Dr. Alex von Frankenberg is Managing Director of the High-Tech Grün-derfonds, responsible for hardware and software investments. Beforetaking that position in October 2005 he was responsible for spin-offsas Venture Manager at the Siemens Technology Accelerator (STA).
Before joining the STA in April 2002 Alex was head of sales and
marketing of an IT start-up. Prior to that he headed the InnovationPractice at Siemens Management Consulting.
He started his career designing and implementing large IT systems withAndersen Consulting. Alex holds an MBA from the University of Texas atAustin (1992) and a PhD about the establishment of de-facto techologystandards from the University of Mannheim (1997).
Founder and CEO - CoDesign Factory
Aya Jaff, born in Iraq, is the founder and CEO of CoDesign FactoryGmbH. With fellow CoDesigners (startup experts, social media influ-encers and famous founders in the German tech scene) she's innovatingproducts, services and business models. She's worked as a coder forvarious startups and bigger companies in Silicon Valley, Madrid andHamburg.
Aya Jaff has been dubbed "Mrs. Code" by the national newspaper DIEZEIT and was on the cover of the leading tech and startup magazine t3nas one of the "20 under 20 digital pioneers
VP, Employer Branding and Social Innovation - Siemens
Rosa Riera serves as VP, Employer Branding and Social Innovation, atSiemens AG. She is currently overseeing the transformation of theSiemens employer brand. She is passionate about innovative solutionsfor collaboration in the workplace. Rosa believes that creating theright conditions for talent to thrive will become an ever more press-ing concern for ambitious businesses which is why she is focusing onexperience design. She sees herself as an HR immigrant, having startedher career in communications and marketing and moving into the HRfield only recently.
Rosa has worked in Siemens’ industry and healthcare segments at vari-ous locations in Germany and the United States.
Co-founder and Managing Director of Seeding Alliance GmbH
Coskun Tuna is co-founder and managing director of Seeding AllianceGmbH. The company is regarded as a pioneer in native advertising inGermany. By 2013, the company had already begun to develop a technolo-gy for native advertising formats, which have since been successfullymarketed on more than 650 media. The Seeding Alliance has been part ofthe Ströer Group since March 2017.
Coskun Tuna, also simply called Josh, started his career as an en-trepreneur in 1999, after he had just quit his job as a police officerand founded Mitfahrzentrale.de together with a colleague. To date,Josh has founded seven companies and participates as a business angelin start-ups.
Florian von Klier
International Director Group Sales Sixt GmbH & Co.
Florian von Klier ist ein erfahrener Manager mit Schwerpunkt Vertriebund Business Development. Nach seiner Tätigkeit für die BertelsmannAG, hat er als selbständiger Unternehmensberater Kunden wie z: B. AxelSpringer, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, NZZ - Neue ZüricherZeitung oder Euroforum beraten. Zuletzt war er als Chief Operating Of-ficer (COO) für ein weltweit operierendes Marktforschungsinstituttätig, das führende FMCG - Marken u.a. in den Bereichen der innovativ-en Produktentwicklung begleitet.
Als International Director Group Sales (D/A/CH) der Sixt GmbH & Co.Autovermietung KG ist er der richtige Ansprechpartner für bedarfs-gerechte, flexible und innovative Mobilität.
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Dr. Daniel Englberger
Group Chief Transformation Officer - Zurich Financial Services
Daniel Englberger (born 1971) has been Group Chief TransformationOfficer since mid-2016, responsible for the implementation of thetransformation strategy and heads the Group's business and ITarchitecture.
In 2011 he took on a global role as Head of the Group Project Man-agement Office (PMO). In his role as Head of Global Business Ser-vices, which he took on in July 2012, Daniel led the Finance Opera-tions, CRE & FM, Group Security and Print & Document Management di-visions in North America. Daniel Englberger has over 20 years of ex-perience in the insurance industry and previously worked for Accen-ture as a partner in the insurance practice. Here he delivered a se-ries of strategy, process and IT implementation programmes. He holdsdegrees in mechanical engineering and business administration and adoctorate in economics.
Dennis von Ferenczy
Founder and Investor
Dennis von Ferenczy is the founder of the series and a business an-gel. In 2006, he founded amiando GmbH (now Xing Events GmbH), wherehe was in charge of marketing and strategy until he left in 2012. In2013 he founded IDnow GmbH (www.idnow.de), which he actively supportstoday as a member of the advisory board. In his recent set-up DesignyGmbH, he has advised over 1,000 start-ups in the fundraising processwith the UnicornPitch brand (unicornpitch.com/de). For over 10 yearshe has supported start-ups as a business angel and holds interests inover 25 start-ups. For his activities, he was named a Technology Pio-neer by the World Economic Forum in 2010 and by Ernst & Young as En-trepreneur of the Year finalist.
Managing Director - Seedmatch GmbH
Stefan Flinspach is Managing Director of Seedmatch, Germany's firstcrowd-funding platform. Since its launch in August 2011, Seedmatchhas already provided over 100 successful financing rounds and over33 million Euro for start-ups and young growth companies.
