Bernhard is the Head of Corporate Partnerships at Relay Ventures. He is an experienced Venture Capital investor and Business Angel with a demonstrated history of working in the tech industry in Europe and the United States.
Bernhard was previously Partner and Managing Director at the European venture capital firm Iris Capital, Inc. in San Francisco where he was responsible for international investments with a focus on Silicon Valley. Prior to Iris, Bernhard was Managing Director at T-Venture of America, the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Deutsche Telekom, Germany.
Bernhard holds a Diploma in Business Administration and a Master in Business Research (MBR), both from the Munich School of Management at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany). He also holds a PhD from LMU where his thesis was on innovation management, venture capital, and start-up ecosystems. He is author of the book ‘Silicon Valley Start-ups and Corporate Innovation: Approaches to Resolve the Innovator’s Dilemma’ (2017).