Munich-born Conny Hörl and Katja Ruhnke are a perfect team not only as business partners but also as siblings.
While Conny has moved to neighboring Austria, Katja manages the fortunes of the family business in Munich.
Both share a passion for new projects and a love of entrepreneurship.
As female investors, they are still in the minority, but they see this fact as a strength rather than a disadvantage.
They are convinced that women will play a much more significant role as investors in the future.
Conny Hörl has been running a group of companies in the health, fitness and wellness sector in Salzburg together with her husband for over 20 years. Since 2019, she and her sister Katja have been on the lookout for interesting start-ups in Bavaria and Austria as investors, thus reconnecting with their Bavarian roots.
"After studying business administration at the LMU in Munich, I quickly realized that I was an entrepreneur at heart. I initially developed smaller real estate projects before finding my center of life in Salzburg in 1998, where I fell in love with a completely different field of business: fitness, nutrition, beauty. Our group of companies includes 11 fitness businesses in Austria, several companies in the field of physiotherapy, nutrition and cosmetics and various investments in Germany. In 2019, my path led me partly back to Bavaria, where I am looking for interesting investments together with my sister. The last 20 years have shown me how meaningful it is to help people lead a better, healthier and happier life. That's why I like to support projects that have a similar mission."
Katja Ruhnke is the managing director of CK Venture Capital GmbH and has thus taken over the operational part of the company. In addition to her commitment as an investor, the trained musical performer and mother of two children works in the family business in Unterschleissheim near Munich.
As the child of an entrepreneurial family, I worked for 10 years in the cultural sector as a musical performer and drama producer after graduating from high school. After studying cultural management, my path led me back to Munich to the family business. Now, in addition to my husband and children, I dedicate myself to the family group of companies. In search of new business areas, I was infected with the idea of start up financing in the summer of 2019 and have been an Angel Investor with great passion ever since. I think it's great how many smart founders there are in Europe and with what drive and passion they implement their ideas. I see it as my task to promote the development of new ideas and visions and I am happy to be able to realize this now as an investor. Always with the goal of making the world a little better."
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