Berylls Digital Ventures

Digitalizing Automobility

Who we are

Driving digital innovation

Berylls Digital Ventures is a digital product development and venturing firm. We are business product owners, data scientists, full-stack developers, software architects and venture builders.

We exist because software-driven products, electrification, and integration with customer ecosystems all put the traditional automotive domain under unprecedented pressure to change.

We help our clients in the automotive and mobility industry turn ideas and strategies into real-world ventures. And we put skin in the game too. Berylls Digital Ventures is the early-stage investment arm of Berylls, where we focus on great ideas reaching their full potential.

Service offering

TURNING IDEAS INTO NEW BUSINESS

We strive for a sustainable and viable future for mobility. That needs brave innovators along the entire mobility value chain. We help our clients become these innovators.

Our focus on building new businesses, scaling digital products & experiences, and funding promising start-up ideas is captured by our Loop for innovation. We believe in achieving success through short and fast iterations, regardless of whether we turn ideas into products, products into business models, or start-ups into scale-ups. We do so with a clear dedication to sustainability. As agents of end-to-end innovation, our Berylls Digital Ventures offering complements the overall Berylls Loop perfectly.

We are proud of our outstanding track record of helping clients overcome challenges in developing digital customer experiences that connect seamlessly to the physical world. We draw on our experience to create new business models that can develop into successful ventures that enable our staff and other partners to become entrepreneurs. We also commit our own capital and, where necessary, secure external funding from investors and partners who share our convictions.

We build businesses

We use a company builder model to help clients turn ideas into revenue-generating products and launch the next generation of start-ups within the automobility sector. 

In this we follow a three-phase model of ideation, validation, and incubation: it moves beyond pure proof-of-concept work to establishing a product-market fit from an early stage. 

PHASE I: IDEATION 
The ideation phase is a continuous and agile process. We capture ideas and opportunities from a broad range of input sources, evaluate them against pre-defined hypotheses and build a prioritized backlog of key deliverables.  

  • Prioritized backlog of ideas based on potential and feasibility 
  • List of hypotheses to be tested as part of the validation phase 
  • Validated approach and proposal for MVP 


PHASE II:
VALIDATION 
The validation phase takes hypotheses to the real world, seeking early customer engagement to prove the product-market fit and win early buy-in from investment stakeholders. 

  • Selection of most promising ideas for realization 
  • Prototype (with proof of concept) 
  • Initial customer feedback incorporated into solution description 
  • 100-day plan including product roadmap, technical roadmap, and financial and talent plans 


PHASE III: INCUBATION
 
The incubation phase leverages the validation already achieved to fast-track product launch, creating a lean team set-up with a clearly defined owner, capable of rapid scaling. 

  • Ongoing support through advisor and SME network 
  • Growth plan for talent, team, and capabilities 
  • Improved business model, strengthened advertising activities and greater transparency on funding needs 
We develop and scale digital products

We go beyond providing digital tools as extensions to strategic projects with our clients. We develop digital products from prototyping to market launch, bringing ideas to life. 

We prototype with a market mindset. We explore and validate digital opportunities from all relevant perspectives, including technology, business model, market dynamics, and customer needs.  

We build digital products fast using our two-phase approach that leads to end-to-end solutions with scalable architectures.  

PHASE I: PROTOTYPING 

  • Explore and validate digital opportunities from multiple perspectives (including market, tech, business model)  
  • Quickly build a prototype and validate product-market fit with customers and stakeholders 


PHASE II: BUILDING
 

  • Building prototypes into digital products, implementing end-to-end solutions 
  • Scalable architectures are designed and implemented to give tangible outcomes 
We fund and accelerate start-ups

We leverage our strategic know-how and global network to accelerate start-up growth, drawing on our unmatched automobility industry and domain expertise, and our long-term relationships with key industry leaders. 

We have the track record and experience to identify “hidden” and emerging automobility segments and viable business cases, within a structured validation approach.  

We mentor start-up and emerging businesses through pitch deck acceleration, go-to-market calibration and business network design and development.  

We match innovative start-ups with investors, bringing in-house resources and external funding together through our unrivalled network of automobility clients and partners. 

OUR VALUE CONTRIBUTION 

  • Deep automobility industry and domain expertise 
  • Wide network and long-term connections with key industry influencers 
  • Experience in identifying “hidden” and emerging segments and viable business cases  


WHAT OUR CLIENTS GET
: 

  • One-to-one start-up mentoring, pitch deck acceleration, business model, and go-to-market calibration 
  • Acceleration of start-up growth through access to key decision-makers, opinion leaders, and investors in the industry 
  • Matchmaking for potential investors 


WHAT OUR INVESTOR CLIENTS GET:
 

  • Matchmaking with hidden champions 
  • Improved matching of start-ups’ technical capabilities with industry pain points 

Key figures

We accelerate automobility innovation
300+
Mobility Clients
10
startups successfully partnered every year
3
Successful ventures launched every year
100%
Automobility expertise

Get in touch

PITCH YOUR IDEA HERE

Are you an early-stage founder with a focus on mobility? Do you want to get the full potential out of your idea? We help you to do so - through expertise, network, investment.