2013 saw the establishment of Econeer, a crowd-funding platform forgreen projects and technologies, as a complement. Since then, morethan seven million Euro has been invested in the expansion of energyefficiency and renewable energies. In addition, 15,000 tonnes ofharmful CO2 emissions were prevented. Since 2015, Mezzany has com-pleted the portfolio of swarm-based investment opportunities withcrowd-financing of real estate projects.
Director Business Development - AM Ventures Holding GmbH
Arno Held is an industrial engineer and studied in Karlsruhe, Shang-hai and St. Gallen. With over 15 years of experience in mechanicalengineering and laser applications, he has been helping start-upsmake a successful entry into industrial 3D printing since 2009. Arnospent 7 years in the Strategy and Business Development department atEOS, the world market leader in industrial 3D printing, and has ledthe investment team at AM Ventures Holding GmbH (AMV), the world'sleading strategic 3D printing investor, since 2015. Today AMV has aportfolio of 18 holdings in 7 countries and offers unique access tofinancing, technology and expertise for industry-specific start-upsin the fields of hardware, software, materials and applications.
Associate - Earlybird Venture Capital
Ravi Kurani has been part of the investment team at Earlybird Ven-ture Capital in Munich since 2016. In his role, he evaluates invest-ments in technology start-ups, especially in his focus areas Fin-Tech / InsurTech and Blockchain, and is a regular speaker at tech-nology conferences. Prior to working at Earlybird, he worked as amanagement consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, focusing onfinancial institutions and private equity.
Ravi Kurani holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineeringfrom the TU Braunschweig and a Master of Engineering Management fromDuke University.
CEO - Wayra
Christian Lindener was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico. Hestudied International Business in Innsbruck and Barcelona. Christianhimself founded a hardware and AR start-up, built up several incuba-tors and accelerators as a tech consultant and played a major rolein developing 56 high-tech start-ups as Director of TechFounders. Heis co-founder of the InsurTech Hub and has been a member of the Ad-visory Board of the Federal Association of German Start-ups sinceSeptember 2017.
Christian Lindener has been CEO of Wayra Deutschland GmbH since Feb-ruary 2017
Binca Praetorius is start up pitch coach and public speaking train-er. Since 2012 she has trained 500+ pitches for start-ups throughoutEurope and the MENA region. She coached the teams for TelekomHub:raum, StartupBootcamp, Bayer Pharma Grants4Apps, Infoshare Gdan-sk, General Assembly London, Hardware.co, EIT Digital & Climate KIC,Sheraa Sharjah / UAE, RiseUp Cairo, Startup Haus Tunis and GoogleLaunchpad. She is a proud member of sandbox.is and hosts the TEDx-Heidelberg & TEDxMannheim. Bianca is co-founder of theredlab.com andco-editor of "Die Lean Back Perspektive", a book about female lead-ership published by Springer Gabler in October 2016. Bianca lives inBerlin and has a weakness for trees, robots & crème brûlée.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Prasch
Professor for Procurement and Process Management
Martin Prasch has been Professor of Procurement and Process Manage-ment at Landshut University of Applied Sciences and an independentconsultant since March 2017. Previously, he was Vice President Glob-al Operations of the listed Amer Sports Corporation, based in Hel-sinki. Amer Sports is a world-leading sports goods manufacturer withthe well-known brands Wilson, Atomic, Salomon, Mavic, Suunto, Precorand Arcteryx. From 2007 to May 2011 he held various management posi-tions and was authorised signatory at the medium-sized electricaltool manufacturer Metabo in Nürtingen.
CEO - WEKA Media Group Munich
Since 2014 Kurt Skupin has been responsible as CEO for the WEKA MediaGroup Munich, which serves a wide variety of BtoB and BtoC targetgroups cross-media with seven companies.
After completing his business administration studies in Rosenheim, Van-couver and London with an MBA, his first professional stations were BMWAG and the management consultancy Roland Berger. In 1993 K. Skupinmoved to the media industry to the then Magna Media AG. As publishinghouse manager, he guided their sale to WEKA in 1996 and subsequentlybecame part of the management team that formed the WEKA Magazine Group(since 2007 WEKA Media Group Munich). In the following years, the mediagroup was expanded from three to seven companies at five locations un-der his significant leadership.
CEO - digitalSTROM AG
After studying business mathematics at the University of Ulm and anMBA at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Martin Vesper beganhis professional career at Ameritech Services in the USA. Since hisreturn to Germany, he has held various management positions at bothtechnical and sales levels, including at Vorwerk, where he was re-sponsible for sales, controlling and customer service. In 2001 hemoved to the top of Yello Strom GmbH in order to expand and consoli-date the Yello brand as a customer-focused company in the liber-alised energy market. In addition, Vesper was divisional director ofB2C operations at EnBW Energie Baden- Württemberg AG and headed thebusiness network "Private and Commercial Customers" of EdF (Elec-tricité de France, Paris). Martin Vesper has been Chief ExecutiveOfficer of digitalSTROM AG since September 2011.
Martin Vesper is regarded as an expert in digital transformation andnetworking, process optimisation, excellent customer focus andstrong brands. Further information is available at www.digital-strom.com.