Erik Ackner

Director of Growth

Erik is a German technology evangelist and startup ecosystem builder with over five years of work experience in China and an MA double-degree in Chinese-European economy and business.
Erik leads growth at Canadian smart home and spatial tech company Mercku.

The Innovator
Erik has directed Europe's largest startup accelerator, Startupbootcamp, in Chengdu to support international and local startups to succeed in China. Companies in his program have raised more than $40 million and continue to grow globally.

The Organizer
Erik has managed more than 200 events, conferences, and festivals with up to 12,000+ participants in areas such as innovation, entrepreneurship, and music. Events include Startup Grind, Slush, Fete de la Musique, Global Citizen Festival, Fuckup Nights, Startup Weekend, and Lean Startup Machine.

The Speaker & Advocate
Being an advocate for technology and innovation, Erik had many appearances at international conferences such as Slush, 4YFN, AngelHack, Pirate Summit, Startup Fair Lithuania, Startup Festival Korea, TEDx Chengdu, Pechakucha, Tech Tour, Startup Grind and Startup Weekend.


Jun 27, 2019