18th October  2021  |   Essen, Germany

DEEP Startup
Ecosystem Conference

Conference for Ecosystem Leaders and Innovation Managers

Join the Ecosystem Growth Tribe

  • 1-day conference with up to 100 ecosystem leaders, investors, corporates, and governments
  • Inspiration by thought-leaders on the frontiers of innovation
  • Challenge-driven working groups with dedicated data analysts
  • Joint Publication of White Papers with results of the working groups
  • Meet startup portfolio managers and get access to the startup database
  • Partnering around concrete opportunities, e.g. EU funding calls

 

Insights & Data

Interactive Exchange

Ideas & Partnerships

DEEP Dives to Tackle Current Challenges

  • Several 2h interactive workshops that you can choose to join
  • Hosted by leading ecosystem organizations
  • Accompanied by a dedicated data analyst
  • Provision of data insights for every participant
  • Goal to collect and publish insights in joint white paper
  • Connection with the DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator Program and teams working on this topic

Find Europe’s Best startups

  • Get the ultimate list of the 300 best early-stage startups across Europe
  • Browse a detailed Excel file and short-list startups you like to get introduced to
  • Meet portfolio managers with intimate knowledge on your favorite startups
  • Casual exchange during extensive in-person networking session (1.5h)
  • Initiate long-term collaborations with early-stage investors based on their portfolio

 

Have your own portfolio? Share it with investors and join us for free 

  • Share at least 10 startups from your direct portfolio
  • Register here and submit detailed profiles per startup
  • Meet investors and corporate decision-makers to present your portfolio
  • Make introductions after the event and see the results

*Places at the face-to-face event will be limited in line with local government requirements so early submission is recommended to secure your place. You would be required to cover your travel/ accommodation costs.

18th    |      October   |      10:00 am – 18:00 pm CET     |     Impact Hub Ruhr and Haus der Technik

#Agenda: DEEP Ecosystem Conference

Partnering conference for ecosystem leaders and innovation
managers to kickstart strategic projects

Day 1

Part 1 : DEEP Visions

Future trends and why they matter for startup ecosystems

10:00 -10:15

10:15 – 10:55

10:55 – 11:25

Welcome and Introduction

  • Thomas Kösters, Managing Director, DEEP Ecosystems
  • Dr. Erica Santini, Head of Research at Startup Heatmap 
  • Ulrike Trenz, Co-founder & Managing Director at Impact Hub Ruhr
  • Benedikt Brester, Co-founder of Impact Hub Ruhr

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Cities & Impact: Can Entrepreneurs and Cities jointly accelerate the sustainable transition?” 

  • Thomas Kösters, Managing Director, DEEP Ecosystems
  • Jenny Berthling, Senior Business Development Manager at Invest Stockholm 
  • Markus Sudhoff, CEO & Founder at Climate Founders 
  • Uwe Kerkmann, Build-Up Team H2UB Essen, Germany

KEYNOTE : Anke Cassing, Principal in the Life Sciences Investment Team at High-Tech Gründerfonds

“16 years of HTGF: Learnings from shaping the German DEEP Tech Ecosystem by bringing together public and private investors”

10:00 – 10:15

10:15 – 10:55

10:55 – 11:25

Welcome and Introduction

  • Thomas Kösters, Managing Director, DEEP Ecosystems
  • Dr. Erica Santini, Head of Research at Startup Heatmap 
  • Ulrike Trenz, Co-founder & Managing Director at Impact Hub Ruhr
  • Benedikt Brester, Co-founder of Impact Hub Ruhr  

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Cities & Impact: Can Entrepreneurs and Cities jointly accelerate the sustainable transition?” 

  • Thomas Kösters, Managing Director, DEEP Ecosystems
  • Jenny Berthling, Senior Business Development Manager at Invest Stockholm 
  • Markus Sudhoff, CEO & Founder at Climate Founders 
  • Uwe Kerkmann, Build-Up Team H2UB Essen, Germany

KEYNOTE : Anke Cassing, Principal in the Life Sciences Investment Team at High-Tech Gründerfonds

“16 years of HTGF: Learnings from shaping the German DEEP Tech Ecosystem by bringing together public and private investors”

Part 2 : DEEP Dives

Data-driven and action-oriented round tables to promote ecosystems

Building Innovative Ecosystems: DEEP Dives are round tables for professional ecosystem leaders. Each table is co-hosted by a leading ecosystem player with domain knowledge and best practices. Further DEEP Dives are accompanied by a dedicated data analyst who provides each participant with strategic insights before the discussions. The results are summarized and published in a White Paper. 

11:25 – 11:40

11:40 – 12:40

12:40 – 13:25

13:25 – 14:25

14:40 – 15:10

Introduction and expectations

DEEP Dive 1: Future of Work – Can HR Tech put Humans at the Center of Innovation?

