10yrs with Deutsche Boerse Group, Peter Fricke is responsible for the Deutsche Börse Venture Network since April 2017. Prior to that he worked for Eurex in the area of Sales and Business Development Asia / Middle heading the Representative office in Singapore. Peter studied at the University of Mannheim, Germany and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. He is holding a diploma degree in Economics.
Katharina is the Co-Founder & CEO of Immutable Insight, a blockchain advanced analytics firm. Prevously, she has been CEO of Interritus Limited, a London based investment vehicle for majority positions in European banks. Supervisory board member of Fürstlich Castell'sche Bank and previously at Kommunalkredit Austria AG. Worked as a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group and Commerzbank AG. MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
After studying business engineering in Berlin and Rome, Robert co-headed the Competence Center for Information Retrieval and Machine Learning at Technical University Berlin. During this time, he started investigating how information spreads within various types of social communities, and the idea of Aklamio was born.
While still working on his doctoral thesis, Robert entered the entrepreneurial path and co-founded Aklamio in 2011, with the vision of turning customer referrals into every company's main growth channel. Since then, Aklamio has become the world’s leading provider of referral marketing solutions and its technology enables brands worldwide to grow faster from word-of-mouth.
Finn is a serial entrepreneur with a long history of angel investments and political start-up support. Finn started his career at BCG in Germany and Australia and entered the start-up world by founding THE ICONIC, the today largest online fashion retailer in Australia and New Zealand. After executive roles at ProSiebenSat1 and most recently as the CEO of Movinga, Finn has now founded Sanity Group, one of the first European holistic Cannabis companies. Outside work, Finn is also board member of the German Start-up Association.
Growth strategist Farina Schurzfeld is current Co-founder of Selfapy, an online therapy platform for mental health disorders.
Previously, she was part of Groupon Australia’s founding team, general manager of Airtasker (Sydney and New York) and co-founder of the largest co-workingspace in Sydney TSL (hosting more than 400 startups). Subsequently, she was Head of Business at two companies of Hitfox Group. Coaching founders, she is also mentor for the Grace Accellerator startup program. She holds a Master of Arts in International Business and has recently been awarded as top 30 under 30 from Forbes magazine.
Aimie completed a dual Bachelor degree in Mannheim and at the international company Canon which gave her first insights into the world of business. Her career entry led her to Axel Springer where she initially worked for Digital Conferences, later responsible for Digital Media Cooperations. At the same time, Aimie managed to complete her master's degree in economics and politics at the European University Viadrina. In order to develop she moved to the publishing house after graduating and joined Bertelsmann as Head of Product. There she built an in-house platform for career orientation. She led a team of more than 25 employees and won several awards with the platform. As a part-time Aimie founded the blogazine FIELFALT for strong and committed women. In 2016 Aimie met David, with whom she developed the ArtNight concept together and in the September 2016 they founded the start-up ArtNight to offer social painting events. ArtNight is based in Berlin, but acts in 5 countries. At the beginning of 2019 ArtNight launched also ShakeNight (Cocktail Classes), BakeNight (Baking Classes) and PlantNight (Planting Classes). ArtNight employs 50 people.
Stefan is Co-Founder and Managing Director of FinTecSystems. Prior to that, Stefan, who studied business informatics, had spent more than seven years in the founding team of SOFORT building up the online payment method "Sofortüberweisung". Stefan last worked as COO in the company until the sale of SOFORT to Klarna AB. At FinTecSystems Stefan is responsible for Corporate Development and Investor Relations.
Andreas König has been the CEO of ProGlove, a provider of innovative industrial wearable solutions, since December 2018. König draws on over 20 years management experience. Prior to joining the Munich based start-up, König headed up Swabian 'Unicorn' TeamViewer, where together with his team he increased the number of installations to more than 1.5 billion and increased the number of users to 400 million. As CEO for Swisscom IT Services, the native Austrian integrated two business units with more than 4,500 employees. König began his senior leadership career as general manager of EMEA and subsequently senior vice president at NetApp where, under his guidance, the storage specialist managed a flawless expansion in the European market.
