Bertelsmann Investments (BI), Bertelsmann’s global venture capital arm, encompasses four funds: Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI), Bertelsmann India Investments (BII), Bertelsmann Brazil Investments (BBI) and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI, investing in the United States and Europe); as well as fund-of-fund investments in Southeast Asia and Africa, and funds with a focus on new technologies. So far, more than €1 billion has been invested in more than 360 innovative companies and funds through the Bertelsmann Investments division. The Bertelsmann Investments Digital Partners initiative facilitates collaboration between start-ups and all Bertelsmann divisions to drive the digitalization of the businesses.
Bertelsmann is continually expanding its global network of start-up investments. Over the course of 2020, the Group made more than 40 new investments worldwide through its four Bertelsmann Investments funds. Most of the startups operate in lines of business that are highly relevant for the Group, such as innovative media offerings, e-commerce-related services, fintech, and educational services. The investments strengthen Bertelsmann's activities especially in the strategic growth regions of China, India and Brazil. Through their work, all of the funds help to identify innovative and digital trends for the Group, and to further strengthen Bertelsmann’s position as an attractive business partner. Bertelsmann Investments also makes a positive contribution to Bertelsmann's Group profit through capital gains from disposals. In 2020, four of BAI's holdings went public.
„ Investments in young digital companies with innovative business models play an important role in putting our strategy into action. We have massively expanded our network of start-up holdings in recent years, especially in our strategic growth regions of China, India and Brazil, and have repeatedly demonstrated that we are an ideal partner for innovative founders who want to expand their activities.“
Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has around 130,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.3 billion in the 2020 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world. Bertelsmann aspires to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. In 2021, Bertelsmann commemorates the 100th birthday of Reinhard Mohn, the Group's late post-war founder and longtime Chairman and CEO.