DEEP Dive 2: The Value of Exits – Understanding how Successful Entrepreneurs Re-invest in their Ecosystems

DEEP Dive 3: Financing Models for Social Entrepreneurship

Lunch break

Continuation of DEEP Dives Discussions 

Wrap-up & Presentation of results

11:25 – 11:40

11:40 – 12:40

12:40 – 13:25

13:25 – 14:25

14:40 – 15:10

Introduction and expectations

DEEP Dive 1: Future of Work – Can HR Tech put Humans at the Center of Innovation?

DEEP Dive 2: The Value of Exits – Understanding how Successful Entrepreneurs Re-invest in their Ecosystems

DEEP Dive 3: Financing Models for Social Entrepreneurship

Lunch break

Continuation of DEEP Dives Discussions 

Wrap-up & Presentation of results

Part 3 : DEEP Match

Marketplace of ideas & opportunities

15:25 – 15:55

15:55 – 17:00

KEYNOTE: Gergo Kalcsics, Senior Manager – VC Business Development at Amazon Web Services

Open networking via 1:1 or group meetings

DIVE INTO STARTUP PORTFOLIO: Networking session with startup portfolio managers to identify your favorite startups from their portfolio

15:25 – 15:55

15:55 – 17:00

KEYNOTE: Gergo Kalcsics, Senior Manager – VC Business Development at Amazon Web Services

Open networking via 1:1 or group meetings

DIVE INTO STARTUP PORTFOLIO: Networking session with startup portfolio managers to identify your favorite startups from their portfolio

Part 4 : DEEP Accelerate

Startup Ecosystem Accelerator for moonshot collaborations to tackle global challenges

17:00 – 18:00

18:00 – 19:00

Presentation of the DEEP Ecosystems Accelerator Gen #2
Ecosystem Project Awards: 5 select ecosystem initiatives pitch their projects to win the audience vote for the Ecosystem Project Award

Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception

17:00 – 18:00

18:00 – 19:00

Presentation of the DEEP Ecosystems Accelerator Gen #2
Ecosystem Project Awards: 5 select ecosystem initiatives pitch their projects to win the audience vote for the Ecosystem Project Award

Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception

Day 2

10:00 – 12:00

Community Building Activity:
A visit to the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, a large former industrial site in the city of Essen, that has been inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since December 14, 2001, and is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. 

10:00 – 12:00

Community Building Activity:
A visit to the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, a large former industrial site in the city of Essen, that has been inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since December 14, 2001, and is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. 

DEEP DIVES

HR Tech

Future of Work – Can HR Tech put Humans at the Center of Innovation?

Co-hosted by the Center of Leadership in the Future of Work at the University of Zurich

The remote revolution brought upon us by the pandemic might be only the beginning of a fundamental change on how we work. From education to wellbeing at work, digital and non-digital innovation is re-defining how people work and innovate. Fast-growing unicorns in the HR field foreshadow the unparalleled potential of this space. Join our high-caliber work group with the Global HR Valley from Zürich and Get Boarded from Lisbon, to understand the latest trends and opportunities in HR tech.

Co-host: Perrine LhuillieR, Head of partnerships and communications, Center for leadership in the future of work at university of Zurich

The Center of Leadership in the future of Work at the University of Zurich focuses on the human side of hte future of work. It promotes joint studies between business and academia, offers lifelong learning programs on people-centered leadership and supports startups in taking ideas from lab to market. 

Expert/Analyst: Shivam Dhawan, Founder & CEO at GetBoarded  Technologies, LDA

GetBoarded is an EDTECH Start-Up that offers personality focused talent management SAAS for universities and companies. It maps talent competencies and uses predictive talent analytics to forecast future opportunities and career plans.

The Value of Exits

Understanding how Successful Entrepreneurs Re-invest in their Ecosystems 

Corum Group is the leading M&A advisory firm in the world and has probably analyzed more exit events than any other consultant in the space. Together we explore the true value of exits and how successful founders re-invest their funds into the creation of their home ecosystems. We explore the psychological as well as business considerations that led to the rise of the PayPal Mafia, Rocket Internet fellows in Germany or the Skype Connection in Estonia. Join us to understand how you can help entrepreneurs from your ecosystem turn exits into a growth opportunity for following generations.

Analyst: Thomas Kösters, Managing Director at DEEP Ecosystems

Expert: Jaber Tannay, senior Vice President at Corum Group

Corum Group is the global leader in merger and acquisition services, specializing in serving software and information technology firms.

Expert: Martyna Waliszewska, Investment Manager at Invest in Odense

Invest in Odense is part of the Mayor’s Department – a team of business developers that brings clusters, incubators, VC’s and other business partners into play, thus building business cases that create growth for companies and jobs for The City of Odense.

 

Expert: Vidar Andersen, Founding Principal at +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES

+ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES helps companies prepare for tomorrow today – the startup way providing proven and actionable answers to the questions of how to generate, discover, explore, and exploit new innovative business ideas at 50x the speed and a fraction of the cost of traditional innovation.