Hanno Renner (29) is the CEO and co-founder of Personio, a company that provides software for recruiting and hr management. After his bachelor’s degree in business administration and engineering he successfully completed his master studies in Munich, Auckland and New York. Since 2015 Hanno preoccupies himself with digitizing the hr departments of small and medium enterprises by developing the HR Operating System Personio together with his team in Munich. Having sailed around the world as a professional skipper, Hanno is more than used to assume responsibility for challenging endeavors. Today, most of his spare time is dedicated to triathlon, beach volleyball and winter sport.
Nina Geiss is an entrepreneur and visionary with deep insight and marketing experience in the ultra-tech and future mobility sectors. Aiding her in this process is her sharp creativity and deep aptitude for connecting strategic business partnerships.
In 2019 she became the CEO of CarFellows—a start-up on the forefront of what is to become ‘the digital car sales revolution’. In 2014 she founded TaylorFlynn—an agency of switched-on digital marketing misfits who use compelling communication and authentic storytelling to carry the messages across for innovative tech and mobility brands.
Fabian Bosler has started his career in capital markets (trading, FX-structuring) but turned to consulting shortly after. In consulting he worked in various functions from small scale model validation projects to large scale bank mergers.
However, ultimately my desire to really create and build solutions led him off the path to partner and made him join Homelike. Where he initially built up the Business Intelligence team, but shortly after took over responsibility for performance marketing also.
Graduate of the London School of Economics, Anna has over 10 years of experience working as a consultant and project director of investment and development projects. She grew up in Ukraine, lived and worked in Germany, the UK, China, and the US, and is now based in Austria.
With Robo Wunderkind, Anna Iarotska has managed to shape a new approach to intersection technology and education. She and her team inspire kids to learn future-oriented skills by creating magical moments of fun and play combined with a learning experience.
Bastian studied Business Administration at Handelshochschule Leipzig and MIT Sloan School of Management. He started his career at Credit Suisse in M&A. Bastian founded Catana Capital in August 2015 after running the Investment Banking Business Strategy & Innovation department of Commerzbank AG for 4 years. At Catana Capital he is responsible for the corporate strategy and business development.
Michael Duttlinger is co-founder and managing director of Cashlink. The start-up, founded in 2016 by his three co-founders and himself, has created an infrastructure for issuing digital equity. Michael Duttlinger holds a master's degree in industrial engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. During his semester abroad at the renowned Mendoza College of Business (Notre Dame) in the USA, Duttlinger specialized in entrepreneurship and design thinking. Michael Duttlinger is co-organizer of the largest continental European Fintech-Meetup, speaker at numerous blockchain events and member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, one of the largest entrepreneur networks worldwide.
Stefan is one of the FinTech pioneers in Germany. In 2011, he founded the first InsurTech-Lab in Hamburg. Together with the „Karlsruhe Institute of Technology“ (KIT), Stefan described the future development of digital insurance markets. He also established the „Institute for Applied Consciousness Research“ (InfaB) and was appointed as a party-independent member in the „Future of the Civil Society" commission set up by Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. In 2015, he and his partners founded „INSURANCE HERO“ and published the brand „HAFTPFLICHT HELDEN“ – the first „full digital player“ in Germany which has now developed further into „helden.de“. Stefan is a member of the „Bundesfachkommission Internet und Digitale Wirtschaft" in Berlin.
Christian is a Co-Founder at GuestReady, one of the world's leading short-term rental management companies with a presence in 14 cities in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Before GuestReady, Christian founded and exited HotelQuickly, at the time the largest last-minute hotel booking app in Asia-Pacific. Before that, he was with Rocket Internet, for which he co-founded Foodpanda and served in the initial phase as the company's Global COO. He is also a Partner at Swiss Founders Fund, where he has made 20+ early stage tech investments over the past 6 years. Christian holds a double master's degree from the University of St.Gallen and CEMS.
Aleksander is the co-founder and CEO of 3YOURMIND, the software solutions provider for 3D printing.