Let´s go!

Prospective clients

Innovation is a challenge for the ecosystem

We focus on supporting our clients to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing automobility ecosystem

For Investors

  • Portfolio validation accelerates value creation
  • We enable our clients to assess start-ups and improve investment returns

For New Businesses

  • Connect with decision-makers, experts, and mentors to power the business
  • We help build scalable products fast and set the optimal business model

For Incumbents

  • Design, build, and test transformative digital mobility solutions
  • We enable external innovation and internal digital solutions for efficiency and competitiveness

track record

SHOWCASING OUR BDV PROJECTS

We have successfully launched businesses, products, and ventures in the B2B and B2C segments.

Since 2018, Berylls Digital Ventures has focused on creating successful innovative, digital and data-centric products. Machine learning plays a key role, from the initial idea to continuous validation and data analysis, as well as creation of the finished digital product.

Our team based in Berlin has the experience and skills, as well as a focus on agile working, to help clients become cutting-edge entrepreneurs. Here are some of our projects:

Product Build

Lifestyle Configurator

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Business Build

Auto100-Index

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Product Build

Stock Allocation

Helping vehicle manufacturers to route their assets to the best location at any…

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Product Build

Mercedes-Benz Digital Anticipation Platform

Bridging the waiting phase through communication via a digital portal.
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Product Build

Elyvate.AI

elyvate is a Berylls software-as-a-service (SaaS) operations tool tailored for…

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Product Build

Start-up-Radar

The BDV Start-up Radar is a one-stop solution that scouts trends and aggregates…

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Product Build

Mobility demand forecast

We developed an internal tool to predict mobility demand.

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Product Build

Automotive Heartbeat

Automotive Heartbeat tracks and interprets the interacting dynamics of automotive…
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Product Build

CarMA

CarMA is a smart iOS application that saves precious time for automotive retailers…

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Business Build

Krank

Krank is a further evolution of an existing used heavy-machinery and commercial-vehicle…

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Business Build

Caroosy

Multi-brand car matchmaker. Caroosy is the multi-brand evolution of our award-winning…

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Venturing

Kontrol

We supported Linz-based Kontrol GmbH in professionalizing…

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Venturing

Bambi Dynamic

We supported a progressive embedded insurance player…

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Venturing

Zoop

We supported a Turkey-based electrified micro-mobility…

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Team

We are Berylls Digital Ventures

CEO

Dr. Jan Burgard

I will never forget the moment when the first digital product brought a PowerPoint concept to life. I never want to miss that feeling again. In the meantime, we have taken another step: we no longer just develop on behalf of customers, but we develop…

Partner

Dr. Matthias Kempf

The Berylls difference is a combination of things: working at the absolute spearhead of industry transformation in teams that are absolute experts in their field, and doing so in a family environment that demands a lot, but also offers a lot of freed…

Partner

Malte Broxtermann

Our work is special because we are true companions for our customers. For complex issues and all the way to where it hurts - even if sometimes you don't want to go there. It is nevertheless rewarding, because we create real, tangible added value in o…

Assistant

Sally Langer

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing, is what we do for others. – Lewis Carroll”

Lead Venture Associate

Daniel Willenbrink

Berylls industry expertise and BDV's unique approach form the strong foundation to reshape the future of mobility in times of transformation as part of a great team.

Lead Venture Associate

Johan Torssell

Developing scalable products, investing in upcoming start-ups, and providing advice to help companies achieve excellence. This is where knowledge truly is leveraged to maximise societal impact for a bright future, that makes BDV different.

Consultant

Lois Yang

My expectation of a dream job contains three phases: opportunity for self-development, possibility for leaning new skills, reliability for sustainable growth. And Berylls has them all!

Full-Stack Developer Consultant

Danish Umair Ahmad

Berylls is the place I want to be. It not only provides an environment to groom my technical skills but also provides a clear perspective of business innovation. It is like getting two majors in one degree.

Director

Timo Littke

Our world needs new solutions for the mobility of the future. Digital innovations will play a key role in this. At Berylls, people come together who have the mindset, the know-how and the drive to shape these changes.

Senior Data Scientist

Clinton Charles

When I saw Berylls for the first time, I knew this was where I wanted to be. Automobiles and digital products - two of my favourite areas intersect at BDV . On top of that, the hands-on mentality, passion for innovation and an amazing team makes Ber…

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