 

Financing Models for Social Entrepreneurship

Funding Your Social Enterprise

Social entrepreneurs are motivated by a desire to improve lives and systems. However building a sustainable funding model is essential to realizing social impact on a meaningful scale. From Crowdfunding to Venture Capital – discover the advantages and disadvantages of types of funding to support entrepreneurs to obtain funding.

Analyst: Sebastián Díaz Mesa, Co-Founder  and Head of Acceleration & Community at DEEP Ecosystems

Expert: Raluca Prelucă, Co-founder & Community Manager at Consolid8

consolid8 is a reward-based crowdfunding platform contributing to the development and popularization of the crowdfunding mechanism in Romania, both as a tool for business development and as a tool for involving communities in supporting local initiatives that generate impact.

Expert: Christina Weber, Teamleader Naturland Fair & Social Responsibility

Naturland is a farmers’ association promoting organic agriculture all over the world. 

Expert: Kathy Mulders-Vredeveldt, Senior Consultant at Entre Vistro

Entre Vistro – a boutique consultancy of diverse and experienced entrepreneurs who will offer you valuable and pragmatic advice on issues that are urgent and important for your company to survive and grow

Tickets

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DEEP Free Swimmer

1x Conference Pass

As a grass-root initiative with no budget, an entrepreneur with a passion for the ecosystem or a student of ecosystems, you can apply for a free ticket to the conference.

Full access to keynotes & networking functions

DEEP Dive Participant Access

free

349 €

incl. VAT

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Full access to keynotes & networking functions

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279 €

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Scuba Diving

1x Conference Pass

Full access to keynotes, networking & scouting functions

DEEP Dive Participant Access

Data & Insights in form of 10-pages Strategy Briefs on all Deep Dives

Access to DEEP Startup Portfolio database 

399 €

499 €

incl. VAT

Group Scuba Diving

3x Conference Passes

Full access to keynotes, networking & scouting functions

DEEP Dive Participant Access

Data & Insights in form of 10-pages Strategy Briefs on all Deep Dives

Access to DEEP Startup Portfolio database 

Team discount – buy 2 get 3!

798 €

998 €

incl. VAT

Terms and Conditions

  • Payment: Payment with an invoice is available for corporate and group tickets upon request. The invoice will be sent to you separately. For the invoice, please contact us.
  • Cancellation & refunds: Please note that your payment is non-refundable.
  • Change or Cancellation: The organiser is at anytime entitled to change the date and/or delivery method of the conference. The event organiser reserves the right to run the event online due to unforeseen circumstances. The tickets purchased for the offline event would be valid for the online conference.
  • COVID-19 policy. Attendee should present verification of fully vaccinated status or a negative COVID-19 test result/rapid virus test to join the offline event and wear face mask in the rooms.

See you in Essen!

a city in the Western-German Rhein-Ruhr region

Formerly Germany’s coal-mining region, Essen is known as a fascinating urban area full of surprises. The city is home to global conglomerates like ThyssenKrupp, E.ON, RWE, Aldi Nord, HOCHTIEF, Schenker, or Evonik – corporates with global clout. Yet it managed to transform from its industrial heritage into the home of a UNESCO World Heritage (Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex) and recently even became the European Green Capital. The creative scene in Essen, many of them also forming the community of the Impact Hub Ruhr, are eager to go new ways and turn their home town into an innovative, sustainable, and good place to live in.

Venue

The conference will take place in the Haus der Technik and Impact Hub Ruhr

Haus der Technik (HDT)

Located conveniently in central Essen, directly opposite the central railway station, Haus der Technik is easily accessible by rail or road transport.

How do I get there?

Arrival By rail

Essen central railway station (Essen-Hauptbahnhof).

Arrival By car

From the motorway A3/A52 take the exit Essen-Zentrum/Essen-Süd; from the motorway A40, coming from the direction of Duisburg, take the exit Essen-Zentrum/Essen-Ost; from the motor- way A40, coming from the direction of Dortmund, take the exit Essen-Huttrop.

Since HDT has no car-parking facility of its own, please use the car-parks in the vicinity:

  • Q Park, Gildehofstrasse 1, 45127 Essen, open and attended 24 hours, 1,50 € per hour, 5,00 € Day-Flat (08:00-20:00), 12,00 € maximum rate per day), 200 m / 3 minutes walking distance from HDT.
  • Public parking next to junction Hollestrasse and Steeler Strasse, 7,50 € maximum rate per day.

Arrival By plane

From Dusseldorf International Airport – Essen central railway station can be reached comfortably in about 25 minutes from Dusseldorf airport railway station, where about 300 trains stop daily. At the airport take the SkyTrain or the shuttle bus to the airport station.

The event starts in Haus der Technik in Auditorium A-1 and continues in Impact Hub Ruhr for workshops.

Impact Hub Ruhr

Impact Hub Ruhr is part of a global network and is committed to anchoring innovation in society and business through sustainable approaches. As a coworking space, event organizer and consultant, it connects freelancers, creatives, social entrepreneurs and companies in the same mission. Here, expertise is shared, inspiration is sought and innovation is born through unusual partnerships.