Since 2013, after founding 3YOURMIND, he has been working with leading European and US manufacturing and engineering companies by integrating additive manufacturing into their production processes or adapting and optimizing their 3D Printing workflows. Aleksander has been involved in managing all external investments into the company and has grown the company to five locations around the world. Aleksander was selected as part of the “2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe” list.
Felix is the co-founder and CEO of NavVis a global leader in Indoor Spatial Intelligence Technology (3D mapping, digital twin provisioning, indoor navigation and location based services). Felix has developed software since high school and worked many years as a coder and software architect. He holds degrees in computer science and economics as well as a PhD in information system research. Before founding NavVis Felix spend 6 years at McKinsey advising clients in Hamburg, New York, Palo Alto and Munich on tech and strategy. He is a Young Leader of Atlantik-Brücke, holder of McKinsey’s most prestigious innovation award and gained numerous more as the CEO of NavVis. He is a regular speaker on conferences and author of publications on digitalization, AI, 3D mapping and location based services.
Marc founded his first company, an event agency, at the age of 17, which he successfully sold 7 years later. His experience reaches far over 10 years in the field of events, live-marketing and sponsoring. In 2015 he founded Fanomena, a content technology startup with the mission to share the right content with the right person at the right time.
As an innovator of the payments industry for over 20 years, Daniel Smeds has worked to simplify countless intricate payment challenges. He spent time as CTO at Wirecard and Founder at PAY.ON before starting optile: a company creating an open payment world and reimagining the concept of payments from a merchant perspective. Daniel sees himself as lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time and believes that if the end customer is happy, then the merchant ends up satisfied as well.
Ilkka Lavas, is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, growth and lean business consultant and digital marketing visionary. He is best known for his companies such as one of the fastest growing company in Europe: City Digital Group, revolutionary restaurant discovery franchise EatAndTheCity, huge advertising network Improve Media, online service design company City Dev Labs, TableOnline table booking service and City-magazine. Lavas started his career as an entrepreneur 23 years ago when he was only 17 years old. Since starting his first company he has grown his business empire and now he is CEO of City Family that employs over 100 people. Now he expands viral stories to new platforms.
Throughout his career as senior manager and director within the automotive industry, Intakhab has a proven record of leadership skills successfully implementing series development projects with his teams as well as driving innovation and strategic cooperations within the area of electrics and electronics development. As founder and managing director of Automotive Artificial Intelligence (AAI) GmbH, he now has set himself the mission to “create a replica of the world” for testing and validating autonomous driving in a high-fidelity simulated environment including dynamic road participants.
For several years, Isabel has been working at a German premium OEM in China with positions at the electric & electronics development as well as the corporate strategy department. She has rich experiences with strategic partnerships within the automotive industry and China market insights.
Nils Holger Henning is the co-founder of CASAFARI. The company aims to build the cleanest and most complete real estate database in the world with custom applications for real estate professionals such as a metasearch, daily market data feed, and market analytics. CASAFARI has been developing proprietary machine learning technology and extensive data operations to automatically index, clean, classify and match duplicates of millions of property listings from thousands of different estate websites in different languages with inconsistent information, daily. Since launching in 2018 it has won major companies as customers in Spain and Portugal, from brands such as Sotheby’s International Realty, Coldwell Banker, RE/MAX franchises, Savills, Fine & Country, Engel & Voelkers, Keller Williams and many more.
Prior to founding Casafari Nils was involved the growth of 3 startups into market leaders, now valued at $100 - 600 MM, namely: Bigpoint (Video Games - bigpoint.com) as CCO/ CMO & Shareholder; Kreditech (Fintech - kreditech.com) as a Co-Founder; and Adjust (AdTech - adjust.com) as a Board Member. He has also co-founded / invested in several other startups including Whow Games (whow.com, jackpot.de), IDnow (idnow.de), justBook / Secret Escapes (secretescapes.com), EDITION F (EditionF.com), and MEAJET (meajet.com). Nils has given over 100 keynote speeches and presentations at major international conferences, such as the DLD Munich, MIT University (Boston), Bundestag Berlin, European Business Awards, MIPTV in Cannes, Monaco Media Forum, GDC San Francisco, G-Star Korea, Frankfurter Buchmesse Beijing, and many more. Nils holds an LL.M. in commercial law and a Diplom-Kaufmann degree in business administration.
