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Table Captain

Networking

What is a
Table Captain

A Table Captain is a well-known expert from the startup ecosystem. He or she could be a founder, investor, journalist, or a representative of a major corporate company.

Every Table Captain will host a virtual table, which can be joined by up to ten attendees. This is your chance to get real-world advice, ask questions, and make contacts that will take your business to the next level.

Good advice

can be worth a million dollars

Let Table Captains challenge your idea before you go all-in on it.

Learn the superpower of successful unicorn builders.

Get Inspiration by hand-picked experts and decision-makers.

Use the chance to pitch your company.

Awesome Table Captains make space for you in their busy schedules.

More questions? Check the FAQs.

Our Table Captains

Meet

Chris Barton

Founder

Shazam

Chris Barton is one of the masterminds behind the music recognition app Shazam and a true entrepreneur. Before founding Shazam he worked for companies such as Google and Dropbox. Throughout his career he has collected a wealth of knowledge and experience within the digital field - especially mobile applications - which you can learn from at #bits20.

Chris Barton

Founder

Shazam

Meet

Gloria Seibert

CEO

Temedica

The e-health pioneer Gloria Seibert is Founder and CEO of Temedica, a startup that builds digital therapeutic apps to provide patients with tailored and sustainable health companions. In January they raised 17 million euros which will be used to enter international markets and to grow the team behind Temedica. Learn more about challenges arising from starting a business in digital health.

Gloria Seibert

CEO

Temedica

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Nico Polleti

Co-Founder & CEO

Cluno

Nico has more than 15 years experience in the automotive industry. After founding and selling the marketplace easyautosale to Autoscout 24 in 2015, he currently is Co-founder & CEO of digital car subscription startup Cluno. With a total funding amount of more than 190 million dollar, the idea of a car subscription for anyone who wants the freedom of their own car without the hassle of traditional car ownership seems to be even more important in times of Corona. At #bits20 he is eager to discuss his vision of zero-stress mobility with you.

Nico Polleti

Co-Founder & CEO

Cluno

Meet

Dr. Christian Figge

Principal

General Atlantic

Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2012, Christian was a Research Assistant at the Technical University of Munich with a focus on empirical entrepreneurial finance topics. Join his session to learn more about the State of the Nation: Growth investing in DACH.

Dr. Christian Figge

Principal

General Atlantic

Meet

Katharina Mayer

CEO & Founder

Kuchentratsch

A big heart for grannies & cakes: Katharina's startup Kuchentratsch employs 50 elderly who bake 40.000 cakes per year and ships them nationwide! Learn from her that a successful business model and social impact are not opposites but an ideal match.

Katharina Mayer

CEO & Founder

Kuchentratsch

Meet

Jochen Engert

Founder & CEO

FlixMobility

During the lockdown the boom of FlixMobility came to a sudden hold. The co-founder of one of Europe's largest mobility providers describes his masterplan for worldwide growth in 2020.

Jochen Engert

Founder & CEO

FlixMobility

Meet

Matthias Schranner

CEO

Schranner Negotiation Institute

Matthias Schranner was originally trained by the police and the FBI as a lead negotiator for high-stakes situations. For the past 15 years, he and his team at the Schranner Negotiation Institute have been advising clients including the UN, global corporations and political parties in difficult negotiations. His background and his deep passion for solving the most difficult negotiations makes Matthias the one and only person, you should listen to when it’s about how to negotiate!

Matthias Schranner

CEO

Schranner Negotiation Institute

Meet

Konstantin Mehl

Founder, President & CEO

Kaia Health

As a successful serial founder Konstantin definitely has THAT entrepreneurial optimism: Instead of bowing his head during the Corona crisis, he managed to raise another 28 million dollar for Kaia Health. Before founding the leading digital therapy company with more than 500,000 users he founded and sold the food delivery company Foodora. This is your chance to ask him your questions regarding AI and insurtech.

Konstantin Mehl

Founder, President & CEO

Kaia Health

Meet

Dr. Cristian Grossmann

CEO

Beekeeper

Cris is CEO and Co-founder of Beekeeper. But this company has much less to do with honey as the company name may imply: It’s a mobile app which helps companies connect their distributed workforces to increase productivity and employee engagement. Learn from his success story that the future lies in digital solutions.

Dr. Cristian Grossmann

CEO

Beekeeper

Meet

Katharina Jünger

CEO

TeleClinic

Thanks to Katharina publicly-insured patients in Germany can go straight to an app to have a tele consultation without paying out of pocket for the first time. Katharina is namely CEO and Founder of the No1 platform for online doctor visits in Germany: TeleClinic. She’s the right person to virtually meet at this years’ Bits regarding all issues relating to health businesses and marketplaces!

Katharina Jünger

CEO

TeleClinic

Meet

Michael Fritz

CJO

Viva con agua

Michael Fritz is the face behind viva con agua. They follow the aim of ensuring that all people worldwide have access to clean water, sanitary & hygiene supplies. Learn from Michael how serious topics in the world can be treated with joy.

Michael Fritz

CJO

Viva con agua

Meet

Matthias Laug

Co-Founder & CTO

Tier Mobility

Looking at Matthias’ professional background his career path is astonishing! He started his career as CTO at Lieferando already during his studies, then he joined ThoughtWorks as lead consultant before founding TIER Mobility in 2018. Funded with more than 130 million dollar while operating in more than 50 cities across 12 markets worldwide, the startup for shared micro-mobility services is on the road to success. Matthias himself is heading towards game-changing technology to shape the future of mobility. Find out what he is up to at #bits20!

Matthias Laug

Co-Founder & CTO

Tier Mobility

Meet

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter

Partner

Speedinvest

Marie-Helene is General Partner at Speedinvest, an early stage venture capital fund with 400 million euros and 160+ investments across Europe. She provides seed financing to support the digitization of Europe’s industry by focusing on startups active in industrial tech or construction tech. Take the chance to pitch your idea to one of the most active investors in Europe at this year's Bits & Pretzels Networking Week!

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter

Partner

Speedinvest

Meet

Adam Cheyer

Co-Founder

Siri & Viv Labs

Adam Cheyer, the founder of Siri (sold to Apple), Viv Labs (sold to Samsung), Co-founder of Sentient (a machine learning company), and founding member of Change.org is known as a world's pioneer in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Human Interfaces. Meet the true multi-talent of the startup ecosystem at #bits20 and chat with him in person.

Adam Cheyer

Co-Founder

Siri & Viv Labs

Meet

Dr. Oliver Pabst

CEO

Mammut Sports Group

With sports and fashion in his blood, Oliver Pabst has been managing the Swiss premium outdoor sports brand Mammut since 2016. Previous professional positions were, among others, McKinsey in Zurich, Willy Bogner, and then most recent in the advisory board of Avenso GmbH. Through his role at btov, a European venture capital firm, he invests in young entrepreneurs. With this history he is your expert in ecommerce and marketplaces issues!

Dr. Oliver Pabst

CEO

Mammut Sports Group

Meet

Michael Cassau

CEO & Founder

Grover

Michael founded Grover in 2015 with a simple goal in mind: To give people more freedom and help them maximize value, by offering a flexible and affordable way of accessing technology - through monthly subscriptions. With a total funding amount of almost 300 million euros, Grover is one of Germany's best funded scale-ups. Get inspired by his drive and vision while sitting at his virtual table.

Michael Cassau

CEO & Founder

Grover

Meet

Maria Sievert

Founder & Managing Partner

inveox

Maria Sievert, Founder and Managing Partner of the Munich-based startup inveox, strives with the medtech company to make cancer diagnosis more accurate. The alumna of TUM and Manage&More has won various awards, including placing 3rd for the 2019 EIT Health Woman Award and she even won the Golden Pretzel at Bits & Pretzels 2018. Don’t miss the chance to get inspired by a successful power woman like her!

Maria Sievert

Founder & Managing Partner

inveox

Meet

Moritz Kreppel

CEO & Co-Founder

Urban Sports Club

During the lockdown Moritz had to push the fitness aggregator's business online. He'll explain how he kept subscribers and his strategy for the European expansion.

Moritz Kreppel

CEO & Co-Founder

Urban Sports Club

Meet

Dr. Christian Nagel

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

With 23 years of experience in entrepreneurship and investment Christian is an „old hand“ in the startup scene. Prior to founding Earlybird in 1997, which can show seven IPOs and 24 trade sales since, he acquired companies from the Treuhandanstalt and gained operational experience. The most recent coup of Earlybird was the 1.8 billion euros exit of Peak Games to Zynga. Meet Christian at #bits20 to profit from his long-time experiences.

Dr. Christian Nagel

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

Meet

Eleonore van Boven

Chief People Officer

N26

Kenjo investor and Board Member Noor van Boden and currently CPO at N26,  is passionate about scaling companies and creating cultures of impact. As former VP Global Head of People at SoundCloud, Noor is an HR expert on guiding organisations through hypergrowth. With over 20 years of international HR experience Noor is the woman who can tell you what counts from an HR perspective to make your startup a unicorn!

Eleonore van Boven

Chief People Officer

N26

Meet

Stefan Winners

Senior Advisor

Lakestar

As former CEO of Burda Digital SE and TOMORROW FOCUS AG, Stefan has successfuly built, bought and developed digital and tech companies like Jameda, HolidayCheck AG, Elitepartner, XING AG and more successfully. As an investor, advisor at Lakestar and member of multiple boards he now supports great entrepreneurs both in Germany and the US. Don't miss the chance when he makes space for you in his busy schedule.

Stefan Winners

Senior Advisor

Lakestar

Meet

Edward Shenderovich

Co-founder & chairman

Knotel

Edward is what you would call a serial entrepreneur: He is the Co-founder and Chairman of Knotel, a NYC-based company that is making commercial real estate as accessible as an Uber and was funded with 560 million dollar to date. Before that he was the Founding Partner of Kite Ventures, an early investor, and board member at Delivery Hero, Plated (acquired by Albertsons) and Tradeshift. Moreover Edward was a Co-founder of SUP Media and Merchantry and worked for Silicon Valley Bank. One of many interesting topics you can talk about with Edward at #bits20 is marketplaces.

Edward Shenderovich

Co-founder & chairman

Knotel

Meet

Andreas Bruckschlögl

Co-founder & Co-host

Bits & Pretzels

You just have to take a quick glaze at Andy’s professional background to know that he is a thoroughbred entrepreneur! By starting his first business at the age of 12 his entrepreneurial spirit was awakened. In the following years things started happening really fast: At the age of 21 he became Head of Inbound Marketing, in 2012 he co-founded Ryte - an innovative software for website quality management and - optimization - until he started the first Bits & Pretzels event in September 2014. Talk to the Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur and Co-founder of Bits & Pretzels itself at #bits20 to gain exclusive insights in the founding history!

Andreas Bruckschlögl

Co-founder & Co-host

Bits & Pretzels

Meet

Dr. Bernd Storm van's Gravesande

Co-founder & Co-host

Bits & Pretzels

Bernd is currently Managing Director at IconicFinance, a fintech backed by Allianz Group, Europe's largest insurance company. Prior to this, he founded Aboalarm, a legal- and fintech, which he sold to ProSiebenSat1 Group in 2018. As Co-founder & Host of Bits & Pretzels he can follow up his biggest passion: The support of young founders and forster the startup ecosystem! Beside Bits & Pretzels Bernd has invested in many other startups (Kaffeeatlas, andUnite, etc.). He loves bootrapping companies and defining new creative business models. Don’t miss your chance at #bits20 and get connected with this full blood entrepreneur!

Dr. Bernd Storm van's Gravesande

Co-founder & Co-host

Bits & Pretzels

Meet

Felix Haas

Chairman & Co-host

Bits & Pretzels

A man who puts his heart and soul into everything relating to entrepreneurship: Felix, Host of Bits & Pretzels, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of IDnow and a Founding Partner of FLEX Capital (€120m Private Equity Fund). But that’s not yet everything worth mentioning relating Felix' career path. Previously he was Founder & CEO of amiando, which he led to trade sale to XING in 2010 and served as an advisor to the German Vice-Chancellor for the “Young Digital Economy”. On top he got awarded as “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum as well as “Entrepreneur of Excellence” by Technical University Munich. Don’t miss the chance to get real-world advice from a successful software entrepreneur like him! He may even share some insights into what he has already experienced with our world-class speakers at #bits20!

Felix Haas

Chairman & Co-host

Bits & Pretzels

Meet

Fabian Spielberger

CEO

Pepper.com

Fabian is the Founder of Pepper.com with which he is building the world's largest shopping community under the premise that consumers should be influenced by expert opinions and not marketing strategies. He is not only a guru when it comes to ecommerce and marketplaces but also shares his secrets how he bootstrapped the company from 0 euro to over 1 billion euros GMV.

Fabian Spielberger

CEO

Pepper.com

Meet

Sonja Schwetje

Editor-in-Chief

ntv

After studying economics and journalism at the University of Hamburg, Sonja began her career as a trainee at RTL Nord. Afterwards, she held different positions within the RTL Media Group including reporter, TV presenter and Head of the editorial department at RTL. In 2014 Schwetje became Editor-in-Chief of the news channel ntv which focuses on the importance of start-ups as a relevant driving force for our economy. Sonja will share her media and PR tips at her virtual table!

Sonja Schwetje

Editor-in-Chief

ntv

Meet

Andreas Heyden

CEO

DFL Digital Sports

Since June 2015, Andreas Heyden has been serving as CEO of the DFL Digital Sports GmbH, responsible for the digital platforms, production and distribution of national and international media content. In July 2019 Heyden took on the additional role of Executive Vice President Digital Innovations at the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga Group. Join his virtual table to dive into the promising world of gaming at #bits20.

Andreas Heyden

CEO

DFL Digital Sports

Meet

Jakob Schreyer

CSO & Founder

orderbird

Jakob Schreyer has a strong marketing background from 6 years in Munich and 5 years in New York. Since 2011 for the foundation of orderbird AG he has been in Berlin, seven years as CEO and since 2019 as CSO and on the Management board together with Mark Schoen. With a fintech which is highly involved in gastronomy, Jakob was put to a severe test in the current Corona crisis. At #bits20, he will share his experiences how orderbrid was affected by the crisis and explain how to navigate out of this difficult situation.

