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Establishes fund to promote gastro start-ups

Together with partners, the Kofler & Bäumen Group founded the White Rabbit Fund. The fund aims to invest in start-up restaurants in the fast casual segment in Germany and London. The first project is the expansion of the Indian-inspired gastro hotspot cricket.

"As a co-founder of the White Rabbit Fund, we support promising young gastro start-ups and use our expertise and knowledge to develop them into successful business models," explains KP Kofler, CEO and founder of the Kofler & Co. Group, on the occasion of the announcement of the first Investment in the gastronomic hotspot cricket.

The London-based fund is managed by Managing Director and co-founder Chris Miller, formerly Commercial Director at SOHO House Group. Miller also acts as a trend scout and acquirer of new concepts. The Kofler & Bäumen Group has a majority stake in the White Rabbit Fund.

In addition to capital, the fund also offers entrepreneurs support with operational expertise, financial management, budgetary issues, real estate procurement, legal assistance, expansion plans and the structuring of debt capital. The fund's focus is on early stage investments of £ 200,000 to £ 1 million. Existing restaurants with one to ten branches, high growth potential and currently: based in London are included in the closer selection of the White Rabbit Fund.

Behind the first project, the Indian-inspired concept of cricket, are the chef Will Bowlby and his business partner Rik Campbell, who launched cricket in a converted shipping container at Brixton Market in 2015. “We are pleased to be the first, very promising project to accompany cricket as it expands. In addition, we are already in talks with other start-ups with high potential, ”said Miller. With the support of the White Rabbit Fund, the founders will soon open their second location in Soho.

“London is the Silicon Valley of the food scene: Here, exciting, new, bold concepts are developing at an incredibly high speed that you don't see anywhere else in Europe,” emphasizes Kofler. In addition to cricket, such a concept comes from the Peruvian-inspired gastro hotspot Pachamama in London, "with whose founders we are currently looking for a suitable location in Berlin to open the first Pachamama in Germany."

As one of the leading providers of premium catering services, Kofler & Bäumen operates exclusive event locations, restaurants and cafés on a national and international level, as well as the Airport Club Frankfurt and is also internationally successful in the sports hospitality sector. In addition to locations in the six largest German cities, the company founded by KP Kofler in 1991 is represented in Zug, London, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Doha.