When Franz moved flats in London in summer 2016, he faced the same problem almost every renter faces. Finding a deposit. After gaining valuable experience in payment technology working for major firms, McKinsey & Company and Deutsche Bank, he decided to spread his wings and tackle the issue head-on. Having led the company as CEO since its foundation, he focuses on Strategy, Innovation, HR, Finance & Investor Relations. Franz holds a bachelor’s degree in Management & Business Law, and a master’s degree in Finance from EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel. He grew up on a farm in small franconian village close to the river Altmühl.
Jonathan’s passion is to build & scale successful companies globally. He is a serial entrepreneur in fields from natural resources to cyber security. Currently he serves as Co-Founder & Managing Director of the virtual reality company SPREE Interactive. SPREE Interactive specializes in affordable, high throughput & high ROI location-based VR for up to 20 simultaneous players.
Until date he led projects in the mobile commerce, healthcare and natural resources industries. He started his career as a strategy and innovation consultant for Virtual Consulting International in the Perth, Johannesburg und New York offices during which has co-led large-scale open innovation consortia like the AngloGold Ashanti Technology Innovation Consortium in South Africa.
User-centric product & service innovation is at the core of Jonathan’s ventures.
Jens is the founder and CEO of i-surance. i-surance is a bootstrapped insurtech founded in 2012 offering a insurance-as-a-service platform for manufacturers, retailers and telecom operators which want to grow into adjacent insurance services (B2B2C business model). i-surance has been profitable since it 2nd year of operation, has grown by >50% p.a. over the last years and is home of >80 awesome talents comprising 30 different nationalities and a women share of >60% and 50% female leaders.
Before founding i-surance, Jens was Partner at Bain & Company and has 18 years of strategy consulting experience in tech and telecom industries. He studied business administration and law and has a Ph.D. in law and a master degree from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). He has the Swiss and French nationality, a family with 2 kids and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
Entreprenuer from heart with a passion to reshape the future, and driven by embracing the unknown. Markus loves to build new stuff.
Currently, he is the CFO of shipcloud and responsible for strategic tasks, accounting, finance, tax and legal affairs.
Prior to that, he has been a founder and managing partner to a consulting and development company which focused on the commercialization of technologies, their transfer, and own developments in chemistry.
His deep linkage to finance & accounting began at the Department of Accounting and Auditing of the Helmut-Schmidt-University, where he graduated with a PhD and occasionally teaches as an Associate Professor.
While he was studying business administration, he already gained first experiences with the development and implementation of innovative concepts in his first own company and dealt with the start-up of an infrastructure supplier in the UAE.
During university, he also took over first management responsibility at the Financial Times Deutschland as the Head of Research within the online department.
Marco and his Team bring delicious Feelgood Food to every neighborhood in the world. Before clever food concepts, Marco worked as a process engineer and consultant in the automotive industry with a strong focus on automation. He has studied Finance, Business Management & Engineering.
Oliver Berchtold is Co-Founder of YUKKA Lab and responsible for the global Business & Product Development. In this role Oliver can combine his expertise in Media Intelligence, which he gained in his five years as Head of Products at ARGUS Data Insights, with his know how in Design Thinking and business innovation from his studies at Unvierstiy of St. Gallen and Stanford. At YUKKA Lab he pursues the vision to create a real-time currency fort he sentiment of every company, industry and topic to empower knowledge workers to master information overload, be more efficient and augment their performance tot he next level.