Address

Heinrich-Reisner-Platz 1, 45127 Essen
(the same building as Haus der Technik)

Outcomes of previous edition

April edition brought together 176 innovation leaders and ecosystem builders from 45 countries for one day.

Participants of the Conference gathered around virtual roundtables- DEEP Dives- to explore topics with a high potential to determine the success of ecosystems. In five DEEP Dives, the following topics were analyzed:

  • From Farm-to-Fork – Revolutionizing Food Innovation Systems
  • Digitizing Cultural & Creative Ecosystems
  • Female Entrepreneurship Support
  • Ecosystem Internationalization
  • Startup Cities: Tracking & Fostering Business Angel Activity

The outcomes of the five DEEP Dives are published as Strategic White Papers.  Read more here.

White Paper on Female Entrepreneurship

White Paper on Internationalization

White Paper on CCIs

White Paper on AgriTech

White Paper on Business Angels

Seth started the Foundry Group together with Techcelerator Founder Brad Feld. They knew each other from Brad’s previous fund Mobius Ventures and are investing in technology companies throughout the US and Canada. His career spans venture capital investing as well as operational, transactional and advisory roles at both public and private companies.

Seth Levine

Managing Director at Foundry Group

Bernhard is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales disruptive startups and entrepreneurs that accelerate progress towards zero hunger. Previously, Bernhard co-founded the ShareTheMeal app, built up WFP’s Business Innovation team and worked as Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies.

Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

Entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in community building, Lais led the development of entrepreneurial communities across every continent. From leading 2000 volunteers across Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the president of a non-profit organization, to selecting and training community leaders across Latam, Africa, APAC for Startup Grind and working for governments and innovation agencies in 75+ ecosystems as part of Startup Genome’s executive team.

Laís de Oliveira

Community Development Consultant at Startup Genome

As Partner at Antler, Youri leads all operations in Amsterdam, the company’s third location globally after Singapore and Stockholm. Together with the rest of the Antler team, he drives to launch variety of new innovative companies through Antler’s unique approach to talent acquisition and business-building.

YOURI DOELEMAN

Partner at Antler Netherlands

Erin works regularly to support entrepreneurship in the Upstate, both as Director of the VentureSouth Spartanburg angel investor group and as the leader of the Economic and Entrepreneurial Vitality focus area for Ten at the Top.

Erin Henderson Ouzts

Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Director for Ten at the Top

Pedro is a founder, CEO and jack of all trades at darwinLabs, a specialized IT consulting company focused on #lowcode and out systems. He is also a co-founder at Beta-i, a non-profit organization for the promotion of entrepreneurship. Pedro has extensive experience in the consulting, financial services, telecom, internet and mobile marketing industries.

Pedro Santos

CEO at darwinLabs and Co-founder at Beta-i

Dominik is Innovation Consultant, Design Thinking Coach and Workshop Facilitator with 8+ years of international experience. Previously, Dominik worked as Innovation Manager for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s digital technology branch (EIT Digital). Additionally, he ran intrapreneurship and innovation programs at large international corporations and organizations such as Airbus, Celfocus, Deutsche Telekom, SAP and others.

Dominik Krabbe

Innovation Consultant

Claudia has more than 16 years of experience as an international development consultant and technical adviser, working extensively in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Her work has involved designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating multi-million-dollar development programmes, particularly focused on entrepreneurship and business development, across several government and non-governmental organizations.

Claudia Pompa

Founder and Managing Director at Consulting for Growth Group (C4G)

Aneth is a Hub Network Community Manager at Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’ implemented by GIZ. Aneth is passionate about entrepreneurship and ecosystem building having been involved in various entrepreneurship projects. Previously, Aneth led the Reach for Change incubator program in Rwanda. For the past 3 years, Aneth has supported the 2nd year seminar course as a teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon University Africa.

Aneth Batamuliza

Hub Network Community Manager at Make-IT in Africa

Inty is the co-founder and CEO of Ichthion, an award-winning start-up in the United Kingdom. The aim of this company is the development of disruptive technologies to extract plastics and synthetic waste from rivers and oceans. Inty is also the President and co-founder of the Circular foundation in Ecuador, an NGO with the goal of improving the life of vulnerable social groups through technology and innovation, while contributing to the protection of the environment.

INTY GRØNNEBERG

Co-founder and CEO of Ichthion, Co-founder and President of Circular Foundation in Ecuador

Anna is a trained systemic consultant and heads the Berlin team of the Conscious Innovation consultancy Mandalah. She has led various national and international projects with corporations, public institutions and NGOs alike. She also is the co-founder of Welana, a social business importing fabrics from Ethiopia.

Anna Papadopoulos

Managing Partner at Mandalah

Eric is part of the founding team at Cintrifuse. His background combines corporate marketing for one of the world’s most-beloved brands (the Walt Disney Company) with the hand-to-hand combat that comes with being on the leadership team of several productive small businesses.