Jakob Schreyer

CSO & Founder

orderbird

Meet

Marc Appelhoff

CEO

home24

Having a business admin background and spending a few years consulting and with private equity Marc is an entrepreneur in home & living ecommerce since 2009. After two hard years in which the company's share price fell dramatically, he is a real role model when it comes to gritting your teeth, not giving up hope and believing in the success of your company.

Marc Appelhoff

CEO

home24

Meet

Christoph Rieche

CEO and Co-founder

iwoca

Christoph Rieche is the Co-founder of iwoca and a leading fintech figure. He has played a formative role in the evolution of technology-driven financing and established iwoca as a leading fintech lender in Europe. With its fresh capital of 100 million euros, the startup is focusing on the German market. Interested in fintech? Then Christoph's virtual table is the right one to sit at!

Christoph Rieche

CEO and Co-founder

iwoca

Meet

Zarah Bruhn

Co-founder & CEO

Social-Bee & Bringandring

Find a subject you’re passional about and just get started - that's what you can learn from Zarah, a serial social entrepreneur. As Founder of Social-Bee and Bring & Ring she wants to establish Social Entrepreneurship as a strong sector within the European economy - with the support of prominent startup figures like Alexander Samwer. Get inspired by Zarah and help to create a more sustainable route for a better future!

Zarah Bruhn

Co-founder & CEO

Social-Bee & Bringandring

Meet

Simon Schmincke

General Partner

Creandum

Simon is a developer at heart and a venture capitalist in mind. German born, Simon gained operational experience building three companies for Rocket Internet between Asia, Latin America and the US before starting his Investment Career at Earlybird Venture Capital. Simon will share his experience on how to pick your investor & partner wisely and why VC is the best job in the world!

Simon Schmincke

General Partner

Creandum

Meet

Ben Fischer

General Partner

Project A

Ben is a General Partner at the Berlin-based venture capital fund Project A, which focuses on the combination of capital and operational support. He is responsible for the areas of venture support operations, private equity co-investments, finance and investor relations. Before assuming his current position, he served from 2014 to 2016 as Group CFO at Quandoo and from 2011 to 2014 as a Partner at the business consulting firm Bain & Company. Use #bits20 to get real-world advice from an expert like him!

Ben Fischer

General Partner

Project A

Meet

Dr. Kati Ernst

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

ooia

Period underwear, absorbing nursing bras and innovation for bladder leaks - true taboo topics in our society which we dare to address. Learn from Kati, the Founder of the female empowerment company ooia, how to succeed with crowdfunding when no investor is willing to step into the promising femtech and female empowerment business market.

Dr. Kati Ernst

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

ooia

Meet

Michael Stephan

Co-Founder & COO

Raisin

Michael is Co-founder & COO of Raisin, Europe's leading deposit market place that now employees more than 350 employees, brokers more than 25 billion euros of investor money and raised a total funding amount of almost 200 million euros. Before founding Raisin, Michael worked at McKinsey and Goldman Sachs. As Business Angel, he and his Co-founders support the next generation of entrepreneurs with consulting and capital. He shares insights and experiences within the fields of fintech and marketplaces at #bits20.

Michael Stephan

Co-Founder & COO

Raisin

Meet

Fritz Oidtmann

Managing Partner

Acton Capital Partners

Use the rare chance to learn from an experienced decision maker like Fritz who makes some space in his busy schedule for enthusiastic entrepreneurs like you! Through professional roles as strategy consultant, Co-founder, CEO, Business Angel and investor he combines entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise.

Fritz Oidtmann

Managing Partner

Acton Capital Partners

Meet

Fabian Wesemann

Co-founder & Group CFO

wefox group

Fabian is the Co-founder and Group CFO of wefox group, a platform that connects insurance companies to brokers that manage and consult their customers completely digital. Before wefox, Fabian founded EMPAUA Gmbh and worked as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank in London. Within the highly successful InsurTech, Fabian is in charge of fund raising, debt raising and M&A activities as well as overseeing the financial strategy. Get to know the insur- and fintech expert, who has raised more than 200 million euros to date and built wefox group into a hyper growth organisation!

Fabian Wesemann

Co-founder & Group CFO

wefox group

Meet

Dr. Paul Achleitner

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Deutsche Bank AG

Paul Achleitner, Chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank, shares his exclusive high-level lessons for the next generation of young managers from his experience of having worked for four decades in leading global companies. While the course of his career in top-level positions at Goldman Sachs to Allianz Group to Deutsche Bank looks as it was precisely planned, it was very often the result of taking an opportunity, a risk and being guided by entrepreneurial intuition – which are the key ingredients of how founders should navigate the uncertain times of today.

Dr. Paul Achleitner

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Deutsche Bank AG

Meet

Peggy Reichelt

Founder

XbyX Women in Balance

Peggy is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the digital space. With her latest venture, XbyX - Women in Balance, she is on a mission to liberate women from the stigma of menopause and to actively support them to go through the second half of life with energy and balance. Passionate about kitesurfing, entrepreneurship and healthy ageing, chat with her about sports, fitness and ecommerce!

Peggy Reichelt

Founder

XbyX Women in Balance

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Jeff Clavier

Managing Partner

Uncork Capital

Jeff Clavier is Founder of Uncork Capital considered one of the most active established seed funds in Silicon Valley. Since 2004 he has closed more than 200 investments in startups like Fitbit, Eventbrite, Postmates and more occasionally sold to companies like Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. At #bits20 he will talk about how to stick to commitments, even in hard times. Don't miss the chance to discuss with a real expert of Silicon Valley at #bits20.

Jeff Clavier

Managing Partner

Uncork Capital

Meet

Dr. Stephen Weich

Co-Founder & CEO

flaschenpost

Dr. Stephen Weich is Co-founder and CEO of flaschenpost SE, the first on-demand beverage delivery service. On the way to being a unicorn with drinks and toilet paper? With 7.000 employees and a three-digit million sales annually, this goal is not up in the sky. Join his virtual table and listen to him sharing his secrets about customer retention.

Dr. Stephen Weich

Co-Founder & CEO

flaschenpost

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Dr. Maximilian Schmidt

Co-founder & Managing Director

KINEXON Sports & Media

As Co-founder & Managing Director of KINEXON Sports & Media, Maximilian is shaping the future of sports through innovation and technology by providing real-time performance data to teams & fans . He studied Technology & Management and holds a PhD in Entrepreneurial Finance from Technical University of Munich. As a sports-enthusiast he is fascinated by the impact of cutting-edge technology on the way we experience sports and live events. At #bits20 he will share insights on the fields sports & fitness as well as wearables.

Dr. Maximilian Schmidt

Co-founder & Managing Director

KINEXON Sports & Media

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Michael Treskow

Partner

Eight Roads Ventures

Michael is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures in London, focusing on venture and growth investments in technology companies across Europe and Israel. Previously, Michael invested in technology companies at Accel and Warburg Pincus. He received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Michael Treskow

Partner

Eight Roads Ventures

Meet

Varena Junge

Co-Founder

enyway

Having a history as Greenpeace activist and entries of trespassing and material damage, Varena has always radically fought for a cleaner and better world. She is an impact-founder, building products to combat climate change and shape the future. Get inspired by one of very few women in the energy biz who founded a successful startup at the intersection of technology, marketplace and society.

Varena Junge

Co-Founder

enyway

Meet

Dr. Alexander Hüttenbrink

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Kinexon

After getting a PhD at Technical University of Munich, Alexander founded award-winnig Munich based sports data startup Kinexon in 2013. As Co-founder & Managing Director he is now responsible for product, marketing & development. A new contact tracing technology that supports companies in complying with the requirements in times of Corona is now conquering the US market and is indispensable for the restart of the US leagues NFL and NBA. Join him at #bits20 to benefit from his expertise in hardware & IoT.

Dr. Alexander Hüttenbrink

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Kinexon

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Axel Hefer

CEO

trivago

With several years as CFO, COO and CEO of companies like Home24 and trivago, Axel knows best how to lead a company to success! Nevertheless, with a 95 % drop in sales in the beginning of March, he is now confronted with an extremely difficult situation due to Corona. Listen to him when he shares his secrets about ecommerce and the new reality of the travel and tourism industry.

Axel Hefer

CEO

trivago

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Frank Seehaus

Managing Partner

Acton Capital Partners

Frank Seehaus is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Acton Capital Partners, a growth equity investor in internet and mobile businesses in Europe and North America. Previously, he was Managing Director at Burda Digital Ventures, the corporate VC of Hubert Burda Media Group, and Vice President at Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance division. As an expert in all shades of fintech, he knows the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and helps you pave your way for a successful career at #bits20.

Frank Seehaus

Managing Partner

Acton Capital Partners

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Julian Weselek

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Tourlane

Driven by a passion for innovation, Julian graduated at the top of his class from the London School of Economics, before returning to Berlin where he nurtured several successful startups for Rocket Internet. It was here that in 2016, he co-founded Tourlane, a booking platform for tailored trips, with his youthhood friend Julian Stiefel. Even though being extremely hit by the Corona crisis, his strategy was investing instead of saving. Learn more about his secrets of success even in hard times at #bits20!

Julian Weselek

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Tourlane

Meet

Michiel Kotting

General Partner

Northzone Ventures

Michiel is a General Partner at Northzone in London, focusing on SaaS, marketplaces, healthcare and AI and leads the VC's investments in top startups like Personio, Medwing, Spacemaker and FreightHub. Michiel spent the early years of his career at BCG. He then founded Digital Jones, an artificial intelligence company which he sold to Shopping.com. Michiel has a graduate degree from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Join his virtual table to get tips from an AI and marketplaces expert with a background as consultant, founder and investor himself!

Michiel Kotting

General Partner

Northzone Ventures

Meet

Anna Kaiser

Co-CEO

Tandemploy

Anna Kaiser & Jana Tepe are the Founders and Managing Directors of Tandemploy, a young company that has been turning the working world upside down since 2014 and have received over 25 awards for their work. Jana & Anna discuss their wish for an inter-connected, and future-oriented working environment at the highest political and trade union level. Discuss with them the future of work at #bits20!

Anna Kaiser

Co-CEO

Tandemploy

Meet

Jana Tepe

Co-CEO

Tandemploy

Anna Kaiser & Jana Tepe are the Founders and Managing Directors of Tandemploy, a young company that has been turning the working world upside down since 2014 and have received over 25 awards for their work. Jana & Anna discuss their wish for an inter-connected, and future-oriented working environment at the highest political and trade union level. Discuss with them the future of work at #bits20!

Jana Tepe

Co-CEO

Tandemploy

Meet

Dr. Krischan von Moeller

Partner

Paragon Partners

Krischan von Moeller is Partner and Co-founder of PARAGON PARTNERS. Before, he was Head of Corporate Development Department of Verlagsgruppe Holtzbrinck and was a manager at The Boston Consulting Group in their Munich, London and Australasian offices. His fields of expertise are fintech and legaltech which he is happy to talk about at this years' Bits!

Dr. Krischan von Moeller

Partner

Paragon Partners

Meet

Veronika Schweighart

Co-Founder & COO

Climedo Health

Veronika is the Co-founder & COO of Climedo Health, a Munich-based software company developing electronic data capture solutions to accelerate clinical validation. Driven by the mission to make a positive and sustainably contribution to society, she not only offered her product free of charge for practices, clinics, research institutes and non-profit organizations, she is also working with the federal ministry of health on a digital solution to support the containment and management of Covid 19. Veronika is a serial entrepreneur with work experience in business development, marketing, and technology consulting. Join her to discuss the pros and cons of big data!

Veronika Schweighart

Co-Founder & COO

Climedo Health

Meet

Holger Seim

Co-Founder & CEO

Blinkist

Holger Seim is Co-founder and CEO of Blinkist, a bite-sized-learning service that condenses knowledge from great nonfiction into powerful little packs. He co-founded Blinkist in 2012 with a vision to inspire people to never stop learning, and grew it into a global brand with customers in more than 150 countries. Learn more about the Berlin founder whose app has been approved by no one less than Tim Cook himself.

Holger Seim

Co-Founder & CEO

Blinkist

Meet

Dr. Josef Vollmayr

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Limehome

Josef is Co-founder and Managing Director of Limehome, a 2018 founded, radically tech-driven hospitality concept. Within less than 2 years, Limehome grew to 100 employees, operates 50 locations in Germany, Austria and Spain, and received more than 25 million euros funding. Join his virtual table to discuss the future of the travel, tourism and hotel industry!

Dr. Josef Vollmayr

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Limehome

Meet

Dr. Gesa Miczaika

Partner

Auxxo Beteiligungen

Gesa is one of the founders of Auxxo Beteiligungen and of the Evangelistas, a group of 80+ female business angels in Germany. She is also a board member of the German Startups Association and a Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First Berlin. As investor, she focuses on business models with sustainable growth as well as products and services with value for society. At #bits20, she calls for more female entrepreneurs and shares her secrets in how to empower them.

Dr. Gesa Miczaika

Partner

Auxxo Beteiligungen

Meet

Matthias Henze

CEO & Founder

Jimdo

Matthias Henze is CEO and Co-founder of Jimdo. The digital platform for website, store, and logo creation supports self-employed people and small businesses like an extended team to be successful online. To date, over 25 million websites worldwide have been built with Jimdo. Ready to let the world know your idea? Matthias is the right guy to tell you how to do it in the best and most convenient way!

Matthias Henze

CEO & Founder

Jimdo

Meet

Christian Piechnick

CEO

Wandelbots

Christian raised 30 million in the middle of the Corona crisis and is on track to build Germany's next unicorn. He'll share his playbook on how he managed to fundraise in the middle of nuclear funding winter.

Christian Piechnick

CEO

Wandelbots

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Prof. Dr. Martin Stuchtey

Founder & Managing Partner

Systemiq

Martin Stuchtey is the Founder and Managing Partner of SYSTEMIQ, an organization driving system change in clean energy, circular material solutions and sustainable land use. SYSTEMIQ aims to unlock economic opportunities that benefit business, society and the environment. He is professor for Resource Strategy and Management at Innsbruck University and invites you to discuss the dependence of economic success and social and environmental impact.

