A Conference and Accelerator Program for Innovation
Managers and Ecosystem Builders

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Coming soon in October    |      2021





Applications open in October   |      2021





What makes
a successful
ecosystem builder?

The DEEP Ecosystem Accelerator is a process to bring together international innovation actors around the most pressing challenges of our times and create high-impact innovation systems. The DEEP Ecosystems that emerge are transnational and of high diversity, purpose and data-driven.

Who is it for?

Community Builders

Access Expert Knowledge & Exchange with peers

Learn about funding & partnership opportunities

Join the accelerator to build your dream

Cities & Institutions

Access intelligence &
data services

Share your story and gain international visibility

Boost the development of your local ecosystem

Corporates & Investors

Position as a cornerstone of global innovation ecosystems

Initiate partnerships to attack your biggest innovation challenges

Accelerate global ecosystems and secure a first-mover advantage

What do we offer?

On the DEEP Ecosystem Conference you meet the most ambitious innovation professionals and partner up to take on global challenges.

Join a working group on the DEEP Ecosystem Conference and work with domain leaders and our analyst to generate high-impact insights that will be published in a white paper.

The DEEP Accelerator pushes transnational projects to the next level. Together we turn ambitious ideas into reality, build global partnerships and raise funds for ecosystems.

On the DEEP Ecosystem Conference you meet the most ambitious innovation professionals and partner up to take on global challenges.

Join a working group on the DEEP Ecosystem Conference and work with domain leaders and our analyst to generate high-impact insights that will be published in a white paper.

The DEEP Accelerator pushes transnational projects to the next level. Together we turn ambitious ideas into reality, build global partnerships and raise funds for ecosystems.

Our Speakers and Mentors

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.


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 Krabbe

Innovation Consultant

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.


Co-founder and CEO of Ichthion, as well as 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,, 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

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

Co-Founder and Head of Research at DEEP Ecosystems 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

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, 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


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

George is Director of Strategic Projects & Innovation; and Accreditation & China Director at AMBA (the Association of MBAs) in London. He leads on the accreditation of 130 universities / business schools in China, Japan, Russia, Eastern Europe, Spain, Latin America, Turkey and London. In this capacity, George advises business school deans and MBA directors in designing their MBA, DBA and Master's in Management and Entrepreneurship programmes.

George Iliev

Director of Strategic Projects & Innovation and Accreditation & China Director at AMBA

Entrepreneur, community builder & public speaker. Sebastien has a real passion for startups, innovation, and social impact. He currently dedicates his time to helping startup founders to build successful, inclusive & sustainable ventures. He also facilitates workshops at European Commission, EIT InnoEnergy, SeedStars. Previously worked at TNW Impact Startups, Innofest, The Global Hack.

Sebastien Toupy

Advisor @Greentech Alliance

Lucia is the program manager at the UNLOCK Accelerator, a program by Wikimedia Deutschland supporting social innovations that make knowledge freely and widely accessible to all. She has many years of experience in program design and implementation as well as community engagement in the non-profit sector. Drawing from her background as a theatre scholar her mission is to create experiences that provide the framework and inspiration that access the potential in all of us.

Lucia Obst

Program Manager @UNLOCK Accelerator

Carlos is a Senior Advisor at EIT Digital, where he taps into 25 years of professional experience across Europe and the US – as a consultant and executive at firms like McKinsey, Microsoft, Indra or Aldesa, and as CEO of multiple SMEs – to help digital tech scaleups grow on an international basis, and corporations adopt innovative solutions from the scaleup ecosystem.

Carlos Rubal

Senior Advisor @EIT Digital

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