Eric Weissmann

Vice President at Cintrifuse

Marketing, technology, operations, and startup development professional with specialties in data analytics, growth, operations management, digital strategy, investor relations, product management, business development, ecosystem development, user/market research, data analytics, operations digitization, & product launch. His past clients include Startupbootcamp, Touch Surgery, Hackster.io, Incident gTar, Car and Driver Magazine, Noisebridge, Asa, among many others.

Matthew Eisner

VP of Marketing and Growth at Ansible Advisory

Khatuchi is a Program Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) East Africa Chapter. In this capacity, she provides oversight to all the chapter’s Programs . Khatuchi also oversees ANDE’s activities in Tanzania and Uganda. Prior to joining ANDE, she worked with INGOs in both Kenya and Uganda.

Khatuchi Khasandi

Program Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Alain is a senior fellow at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University. He is the author of a book “Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities.” His operational work as an independent consultant and researcher focuses on the interaction between markets, regulations, and transport infrastructure in shaping the spatial structures of cities. 

Alain Bertaud

Senior Fellow NYU,  Former Principal Urbanist Planner at the World Bank

Lisa is the co-founder and CEO of Female Founders, the fastest-growing community of entrepreneurial women in Europe. With a 9-year track record in the tech ecosystem and especially in early stage financing, she's initiated projects all over Europe and supported hundreds of companies.

Lisa-Marie Fassl

Co-Founder & CEO at Female Founders

Bart is one of Europe's leading and awarded experts on the digital transformation of healthcare, and one of the most progressive forward thinkers focuses on finding alternative European strategies for the current postmodern world to create a more desirable future with greater social benefits. He is the initiator of the HIPPO AI Foundation in Berlin and co-founded the Digital Health Academy where he shares his knowledge to improve digital literacy.

Bart de Witte

Founder at HIPPO AI Foundation and Digital Health Academy

Michal is the Director of International Economic Development in Tel Aviv Global. She has an extensive experience in working with leading companies ranging from cutting edge startups to retail and consumers market leaders. She is also a mentor at Techstars and the 8200 Impact accelerator program.

Michal Michaeli

Director of International Economic Development @Tel Aviv Global

Laura started her career as an Investment Analyst & Community Manager at the Deep-Tech-Fonds Apex Ventures. Now she is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association (aaia).

Laura Egg

Managing Director at Austrian Angel Investors Association

David is a General Partner of Yield Lab Europe where he focuses on sourcing new investments and managing the Yield Lab portfolio. Previously he was a venture capital investor in Delta Partners.

David Bowles

Venture Capital Investor at The Yield Lab Europe

Harald is an urban development and governance specialist. Previously worked at German Agency for International Development (GIZ) and ICT@frica.

Harald Eisenhauer

Co-Founder and Head of Platform at DEEP Ecosystems

Olga is a growth and strategy expert and Founder at WIYO. She is passionate about innovation, launching new ventures and growth hacking.

Olga Pantchenko

Founder at WIYO

Crispin is the Deputy Head of Unit for the “Industrial forum, alliances, clusters” unit within the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, bringing together a number of alliances, networks, events and financial programmes to support companies at all stages of their growth and to help them partner most effectively with each other, including the Enterprise Europe Network.

Crispin Waymouth

Deputy Head of Unit, Industrial Forum, Alliances, Clusters Unit, European Commission

Xavier is the Head of International City Promotion of Barcelona City Council. He has been serving the city of Barcelona since 1991 both in the fields of economic promotion and social cohesion. Since 2008 he is in responsible of attracting foreign investment and promoting internationally the city of Barcelona.

Xavier Mayo Torres

Head of International City Promotion of Barcelona City Council

Lina founder and Managing Director of Media Lab Bayern, an incubator for new ideas in digital journalism. Previous to this, Lina wrote for outlets like Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung or ZEIT and worked as video journalist for formats that screened on ARTE or Prosieben. As a side project she founded the Slack community www.digital-journalism.rocks, which is a place to share best practices and expertise from now over 1000 digital journalists.

Lina Timm

Managing Director at Media Lab Bayern

David teaches cultural policies & international relations at Sciences Po Paris. Former Secretary General of the French National Commission for UNESCO, David is currently launching the Manufacture of Curiosity, a European initiative to foster smart innovation in cultural and creative industries.

David Fajolles

Founder & Director at C-Factor

With a background in sustainable development, Oleksandra deploys systems thinking to all problems and startup challenges. She contributed to the development of the climate change adaptation strategy and managed Earth Hour campaigns at the WWF. For the past 5 years, Oleksandra has been developing programs for startups at all stages of their journey. Across the industries and across the borders.

Oleksandra Kovbasko

Innovation Programs Director at Sweden Foodtech

Benjamin is leading the Credit Suisse – Swisscontact Program (CSSC) a project that aims at identifying best practice in entrepreneurship promotion and ecosystem building. Together with local entrepreneurship support organizations and entrepreneurs, he co-creates grass-root initiatives that help strengthen the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and support local organizations through strategic and practical advice focusing on Rwanda, Uganda, Guatemala and Cambodia.

