Heinz RauferAfter 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.

Current Portfolio

8 Select Software 8select.com

Curated Shopping as a Service (SaaS) Tool

Seed Investor

anwalt_de anwalt.de

Largest German Online Lawyer Directory

Seed Investor & Board Member (until 2011)

checkmybus checkmybus.com

Intercity Bus Search Engine

Seed Investor

elo-games elo-games.com

Leading Social Board Gaming Platform

Seed Investor

fitnessmarkt.de fitnessmarkt.de

B2B marketplace for fitness & health

Seed Investor

flixbus flixbus.com

Long Distance Bus Provider & Transportation Company

Seed Investor

flix_check flixcheck.de

Form-generated Customer Data Interaction

Seed Investor

gdvi flugrecht.de & rechtecheck.de

Legal tech platforms (e.g. flugrecht.de, rechtecheck.de)

Seed Investor

head-on-solutions studiolution.com

CRM Cloud Solution for SME (small/medium-sized enterprises)

Seed Investor

mymoria mymoria.de

Platform for funeral needs

Seed Investor

ninox ninox.com

No code Workflow Management

Seed Investor

paessler paessler.com

Powerful and easy-to-use Network Monitoring Software

Seed Investor & Board Member

Secfix secfix.com

Automated IT compliance and security framework for SME

Seed investor

timebro timebro.de

Automated project times tracking solution

Seed investor

tripmakery tripmakery.com

Group Booking Tool for hotel accommodations

Seed Investor

truckoo truckoo.com

Commercial vehicle trading platform

Seed investor

Valueworks valueworks.ai

Enterprise Performance Management System

Seed investor

veveto vetevo.com

Animal Health Care Center

Seed Investor

volders volders.com

Personal Contract Management Tool

Seed Investor

Track Record



E-Commerce Solution Provider

Co-Founder & Managing Director (until 2001)
Trade Sale – Acquired by Deutsche Telekom AG (2000/2001)


Get-a-Taxi App

Software for Online Taxi Reservations

Seed Investor (2012)
Asset Sale (2014)


hotel.de & hotel.info

Worldwide Hotel Booking Site

Co-Founder & CEO (until 2013)
IPO (2006), Trade Sale – Acquired by HRS Group (2011)



Social Network for your Neighborhood Community

Seed Investor
Trade Sale – Acquired by Hubert Burda Media (2020)



Platform for Interactive Life Advice

Seed Investor
Trade Sale – Acquired by Questico AG (2010)