IoT & Blockchain Company Builder of Europe

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IoT & Blockchain
Corporate Innovation

Next Big Thing is an IoT company builder offering a complete framework for the acceleration of IoT ventures. We are an operational VC, technology provider, and innovation partner made up of a strong team of business architects, technology experts, and experienced founders.

Our programmatic approach distills and nurtures the most valuable ideas, guiding our ventures throughout the entire development process. Supported by our thriving ecosystem, NBT’s unique company-building model drives our ventures towards success.

NBT in Numbers
NBT builds successful IoT ventures across industries including Agriculture, Health, Property, Energy, Blockchain, Supply Chain – with more in the works. Our ventures are supported by industry partnerships and become part of vibrant IoT-blockchain ecosystem.
We are 55-people strong across NBT and ventures – and still growing. To build great companies, collaboration is key across departments and individuals. Our C-level provides hands-on mentorship while also encouraging teams to thrive independently.
NBT talent draws from 21 different countries and strives for gender balance in tech. This international and egalitarian atmosphere strengthens NBT and our venture community. We embody our values of supporting diversity and inclusion in innovation.
IoT Analytics created a panorama of external innovation options for companies looking to transform with IoT. Use the Guide to IoT Innovation to learn how you can benefit from end-to-end IoT innovation through company building, close the tech skill gap in IoT quickly, and leverage NBT to go-to-market faster with your IoT business case.
Disruptive Fundraising
NBT is one of the first companies to pioneer Neufund’s disruption of the private equity industry. Neufund is a blockchain-based equity fundraising platform – an ecosystem of smart contracts operating on the Ethereum blockchain which allows companies to tokenize their equity. With Neufund, NBT paves the way for a new approach to fundraising, where investors and inventors will fund high-tech ventures using the advantages of blockchain technology. Learn More.
Meet our Leadership Team

Harald Zapp

Founder and CEO

Harald Zapp is a serial tech entrepreneur, business angel, and IoT innovator with 25 years of experience in IT and the telecommunications industry. In 2016 he launched the Berlin-based IoT company builder, Next Big Thing AG. He founded leading IoT brand relayr and is a co-founder of an early NBT AG venture, weeve. Harald is also a member of the Bitkom board, promoting the IoT Hub Berlin in the context of the German Digital Hub Initiative.

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Michael Bommer

Founder & Member of Advisory Board

Michael-Maria Bommer has more than 25 years of expertise at the intersection of technology and sales in Germany, Europe, and the US. He has been an active founder and angel investor for over a decade. In 2012, he initiated relayr together with Harald Zapp and has since been part of several IoT-focused startups, including KoolZone. At NBT, Michael helps our ventures create their initial offering and value proposition as well as develop the early business case and presentation.

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Maik Käbisch

Founder and Chairman

Maik Käbisch worked for over 10 years in senior positions within Europe’s leading financial institutions, such as Credit Suisse. He was on the board of Döttinger / Straubinger AG, one of Germany’s largest independent asset managers. Currently Maik is actively serving on two supervisory boards and several advisory councils. He also acts as a managing director of a charitable foundation in Germany. As a business angel, he actively supports innovative high-growth enterprises. At NBT AG he is Founder and Chairman.

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Martin Buhl


Martin Buhl mentors ventures while providing financial guidance and business development for token economies. As Investment Director at Innogy Innovation Hub, he oversaw seed investments and conducted valuation, portfolio performance, network development, and evaluation of coin offerings. Martin specializes in topics of machine (AI & blockchain) and sharing economies, smart buildings, transportation, big data, IoT and cybersecurity. He served as Board Member and Advisor for energy, technology, and financial industry startups as well as Founder and CEO of GLOW.CAPITAL, connecting international entrepreneurs and VCs in Fintech and AI.

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Jasmin Skenderi


Jasmin Skenderi is a passionate technologist and device developer with over 12 years of experience in building hardware, firmware, and software solutions. After major projects for the aerospace and military industries, Jasmin pursued industrial and consumer device development. Now he leads the development of solutions for startups combining IoT and blockchain, where he sees the full potential to engage emotionally and conceptually. As CTO, Jasmin guides planning and strategy while supporting our ventures through end-to-end device development – from idea to market introduction. With hands-on mentorship, he advises the tech team on solutions for real-world problems.