Prof. Dr. Martin Stuchtey

Founder & Managing Partner

Systemiq

Meet

Alexander Artopé

CEO & Co-Founder

smava

Alexander is Co-founder and CEO of smava, the leading platform for personal loans in Germany. smava is one of Germany’s most successful and biggest fintech companies with over 8 billion euros in originated loans and over 600 employees. Alexander has been an internet entrepreneur for 20 years. Prior to founding smava in 2007, he was Co-founder and CEO of the enterprise software company datango. He can tell what it takes to found the leading platform for personal loans in Germany.

Alexander Artopé

CEO & Co-Founder

smava

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Finn Age Hänsel

Founder & Managing Director

Sanity Group

Finn Age Hänsel is a visionary thinker, living innovator and motivator. Together with his Co-founder Fabian Friede, he founded a Cannabis-startup, dedicated to the medical and health use of cannabinoids. At #bits20 you can listen to his expertise on digital policy, entrepreneurship and startup issues.

Finn Age Hänsel

Founder & Managing Director

Sanity Group

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Nenad Marovac

Founder & CEO

DN Capital

Nenad has over 25 years of venture capital and private equity experience in media, telecom and tech sectors. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital and focuses on investments in marketplaces, software, fintech and digital health like Shazam (sold to Apple), Auto 1, Hometogo, Mister Spex and many more. Use #bits20 to get full attention of a high-class investor like Nenad!

Nenad Marovac

Founder & CEO

DN Capital

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Prof. Dr. Katja Nettesheim

CEO & Founder

Culcha, _Mediate

Katja is a serial founder, professor and supervisory board member, was formerly in M&A (Axel Springer), at BCG and a tax lawyer. As a mentor for startups (Blinkist, Satoshipay, etc.) her expertise is strategy, B2B sales and collaboration with corporates. As Founder of CULCHA, she currently markets a digital-only personal trainer & toolbox for modern leaders. Let her help you to develop your potential as a global leader of the next generation!

Prof. Dr. Katja Nettesheim

CEO & Founder

Culcha, _Mediate

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Sebastian Schuon

Co-Founder

Alasco

In 2018, Sebastian co-founded Alasco, a leading Prop-Tech in Germany which recenlty raised 7.5 milion euros (series A) from the new investors Global Founders Capital and Anyon but also from their existing investors HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Picus Capital and the founders of Flixbus. Previously he co-founded Stylight which was sold to ProSiebenSat 1 at a valuation of 80 million and helped to grow Personio and Luminovo through his board tenure. He’s primary interest is in product, engineering and organizations. Don't miss the chance to get real-world advice from a successful serial entrepreneur like Sebastian at #bits20!

Sebastian Schuon

Co-Founder

Alasco

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Dr. Florian Weiß

CEO

jameda

Florian started his career as a management consultant for BCG and was responsible for corporate development at Tomorrow Focus AG. Florian now works at jameda, Germany’s biggest health portal that enables successful relationships between doctors and patients by means of practice software for doctors and services like online appointments and online video consultations. Having a seen a a six-fold increase in the number of online consultations in March 2020, he suspects that doctors and patients have been forced into use by the Corona crisis. He is an experienced counterpart for your discussions about the future of digital health in Germany.

Dr. Florian Weiß

CEO

jameda

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Judith Dada

Partner

La Famiglia VC

Judith is a Partner at La Famiglia, a European seed stage venture capital fund investing into B2B technology companies that enable or disrupt large industries. The female-led VC firm has recently raised a second fund totaling 50 million euros. Judith herself focuses on the future of work, as well as data and Machine Learning-driven business models. Tell her about your business idea and get immediate feedback you can work on afterwards!

Judith Dada

Partner

La Famiglia VC

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Jeremias Heinrich

Founder & Managing Director

Arvantis Group

Jeremias founded Arvantis Group together with Alexander Samwer in 2015. Arvantis Group is an entrepreneurial investment holding with focus on technology (Picus Capital), real estate and renewable energy (Pacifico). Save your seat at a virtual table of an experienced investor like him - especially when you are focused on infrastructure!

Jeremias Heinrich

Founder & Managing Director

Arvantis Group

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Sebastian Pollok

Founding Partner

Visionaries Club

Sebastian is Founding Partner of Visionaries Club, an early-stage VC fund backed by leading European digital founders and family business entrepreneurs. Prior, Sebastian co-founded and led AMORELIE, which was successfully sold to ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE in 2018. Prior to AMORELIE, Sebastian worked as a VC for e.ventures in San Francisco. Don't miss the chance to get exclusive access to the successful founder and active investor & a chance to raise new funds!

Sebastian Pollok

Founding Partner

Visionaries Club

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Julia Padberg

Principal

SET Ventures

Since 2007, SET Ventures is the Amsterdam-based VC fund that invests in European software & service companies that impact the future of energy. Julia joined in 2016 after six years of working as a corporate finance advisor in the energy sector. She serves on the supervisory boards of Energyworx, GreenCom, GreenFlux, DEPsys and FlexiDAO. Join her for a heated discussion about energy and energy blockchain!

Julia Padberg

Principal

SET Ventures

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Andy Weinzierl

Founder & CEO

SUSHI Bikes

Questioning technology and business has often been a door opener in Andy's young career. At the age of 16, he founded an online magazine and later he set up an influencer marketing platform. He founded SUSHI bikes with the goal of bringing affordable and stylish e-bikes to the streets. At #bits20 you can learn what it takes to build a brand together with Joko Winterscheidt.

Andy Weinzierl

Founder & CEO

SUSHI Bikes

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Ben Parr

President & Co-Founder

Octane AI

Ben is President and Co-founder of Octane AI, the all-in-one buyer persona marketing suite for ecommerce. Ben is the author of "Captivology" and a board director of Samasource. Previously, Ben was the Co-Editor of Mashable and a venture capitalist and sat on the advisor boards of Lufthansa Airlines. Get the chance to sit face-to-face with a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 to talk about ecommerce and media.

Ben Parr

President & Co-Founder

Octane AI

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Dr. Oliver Trinchera

Co-founder & Co-CEO

KINEXON

Oliver is Co-founder & Co-CEO of KINEXON, a fast growing tech company that powers the emerging IoT with real-time location intelligence and process automation tools. He studied Business Administration and Electrical Engineering at Technische Universität München as well as Technology Management at the CDTM.  Moreover, he holds a PhD from TUM. In addition to product development, he is primarily responsible for marketing and human resources. During the coronavirus Kinnexon created a second supporting leg by launching an innovative solution with the KINEXON SafeZone. The solution (core element is a wristband) offers the first large-scale, industrial digital solution to combat the coronavirus.  #bits20 is your chance to shake virtually hands with the pioneer for the core elements of the IoT and chat with him about his expertise fields: hardware & IoT!

Dr. Oliver Trinchera

Co-founder & Co-CEO

KINEXON

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Sarah Kelly

Anchor-at-Large

Deutsche Welle

Sarah Kelly is an American journalist & TV news anchor. She hosts the top political interview program “Conflict Zone” & the flagship live news broadcast at DW News in Berlin. As native New Yorker, she began her career at Bloomberg TV. At #bits20 she is on a hunt for upcoming entrepreneurs and promising innovations - so move quickly to get a seat at her virtual table.

Sarah Kelly

Anchor-at-Large

Deutsche Welle

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Dr. Berthold von Freyberg

Partner

Target Partners

Berthold co-founded Target Partners with his partners Waldemar Jantz and Kurt Müller in 1999. Prior, he led design and development projects for Office at Microsoft in Seattle. He has a diploma and a doctorate in physics from ETH as well as an MBA from INSEAD. With 22 years of venture capital and technology experience, he can give you valuable tips to bring your startup to the next level!

Dr. Berthold von Freyberg

Partner

Target Partners

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Joerg Bauer

President & CEO

Tungsram

Joerg is the owner, President & CEO of TUNGSRAM GROUP, one of Hungary's oldest and most renowned brands. After 30 years under the control of GE, Joerg is now leading an independent medium-sized business. Learn from him all about the advantages of being smaller and the challenges and opportunities of a company within the hardware & IoT business.

Joerg Bauer

President & CEO

Tungsram

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LL.M. Stefan C. Schicker

Managing Partner

SKW Schwarz

Stefan is Managing Partner at SKW Schwarz. He is a strategic advisor for technology and online projects and offers many years of experience in complex technology projects & technical know-how, combined with excellent legal expertise. Furthermore his particular focus is on legal technology, which is why he founded LegalTech, a company that provides software for law firms. Discuss with Stefan how to design digital business transformation successfully and legally compliant and how to efficiently protect your intellectual property rights and know-how at #bits20

LL.M. Stefan C. Schicker

Managing Partner

SKW Schwarz

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Paul Uhlig

Managing Director & COO

LemonSwan

Paul Uhlig is a serial entrepreneur and Co-founder of LemonSwan. As Managing Director and by leading marketing and sales, he knows not only how things are going well in love but also what to consider when it comes to ecommerce and marketplaces. Find out more about the growth in user numbers during Corona at #bits20!

Paul Uhlig

Managing Director & COO

LemonSwan

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Chris Bartz

CEO & Co-Founder

Elinvar

Chris Bartz is CEO & Co-founder of Elinvar and responsible for its strategic development. As Chairman of the Working Group FinTechs & Digital Banking at Bitkom and Chairman of the FinTechRat at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Chris advocates a strong ecosystem for fintech and digital banking as well as the benefits of digitalization. Listen to his assessment of the future of the whole fintech industry at #bits20!

Chris Bartz

CEO & Co-Founder

Elinvar

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Maren Hjorth Bauer

Managing Partner and Founder

Fynd Ocean Ventures

Maren is currently building Fynd Ocean Ventures that will invest in ocean impact ventures to support the blue shift. As CEO and Co-founder of Katapult Ocean, she led investments into 22 impact driven ocean startups from 14 countries. Prior to that she had international management positions with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Orkla and McKinsey & Co. Join forces with other enthusiastic entrepreneurs to fight climate change!

Maren Hjorth Bauer

Managing Partner and Founder

Fynd Ocean Ventures

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Dr. Andreas Fruth

Co-Founder

Global Savings Group

Andreas is Co-founder and Managing Director of the Global Savings Group, the leading global platform for commerce content. An engineer by profession, Andreas spent 5 years at McKinsey before he joined Rocket Internet and launched Lazada Vietnam, the largest online shopping platform in Southeast Asia. As head of the global savings group, which only acquired the French cashback company iGraal at the beginning of the year and operates platforms in over 20 markets, you can learn from him how to successfully expand internationally at this year's Bits & Pretzels Networking Week!

Dr. Andreas Fruth

Co-Founder

Global Savings Group

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Tim Rehder

Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

Tim joined Earlybird in January 2018 as a Principal, to further build out the fund´s footprint in the fintech sector, with a particular focus on Blockchain based early stage companies. After two years, during which he further assisted within several consulting projects at medium-sized German electrical engineering firms, he became Partner at Earlybird. He worked with startups like MediDate, Fraugster, Xain, Bitwala and many other companies and has a deep understanding of the ups and downs as an entrepreneur. By founding Cubits, a European based Bitcoin marketplace, himself he knows the rollercoaster ride a startup journey might actually begin with. Don´t miss your chance to get some advice from an experienced investor, especially in the tech industry, like him at #bits20!

Tim Rehder

Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

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Hubertus Bessau

Co-founder

mymuesli

Hubertus founded mymuesli in 2007 with two friends during his studies from the University Passau. His heart beats for "reframing the world" into a sustainably better place by utilizing entrepreneurship. He currently holds board positions at Sirplus and &ever vertical farming, which are also two companies which stand for his entrepreneurial philosophy. Furthermore Hubertus co-authored the book "Machen" which is based on the Mymuesli story and aims to encourage future founders. Meet him personally at #bit20 and find out how Hubertus combines sustainability with entrepreneurship!

Hubertus Bessau

Co-founder

mymuesli

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Robert Lacher

Founding Partner

Visionaries Club

Robert is founding Partner of of Visionaries Club, a Berlin based early stage venture capital fund backed by leading European digital founders and family businnes entrepreneurs. Before that he has invested in more than thirty early stage companies (FreightHub, Coya, Bezahlt.de.) via his seed fund La Famiglia. Robert is also Co-founder of the fashion platform AMAZE which he sold to Zalando in 2016. Meet an experienced Venture Capital Investor at the Bits & Pretzels Networking Week and learn more about the skills it takes to succeed in the role.

Robert Lacher

Founding Partner

Visionaries Club

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Kathrin Nusser

CFO & Managing Director

flaconi

In 2017 Kathrin joined the management board of Flaconi as Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for the business units finance, human resources, business intelligence, legal as well as for the Flaconi concept store in Berlin. Previously she was Vice President Finance at Friendsscout24 and Head of Corporate Finance at Westwing Home & Living. One might certainly go right saying that Kathrin Nusser has achieved to become a female leader in a male-dominated domain. Join Kathrin’s session at #bits20 to get valuable insights in the benefits of diversity in the context of becoming a better leader!

Kathrin Nusser

CFO & Managing Director

flaconi

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Dr. Michael Münnix

Partner

Target Partners

Michael has 16 years of venture capital, software development and R&D experience to the partnership. Michael joined Target Partners in 2011 and became a Partner in 2016. He has been active in the IT industry since 1997 and founded a software development agency himself in 1999. He is the right guy to talk to about predictive analytics!

Dr. Michael Münnix

Partner

Target Partners

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Max-Josef Meier

CEO

finn.auto

Max-Josef's experience comes from building organizations such as Stylight (as Co-founder & COO), TeleClinic & Personio (as early investor and coach), CDTM (as mentor and coach) and finn.auto (as Co-founder & CEO). At #bits20 you can learn from best practices from a serial entrepreneur how to build effective organizations.

Max-Josef Meier

CEO

finn.auto

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Titus Dittmann

Founder

Titus Skateboarding & Skate-aid

Titus, known as the "Father of the German Skateboarding-Scene", became an entrepreneur, when he discovered skateboarding in the early 80s. Since then he founded ca. 100 companies all along the value chain of this unique youth culture and experienced all the ups and downs of business. Nowadays, he's fully committed to his aid organization skate-aid. Get inspired by an entrepreneur who turned his passion into business!

