Board game and puzzle publisher Ravensburger is investing Euro 4 million ($4.5 million) in the Polish start-up Gamefound. The international board game crowdfunding start-up is the first to receive funding from Ravensburgerâ€™s investment programme Next Ventures.
â€œWith Gamefound, we are investing in a strong team of founders with industry expertise; a start-up with extremely high potential in our core segment of board games,â€ said Thomas Bleyer, group director corporate development & new business at Ravensburger AG, who is responsible for the Next Ventures programme.
Gamefound (Â www.gamefound.com) was founded in 2019 as a spin-off of the successful board game publisher and crowdfunding expert Awaken Realms. Gamefoundâ€™s specialised services help board game developers interact with their community and transform ideas into games. Gamefound was soft-launched in 2021 and has already hosted more than 30 campaigns, which raised over $22 million in total funding. Ravensburgerâ€™s investment will enable the roll-out of the platform to all interested creators worldwide.
Ravensburger will work with Gamefound strategically and operationally to support the platformâ€™s successful positioning in the market. â€œAs a leading international game publisher, we can support Gamefound with more than just financial investment – and that is exactly the aim of our Next Ventures programme,â€ said Thomas.
Ravensburger recently launched the corporate programme to fund innovation projects and start-up investments. It funds up to four projects per year with a total amount in the double-digit millions. The goal is to expand internal innovation management and provide support and funding to enable start-up teams to successfully launch new product ideas and services that fit thematically to Ravensburger business sectors.
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