leading global business hubs in the near future. We continue to grow.

To view the Hundert Magazine Volume II article, click here.

For the full interview, click here.

Welcome from the CEO, Mathias Wengeler

As we begin 2013, I would like to thank each of you for your continuous support and contribution to our international projects. 

We begin this new year ready to further revolutionize market research and knowledge sharing, which we will accomplish by becoming an even more technologically-bolstered and globally connected firm.

2012 closed with a long list of accomplishments: our dedicated team worked hard to complete > 2,000 projects worldwide entailing more than 10,000 expert consultations from hydroelectric power in Alaska to new medical treatments in New Zealand. Continue reading

Atheneum Expert Services in Asia Pacific

The Asian continent is an important market for Atheneum, which operates a research hub out of Shanghai. Atheneum has further reinforced its presence by welcoming Sebastian Vohradnik, a former member of Monitor Group, to its Management Team. Sebastian will be working in collaboration with David Chen, Chairman China, to expand the company’s reach and execution in China and the greater Asia Pacific.

Ammad Ahmad, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Atheneum, expressed his strong support for the addition: “Sebastian will be a great asset in solidifying our presence in Asia, both in expanding our expert network and client base across the region. We envision China to be one of our main research hubs that will allow us to provide 24/7 service with global reach and local depth. Sebastian brings the precise experience we require for building up our Shanghai operational team and ensure we continue a unified vision and quality worldwide.”

Sebastian is an entrepreneur at heart and further adds to the consulting and financial track record of Atheneum’s Management Team. He founded an e-commerce company based in the Czech Republic and operating across CEE, which is now a leading player in its market segment. Prior to that, Sebastian gained years of investment banking and M&A transaction experience with Ermgassen & Co. in London, a member of the Monitor Group and leading M&A boutique with a focus on cross border transactions between Europe, Japan and greater Asia. During his M&A career, Sebastian achieved a strong track record of projects in the industrial, e-commerce, consulting and renewable energy segments in Europe, South Africa and Asia.

Atheneum Network Supports Leading Brazilian Investment Summit

Atheneum recently recruited members from its Financial Institutions Practice Group to participate in the PEVC in Brazil Forum. This investment conference was hosted by the Brazilian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (ABVCAP) and Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex Brazil). The PEVC in Brazil Forum gathered leading European and Brazilian investors and advisors with a focus on Brazil. Various topics were discussed, including: the German and Brazilian investment environments, regulatory constraints, investment best practices and expert perspectives on future market growth in Latin America. Continue reading