Titus Dittmann

Founder

Titus Skateboarding & Skate-aid

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Laura Egg

Managing Director

aaia

Laura has been active in the Viennese startup scene for nearly 2 years. Her enthusiasm for new technologies led her to the VC fund APEX Ventures in early 2019. As an investment analyst she was responsible for deal flow management at the early-stage Deep Tech VC fund. Since March 2020, she has taken on the role of Managing Director at aaia - Austrian Angel Investors Association. Get the chance to find the right investor for your business idea!

Laura Egg

Managing Director

aaia

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Stefan Vilsmeier

CEO

Brainlab

At 16, Stefan wrote a book on 3D software, which secured him an invitation to join a specific computer project at the University of Vienna. After just 20 days on campus as a computer science student at the Technical University of Munich, he dropped out and founded Brainlab to focus on digitizing surgery. Within 30 years, Brainlab developed to an established mid-sized company with an annual revenue of 300 million euros. Learn more about his story at #bits20.

Stefan Vilsmeier

CEO

Brainlab

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Jacqueline van den Ende

General Partner

Peak Capital

Jacqueline, is an “adventurer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-accidental VC-partner.” Before joining Peak Capital she built a market-leading real estate platform, Lamudi with Rocket Internet, had a stint in Private Equity, and was the CEO of a large Fintech. She’s passionate about team building & culture, high impact ventures, and frank conversations. Join her virtual table to listen to her experiences, insight and tips at #bits20!

Jacqueline van den Ende

General Partner

Peak Capital

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Wilfried Beeck

Founder & CEO

ePages

Before founding ePages 1987, Wilfried co-founded Intershop, the world's first e-commerce software platform and managed its successful IPO in 1998. In 2003 ePages launched the first cloud webshop platform for SMBs and has since grown the business to more than 100,000 online stores, making it the world’s #4 behind Shopify, WooCommerce and Magento. Join #bits20 to get real-world advice from a long-term entrepreneur like Wilfried!

Wilfried Beeck

Founder & CEO

ePages

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Philipp Pausder

Co-founder & CEO

Thermondo

Philipp is Co-founder & CEO of Thermondo, a tech-enabled planner, financier and installer of heating systems. Thermondo employs more than 350 people all over Germany. The company is a 3-time Global Cleantech 100 company and the second-fastest growing company in Europe between 2013 and 2016. In 2017 Philipp was named Entrepreneur of the Year by E&Y. Learn from his expertise in the energy and services business and discuss about the cooperation of Mittelstand and startups!

Philipp Pausder

Co-founder & CEO

Thermondo

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Marco Beicht

CEO

powercloud

Marco Beicht, the Founder & CEO of powercloud is driven by progress. Working in the energy sector, he knows very well that change needs time in complex industries like this. Learn from him how it feels to attack the industry giants and how the future lies in customized solutions!

Marco Beicht

CEO

powercloud

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Imran Akram

General Partner

AXA Venture Partners

Imran is a London-based growth capital investor at AXA Venture Partners investing 1-20 million dollars globally in technology businesses. His investments have included Zenjob (staffing marketplace), Auto1 (used car marketplace), Remitly (fintech) and Cognism (SaaS and data) amongst others. Get exclusive access to active investors like him and don't miss the chance to change contacts afterwards!

Imran Akram

General Partner

AXA Venture Partners

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Philipp Herkelmann

General Manager Germany

Entrepreneur First

Philipp Herkelmann is General Manager (Germany) of the talent investor Entrepreneur First, where ambitious individuals are supported in the process of founding a startup - from building cofounding teams, developing ideas up to accelerating through fundraising from VC investors. To date Entrepreneur First has already built over 150 companies with a total valuation of 1.5 billion dollar. He founded the crowdfunding platform GiftMe, worked in Sales & Business Development at Google, has led a deep tech program at X – The Moonshot Program and is an active angel investor. Use your chance at #bits20 to get your startup career going!

Philipp Herkelmann

General Manager Germany

Entrepreneur First

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Chris von Wedemeyer

Founder

DrSmile

Chris co-founded D2C digital health startup DrSmile, with the vision of bringing dentistry into the 21st century. Moreover, he has extensive finance expertise acquired in cross-border Investment Banking and Private Equity roles (Blackstone, Jefferies and Deutsche Bank), working on deals with an aggregate value in excess of 4 billion euros. Get inspired by his fascinating founder story and learn from his success and mistakes!

Chris von Wedemeyer

Founder

DrSmile

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Nina Zimmermann

CPO

Burda Studios Publishing

Nina Zimmermann is CPO for Burda Studios Publishing, a unit of Hubert Burda Media. She is responsible for Bunte.de – a lifestyle and entertainment website, tracdelight, a fashion affiliate network connecting publishers to shops, Prettique, a jewelry commerce site and the content and influencer platform Brands You Love. She is a real media expert and opens up to an intimate round of young entrepreneurs at #bits20!

Nina Zimmermann

CPO

Burda Studios Publishing

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Mischa Rürup

CEO

Usercentrics

Mischa has been a part of the German digital scene for over 15 years. He is the Founder of intelliAd, which was sold to Deutsche Post/DHL in 2012. While he used to earn money with personalized advertisements in the past, he now takes care of data protection in companies. With deep knowledge in GDPR and CCPA legaltech, he is the right one to join to learn more about privacy regulations.

Mischa Rürup

CEO

Usercentrics

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Lukas Brosseder

Founder & MD

Sunshine Smile / PlusDental

Lukas is Co-founder of PlusDental, the European market leader in direct to patient digital dental care. The German-born telemedicine startup has recently landed a 32 million euros funding round led by Hong Kong-based Ping An Global Voyager Fund. Prior to PlusDental, Lukas founded Spark Networks SE (NYSE: LOV), the operator of leading premium dating brands in 29 countries. Moreover Lukas is an active business angel with more than 40 investments. Meet Lukas at #bits20 to learn how to successfully scale up you startup!

Lukas Brosseder

Founder & MD

Sunshine Smile / PlusDental

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Johannes Siebers

CEO & Co-founder

Holidu

Johannes is the CEO & Co-founder of the Munich-based travel startup Holidu, a global price comparison platform for holiday homes. Holidu was founded by Johannes and his brother in 2014, following a frustrating experience while booking a holiday rental for a surfing trip. Prior to that Michael studied International Business Administration and worked in the field of venture capital. Meet Johannes at #bits20 to find out how Covid-19 changed the plans of one of the fastest growing travel companies worldwide!

Johannes Siebers

CEO & Co-founder

Holidu

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Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter

CEO

Vodafone Germany & Member of the Executive Committee Vodafone Group

Hannes is the reputed telecoms manager of THE gigabit company. With his long-time experience & outstanding expertise Hannes contributed significantly to the success of Vodafone with restoring growth by introducing increasingly fast speeds & convergent solutions. Today Vodafone has 523 million mobile and 19 million line customers worldwide! Meet Vodafone’s Germany CEO virtually and learn how to lead a company with 16.000 employees out of your home office!

Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter

CEO

Vodafone Germany & Member of the Executive Committee Vodafone Group

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Iris Braun

Co-Founder & Chief International Officer

share

Iris Braun is the Co-founder of share, a social brand known from supermarkets or drugstores as REWE or DM. The idea of founding share came up by Iris’ intention to get things moving. With share she created an easy and transparent way for people to do something good for people in need. Prior she worked in consulting, for consumer goods, companies, the UN and the World Bank. Chat at #bits20 with a real doer and learn how to make the world a bit better with your startup!

Iris Braun

Co-Founder & Chief International Officer

share

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David Nothacker

Co-founder

sennder

David co-founded sennder in 2015 after a career at Roland Berger and co-founding ‘SmilingBox’ (2014). International growth used to be reserved for large companies looking to tap into new markets, but that’s no longer the case. As the technology landscape becomes increasingly global, startups view international expansion as a crucial part of their growth strategy. In his session he will discuss topics like: the right time to consider going global, organic growth, localization. He can also give you advices on which regions to prioritize and how to build and hire a market-leading team. Meet this full-blood entrepreneur at #Bits20!

David Nothacker

Co-founder

sennder

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Aimie-Sarah Carstensen

CEO

ArtNight

In 2016 Aimie-Sarah launched ArtNight, a concept for events full of art and creative exchanges. In the midst of her business ventures, she always put a focus on female empowerment and leadership. By using the example of ArtNight's overnight pivot from offline to online during the pandemic, she will give you hands-on advice on coping with unexpected challenges while building your business. More importantly, we will discuss how and why flexibility within your team is crucial to deal with changes – and how you can successfully adapt to them.

Aimie-Sarah Carstensen

CEO

ArtNight

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Thomas Oehl

Partner

Vsquared Ventures

Tommy founded his first company idbeer.de, the largest mass customization website for beverages, in university and sucsessfully exited it in 2013. He joined Uber as one of the first employees in Germany. Today Thomas is Founding Partner at Vsquared Ventures, a deep tech early staged VC based in Munich. If he is not busy hunting for deals, you’ll find him surfing at Munich’s riverside spot Eisbach or at this year´s Bits and Pretzels Networking Week!

Thomas Oehl

Partner

Vsquared Ventures

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Marcus Fienhold

Member of the Management Board

Interhyp

Marcus slipped into the skin of CDO in 2019. The business IT specialist is familiar with information technologies and digital issues: Before, he was amongst others CDO / CTO at the Emil Frey Group, Head of IT Strategy and Digital & Mobile at the MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group and as consulting manager for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. As Board Member of Interhyp AG he is responsible for Digital Products & Technologies and Digital Sales. Talk with him about the future of work at #bits20!

Marcus Fienhold

Member of the Management Board

Interhyp

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Ramona Mayr

Founder

Langhaarmädchen

Both Mona and her Co-founder Julia are professional hairdressers and make-up artists. While being on a road trip in Australia, Mona had the idea of building the first beauty brand with personality and heart. That's how "Langhaarmädchen" was born on the road. They both want to inspire women to become their own hair experts with their brand. Ending up with an exclusive product line in the drugstore chain dm, she shares her personal success story.

Ramona Mayr

Founder

Langhaarmädchen

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Julian Riedlbauer

Partner

GP Bullhound

Julian joined GP Bullhound as a Partner in August 2012. Before becoming Head of the German office, Julian was a Managing Director at Corporate Finance Partners. He got more than 12 years of technology investment banking experience. And prior to that, 14 years of experience as tech manager/entrepreneur with two exits and several add-on acquisitions. Don't miss the chance to get connected to an active technology M&A and growth equity specialist like him at #bits20!

Julian Riedlbauer

Partner

GP Bullhound

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Dominik Wichmann

Co-Founder and CCO

Looping Group

Being former Managing Director and Editor-In-Chief of DLD, former Editor-in-Chief of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine and STERN Magazine, author of bestselling books and nominated as Germany's best Editor-in-Chief, Dominik is a content king. He is ready to answer all your questions of when to communicate what in what way! Join his table at #bits20 to learn more!

Dominik Wichmann

Co-Founder and CCO

Looping Group

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David Baumgartner

Founder

dean&david

The Munich entrepreneur founded Dean & David in 2006. While traveling the world he developed the idea for a healthy fast food chain and wrote his business plan. He perceived the trend of the awareness of the effect of food: you are what you eat. At #bits20 you can learn how he created a successful and healthy franchise system with over 100 units which is on course for expansion and internationalization.

David Baumgartner

Founder

dean&david

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Sonja Moosburger

Managing Director

MediaMarktSaturn N3XT

Sonja is Managing Director of MediaMarktSaturn N3XT, a subsidiary of the biggest CE retailer in Europe with its strong brands MediaMarkt and Saturn. With N3XT Sonja is focused on testing innovative technologies, digitizing business processes and developing business models as well as related opportunities for the MediaMarktSaturn Group. Get the chance to talk to decision makers like her to pitch your business idea!

Sonja Moosburger

Managing Director

MediaMarktSaturn N3XT

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Christian Claussen

General Partner

Ventech

Christian has 22 years of hands-on innovation financing with > 150 million euros invested for Ventech, Omnes and TVM Capital. He currently holds board positions at Speexx, Arteris, FinTecSystems, Codasip, Picanova, Microoled. Before that he spent 10 years in Europe's telecommunications industry and holds an EE MSc. Learn from an experienced investor like him how to get funding for your startup!

Christian Claussen

General Partner

Ventech

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Steffen Behn

Co-CEO

Celebrate Company

Steffen Behn is Co-CEO of the celebrate group of companies with the brands kartenmacherei & celebrate App & Print. Since 2018 Steffen Behn was CTO of the better ventures group, a venture builder that aims for building purposeful and sustainably profitable ventures and responsible for people, organizational development and product management. Join Steffen's virtual table to discuss successful people management and the relevance of the impact every business has on the world.

Steffen Behn

Co-CEO

Celebrate Company

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Florian Erber

Founding Partner

Ananda Impact Ventures

Florian is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Ananda Impact Ventures a European venture capital investor focused on scaling impact-driven for-profit enterprises. The investment focus lies on social challenges in vital areas such as education, health, consumption, and ageing population. Having lots of venture capital knowledge but also experiences with the challenges confronting startups himself, he really understands what you need. When you have an impact enterprise in mind, he is the right investor to go to at #bits20!

Florian Erber

Founding Partner

Ananda Impact Ventures

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Marius Oesterschlink

Investor

DN Capital

At DN Capital, Marius covers the DACH region out of the Berlin office. His sector focus is on software, marketplace and consumer investments. Before DN, Marius worked for 2 German VC funds and Rocket Internet. Meet a real passionate Venture Capital Investor at a 500 million dollar fund at the Bits & Pretzels Networking Week and learn more about the skills it takes to succeed in the role.

Marius Oesterschlink

Investor

DN Capital

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Oliver Oster

COO

OptioPay

Oliver, the founder & COO of OptioPay, a Berlin-based FinAdTech company creating payment and open bank solution software, is a proven expert in his field. Since he is invested in 14 startups from the areas insurtech and fintech, Oliver is your man at #bits20 to learn all about the digital transformation within the insurance and finance industry!

Oliver Oster

COO

OptioPay

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Johan Brenner

General Partner

Creandum

Prior to joining Creandum in 2010, Johan was a successful angel investor and Co-founder of a range of successful companies (e.g. eTrade & tradera) in his earlier years. As General Partner at Creandum Johan focuses on investments in entrepreneurs with big disruptive ideas particularly in financial services, marketplaces and Saas. Current investments include iZettle, Trade Republic, Pleo, and Vivino. Take the chance to get truthful advice from one of Europe’s most experienced venture capital investors!

