Arno G. Held

Connecting the dots between people, ideas and opportunities

Arno Held started AM Ventures together with Johann Oberhofer in 2015 when they realized an increasing demand for venture capital in Additive Manufacturing but a lack of competent investors to assess disruptive technologies.

Today, Arno is Managing Partner of the fund and specialises on the network around AM Ventures, as well as its global footprint and organisational growth. Since co-founding the company, Arno has been instrumental in building the AM Ventures team that has scouted several thousand startups and conducted more than thirty funding rounds all over the world.

Arno’s passion for industrial machinery and applications was triggered in 1998 when he started his professional life building and repairing Laser machines with TRUMPF. Before starting AM Ventures, Arno spent seven years with EOS in various positions around corporate strategy and business development.

Arno holds a diploma degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe (Germany) as well as an international executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He completed his studies abroad in Shanghai, China and Cape Town, South Africa.

Arno is married and has two sons. In his spare time, Arno’s passion lies in cycling and mountaineering.