Benjamin Meier

Project Manager at the Credit Suisse – Swisscontact Program

Eve is a Women in AI Ambassador. Initiator of WaiACCELERATE. 15+ years of professional experience in Growth & Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion, integrated marketing, and strategic communications. A big fan of adding a human voice to complex business ideas, data, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things. Active member of the startup & investor community in the Netherlands.

Eve Logunova

 Founder Evenness & Women in AI Ambassador in the Netherlands

Gabriele is Director of Startup Services at the Vienna Business Agency, Managing Director of the Vienna Region and Member of the Supervisory Board of INITS and has been working passionately in the fields of startups, female entrepreneurship and the Vienna startup scene for many years.

Gabriele Tatzberger

 Director of Startup Services at the Vienna Business Agency

Igor founded the innovation company Semente in Brazil, where he designed and managed acceleration programmes sponsored by corporates, governments and private foundations. With his investments he managed to successfully exit two early stage startups in the field of agritech and retail tech.

Igor Oliveira

UN consultant on ecosystem modelling,former Managing Director of Semente (Brazil)

As CEO of Start-Up Chile, the largest and most diverse startup accelerator in the globe, Sebastián worked with more than 1,000 tech-based startups and founders from many industries and countries. He is a world-wide respected consultant to governments and industry on ecosystem development.

Sebastián Díaz Mesa

Co-Founder at DEEP Ecosystems and Head of Acceleration & Community

Erica (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Florence, 2016) is Lecturer of Management at the University of Trento. Her research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurial ecosystems, servitization strategies, product- service innovation and digitalization of manufacturing.

Erica Santini

President of the European Startup Initiative and Lecturer at University of Trento

Thomas is building ecosystems in Europe since more than 8 years. He has set up and run numerous international startup programs, including for Microsoft Ventures in Germany and is currently investing with EIT Digital in pre-seed stage in 20 countries in CEE and Southern Europe.

Thomas Kösters

Managing Director at DEEP Ecosystems

Matija is the founder and CEO of Agrivi- an agri-tech startup that is creating the global agricultural eco-system with vision to change the way food is produced. With an intelligent cloud farm management solution, the company helps farmers to increase their productivity and find buyers for produced food. Agrivi is the winner of World Startup Competition 2014.

Matija Zulj

CEO & Founder at AGRIVI

In her role as Business Development Manager & Project Leader, Katja brings together key stakeholders from business, academia, the public sector, and the startup and ecosystem scene on a national and international levels and enables the entrepreneurial and innovation exchange within this strong network and strengthen the strategic development as well as the national an international visibility for the Munich Innovation Ecosystem.

Katja Werner

Business Development & Project Leader at MUC SUMMIT

Economist as background, Catherine has been working at the European Commission since 1994 in various services where she has been highly committed to support companies in the field of transport and energy infrastructures. Since 2015, she has further developed her experience in innovation where she has been responsible of the EIC-Accelerator evaluation process selecting highly innovative SMEs with a strong capacity to scale up.

 

Catherine Eginard

Head of Sector H2020 at EASME

Serghei is leading DEEPSEA and an entrepreneur himself - he co-founded the German Biotech company CrystalFirst.

Serghei Glinca

Head of DEEPSEA and founder of BioTech startup CrystalsFirst

Minerva works at the European Investment Fund managing the equity financial instruments – part of the Horizon 2020 programme, EFSI and now InvestEU –, and continuously trying to innovate alternative finance programmes in support to research & innovation in the Mandate Management Department.

Minerva Elias

Senior Innovation and Alternative Finance Manager at European Investment Fund (EIF)

Oscar is Head of VC - Digital Economy at European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxembourg, a European institution that provides risk finance to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Europe. At EIF, Oscar has invested in VC funds across Europe with a focus on the ICT sector and sits on their Advisory Boards. Oscar is a seasoned speaker in VC industry events and contributor to publications in the field of venture capital.

Oscar Farres

Head of VC - Digital Economy at European Investment Fund (EIF)

Laurent is an Impact Officer - Entrepreneurship and Business Creation at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He is mainly responsible for the EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) Entrepreneurship and Business Creation activities for innovative European start-ups and scale-ups across EU-28. His current work also includes the long term Financial Sustainability of the EIT KICs, and the development of synergies with the EIC and EIB/EIF.

Laurent Roux

 Impact Officer - Entrepreneurship, Business Creation and Financial Sustainability at EIT

With A BBA, consulting background, and Master's in big data, Gabor revolutionizes the transportation industry with new technologies. He's a Co-Founder of Trucksters, a company backed by leading corporations including the joint venture Porsche & Axel Springer (APX) and Grupo Undanet.