Til Landwehrmann is Founder and CEO of LIV-T GmbH. LIV-T is a fast-growing Munich based IoT company which was founded in 2017. It has successfully established a vertical B2B SaaS products via its „Built for Purpose Platform“. Based on real-time data LIV-T‘s clients are enabled to improve their customer processes and customer loyalty. LIV-T‘s vertical hardware-to-service business models are scalable solutions for the optimization of the entire petroleum trade downstream, lubes and liquid management in general. Til is in the IoT business since 10 years. Before LIV-T he founded the EEBus Initiative e.V. a non-profit association with leading manufacturers from the sectors of networked building technology, electromobility and energy. Til graduated in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
Darja Gutnick is one of the co-founders and CEO of the Slack-first collaboration analytics product Bunch. After finishing her psychology studies, she spent three years researching organizational behaviour as a full-time researcher at the University of Groningen and founded her first company in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also consulted for BMW and other corporate clients on HR and organizational development and has worked with Rocket Internet, N26, and other startups on developing high-performance teams. In addition to managing Bunch, she mentors startup founders.
Philipp Benkler is founder and CEO of Testbirds. Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications for user-friendliness and functionality issues by using its unique Crowdtesting solutions. Today, Testbirds has grown to more than 100 employees and, next to its main office in Munich, now has branches in Amsterdam and London. Philipp studied Finance and Information Management and is an Elite Graduate of Technical University Munich & University of Augsburg. At Testbirds, Philipp is responsible for Sales & Marketing.
Andreas Kunze is the CEO and Co-Founder of KONUX and also one of Germany’s leading AI experts. He studied Information Systems at TUM and Stanford University. In 2016, Andreas was the youngest CEO on Capital magazine’s “40 under 40 entrepreneurs".
In 2017, he got selected among Forbes' “Top 30 under 30 – Europe” and in 2018 MIT Technology Review named him as one "Top Innovators under 35 Germany". He also became part of the „European Young Leader“ (EYL40) Program as well as a "European Digital Leader" and the youngest "Global AI Council Member" of the World Economic Forum.
His industrial AI company KONUX has raised +$50 million with leading Silicon Valley investors, such as NEA and Andy von Bechtolsheim. KONUX won the national mobility award "Deutscher Mobilitätspreis" and the German digital award "The Spark" in 2016 and was selected into the WEF's prestigious group of "Technology Pioneers" one year later.
InsurTech & FinTech - Digital Product Creation, Scaling and Expansion
Creating the first insurance experience customers love - @ FRIDAY
Marie joined the Danish fintech company, Pleo, in its infancy and has built their Customer Success team from the ground up. Today, it consists of 22 people across three specialised teams. She has played an instrumental role in Pleo's passion for their customers, which is reflected in an NPS beyond industry standards and unseen customer loyalty. Now, Marie has shifted focus towards Germany and as the Country Manager, she is heading up the efforts of empowering all employees in Germany with a Pleo card.
Skillogs is a start-up company dedicated to the education and training of tomorrow. With the aim of training 13,000 skills, its "ACARYA" LMS allows each learner to train online in a personalised way, thanks to Artificial Intelligence technologies: individualised training, session recommendations, difficulty detection, chatbot tutorials: everything is done to guarantee everyone's success.
Data based efficiency has driven every stage of Alex's career. From the creation, growth and successful exit strategy applied to the multiple companies he has been involved with, to his latest role as co-founder and CEO of data intelligence platform Adverity, powering smarter decisions with accurate analysis has remained a key passion.
Finding better ways to use and share knowledge also forms a key element of his current responsibilities. Adverity’s data integration and visualisation capabilities are designed to make insight not only more manageable, but also accessible. As co-founder and CEO, it’s part of his role to assist Adveritys ever-expanding client list of global brands and agencies in mastering its capabilities. Drawing on a personal pool of 10 years experience in computer software and his teams’ extensive collective expertise, Adverity is constantly exploring for new avenues of innovation. For Alex, persistent development is both what keeps his venture interesting and sets Adverity apart in a competitive market.
4 yrs sr. sales manager enterprise software at SAS, major clients / DAX companies
5 yrs currency & swap trader, Investment Banking at Unicredit Group, Munich
Master in Economics
Domagoj is a passionate entrepreneur always ambitious to improve efficiency in construction and real estate business. 2013 he founded PlanRadar together with his team in Vienna. PlanRadar is a platform designed to support architects and engineers on construction sites in order to record issues, tasks or plan annotation on mobile devices or via web browser. Before having co-founded PlanRadar, he worked as project manager at a company for architects and engineers.