September 09, 2020 Press

SMP advises APEX Ventures on
investments in Phantasma Labs and DeepSpin

Berlin - SMP advised early stage investor APEX Ventures on two financing rounds:

In Q2 2020, a team led by SMP partner Martin Schaper advised APEX Digital Health on its investment in the Berlin-based MedTech startup DeepSpin. In addition to the lead investor APEX Digital Health, the existing investors Entrepreneur First, SOSV as well as several renowned business angels participated in the seed round. The company says that it is planning to use the fresh capital to expand its team and to further develop its technology.

Recently, SMP also advised APEX Ventures on the seed financing round of the Berlin-based startup Phantasma Labs. Besides the lead investor APEX Ventures, participants in the financing round included Signals VC, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Wi Ventures, Entrepreneur First and several renowned business angels. According to Phantasma Labs, the company is planning to use the fresh capital for team expansion and product development.

"We are very pleased to have advised APEX Ventures on these two financing rounds. The investments in such DeepTech and MedTech companies demonstrate the increasing importance of these sectors within the VC market", says Martin Schaper.

APEX Ventures
APEX Ventures is a European venture capital fund focusing on deeptech startups with unique IP and exceptional market potential. APEX Ventures has made numerous investments in Europe as well as in the US, including AI for medical applications, quantum and laser technology, autonomous mobility, computer-based vision and digital forensics. APEX Ventures closely collaborates with the founder teams to work on go-to-market strategies and accelerate international growth. In order to effectively select talented teams and support them in the best possible way, APEX Ventures closely cooperates with academic institutions, entrepreneurship programs and other international VC partners.

APEX Digital Health
APEX Digital Health - the second APEX Ventures fund - invests in early stage companies in the healthcare sector. As with the first fund generation, which has already made 16 successful investments, the focus is on deeptech companies with protectable intellectual property in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. However, investments in other European countries, the US and Israel are also planned. Since the fund was registered in January 2020, four investments have been made in the fields of pathology, radiology and neurology.

Based on artificial intelligence, MedTech startup DeepSpin headquartered in Berlin is developing a next-gen magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. Compared to conventional systems, the DeepSpin solution will be a fraction of the cost, size and weight. The company's goal is to make MRI accessible to all patients globally and thus establish a new standard in MRI. The company was founded in 2020 by Clemens Tepel and Pedro Silva.

Phantasma Labs
Phantasma Labs offers a software to improve self-driven systems. Based on virtual simulation and AI technology, Phantasma Labs' software is designed to help self-driven cars, for example, to predict and understand human behavior. During the simulations, entire cities such as London or New York are virtually built, in which a self-driven driving system faces real situations with other traffic participants or even pedestrians. The company was founded in 2018 by Ramakrishna Nanjundaiah and Maria Meier, who had previously met in the program offered by the talent investor Entrepreneur First.

About SMP
SMP is a boutique law firm for tax and business law which is active in the core fields of Tax, Funds, Corporate, Litigation and Transactions. The attorneys and tax specialists at SMP represent a broad client base, which ranges from emerging technology companies and family-run SMEs to large corporations as well as private equity and venture capital funds. Founded in 2017, SMP has become one of the leading players for venture capital, private equity and fund structuring in Germany. The firm and its partners have been recognized nationally and internationally by JUVE, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Focus and Chambers and Partners. Today, SMP has more than 50 experienced lawyers and tax specialists in three Offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

Advisors APEX Ventures: SMP
Dr. Martin Schaper, Partner
Dr. Christian Joisten, Associated Partner
Pia Dürre, Associate

Advisors APEX Digital Health: SMP
Dr. Martin Schaper, Partner
Jonas Huth, Associate


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