Gabor Balogh

 Co-Founder at Trucksters

Stefano is a Lecturer of Economics of the European Union at Bocconi University (Italy) and at University of Auckland (New Zealand), and Lecturer of EU competition policy at ISPI (Italy). He is also a board member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and of the NZ European Business Council. He is also an 'angel investor' in love with clear-cut differentiation and scalability.

Stefano Riela

Board member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in NZ and European Business Council

Michaela is a Startup Coach at the Technical University of Munich. She supports research projects in Horizon 2020 and helps entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to the market.

Michaela Werther

Startup Coach @Technical University of Munich

Stephan is an Investment Partner at TS Ventures and Director Founders Education at the Founders Foundation. Prior to that, he has led the startup units at Microsoft in Germany and Europe and was co-founder of the Microsoft Accelerator in Berlin. He manages a portfolio of 20 angel investments in Germany, Europe and the US with a focus on AdTech, Marketplaces, SaaS and Climate Tech. 

Stephan Jacquemot

Investment Partner @TS Ventures and Director Founders Education @Founders Foundation

Nina is a project manager at tech2b Incubator. Multi experienced in building & leading a company. Internationalization specialist, always looking for international partners & networks.

Nina Gruber

Project Manager @tech2b Incubator

Zane is the head of marketing and communications at Startup Wise Guys. She is also the founder and co-owner of Lude (Z2B Ltd). Prior to that, Zane was a consultant at Hauska & Partner.

Zane Bojāre

Head of marketing and communications at Startup Wise Guys

Aru runs his own data science consultancy called Arulytics, and is the Director of Data Science at Willapay, a fintech startup based in Stockholm. Previously, he has been building and scaling analytics and data science functions at HiQ, Springworks and Truecaller in Stockholm. He also has experience working as an Analyst for the Search team at Yahoo in London, and at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Arunabh Singh

Director of Data Science @Willapay

Natalie is a sociologist and researcher on early-stage entrepreneurship in Europe. For the last five years, she has been conducting fieldwork with entrepreneurs and community builders for the project, The Startup City. Her research and experience in the startup ecosystem spans 27 different countries on nearly all continents.

Natalie Novick

Market Researcher, Content and Digital Marketing @PIRATEx

Rocio is the Executive Director of InnovaChile CORFO and former CEO at Start-Up Chile one of the biggest and most diverse startup community in the world. She has a MS in Management at MIT, is a Master in innovation and entrepreneurship and Biotech Engineer. Her passion is to help people to transform their ideas into business.

Rocio Fonseca

Executive Director of InnovaChile


Anke has many years of experience in strategic marketing and business development in medical technology and biotechnology. Before joining the investment team of HTGF, one of Europe’s most active seed investor, she developed the product portfolios of international life science companies ensuring their future growth. At HTGF she is responsible for several early stage investments in medical technology, digital health and biotech.

 

Anke Cassing

Principal in the Life Sciences Investment Team at High-Tech Gründerfonds

Gergo is a Business Development leader at Amazon Web Services. In his current role, he is responsible for the strategic relationship with leading VCs and driving growth with their portfolio companies. His previous experiences include working as a Product and Business Owner at Zalando, Entrepreneur in Residence at Rocket Internet, and co-founding e-commerce companies Wimdu and WestWing.

Gergo Kalcsics

Senior Manager - VC Business Development at Amazon Web Services

Raluca is an editor for fonduri-structurale.ro, Romania’s biggest portal on financing opportunities. Raluca co-founded in 2020 consolid8.ro – Romania’s first crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs and the creative industries. 

Raluca Prelucă

Co-founder & Community Manager at Consolid8

Shivam Dhawan is a technology enthusiast with a vision of improving educational processes and personal development. He is a recognized innovator and loves the excitement of discovering opportunities of ideating technology solutions. His experience as an analytics expert allows him to provide data driven strategies for the execution of those ideas. 

Shivam Dhawan

Founder & CEO at GetBoarded Technologies

Jaber has over 25 years of experience in the technology sector.  He has also invested time and funds into start-ups and young companies over the recent years in a diverse range of sectors. Earlier in his career, he worked as equity analyst covering Software stocks for ABN-AMRO, and held senior positions in global accounts management within SAP.

 

Jaber Tannay

Senior Vice President at Corum Group

Perrine is Head of Partnerships and Communications at the Center for Leadership in the Future of Work at University of Zurich. She has over 15 years of professional experience in China as Director of Communications and Donor Relations at Save the Children in China.

 

Perrine Lhuillier

Head of Partnerships and Communications, UZH at University of Zurich

Irina is a remote freelancer who has been involved in a broad spectrum of activities related to tech startup ecosystems in the past years. She holds a Master's degree in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation.

Irina Ispas

Research Analyst

Rolf is an experienced entrepreneur in the fields of innovation and professional development. Building 3 companies with his latest: The Upgrade Society in which he finds, matches and supports purpose driven communities to work on sustainable impact for themselves and for the collective good. 

