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Next Big Thing AG

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Shaping the future of digital economy based on machine learning and the DLT technology

Next Big Thing AG, also known as NBT is a venture capital firm and early-stage investment company founded in 2016 that focuses on the machine economy industry. The company claims that it combines technical understanding, innovative leadership, and determination in order to shape the future in ways that empower a more prosperous, sustainable, and democratized world. NBT combines the collective experience of forward-thinkers and technology experts to drive sustainable change and provide long-term support for founders, businesses, and investors. According to LinkedIn, NBT has a diverse portfolio in the IoT, AI, and DLT industries. The goal of the company is to accelerate autonomous machine commerce, while at the same time unlock new types of value exchange, and gain greater access to innovation, development, and financial services.

According to Crunchbase, Next Big Thing offers a framework for the acceleration of IoT business. The company is based in Berlin that also has a big interest in the blockchain industry as the future economy framework. NBT promotes entrepreneurship, helps partners innovate, and contribute to the growth of Europe’s digital economy. As VC, NBT supports business in various ways in order to finance high-tech innovation. Some of their activities and supports for start-ups are providing innovation toolkit, mentorship, and help them learn engineering know-how and smart financing.

Next Big Thing has raised a total of €12M in a single funding round that was finished on April 9, 2019. There are four investors who contributed to the funding round, Talanx, HDI Global SE,, and FinLab. The company has more than 10 members including its CEO and founder Harald Zapp, with 3 board members and advisors including Maik Käbisch.


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Incubators, Investment


Berlin, Germany

Year founded