In 2003 Rudolf Franz founded Franz Industriebeteiligungen AG and started to invest private money. Main investments are done in early stage tech and growth businesses with a global market focus. As active investors Franz Industriebeteiligungen AG usually does minority investments and share`s its know how in the non executive board of the individual investment. If needed management functions in the executive board in finance, controlling or sales are taken over. 

Before that Rudolf Franz worked for eight years as a partner/managing director for Technologieholding VC GmbH (www.technologieholding.de) and 3i Group plc. (www.3i.com) in Frankfurt, London, Munich and Milano. His main investment focus was early stage technology and growth tech businesses.

Rudolf Franz studied industrial engineering at the University of Applied Science in Munich were he received a Master's degree and political economics at the University of Augsburg.