Germany just hit a new milestone in the space where venture capital and the burgeoning cannabis industry meet.
Berlin startup Demecan has completed a Series A financing round of €7 million to expand its production facility for medical cannabis and the wholesale trade in Germany. It has become the only German company allowed to produce medical cannabis in Germany.
This is a watershed moment for the country and is the first investment in this sector for the private investor network connected to btov Partners (a VC). The other half of the funding came from a single German family office, which is understood to have its roots in the consumer goods sector. Only two other companies, two of them from Canada, were awarded the contract to produce medical cannabis in Germany in May 2019.
btov Partners manages assets of €420 million and has previously invested in tech startups such as Blacklane, Data Artisans, DeepL, Facebook, Foodspring, ORCAM, Raisin, SumUp, Volocopter and XING.
The green light from Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) means Demecan will be able to produce at least 2,400 kilograms of dried cannabis flowers over the next four years. Demecan is also active as an importer and wholesaler of medical cannabis and can thus cover the entire value chain. Since the German government allowed cannabis to be prescribed for therapeutic purposes in 2017, demand has outstripped supply.
Jennifer Phan of btov Partners said in a statement: “Demecan operates in a very attractive market at the right time. Germany currently represents the third-largest market for medical cannabis in the world and is on a growth path. We believe that the company has a first-mover advantage in a highly regulated market environment, especially as it is the only German manufacturing and trading company in the European market.”
Dr. Constantin von der Groeben, co-founder of Demecan, added: “In recent years, we have intensively dealt with the market and reached an important milestone by winning the tender process. We are now focusing on further growth and the start of production in 2020.”