AboutOur Story

Accelerating the world's transition to the Internet of Machines

To solve tomorrow’s vast challenges with technology
At NBT, we want to show the world that there’s a different way to build companies and technology solutions to address current and future challenges. Through our novel venture-building approach, extensive thought leadership, and tech expertise, we lead by example and inspire others to follow.
Our Vision
Empowering innovations
We enable people and organizations throughout the economy and society to participate in innovation to provide new ideas, knowledge, and capabilities. With our platform, we turn people into successful founders and enable organizations to become B2B innovators.
Making technology accessible
We work to make it easier for everyone to access and use technology and navigate the digital world. Connectivity improves lives daily, and the Internet of Machines will be the next step - from democratized access to healthcare to the augmentation of human abilities.
Pioneering a sustainable future
We promote sustainable thinking and development to pave the way toward climate neutrality, provide technology, and support venture builders to positively impact our economy and the world following the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Company Milestones
We were established by our tech enthusiasts Harald & Maik
Our first two ventures metr & AssistMe saw the light of day
weeve followed as well as better processes & structures
We added AI & DLT to our existing IoT technology stack
We secured €12M Series A funding to continue our way
We built our own hardware lab & yes, now you can geek out
We published our first annual Machine Economy report
From founders, for founders - we launched NBT Visionaries
Office relocation was still missing, wasn't it? Happened
Yes, funding again! This time we raised a €19M Series B round
Prometheus arrived & no, we don't talk about the movie
We meant our IoT sensor-based development platform
Gregor started as our CFO to make sure we pay our taxes
By the way, we founded 12 new ventures in the meantime
Sven (CDO) didn't want to leave Gregor alone. Welcome aboard
Have we already introduced you to our new tech platform?
Attention spoilers: it’s a complete E2E AIoT platform
Already over, oh my. Wait, you started working with us?
The numbers
Years on the market
Ventures we've founded
Capital we've raised
Shareholder value created
The NBT formula
Venture studio model
We change the way transformative and scalable companies are built.
Technical co-founding
We back non-technical entrepreneurs with all the technical resources.
Deep technical experience
We unite 250+ years of combined venture engineering experience.
The power of platforms
We launch MVPs within 3 months and scale up every product development.
High-impact solutions
We build sustainable businesses and drive positive change for humanity.
An incomparable global network
We leverage our network to open the right doors for our portfolio ventures.
Interested in joining our team
How we work
As a team of entrepreneurs, we know first-hand that starting a new tech company is hard work. That's why we've created our proven venture studio process that is fully aligned with the success of your business. We help founders start a tech venture from scratch. We also help startups scale and enter new markets, and we help corporates transform all industries by creating new digital businesses. We are the co-founder you were looking for!
Explore our approach
Built by the entrepreneurial spirit
Management Board
Harald Zapp
Founder & CEO
Harald Zapp is a tech entrepreneur, business angel, and IoT innovator with 25 years of experience in the industry. After founding the IoT brand relayr, he launched the IoT company builder Next Big Thing AG in 2017, along with its first venture weeve. Harald is a member of Bitkom, promoting the IoT Hub Berlin in the German Digital Hub Initiative context.
Gregor Janknecht
Gregor Janknecht spent the last 10 years in leading positions at Rocket Internet, where he led Rocket's international finance department as VP of Finance & Controlling before joining NBT. He has in-depth experience in M&A and transaction advisory and successfully helped shape Rocket's finance division in the area of venture building and venture capital.
Sven Meise
Sven Meise was a board member at Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG. Here, as CDO and COO, he was responsible for the digital and structural transformation of the group. Sven has deep knowledge in corporate IT, R&D, professional services, production, program and change management. His passion is the development of business models through the use of IoT and ML.
The World We Create
A technologically enabled future has arrived. It’s time to carve your niche in it.
Emerging technologies will change our professional lives, personal lives, the companies we work for, and society. We want to bring the future forward and empower you to take advantage of the transformative impact of the Internet of Machines. 

Begin your transformation with us.