Johan Brenner

General Partner

Creandum

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Ann-Sophie Claus

Founder

The Female Company

That FemCare is no longer just a topic that takes place in bathrooms, but has also found its way into the investment sector has been proved by the founding of The Female Company in 2018 at the latest when the funding from Burda and the Italian Angel Capital Management was announced. Ann Sophie Claus, founder of the D2C company, is redefining female health by delivering sustainable period products & postpartum for women but pursues a bigger vision: female empowerment. Always breaking taboos, The Female Company is also well-known for its international success of marketing campaigns like "The Tampon Book" or a tutorial on PornHub. In her session she will teach you all things to know relating to social media!

Ann-Sophie Claus

Founder

The Female Company

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Christian Dahlen

Angel investor & VP

Band of Angels & SAP

Christian is a Silicon Valley based angel investor in the evenings and on the weekends resulting in three to four new investments each year with focus on B2B SaaS in Silicon Valley since 2011 and in Europe since 2017. During the day time he is Vice President of portfolio management at SAP. With furthermore being a member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley's oldest seed funding organization, you can get real-world advice from him to get your startup on track!

Christian Dahlen

Angel investor & VP

Band of Angels & SAP

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Michael Hurnaus

CEO

Tractive

In a world of Netflix, Spotify, Calm and many other (digital) services, more and more companies understand the value of subscription business models. In this session, Michael will talk about learnings of optimizing a B2C subscription business and shares tips and tricks for subscription companies.

Michael Hurnaus

CEO

Tractive

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Andreas König

CEO

Workaround

Andreas has been the CEO of ProGlove since December 2018 and is currently working on a digital solution to help workers maintain distance rules. Koenig draws on over 20 years management experience. Prior to joining the industrial wearable solutions maker, Koenig drove the expansion of the Swabian unicorn TeamViewer. The native Austrian also held senior leadership roles at Swisscom IT Services and NetApp. Interested in wearables as well as hardware & IoT? Then join Andreas for an open discussion!

Andreas König

CEO

Workaround

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Kirstin Hegner

Managing Director

UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility

Kirstin is Managing Director of the Digital Hub Mobility at UnternehmerTUM in Munich, an experimental platform for urban mobility concepts. She is an international economist and started her career at the international consulting firm Bain & Co. She held various management positions at Daimler AG and served for several years on the Supervisory Board at automotive supplier SHW AG. She is a real expert in automotive and logistics and keen to meet enthusiastic entrepreneurs at #bits20!

Kirstin Hegner

Managing Director

UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility

Meet

Dr. Simon Haddadin

Co-Founder & CEO

Franka Emika

Dr. Simon Haddadin, CEO and Co-founder of Franka Emika, is an innovative entrepreneur who earned his doctorate in safe physical human-robot interaction and has no less goal than to become the apple of robotics. He worked as a research scientist at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), before enrolling into the PhD program at Technical University Munich, Graduate School of Bioengineering. Join him at #bits20 to deep dive into the world of robotics and AI!

Dr. Simon Haddadin

Co-Founder & CEO

Franka Emika

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Stephan Heller

Founder & Managing Director

FinCompare

Stephan is the Founder and Managing Director of FinCompare GmbH, a fast-growing online platform for SME financing that managed to raise another 12 million euros in the middle of the Corona pandemic. Before he founded Watchmaster in 2015, where he led the European trading platform for new and used luxury watches. Previously, Stephan worked for Groupon, most recently from 2013 to 2015 as Head of Merchant Marketing in London. Get inspired by a serial entrepreneur like him by learning more about his founder story!

Stephan Heller

Founder & Managing Director

FinCompare

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Andrej Henkler

Managing Director

Leblon Capital

Since 2005 Andrej acts as an early stage investor in the US and Europe. He is Founder and CEO of Leblon Capital which makes entrepreneurial investments in high-tech, internet and media companies. He is currently managing a portfolio of over 50 companies (e.g. Palantir Technologies, Taulia, Socotra, Context Logic (Wish), Evernote, Aether, Xage, Zipline). Get real-world advice from Andrej to get your startup on track.

Andrej Henkler

Managing Director

Leblon Capital

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Stephanie Kaiser

Founder & Managing Director

Heartbeat Labs

Stephanie is Founder & Managing Director of the digital health platform Heartbeat Labs. With 14 years experience in building digital, consumer-oriented products and diverse teams, she is responsible for product development, engineering, and venture execution. Since 2018, she is advising the German government as member of the Digital Council. Besides e-health and digitization, she's also an expert in gaming. Join her for a discussion about the potential of digitization!

Stephanie Kaiser

Founder & Managing Director

Heartbeat Labs

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Dr. Martin Enderle

Chairman

Delivery Hero

Martin Enderle was CEO of Scout24 from 2005 until 2014 before becoming Founder and Managing Director of allmyhomes. Since 2017 he is Chairman of Delivery Hero SE and holds several other board roles. At #bits20, he makes some space in his super busy schedule to get connected with the next generation of globals leaders so don't miss this rare chance to talk to a guru of ecommerce and marketplaces!

Dr. Martin Enderle

Chairman

Delivery Hero

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Toon Bouten

CEO

tado°

Toon has a long career in consumer electronics, IT and internet Industry. He was executive at large companies like Philips Consumer Electronics, Compaq Computers and GN Store Nord and smaller companies like Jobline and Tomorrow Focus. Since 3 years Toon is the CEO of tado° to scale and expand the company. Exchange with him to get your startup on the road to growth!

Toon Bouten

CEO

tado°

Meet

Marek Janetzke

Founder

next value

Marek sarted his first company at age 16 and built several companies since then: 2007 Fangeist, 2011 Flightright which he successfully exited in 2019. Currently he is building the next venture (still in stealth mode). Passionate about data-driven growth, consumer psychology, delightful products and building winning teams, he is looking for uprising stars like you at #bits20!

Marek Janetzke

Founder

next value

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Joerg Bienert

President

German AI Association

Joerg is Co-founder and Chairman of the German Association of Artificial Intelligence and Partner of Alexander Thamm GmbH. After studying computer engineering and several stations in the IT industry, he founded ParStream, a big data startup based in Silicon Valley, which was acquired by Cisco in 2015. Join him to learn more about AI and big data!

Joerg Bienert

President

German AI Association

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Dr. Tanja Emmerling

Partner

High-Tech Gründerfonds

Tanja is Partner at High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Germany’s leading and most active seed-stage venture capital investor with a total fund volume of about 900 million euros. She is leading the Berlin Team oft the fund. She joined the Digital Tech Team of HTGF as Investment Manager in 2014. Her investment interests include IoT, AI and big data. She is also active as a startup mentor and is committed to strengthening the role of female investors. Don't miss the chance to get to know her at #bits20!

Dr. Tanja Emmerling

Partner

High-Tech Gründerfonds

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Michael Oschmann

GF

Unternehmensfamilie MüllerMedien

Michael runs the family business Müller Medien founded by his great grandfather at the age of 65. The family business operates in industries like local search, broadcasting, classifieds, book and 40+ digital ventures. With a strong network within the media industry, he is an expert for everything around new media! Join #bits20 to get real-world advice from a long-term entrepreneur like Michael!

Michael Oschmann

GF

Unternehmensfamilie MüllerMedien

Meet

Marcus Polke

Partner

signals Venture Capital

Marcus is a Managing Partner at signals Venture Capital and an accomplished investor with extensive experience in building and financing digital businesses. He is capitalizing on more than a decade in the venture capital industry and has held various senior management positions at US tech firms like Amazon, AOL and Abebooks. Join him for anything related to insurtech or marketplaces!

Marcus Polke

Partner

signals Venture Capital

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Alexander Langer

Editor-in-Chief

Gruner + Jahr

Alexander worked numerous jobs in the German startup economy until he realized he´d much rather write about the whole. This turned out to be a better decision than the pedal boat venture he started when he was twenty-six. He has been with Business Punk magazine since 2015 and became Editor-in-Chief in 2019. With the experience he made himself in the startup scene and now reports as a journalist about it and about much more, you should join Alexander at #bits20!

Alexander Langer

Editor-in-Chief

Gruner + Jahr

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Tanja Dorr

Director

Hering Schuppener Consulting

Scaling your business requires telling your story. As a Director at HSC, Tanja loves to move between the world of startups and large corporate groups to develop and tell the stories turning game-changing ideas into growth phantasies and successful businesses. What are the magic ingredients of your story? Let’s discuss at her virtual table at #bits20!

Tanja Dorr

Director

Hering Schuppener Consulting

Meet

Dr. Monika Sebold-Bender

independent non-executive director

MS Amlin SE, Brussels

In 1994 Dr. Monika Sebold-Bender has started her career in the insurance industry with AXA Direct – a greenfield operation. Afterwards she worked for Westfälische Provinzial, Allianz SE, Generali Germany and ERGO Group (mainly on C-level). Today she is an independent non-executive member of boards and is at your side in an advisory capacity at #bits20!

Dr. Monika Sebold-Bender

independent non-executive director

MS Amlin SE, Brussels

Meet

Dr. Carsten Rudolph

CEO

BayStartUP

With BayStartUP, Dr. Carsten Rudolph heads the central institution for supporting startups and financing in Bavaria. During his career, he gained extensive experience in industry, management consulting and the national and international startup scene. His corporate stations included Siemens AG and McKinsey & Co but he also set up an IT startup himself. Get real-world advice from an expert like him to get your startup on track!

Dr. Carsten Rudolph

CEO

BayStartUP

Meet

Prof Dr. Guy Katz

Negotiation Professor

The Flying Professor

Guy gained his negotiation experience at a young age in the Israeli military service as an Israeli Defence Forces Officer. Since 2013 he has been one of the few negotiation professors in Germany and focuses on improving sales and service through holistic training and coaching concepts. Usually working with premium and luxury brands, you can learn in his session at #bits 20 how to sell & negotiate like a car dealer.

Prof Dr. Guy Katz

Negotiation Professor

The Flying Professor

Meet

Achim Berg

President

BITKOM

Achim has been President of the Bitkom digital association since 2017 where he speaks for 2,600 companies. Berg is also Operating Partner at General Atlantic and sits in the Advisory Board of Flixbus, NUCOM, Giesecke & Devrient and powercloud. Previously Berg was CEO of Arvato/Bertelsmann and CVP at Microsoft. Don't miss the rare chance to sit at a table with an expert like him!

Achim Berg

President

BITKOM

Meet

Dr. Mirko Caspar

Co-CEO & Managing Director

Mister Spex

Nobody knows better that finding the right niche at the right time is the key in e-commerce than Mirko Caspar. The Managing Director & Co-CEO of Mister Spex, a Berlin-based company running online shops with eyewear, is responsible for marketing, CRM, category management, PR & product management and for the international markets. Beforehand, he worked, among others, at McKinsey, becoming Senior Director for biz dev at Universal Music and Managing Director of its D2C subsidiaries. Moreover he founded multiple businesses and holds various board seats of private and public companies. Meet Mirko at #bits20 to learn how omnichannel efforts helped the company grow to have 3 million customers in 10 European countries.

Dr. Mirko Caspar

Co-CEO & Managing Director

Mister Spex

Meet

Florian Hübner

CEO

Uberall

Uberall was created from the vision of the CEO and Co-founder Florian to connect the online and offline worlds more effectively. Thereby the birth of Uberall, a global solutions provider for ‘Near Me’ brand experiences, who connects consumers around the world with more than 1 million business locations, was set in 2013. Well-known brands such as KFC, BP, Yves Rocher, Shell and Virgin Holidays use the Uberall platform to improve their brand presence and customer engagement online. Get to know Florian at #bits20 to learn more about how Uberall works exactly and discuss with the Co-founder about big data!

Florian Hübner

CEO

Uberall

Meet

Donald Stalter

Partner

Global Founders Capital

Don is a Partner at Global Founders Capital where he focuses primarily on the U.S. early stage venture market. Previously, he co-founded CityDeal, which was exited to Groupon in the early days. He subsequently led BD at Airbnb globally and launched multiple offices both organically and through M&A. He also devised the original high end listing and long term stays strategies. Don is an expert in supporting and investing in startups, his session will be your chance to get inspiration and actionable real-world advice for your startup at #bits20!

Donald Stalter

Partner

Global Founders Capital

Meet

Katharina Gehra

Co-Founder & CEO

Immutable Insight / Blockchainfonds

Katharina is the Co-founder and CEO of Immutable Insight, a blockchain analytics company. Their best known product is the BaFin registered Blockchainfonds. She also serves on the supervisory board of Fürstlich Castell'sche Bank and has been nominated three times as TOP 40 under 40. Obviously, she is the right one to join for anything related to blockchain or predictive analytics.

Katharina Gehra

Co-Founder & CEO

Immutable Insight / Blockchainfonds

Meet

Marc P. Bernegger

Serial Entrepreneur

Crypto Finance Group

Marc is a serial entrepreneur focusing on fintech, digital assets and exponential technologies. At the age of 20 he founded his first company, a party platform, which was sold to the Axel Springer publishing house. Today he is an investor in various startups, has multiple board positions and opens up for exciting conversations with driven young founders about his fields of expertise fintech and blockchain at #bits20!

Marc P. Bernegger

Serial Entrepreneur

Crypto Finance Group

Meet

Aaron Auld

CEO

Exasol

Aaron Auld is the CEO at Exasol AG, an analytics database redefining working with data. He has held this position since July 2013 and was made a board member in 2009. As CEO, Aaron is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the company, as well as growing the business internationally - with success! Exasol is the first company that dares venturing into the stock market during the ongoing pandemic and has made a spectacular start on the stock market. He is the right guy to talk about the huge growth market of big data!

Aaron Auld

CEO

Exasol

Meet

Dr. Jens Wohltorf

Co-founder & CEO

Blacklane

„To bring peace of mind to travels“ - that’s the vision Jens’, the CEO and Co-founder of Blacklane, strives for. The Berlin-based company with a branch in Singapore considers itself a premium mobility provider these days – with the clear goal of making the journey a pleasant and stress-free experience for its guests. Since Jens co-founded Blackline in 2011, the company has grown its reach to 250 cities and counts 300 people as employees. At #bits20 he will share his great expertise about travel&tourism and marketplaces.

