After graduating from high school and finishing an apprenticeship, Dr. Heinz Raufer (*13.02.1964) earned his degree in business administration at the University of Nuremberg in 1992.
He went on to complete his Phd with his doctoral dissertation focussing on document and workflow information technology.
While working on his Phd he started an Internet Service Agency named Atrada AG in 1995, which in 1998 solely specialized in internet auction tools.
In 2000 the company was bought by T-Online International AG. In 2001 Mr. Raufer founded the hotel.de AG, a leading hotel online reservation service with the Internet addresses www.hotel.de (German market) and www.hotel.info (markets abroad) for both business and leisure travellers where approximately 210,000 hotels worldwide could be booked directly.
In 2006 Mr. Raufer received the German Founders Award (Deutscher Gründerpreis) and was named “German Entrepreneur of the Year” (Ernst & Young Award).
In 2011 the HRS Group acquired hotel.de AG. After 2 years of integrating the profit center hotel.de/hotel.info into the HRS Group Heinz started as a professional Business Angel to co-found and to support several other interesting and highly scalable internet businesses.
Since 2014 Heinz operates as a professional Business Angel.
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Seed Investor & Board Member (until 2011)
Long Distance Bus Provider
& Transportation Company
CRM Cloud Solution for SME
Platform for funeral needs
Social Network for your
Powerful and easy-to-use
Network Monitoring Software
Seed Investor & Chairman of the Board
Worldwide Hotel Booking Site
Co-Founder & CEO (until 2013)
IPO (2006), Trade Sale – Acquired by HRS Group (2011)
Platform for Interactive Life Advice
Seed Investor (until 2011)
Trade Sale – Acquired by Questico AG (2010)
E-Commerce Solution Provider
Co-Founder & Managing Director (until 2001)
Trade Sale – Acquired by Deutsche Telekom AG (2000/2001)
Software for Online Taxi Reservations
Seed Investor (2012)
Asset Sale (2014)