The Science Investor.

We invest in the visions of today to make them a reality tomorrow. Our investments in deep tech start-ups bring scientific research results to the people.

As an owner-managed venture capital investor, we finance spin-offs from scientific research whose inno­vations generate concrete solutions for a variety of social challenges and create added value for society.

We accompany our portfolio companies over the long term – both financially as well as with our extensive experience and strong entre­preneurial mindset. We invest our own money, make decisions based on the sustainable potential for success, and enable founding teams to achieve out­standing results.

We lead innovations to success. We do it the OCCIDENT Way.

Our values

Our values


We invest in start-ups that transfer promising scientific findings into real-life applications.


We invest in technologies that enable significant solutions for different challenges facing society today.


Our work is characterized by in-depth under­standing of the technologies and our portfolio companies.


Transparent communication and mutual trust form the basis for co-operation with our portfolio companies and co-investors.


Our investment decisions are based on our values and our sense of responsibility for society.


Patrizia Schützenhöfer

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Heads OCCIDENT, defines the business strategy, brings inspiration and always maintains the overview; supports all invest­ment decisions and is responsible for finance, human resources and marketing.

Studied economics in Vienna, has experience in marketing in inter­national companies (Internet, con­sumer goods) and as a real estate and venture capital investor for many years.

Michael Pauer

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

Heads investment manage­ment, supervises all investment cases until closing, defines the terms and brings an entre­preneurial mindset to portfolio manage­ment; supports all invest­ment decisions and is responsible for controlling.

Studied economics in Vienna, has experience in controlling at inter­national companies (food products, telecom­muni­cations) and as a venture capital investor for many years.

Cédric Barra

Senior Investment Manager (Life Sciences)

Always looking for the most promising and most innovative technologies and startups in the life sciences sector; responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and active port­folio manage­ment. Leads the life sciences team.

Studied pharma­ceuticals and economics in Zurich, many years of experience in private equity and venture capital.

Mirco Müller

Junior Investment Manager (Life Sciences)

Fascinated by inno­vative life sciences startups; does deal sourcing, analyzes the real success potential of each invest­ment case and leads through due diligence to closing of new investment opportunities.

Studied chemistry and economics at the University of Freiburg, semester abroad in Singapore.

Paul Sunzenauer

Junior Investment Manager (Life Sciences)

Passionate about disruptive inno­vations in the life sciences and bio­technology sectors. Responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and portfolio building.

Master’s degree in Management from TU Munich and chemistry studies in Linz. Previous professional experience as an inno­vation consultant and as an executive in a German fintech start-up with focus on financing sustainable projects and start-ups.

Eliane Wiedmer

Investment Analyst (Life Sciences)

Passionate about novel and purpose-driven inno­vations in life sciences; supports deal sourcing, analysis and due diligence.

Studied Biomedicine at the University of Zurich and Health Science and Technology at ETH Zurich. Acquired initial exposure to clinical science, including field work in South Africa. Entered the venture capital industry as a Business Analyst Intern at the Swiss start-up Planted Foods.

Simon Schild von Spannenberg

Investment Manager (Industrial Tech)

Enthusiastic about technology-based start-ups with sustain­able business models; responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and building an industrial tech portfolio.

Studied Industrial Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) as well as Energy Science and Engineering at TU Darmstadt with a semester abroad in Nicaragua; experience as a founder and in the field of M&A with a focus on CleanTech.

Matthias Schrader

Legal Counsel

Responsible for the nexus of law, business and innovation – the legal counsel as pioneer and companion with many years of experience in the areas of venture capital, contract and corporate law, as well as corporate governance.

Admitted to the bar, studied law in Lucerne; experience in legal advisory and with an inter­­national insurance group.

Sandra Cvetkovic

Finance Manager

Responsible for financial and tax-related matters, single point of contact for all banks and tax authorities; handles the accounting & payroll and keeps track of all cash flows. Leads the team assistance.

Completed commercial training in Lucerne, has experience in customer service and accounting (tele­com­muni­cations).

Olivia Adler

Team Assistant & Office Management

Responsible for the office manag­ement at the Zug location; supports the team in all admini­strative and organi­zational matters; colla­boration in the area of accounting and finance.

Studied Global Business Manage­ment in Aberdeen; experience in event and account manage­ment; besides OCCIDENT also founder of a startup.

Want to be a part of our great team?


Co-operation with the founding teams of our portfolio companies motivates and inspires us every day. We are energized by their passion and drive, and the often very intense exchange spurs us on to tackle challenges together.

Our History

Our activity as a venture capital investor is based on Patrizia and Michael’s fascination for inno­vative technologies and ground-breaking scientific findings. As entre­preneurs, they laid the foundations in 2012 for investing in such technologies and thus financing their develop­ment into products with a concrete added value for patients and customers.


Origins as venture capital investor in Switzer­land


Team expansion with 1st invest­ment manager, focus on the life sciences field, 1st exit


1st venture capital invest­ment in Germany


OCCIDENT portfolio comprises >10 start-ups


OCCIDENT’s 2nd location in Munich


1st invest­ment manager for the industrial tech sector


Munich location becomes OCCIDENT’s new head office


1st investment in the industrial tech sector


OCCIDENT portfolio with >25 start-ups and >5 exits

The Science Investor.