Rolf  van Haren

Founder/CEO @The Upgrade Society 

Jenny has worked 10+ years within the IT industry followed by another 10+ years working within cross-border trade and investment promotion sphere with focus on market entry, investment opportunity matchmaking, innovation ecosystems, and tech verticals.

 

Jenny Berthling

Senior Business Development Manager at Invest Stockholm

Martyna is contributing to the development of local ecosystem and securing the necessary capital for growth. Her broad range of interests have provided her with unique set of professional skills as well as people skills. Originally from Poland, currently in Denmark, within different projects she gained experience in the USA, China, Indonesia, Switzerland, Netherlands & Lithuania.

 

Martyna Waliszewska

Investment Manager at Invest in Odense

Vidar is a Norwegian serial startup entrepreneur, investor, educator and advisor to international corporations and organisations on innovation. In 2015, he was recognised by Wirtschafts Woche as one of the most important people in the German startup scene. His work has been featured and recognised by The New York Times, Business Insider, CNN, BBC, TechCrunch, Forbes, TechCocktail, Die Welt, DViCE, ZDF, WDR, DRadio Wissen, WiWo, and more.

 

Vidar Andersen

Founding Principal at +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES

As a part of the Investor services team, Verica helps international investors, VCs and CVCs find deal flows from Skåne. She focuses on the ongoing sourcing of startups and scaleups and evaluates their business potential from investors’ perspectives.

 

Verica Poposka

Venture Advisor at Skåne Startups

Uwe is an experienced professional in international business relations, foreign direct investment consulting and international location marketing. He has launched the startup initiative of the German City of Duesseldorf, set up the innovation and digitalization platform "Digihub Duesseldorf / Rhineland GmbH" and positioned the EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf as an innovation platform for climate-neutral energy and mobility solutions.

 

Uwe Kerkmann

Build-Up Team H2UB Essen

Markus co-founded three companies in the areas of software, hardware and fintech, invested in AI and software startups as angel investor  and mentored more than 40 startups at Founders Foundation. After writing the Founders Foundation Playbook and challenging some company builder, accelerator, and talent investor concepts, he created the Climate Founders concept, won partners and founded the world's first talent investor for climate change related topics. 

Markus Sudhoff

Founder & CEO at Climate Founders

Christina is a Teamleader in Fair & Social Responsibility at Naturland, a farmers' association promoting organic agriculture over the world. She is also the head of research at Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship within Munich University of Applied Sciences.

 

Christina Weber

Teamleader Naturland Fair & Social Responsibility at Naturland

Benedikt is the founder of the Impact Hub Ruhr and is responsible for the program and finance department. As a project developer, he works on programs such as hackathons or summer schools and new products. As a coach he is involved in the workshop programs, especially in the area of ​​business model innovation.

 

Benedikt Brester

Co-Founder - Programs, Finance, Business Development at Impact Hub Ruhr

Ulrike is committed to increasing the visibility of topics such as social entrepreneurship and social innovations as the key to social and ecological challenges. Previously she has worked in Seville, Montreal and London, Zurich followed, where Ulrike became part of the Impact Hub Zurich team.

 

Ulrike Trenz

Co-Founder and Managing Director at Impact Hub Ruhr

Cyril is currently the CEO of Regtech Africa, an emergent global digital tech media platform with niche focus on regulatory technology innovations in Africa and around the world. He sits on the board of many startup companies including Latitude iBS Limited, a financial technology innovation company.

 

Cyril Okoroigwe

Chief Executive Officer at RegTech Africa


Kathy has been a co-founder of two successful companies in the gaming and health technology industries, as well as director of the Launch Incubator in Maastricht, Netherlands. She is particularly passionate about starting companies which have both aspects of profit and social good.

 

 

Kathy Mulders-Vredeveldt

Senior Consultant at Entre - Vistro


Jan has founded several companies. Expertise in sales, marketing, finance, M&A. He specializes in networking for funding for starting and growing ICT and eBusiness companies.

 

Jan Verkooijen

Co-founder & Capital Management Director at WorldStartup

Background in accountancy and finance, build the community from nothing to 700 people on database.  Strength in establishing strategic partnership, interpersonal skills, brand development and digital marketing. 

 

Leyla Karaha

Founder at Your Y Network

Maria started working in a startup and developed a variety of skills such as brand marketing, event manager and project development. Currently, she works as a brand marketing manager at GetBoarded.

 

Maria João Silva

Brand Marketing Manager at GetBoarded


Cristian is experienced in FMCG manufacturing with a background on Electrical Engineering and Management. Based on a rich AIESEC experience and his previous sales jobs, he has developed a strong desire to lead teams and work with people, understanding and applying engineering principles at the same time.

Cristian Pogan

Co-Founder of PolyMore


As part of Skåne Startups, Eirini researches and delves into the deepest corners of the internet and the community to find all the startups in Scania. From the smallest to the biggest with mission to give them the best opportunities to meet the most relevant investors and make them visible to an international audience of investors.

 

Eirini Gavala

Venture Advisor at Skåne Startups


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