Dr. Jens Wohltorf

Co-founder & CEO

Blacklane

Meet

Stefan Herbst

CXO & Founder

helden.de // INSURANCE HERO

Stefan is one of the InsurTech pioneers in Germany. In 2011, he founded the first Lab in Hamburg and also established the „Institute for Applied Consciousness Research“. In 2015, he and his partners founded „INSURANCE HERO“ and published the brand „helden.de”. Since then he’s CXO of the instruct company, which re-invents the insurance industry with well thought out, fair and digital products.  Moreover Stefan is a member of the Federal Commission „Internet and Digital Economy" in Berlin. He’s your guy at #bits20 to talk about all issues relating insurtech!

Stefan Herbst

CXO & Founder

helden.de // INSURANCE HERO

Meet

Veronika Riederle

CEO

Demodesk

Veronika's startup Demodesk has just raised 8 million dollar from Balderton Capital and Target Global in September: The founder and CEO knows how to convince investors and create a crisis-resistant business model. Demodesk is an intelligent online meeting platform for remote sales teams. Before she decided to make the jump, Veronika studied all about becoming an entrepreneur in university and gained professional experience working in several strategic roles in well-known companies such as Bain, Audi and Telefonica. Meet her personally at #bits20 and find out how she got into Y Combinator and what she has learned on her journey.

Veronika Riederle

CEO

Demodesk

Meet

Tobias Rappers

Managing Director

Maschinenraum

Tobias is Managing Director of Maschinenraum and Managing Director of V/CO, the innovation eco-system of Viessmann Group. Maschinenraum is the leading platform for German Mittelstand companies to innovate and co-create, born out and connected to the transformation activities of Viessmann. As Tobias worked internationally in multiple industries such as automotive, financial services, consumer goods or ecommerce, he has a broad knowledge of several areas. Talk to him at #bits20 amongst many other topics about the development of customer-centric business models or services, corporate innovation & infrastructure!

Tobias Rappers

Managing Director

Maschinenraum

Meet

Dr. Sarah Müller

Managing Director

kununu

As Managing Director of kununu Sarah is for more than five years now supporting jobseekers to find the right place to work. Kununu is Europe´s leading employer review platform with offices in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Porto and Boston. Before Sarah joined Kununu she worked for Burda Digital in diffrent portfolio companies and lead M&A topic. If You are interested in innovative growth and corporate developement, join Kathrin at the Bits and Pretzels Networking Week!

Dr. Sarah Müller

Managing Director

kununu

Meet

Sebastian Copeland

President

SEDNA Foundation

Sebastian is a polar explorer, climate researcher, photographer and author. In 2017, Copeland was named one of the world´s top 25 adventurers of the last 25 years. He has led numerous expeditions to the Polar regions. He has addressed global audiences warnig of transformations taking place in the polar regions, and their geopolitical consequences. He is a world class speaker and in 2011 Sebastian founded the SEDNA foudation whose mission is to report from the front lines of climate change. Meet him personally at #bits20 and talk with him about his expeditions and what he gains of them!

Sebastian Copeland

President

SEDNA Foundation

Meet

Anne Kjaer Bathel

CEO & Co-founder

ReDI School of Digital Integration

In response to the refugee crisis of 2015, Anne founded ReDI School of digital integration, teaching tech skills to migrants, to help fill the 124.000 open IT jobs in Germany. ReDI has four schools and hosts 900 students per semester. Sixty percent of those women! Learn more about the many many success stories that have resonated internationally and even attracted Angela Merkel and Mark Zuckerberg to come by to get inspired.

Anne Kjaer Bathel

CEO & Co-founder

ReDI School of Digital Integration

Meet

Dr. Manfred Krikke

Managing Partner

HPE Growth

Manfred has twenty-six years of technology experience. As a Partner at HPE Growth Capital he oversees the investment activities and its investment committee. Prior to HPE he worked in the US for sixteen years primarily in silicon valley. He co-founded a silicon valley startup grew it from zero to a Nasdaq IPO, was Partner at TPG and managed thirty+ transactions, including sixteen IPOs and raised over 2 billion dollar for growth companies. Learn how to become successful from one of the really big players of the silicon valley at #bits20!

Dr. Manfred Krikke

Managing Partner

HPE Growth

Meet

Mona Ataya

CEO

Mumzworld.com

Mona Ataya, CEO and Founder of Mumzworld.com, has proven to be one of the Middle East’s most prominent of women entrepreneurs. During Corona, her online baby shop noticed a 800% growth in demand from January to March 2020. Beyond leading a successful and growing SME, and inspiring her employees and communities, Mona is on a mission to change the region, one mum at a time. Join her on her mission while learning more about ecommerce and retail at #bits20!

Mona Ataya

CEO

Mumzworld.com

Meet

Florian Kiener

Founder & Managing Director

happybrush

Florian studied business administration in Passau. After his studies, he worked for PROCTER & GAMBLE in sales for four years. He then completed his international MBA at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Back in Germany he worked for ZALANDO for two years. In 2016 he founded "happybrush", a startup for modern oral care. Learn from the startup of the TV-show "Höhle der Löwen" how to successfully enter the hard fought retail business.

Florian Kiener

Founder & Managing Director

happybrush

Meet

Jonathan Kurfess

CEO

Appinio

Jonathan founded Appino, a global opinion network enabling companies to get instant consumer feedback, at age 23 (2014) by being disappointed in the inertia of market research. Within less than a year, he and his team built the world’s fastest market research solution with now over 700 clients. Today, Jonathan is on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Europe and won various industry awards with Appinio. Since he is carrying out market research in tune with the times he’s the guy to talk to at #bits20 about all topics related to marketplaces and big data.

Jonathan Kurfess

CEO

Appinio

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Malte Krüger

Vice President and Managing Director

mobile.de

Malte, Vice President and Managing Director of mobile.de, has 20+ years of experience in building, scaling and innovating internet marketplaces/classifieds sites with the focus on the automotive & mobility industry. He is passionate about building world-class teams through an inspiring purpose, empowered teams and a learning organization and shares his insights and secrets with you at #bits20!

Malte Krüger

Vice President and Managing Director

mobile.de

Meet

Chris Surel

Founder

Chris Surel Performance Recovery Institute

Chris is a former professional tennis player, strategy consultant, corporate executive and startup founder. Now he's a performance recovery & sleep coach to CEO's, executives and entrepreneurs around the globe and creator of the Strategic Recovery System. At #bits20 he will talk about strategic recovery for founders.

Chris Surel

Founder

Chris Surel Performance Recovery Institute

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Rainer Märkle

General Partner

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures

An investment expert: With almost 20 years of working experience as a VC, Rainer’s portfolio includes impressive, well-known firm’s as Zalando (IPO 2014), HelloFresh (IPO 2016), Stylight (sold to Pro7 in 2016), and Quandoo (sold to Recruit in 2015). Since 2008 Rainer has been a member of the HV team, there he focuses on large consumer, mobility and select software deals. Join his session at #bits20 and chat with him about his current firm‘s investments in Scalable Capital, Alasco, Finn and others.

Rainer Märkle

General Partner

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures

Meet

Saina Bayatpour

CEO & Founder

Preferred World & Business Women´s Society

Saina is an entrepreneur, author and lecturer. With only 27 years she founded the Business Women’s Society with the aim to connect and support women in business. Followed by many other companies, Saina is globally active and definitely one of the great female models of the startup ecosystem! In her session you will learn how to found with the right idea and to successfully establish it on the market.

Saina Bayatpour

CEO & Founder

Preferred World & Business Women´s Society

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Klaus Schröder

Vice President

Datev

Klaus is Vice President and Head of services & logistic at the cooperative DATEV eG in Nuremberg in Germany. The DATEV ecosystem offers support in the fields of accounting, business consulting, taxation, payroll and planning. Feeling lost in the tax-, finance- and payroll jungle? Grab the chance, get support and all needed knowledge by Klaus to find your way out of it, at #bits20!

Klaus Schröder

Vice President

Datev

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Dylan Taylor

Chairman & CEO

Voyager Space Holdings

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry, currently serving as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally. At #bits20 Dylan will discuss his insights on global markets and the space industry.

Dylan Taylor

Chairman & CEO

Voyager Space Holdings

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Jutta Steiner

Founder & CEO

Parity Technologies

Dr. Jutta Steiner is dedicated to building a better internet. Before starting Parity, She was responsible for IT security and partner integration within the Ethereum Foundation around the launch of the public blockchain in 2015. Jutta ia also co-founder of Project Provenance Ltd, a London based start-up that employs blockchain technology to make supply chains more transparent. In Juttas session you will obviously learn about blockchain technologys and about everything that stands for this concept

Jutta Steiner

Founder & CEO

Parity Technologies

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Dr. Sophie Chung

CEO & Founder

Qunomedical

Sophie is the founder and CEO of Qunomedical, a digital health platform that is providing patients worldwide access to high-quality affordable healthcare. Prior, she was doctor and researcher, worked as management consultant at McKinsey and Zocdoc. Being an early-stage (Series A) founder herself and having successfully raised a double-digit million amount in a few fundraising rounds from national and international investors, Sophie will talk about fundraising approaches. When should I send the pitch deck? How to think about valuation? How can I tell who's the right investor? How hard should I negotiate? About that and moch more Sophie will talk at #bits20!

Dr. Sophie Chung

CEO & Founder

Qunomedical

Meet

Timo Horstschäfer

Co-founder & CTO

Ledgy

In his quest to have a positive impact on the world, Timo co-founded Ledgy, a fintech platform to support the European startup ecosystem. With their software, they enable start-ups to manage their employee shareholdings, cap table and investor relations in an unbureaucratic manner and to do it professionally and right from the start while investors are supported by bundling all relevant information in one place. Moreover, he thinks a lot about the future of humanity with respect to the climate crisis. Join him for discussions about fintech, infrastructure and the environmental impact of our doing!

Timo Horstschäfer

Co-founder & CTO

Ledgy

Meet

Amber Riedl

Managing Director & Founder

Makerist

Amber is Co-founder of Makerist, Europe's largest DIY platform, which has been sold to creative platform Fabfab for a double-digit million amount in the beginning of 2020. Makerist, where she is currently responsible for international markets, brand, PR and HR, is her second start up, after her first one failed. Let her tell you more about typical founder traps, her personal learnings and why to follow your passion when founding a business at #bits20!

Amber Riedl

Managing Director & Founder

Makerist

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Patrick Schmidt

Co-CEO

Global Fashion Group

As Co-CEO Patrick oversees the ongoing strategic, operational and commercial development of Global Fashion Group and its regional businesses and is a member of the Board of Directors or Management Board. With being the No1 fashion and lifestyle destination in growth markets and 13 million active customers, he really knows how ecommerce works. Join him at #bits20 to find out more!

Patrick Schmidt

Co-CEO

Global Fashion Group

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Sean Banks

Partner

TTV Capital

Sean is a Partner at TTV Capital and has over 15 years of venture capital experience. Prior to joining TTV, Sean served as Vice President of Finance and General Counsel for an Atlanta-based technology startup. Sean also chairs the FinTech Society of the Technology Association of Georgia and is a founding member of the fintech Atlanta Task Force. Furthermore Sean is also committed to ensuring that not only Silicon Valley is known for its startup community, but also that Atlanta becomes a startup hub. fintech is only one of many topics you can talk about with the entrepreneur & investor at this year virtual #bits20!

Sean Banks

Partner

TTV Capital

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Sebastian Borek

CEO & Co-founder

Founders Foundation gGmbH

Sebastian, serial entrepreneur, business angel and digitalization expert, is amongst other Founder of the Founders Foundation, one of Europes largest and most founder friendly ecosystem builder, which aims to create and fuel a vibrant startup ecosystem. His engagement as Curator at the Hinterland of Things, one of the most influential leadership summits in the heart of Germanys strongest industrial areas, makes Sebastian's mission to accelerate high-potential founders and boost the German B2B startup ecosystem even more obvious! Meet this guy, who never stops until the best possible result is reached and has a real impressive entrepreneurial journey, at #bits20 !

Sebastian Borek

CEO & Co-founder

Founders Foundation gGmbH

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Dr. Peter Lasinger

Managing Partner

capital300

Peter is Co-founder and Partner of capital300, a leading European venture capital fund that invests together with international top VCs. Previously he helped establish an Austrian seed fund, advised large corporations in IT strategy and M&A at Accenture and founded a SaaS company. Peter also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in IT and business administration. With many years of experience in the VC industry and as lecturer at university, Peter has great knowledge from diffrent perspectives. Meet him at #Bits20!

Dr. Peter Lasinger

Managing Partner

capital300

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Hannah Helmke

Co-founder & CEO

right. based on science

Hannah is the Co-founder and CEO of right. based on science, a Frankfurt based provider of climate metrics and software. right. developed the X-Degree Compatibility (XDC) Model, to calculate the impact a company or portfolio has on global warming (Temperature Alignment). The results are expressed as tangible degree Celsius values. Hannah fights for the use of science-based approaches to effectively manage climate strategies and is looking forward to share her ideas with you at #bits20!

Hannah Helmke

Co-founder & CEO

right. based on science

Meet

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner

Fusion Fund

Lu Zhang, Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, is a renowned Silicon Valley investor, a serial entrepreneur and a Stanford alumna. Furthermore Lu is a World Economic Forum - Young Global Leader (2018).  She has also garnered other accolades including the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017) and Silicon Valley Women of Influence (2018). Tech is only one of many topics you can talk about with the entrepreneur & investor at this year's virtual #bits20!

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner

Fusion Fund

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Niels Doerje

Chairman and Board Director

Ryte, LIV-T & SEM Boutique

Niels is a passionate tech founder and entrepreneur, today serving as chairman or board director (20+ board seats) of tech startups, corporate spin-offs and corporate innovation boards. He is founder of Ryte & HolidayInsider (4 exits). Moreover Niels became a product expert as Google ProductPartnership Manager EMEA and was awarded his MBA at the age of 23. Talk to the multiple-winning entrepreneur (amongst others an OC Award from Google) at #bits20 about his expertise on predictive analytics & big data!

