"We want to initiate positive developments" - Interview with Marc Banasiak from VEG
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May 28, 2020
Marc Banasiak, board member of VEG

Vereinte Energiegenossenschaft eG (VEG) focuses on the promotion of energy efficiency, renewable energies and energy storage possibilities. This is no longer just an issue for the experts - we are all called upon to make our contribution to the success of the sustainable energy revolution. We asked VEG board member Marc Banasiak to tell us more about his personal motivation and to give us an outlook on the future. This is the second part of the interview. You can read the first part here. 

INN: What do you enjoy most about your job?

MB: The conviction to initiate and participate in positive developments. It is good to see that awareness of the issue of ecological energy is growing among the population. The pressing issues of our time, such as climate change, are finally getting the media attention they deserve - and our work is thus even more appreciated

INN: What was the best decision in your professional career?

MB: For me personally, it was absolutely right to leave auditing and instead get into the development of projects and their financing. Because that also meant concentrating on the future instead of almost exclusively analysing the past.

INN: Which tools, which apps, which software make your everyday work easier?

MB: Traditionally a calculator and the apps MOIA, ShareNow and StarMoney

INN: What is your advice to other entrepreneurs or founders?

MB: Hang in there and don't listen too much to people who don't have to take responsibility for their advice. But the most important thing is to always stay true to yourself.

INN: Why did you choose crowd investing and specifically Innovestment for your financing?

MB: Sometimes it's just a gut feeling - and here the chemistry between the people involved is just right.

INN: Have you ever made a crowd investment yourself?

MB: Not yet. I have always had a very personal connection to my investments in that I have implemented them myself. But the concept is very exciting.

INN: Do you have a good luck charm?

MB: Not a direct lucky charm, but I am a bit superstitious in some areas. For example, I don't like to talk about possible projects while the signatures are still missing.

INN: Which celebrity would you like to meet and what would you ask them?

MB: Inspiring encounters are not a question of celebrities for me. But if I could wish for an interlocutor - why not the Dalai Lama? His view of the world would interest me very much.

INN: What do you want from the Federal Minister of Economics?

MB: Clarity.


Marc Banasiak, who holds a degree in business administration, has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Vereinte Energiegenossenschaft eG since its foundation. After studying business administration at the University of Mannheim, he first moved to Deloitte in Frankfurt am Main. There he worked in the auditing and corporate finance department.

Marc Banasiak then moved to a Hamburg-based fund initiator. Here he was responsible for the conception of investments, the management of current funds and the controlling of various investment companies. In 2008, he founded the Luana Group based in Hamburg. He is still managing partner today.

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