Niels Doerje

Chairman and Board Director

Ryte, LIV-T & SEM Boutique

Meet

Max Flötotto

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

Max Flötotto is a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Munich office. He serves leading financial institutions throughout the deal cycle, from due diligence to integration. Max is one of the leaders of our European fintech Practice. He co-founded McKinsey’s early-stage startup club, now called Fuel Ignition.

Max Flötotto

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

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Neira Hajro

Partner

McKinsey & Company

Neira is a Partner in McKinsey’s London office. She is a leader in the global TMT and Digital Practices, and co-leads McKinsey Fuel in Europe which helps startuiüs reach the future faster and improve their odds of success. Prior to re-joining McKinsey, Neira spent several years at Google (COO for Google UK & Ireland), and Credit Suisse, where she was responsible for scaling the eCommerce business in Fixed Income. Let her help you accelerate growth with data-driven consulting, capability building, and connections at #bits20!

Neira Hajro

Partner

McKinsey & Company

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Blaine Vess

Founder & Managing Director

Vess Capital

Blaine is a startup investor. He was the co-founder and CEO of Student Brands, which he bootstrapped for 18 years before it was acquired by Barnes and Noble Education. Blaine was also the co-founder and CEO of Solve, which helped international travelers save time in airports. Solve was backed by Y Combinator and it was acquired by Blacklane. The startup investor enjoys investing in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, especially when his experience is helpful to the founders: So, meet him at #bits20 and get worthy tips about marketplaces & travel and tourism.

Blaine Vess

Founder & Managing Director

Vess Capital

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Frank Birzle

Co-founder

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Frank learned his trade in various Rocket Internet ventures around the globe. After co-founding ottonova, Germany's first fully digital health-insurance company, he's currently building a new eCommerce / SaaS venture, in the eCommerce space in Munich together with Max Rast (ex-CMO ottonova) and Cillié Burger (ex-CTO TeleClinic). Grab your chance and get connected to a real expert in the fields of ecommerce and insurtech at #bits20!

Frank Birzle

Co-founder

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Nina Julie Lepique

CEO & Co-founder

femtasy

This woman is revolutionizing audio content and convinced successful founders like Rolf Schrömgens, founder of trivago, of her idea: As Co-founder & CEO of femtasy, the first audio platform for women’s sexual well-being, Nina Julie is responsible for content, marketing and legal. Prior to femtasy Nina Julie completed a dual study program at the HSBA in cooperation with XING SE and worked in the Corporate Development Team on topics related to strategy & M&A. Take your chance, chat to a woman in tech and listen to her inspiring talk about self development!

Nina Julie Lepique

CEO & Co-founder

femtasy

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Tobias Hann

CEO

MOSTLY AI

The MOSTLY AI CEO Tobias has many years of experience in developing and launching new products, services and ventures in different roles as founder, consultant and entrepreneur. However, Tobias is still getting excited when it comes to creating something innovative or substantially improving existing products and services. At #bits20 you get the chance to chat with the deep tech startup CEO about AI & big data!

Tobias Hann

CEO

MOSTLY AI

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Stefan Drüssler

Managing Director | Chief Operating Officer

UnternehmerTUM

Close to the rising startup-stars: As the COO of UnternehmerTUM Stefan is responsible for organizational development, its education programs, the XPRENEURS Incubation Program and funding via the Initiative for Industrial Innovators. Prior to that he had worked as consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Working at the Center for Innovation and Foundation at the TU Munich Stefan definitely is close to the source and knows how startups and companies can build on one another best.

Stefan Drüssler

Managing Director | Chief Operating Officer

UnternehmerTUM

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Andreas Bodczek

CEO

IDnow

Andreas is currently CEO at IDnow and board partner at Point 9 Capital but also an active early stage investor and always a passionate tech entrepreneur. Furthermore he has co-founded, scaled and sold Fyber, was former CEO of Telefonica Deutschland, Managing Director of Telefonica UK  and member of Bertelsmann’s junior management program. Fintech is only one of many topics you can talk about with the entrepreneur & investor at this year virtual #bits20!

Andreas Bodczek

CEO

IDnow

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Marcus Tandler

Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist

RYTE

They call him "Mediadonis" - and they are right: With more than 20 years of working experience in the SEO industry Marcus is one of the premier and longest standing experts in his field. Currently he is Co-founder & Chef Evangelist at Ryte – an award-winning website quality management platform. Marcus regularly speaks at various conferences around the world to share his broad knowledge. Meet the reputed SEO-guru at #bits20!

Marcus Tandler

Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist

RYTE

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Max Laemmle

CEO

Fraugster

This startup is responsible for tens of billions of dollars for its clients: Fraugster. Max, a real payment professional, founded Fraugster, an AI-driven payment data analytics company committed to boosting conversion rates and eliminating fraud, in 2014. Prior the Fraugster-CEO co-founded Better Payment, a German payment gateway service provider, and also acted as the product evangelist for the mPOS company SumUp. Join Max' session at #bits20 to find out about how he founded the company, AI and the impact of COVID-19 on the financial services industry.

Max Laemmle

CEO

Fraugster

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Tristan A. Foerster

Co-CEO

ClimatePartner

When Greta Thunberg herself boost your business model one can fairly say that one is contributing to climate protection bloody well. So did Tristan as Co-CEO of ClimatePartner, a company which offers companies climate action solution from carbon footprints and climate action strategies to climate neutral products. Chat with the mindset mover at #bits20 about positive entrepreneurship, but also about developing & scaling digital businesses.

Tristan A. Foerster

Co-CEO

ClimatePartner

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Johannes von Borries

Managing Partner

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

The evolution of a successful entrepreneur to a successful investor: Prior to joining Unternehmertum Venture Capital as Managing Partner, Johannes founded NandaTech and sold the company. Now, as an investor, he enjoys supporting teams to achieve this same moment and to grow their company beyond it. UVC can offer startups a unique network of 150+ corporate partners through its partnership with UnternehmerTUM. With many years of experience in the VC industry and being a successful founder himself, Johannes is well-acquainted with the ups and downs of a startup. Meet the expert at #bits20!

Johannes von Borries

Managing Partner

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

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Kristjan Raude

Member of the Board

EstBAN

Kristjan is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with over 15 years of international experience in sales and marketing, leading teams of 300+ with annual revenue of 300+. Furthermore he is founder of three international companies and investor to more than 10 startups. Since one year he ist Member of the board at Estonian Business Angels Network (EstBAN). Kristjan is an expert in supporting and investing in startups, his session will be your chance to get inspiration for your startup at #bits20!

Kristjan Raude

Member of the Board

EstBAN

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Katharina Kreitz

CEO

Vectoflow

Katharina studied aerospace at the TU Munich while working for companies like NASA, Airbus, BMW in parallel. After her MBA she founded Vectoflow - a company for fluiddynamic measurement the systems of which are used in over 50 countries around the world. She has been CEO since 2015 and is responsible for strategy. Setting up a branch in the US is her current focus. At the Bits & Pretzels Networking Week, you can join her to learn more about her ambitious plans.

Katharina Kreitz

CEO

Vectoflow

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Dagmar Schuller

CEO & Co-founder

audEERING

Dagmar is CEO and Co-founder at audEERING. She conducts research in the field of AI, machine learning and big data. She intends to enable businesses to intelligently enhance their products and processes as well as enrich personal lifestyles. Before working at audEERING, Dagmar was a Management Consultant for Ernst & Young and a Senior VP for an international investment of Burda Media. Talk with Dagmar about artificial intelligence and much more at #bits20!

Dagmar Schuller

CEO & Co-founder

audEERING

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Maximilian Rast

Co-founder

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Maximilian started at Rocket Internet where he learned most of his trade. After his time at Rocket he joined ottonova as CMO and helped to build the company from scratch. He currently advises YFood in their expansion and recently started a fresh take on the DTC/SaaS space. Join his virtual table at #bits20 to learn from his experiences as CMO of successful startups!

Maximilian Rast

Co-founder

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Sebastian Heitmann

Founder & Partner

Founders Kite Club, Beyond Black

Sebastian co-founded the Founders Kite Club, which is an invite-only community of founders and investors united by their passion for kitesurfing. They are now 600 members from thirty-six nationalities. He also is team member of Beyond Black, an investment fund focussing on breakthrough climate technologies. Don't miss the chance to meet Sebastian at #bits20 and get inspired how he uses the economy to fight climate change!

Sebastian Heitmann

Founder & Partner

Founders Kite Club, Beyond Black

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Laura Esnaola

Co-founder & CEO

Care With Care

With spending 15+ years on the global intersection of tech and social impact Laura definitely can be named a long-standing expert who really knows how companies can contribute to make a positive impact in the world we live in. Recently she founded ´CWC´, a global healthcare recruiting company. Before, Laura was the international CEO at Care.com, with over 30 million members in 20 countries. She also built a non profit to help refugee women get jobs. Over the past decade, she has designed and lead high growth projects within corporations, startups and non profits, leading high performance teams across 14 countries. Talk to this influential leader and remarkable woman at #bits personally!

Laura Esnaola

Co-founder & CEO

Care With Care

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Ralf Rottmann

Founder & Managing Director

grandcentrix

Ralf Rottmann, currently Founder & Managing Director at grandcentrix, is a German serial entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. His first company got acquired by Alcatel-Lucent in 2008. Only recently (November 2019) Ralf successfully sold grandcentrix, Germany’s largest system integrator focusing 100% on complex mobile solutions, to Vodafone. Since growing businesses and helping them crossing the chasm counts to Ralf’s specialities, he is the right guy to talk to at #bits20!

Ralf Rottmann

Founder & Managing Director

grandcentrix

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Jens Weber

Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jens is Partner in PwC's deal practice, which helps organizations and individuals create the value they're looking for. With heading the technology, media and telecommunication sector therein Jens is advising strategic, corporate and financial investors (private equity and venture capital) in M&A and investment activities. On top Jens is also supporting startups in preparing financing rounds. Therefore he’s your guy to chat with at #bits20!

Jens Weber

Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Jenny Fielding

Managing Partner

The Fund

A woman who is supporting founders with love, cash & community: Jenny Fielding, Managing Director of Techstars New York, which focuses on founders who have a deep connection with the problem they’ve set out to solve. Jenny is also Founder and General Partner at The Fund, a first check fund investing in New York, LA and London based companies. Her portfolio includes more than 140+ tech enabled companies. Previously, she ran Corporate Venture at BBC Worldwide and has founded several companies including Switch-Mobile (acquired by Via One in 2009). Virtually shake hands with the experienced tech-in investor at #bits20!

Jenny Fielding

Managing Partner

The Fund

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Benjamin Baumann

Founder & CEO

FRASER

Benjamin founded FRASER in Berlin as an independent agency. FRASER is the next-gen agency with a global-edge to help companies in their transformation through support of data, strategy, creation and technology. Previously, Benjamin worked for C3 as a Regional Manager from 2016-2018. Prior to consulting automotive clients, he had the responsibility of overseeing the Stuttgart office. He built up an international creative and digital consulting team, enabling C3 to extend their client portfolio around new premium and luxury automotive brands. Join Benjamin on his mission of digital transformation at #bits20!

Benjamin Baumann

Founder & CEO

FRASER

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Sophie Alcorn

Founding Partner

Alcorn Immigration Law

Sophie is recognized as a Certified Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She was recently named to the list of Top 10 Immigration Attorneys in California. She is founding partner at Alcorn Immigration Law which is the fastest-growing immigration law firm in silicon valley. Get to know a high class attorney and talk with her about the advantages of immigration and how it positively influences the economy at #bits20!

Sophie Alcorn

Founding Partner

Alcorn Immigration Law

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Nina Geiss

CEO & Co-founder

CarFellows

Nina Geiss is an entrepreneur and visionary with deep insight in the ultra-tech and future mobility sectors. In 2014 she founded TaylorFlynn—a digital marketing agency. In 2019 she became the CEO and Co-Founder of CarFellows - selling new Cars online. CarFellows is a scaling startup with loads of potential to shake up the automotive world. Meet Nina personally at #bits20 and learn from her about digital marketing and much more!

Nina Geiss

CEO & Co-founder

CarFellows

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Fabian Bosler

Founder

ViTeach

Fabian is a former Strategy Consultant turned tech geek. Fabian successfully built and led the Data Function at Homelike (as CIO), where he advanced the business by implementing various artificial intelligence tools. Additionally, he managed the Performance marketing team (as CMO). When Corona hit, Fabian decided it was time to found www.viteach.de, an online learning app for math. Hear from Fabian how challenging times like these open up new opportunities and how to actually found a startup even in such difficult times at #bits20!

Fabian Bosler

Founder

ViTeach

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Praveen Paranjothi

Partner

Pinegray Partners

Praveen is Partner at Pinegray and advises Tech and Impact venture capital and early-stage investments. Furthermore he is Founder of Startup Europe India Network and Board member at Funding London. He has more than fifteen years experience in tech and venture, invested over 500 million dollar in top-notch VC funds and companies and served on 15+ advisory boards. Previously he worked among others at European Investment Fund and Siemens VC. Meet this full-blood investor and get his personal advice how to pitch your startup at #bits20!

Praveen Paranjothi

Partner

Pinegray Partners

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Helen Kupp

Director of Product Strategy, Future Forum

Slack

Helen is the Director of Product Strategy of the Future Forum, a consortium launched by Slack to help companies reimagine work in the new digital-first world. Previously she ran the Strategy & Analytics team at Slack, where she drove various strategic initiatives including Slack's international expansion efforts, and fundraising/DPO process. Shake virtually hands with Helen at #bits20!

Helen Kupp

Director of Product Strategy, Future Forum

Slack

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Felix Klühr

Principal

HV Ventures

Felix is a Principal at HV and responsible for HV's investment into sennder, Dialogue and Schüttflix among others. Prior to joining HV, Felix was CEO and Co-founder of Skive (a VC-backed digital learning platform,) helping to build and manage the platform. Since Felix combines strong operational experience with a deep expertise in education technology he is your contact person at #bits20 for all issues relating to digital learning but also logistics and many more!

Felix Klühr

Principal

HV Ventures

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Oliver Blueher

Country Manager

Slack

Oliver looks back at over 20 years of experience in Technology. He held several senior leadership roles in corporates and startups. He was SAPs first Head of Cloud in Germany, and established the German presences of Dropbox and Slack as country manager for both companies. Talk with Oliver about ecommerce and insurtech at #bits20!

Oliver Blueher

Country Manager

Slack

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Peter Fricke

Head of Deutsche Börse Venture Network

Deutsche Börse

Peter has been working for Deutsche Börse AG for ten years. Since April 2017 he has been Head of the Deutsche Börse Venture Network. The network supports growth companies from early to later stages in getting access to growth capital - both nationally and internationally - and offers customized services. At #bits20 you will get the chance to ask Peter all about his thoughts on the influence of the corona pandemic on growth financing and get advices what really matters for you, as startup, in the current situation.

Peter Fricke

Head of Deutsche Börse Venture Network

Deutsche Börse

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Andrea Lentfer

Marketing Leads Startups, VCs & International Growth

Google

Andrea Lentfer leads Google's overall startup and international growth strategy & marketing programs for high potential startups and VCs. Prior to Google, Andrea spent many years in brand management, innovation & sales at Coca-Cola, Nike and educational companies in senior roles. Join the session of this passionated business, brand & team leader with more that 15 years of experience in brand management/ marketing/ innovations as well as sales/ PR in dynamic global environments at #bits20 for an exclusive chat!

Andrea Lentfer

Marketing Leads Startups, VCs & International Growth

Google

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Nina Levchuk

Sales Lead Startups, Platforms and VCs

Google

Nina is a versatile leader with a successful track record of 12+ years experience in business development, sales, marketing, cross-functional teams and channel management for leading organisations including Google, SC Johnson and Unilever. She led organizations of up to 100 people, was responsible for 250 million dollar/year business and engaged consistently at C-level across multiple industries. At #bits20 you can learn how to win international customers through the power of digital marketing.

Nina Levchuk

Sales Lead Startups, Platforms and VCs

Google

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Sini Ryberg

Head of New Business Central Europe (Startups & VCs)

Google

Sini Ryberg is Head of New Business Central Europe (Startups & VCs) at Google. She has led the launch of an exclusive program for high potential Germany-based startups, where her team for the past 2.5 years has been supporting a limited number of startups for 3-6 months both on a strategic and operational level to grow with Google’s marketing solutions. At #bits20 you get the chance to chat with Sini, who is always looking for cool startups, which could qualify for the program.

Sini Ryberg

Head of New Business Central Europe (Startups & VCs)

Google

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Michael Reinartz

Director Innovation & Consumer Services

Vodafone

Michael is in the fortunate position to be able to follow up his big passion for innovation every day in his daily work routine. As the Director of Innovation at Vodafone he is responsible for the innovation strategy and the direction of the innovation management and consumer services-portfolio for Vodafone Germany. Since Michael is an expert in identifying new trends to prepare strong services, his session will be your chance to get inspiration for your startup!

Michael Reinartz

Director Innovation & Consumer Services

Vodafone

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Kathrin Doering

Head of Human Resources

Testbirds

Since 2014 Kathrin has been shaping the working life at Testbirds as Head of Human Resources and supports companies and individuals as a systemic coach in the area of personality and organisational development. Her expert topics are new work and purpose. Learn from Kathrin how important the personnel is in a company and which character traits are important!

Kathrin Doering

Head of Human Resources

Testbirds

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Tobias Jahn

Principal

BMW i Ventures

Tobias is responsible for the BMW i Ventures investments in Europe & Israel. He focuses primarily on deep-tech and enterprise software redefining the automotive industry. An electrical engineer by training, he is investing in venture-backed companies since 2008. Grab your chance at #bits20 to get connected to an active investor in the automotive and robotics industry!

Tobias Jahn

Principal

BMW i Ventures

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Melika Jahangiri

Vice President

Wunder Mobility

This LA-based female disrupter is passionate about all things shared mobility: Melika, a real mobility space veteran, joined 70 million dollar funded Wunder Mobility, which is accelerating the global transition to sustainable mobility, as Vice President of Business Development in 2019. Before Melika worked for Ridecell, where she was Director of Growth, and has held positions at Ford Motor Company as well as car-sharing companies Envoy and Borrow. Exchange with her about hardware & IoT as well as automotive at #bits20!

Melika Jahangiri

Vice President

Wunder Mobility

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Christian Lindener

Head of Innovation

Airbus

Christian has been named by Airbus as Head of BizLab, the global aerospace accelerator in 2019. Prior to joining Airbus Christian worked as Managing Director for Wayra, the Telefónica accelerator, Director of TechFounders and cofounded 3 companies. Thanks to working with well-known companies such as Telefónica and BMW he is an expert in the field of corporate venturing but also B2B sales!

Christian Lindener

Head of Innovation

Airbus

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Anna Trunk

Head of HR Innovation Management

AUDI

After four years of experience at AUDI AG headquarters, Anna got the opportunity to work between the corporate and the start-up world as co-project lead for establishing Audi’s innovation hub (Audi Denkwerkstatt) in Berlin. She then joined the Berlin resident team as head of (headquarter) relationship management, always trying to combine the best of and for both worlds. Having been back at Audi headquarters for one year now, she is looking forward to sharing her insights and examples of how she makes use of them in her role of leading the HR innovation team.

Anna Trunk

Head of HR Innovation Management

AUDI

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James Sowers

Futurist

Plutusedge

James was named a top 50 Angel Investor by Forbes in 2018. He was an early Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Stellar, Cardano and Initial Coin Offerung adapter. During 2016-2017 he participated in nine ICO unicorns. As an entrepreneur, investor and technology thought leader he frequently speaks about exponential technologies and startup investing. You can expect that James shares some insights about blockchain and fintech at Bits and Pretzels Networking Week!

James Sowers

Futurist

Plutusedge

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Dr. Philipp Gerbert

Future Shaper UnternehmerTUM | Director appliedAI by UnternehmerTUM

As Director of appliedAI of Future Shaper UnternehmerTUM Philipp drives the adoption of Artificial Intelligence to launch innovative businesses. He is passionate about DeepTech, in particular Quantum Computing and its applications. Philipp is engaged in fostering entrepreneurship in Munich, Germany and Europe. Moreover he strives to advance climate action: A systemic approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to minimize  the already unvoidable climate change. Meet Philipp at an virtual table at #bits20 and discuss with him Artificial Intelligence and the climate change!

Dr. Philipp Gerbert

Future Shaper UnternehmerTUM | Director appliedAI by UnternehmerTUM

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Steffen Ganders

Director Corporate Affairs

Samsung Electronics

Steffen, Director Corporate Affairs of Samsung, is responsible for the relationship with political and societal stakeholders for Samsung Electronics in Germany. Main topics of his work around digital transformation and its impact on politics include promotion of social entrepreneurship and digital education. Exchange with him about hardware & IoT at  #bits20!

Steffen Ganders

Director Corporate Affairs

Samsung Electronics

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Eva Messerschmidt

Vice president innovation

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH

What will the future of media look like? Ask Eva, who was appointed Vice President Innovation (content & products) of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland in October 2019. Before she successively held various positions at Mediengruppe RTL including Head of the new-media division of news brand ntv and finally as Vice President Sales & Digital Products ntv. Eager to extend your knowledge about media and ecommerce related topics? Get your burning questions answered while sitting at Eva’s virtual table at #bits20!

Eva Messerschmidt

Vice president innovation

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH

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Hugo Mardomingo

Director

All Iron Ventures

Hugo has relevant experience in Venture Capital, Private Equity and strategy consulting. He has raised the Kepler Ventures fund from scratch and invested in software startups like Kompyte and Viuing. Currently Hugo is Director at All Iron Ventures, a technology investment firm focused on marketplaces in late seed and Series A rounds, but also present in later stage rounds. Meet Hugo at #bits20 to learn how to successfully scale up you startup!

Hugo Mardomingo

Director

All Iron Ventures

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William Michael Cunningham

Economist

Creative Investment Research

William Michael Cunningham is an economist and impact investing innovator. He is highly skilled in environmental, social and governance (ESG) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) analysis. He is founder and CEO of Creative Investment Research and wrote the book THE JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups. With his wide experience and his great knowledge about environmental and social responsibility analysis he is the right guy to sit with at #bits20 to discuss to maximize both social and financial returns.

William Michael Cunningham

Economist

Creative Investment Research

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Kim Harris

Angel Investor, Startup Advisor and Solutions Engineering Leader

Box

Kim, Head of Solutions Engineering at Box EMEA, has spent over ten years in client-facing sales and leadership roles. She is passionate about building female leaders in the tech industry. She is a keynote speaker for Women in Tech Forum UK, startup advisor and angel investor active in the global VC community. Kim is your contact at #bits20 when it comes to women in leadership positions in this male-dominated industry!

Kim Harris

Angel Investor, Startup Advisor and Solutions Engineering Leader

Box

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Desiree Fixler

Group Sustainability Officer

DWS

Desiree is the Group Sustainability Officer at DWS Group, where she is responsible for driving the firm’s overall sustainability strategy in its role as fiduciary and as a corporate. By way of background, Desiree has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and impact investing, with a strong focus on product innovation and expansive distribution strategies. Prior to DWS, she was a Managing Director and Head of Impact Investing at ZAIS Group, a specialist credit asset manager. Before this, she held senior positions in the structured credit groups most recently at JP Morgan and previously at Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Her track record of product innovation includes several award-winning and market transformational products such as the development of the JECI, the first tradable credit index, which she and her team evolved into iTraxx and CDX, as well as a series of impact securitizations. Desiree has a B.S. with honors in Economics from The London School of Economics. She is also a member of the Board of MMCC, one of New York City's largest community  centers. Join her table at #bits20 to learn more!

Desiree Fixler

Group Sustainability Officer

DWS

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Dirk Goergen

Head of Client Coverage Division

DWS

Dirk is Head of EMEA Coverage of DWS Group. In his role, he is responsible for retail and institutional sales in EMEA. Additionally, he leads DWS’s digital distribution strategy. Dirk was most recently Head of Sales for Private Clients Germany in the Private and Commercial Bank of Deutsche Bank (PCB). In that role he was responsible for all retail sales activities in the German market, including distribution partners and direct channel advisory activities. Dirk also led the PCB efforts of the integration of traditional and digital channel businesses. Previously, he worked at Bain & Company with and for big financial institutions, implementing strong cultures and driving major transformational projects. Dirk Goergen graduated with a degree in Business Economics from the University of Trier and at Trinity College in Dublin. Previously, he completed a banking apprenticeship at a regional German savings bank. Meet him at a virtual table at the #bits20!

Dirk Goergen

Head of Client Coverage Division

DWS

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Vincenzo Vedda

Head of Client Coverage EMEA ex DE/AT & Global Head of Wholesale & Digital

DWS

Vincenzo is Head of Client Coverage EMEA ex Germany, Global Head of Wholesale and Digital Coverage. Amongst others, Vincenzo is responsible for distribution across Active, Passive and Alternatives in EMEA ex Germany. He further accounts for the coordination of wholesale and digital distribution efforts globally. On top, he's Member of the Global Leadership Team. Have an interesting discussion with Vincenzo about all issues regarding finance and investments at #bits20!

Vincenzo Vedda

Head of Client Coverage EMEA ex DE/AT & Global Head of Wholesale & Digital

DWS

FAQ

Where will the Table Captain Networking take place?

The Table Captain Networking is completely transferred into the virtual world and takes place on our event platform. As soon as you’ve logged in on the landing page you’ll see a corresponding menu item for the Table Captain Networking. From there, you’ll be easily guided to your individual networking sessions that’ll take place in different breakout rooms.

How exactly does the virtual Table Captain Networking work?

Hundreds of real entrepreneurial role models will open up to enthusiastic entrepreneurs like you by inviting you to virtually sit at their table! Limited to 10 participants at a virtual table, an honest exchange with the most experienced personalities of the startup world is ensured in intimate breakout rooms. As a participant, you can hear and see the Table Captain and the other participants and be heard and seen yourself. Time to start the discussion!

Do I need to follow specific technical requirements to take part in the Table Captain Networking?

You do not need any specific technical requirements but we highly recommend to use a laptop/computer and Google Chrome for the networking sessions. Nevertheless, the Table Captain Networking should also work on any other of the latest browser versions. In general, use headphones to ensure everybody can understand you well and please try to avoid loud background noise.

At what time does the Table Captain Networking start and how long does it go?

The Table Captain Networking takes place on two evenings of the Bits & Pretzels Networking Week: Tuesday, Sep 29 & Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm (CET). Each day, there will be two networking rounds of 40 min each. The first round takes place from 7:30 - 8:10 pm (CET). The second round from 8:20 - 9:00 pm (CET). As interesting as your first discussion might be, please be aware of the schedule. Make sure to leave the first virtual table in time as the next Table Captain is already waiting for you. But no worries, between the two rounds there is enough time (10 minutes) to get a hot coffee or a cold beer to freshly and punctually start into the next round.

How can I choose my Table Captain?

On the landing page, you’ll find a huge and clearly visible button for the Table Captain Networking. Once, you click on it, you’ll find an overview of all Table Captains - each one tagged with their respective field of expertise as well as a short biography. Now you have the chance to choose four virtual tables you want to sit at. Two on each evening. Once the Table Captain Networking starts, you’ll join an intimate round with your hero with just one click. Watch out: the number of attendees is limited to 10 and the much sought-after seats at the virtual tables are allocated according to the 'first-come-first-serve'-principle. If the button of a Table Captain is highlighted in grey (not clickable anymore), the session is unfortunately already fully booked. But no reason to bow your head: There are many more visionary founders, CEOs and experts who are happy to share their experiences with you!

When can I choose my Table Captain?

The selection process will start a few days before the event. We’ll keep you updated regarding the exact starting date.

Can I switch tables during the networking sessions?

In order to avoid unrest in the small networking sessions and to create the best possible experience for each participant, it is unfortunately not possible to virtually switch tables during the sessions.

Can it occur that my Table Captain cancels?

Unfortunately, a change in Table Captains cannot be ruled out. We will inform you as soon as possible, but we’re not responsible for short-term cancellations. We’ll ask the Table Captain to contact you directly via e-mail so that you have the chance to ask all your questions.

Who do I contact when I have troubles joining the networking session?

Problems dialing in? You can't hear the others? The Table Captain can't hear you? No need to panic - we are here for you: hello@bitsandpretzels.com