Joanna is a communications & PR strategist for international ecosystem builders, fast growth companies and startups in tech and creative industries. Currently based in Paris, she is Managing Director at StartHer, a non-profit organization that supports women in technology and entrepreneurship, and chapter lead for Techfugees France. Joanna also co-founded Startup Sesame, program based on Tech events helping entrepreneurs through conferences, networking, and education, and is a founding member of Tales & Remedies (music). Previously in charge of communications & PR for global entertainment and tech events Midem, MIPTV, MIPCOM and LeWeb, Joanna holds an MBA in Cultural Management in Europe from Paris 8 and a BA in European Studies from Reading University.
As a seven-time startup veteran and CEO and founder of Tech Ranch Austin, a venture accelerator for early-stage technology companies, Kevin Koym is a recognized pioneer in the startup community whose influence has been felt by over 5,700 entrepreneurs from over 38 countries. At the end of 2015 Tech Ranch was selected by UBI Global in the Top Three Social Impact Incubators in the United States. Kevin’s continuous ability to replicate entrepreneurial success for emerging technology companies is a result of a proven community-based approach to provide the support and pragmatic agitation needed for entrepreneurs to not just accelerate their business, but also disrupt their targeted markets.
Olivier Kennedy founded Enigma in 2008 in the middle of the economic crisis. For that reason, he had to learn how to optimize budgets quickly. Fascinated with new technologies, he used them to build his success with the help of social media and by exploiting the SEO’s amazing opportunities. However, Olivier Kennedy was always more of an entrepreneur than a technician. He wanted to build resolutely human campaigns of which he would be the
target. This strategist soon became interested in the field of new technologies which revolutionize communications. He is one of the leading players in Facebook and Twitter campaigns implementations in Switzerland with Enigma, notably in the B2B, luxury, and political sectors. But his true strength lies in his capacity to transform beliefs. Three years ago, he grew Enigma on the other side of the Röstigraben when he opened the Bern
office with his associate Martin Künzi.
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Itxaso is an Investment Partner for Microsoft Ventures. She is based in London and is responsible for the investments in Europe. Previously, Itxaso was a Principal at Lepe Partners where she led investments in venture growth companies in digital media and consumer technologies. Prior to that, she was at EC1 Capital investing in early stage startups and helping them build and commercialize their technologies. Itxaso is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a BSc and MSc in Engineering as well as a PhD focused on Economics and Venture Capital. Itxaso has also taught entrepreneurship in many institutions including Imperial College and University College London.
As Project Manager Innovation Lab, Victor Thoma is responsible for executing innovation projects at ERGO Digital Ventures. In this role, he builds fast pilots to identify new business opportunities for ERGO. Before he joined ERGO Digital Ventures, Victor founded his own startup in the used car business.
Tim believes that experiments are the key to successful innovation. His recent work includes Artworks, Lego dogs and various Internet of Everything (IoE) devices, trying to figure out how people actually relate to their smart objects and what security features they expect from them.
Last year in Berlin he co-founded |pipe| to add a secure, direct authenticated data transport layer between connected devices and their owners, having tested the practicality of these solutions in a video calling app for pets, called YoPet. Previous projects have included a training simulation for oil platforms, a time management app for a space telescope, a mobile phone network on a remote Pacific Island, and a solar-powered interactive art exhibit at the Burning Man festival.
Anitta Krishan is a passionate leader and influencer with 15+ years of international experience in leadership development and organizational development. She currently leads global organizational development at trivago N.V. She is a results-driven people professional passionate about combining culture, leadership, innovation, and inclusiveness to create workplaces that people truly love and employee experiences that are truly inspiring. At the Pirate Summit Anitta will speak about scaling culture.
Viktor has founded Getsurance, the startup that is digitizing life insurance. Before that, he worked as a software engineer for Siemens. In his free time, he experiments with Bitcoin and other blockchain currencies. Viktor holds a PhD in linguistics and a Master of Science in computer engineering.
Nicole brings more than 20 years in the insurance industry having worked previously with Oliver Wyman, McKinsey & Company, and Bank of America. With her own company, Aureus, she advises all stakeholders of the insurance industries: from Incumbent, over Investors / VCs, to start-ups. Her focus are the broader strategic finance and capital management topics including underwriting and product design – as well as innovation topics with a focus of how best to bring incumbents and start-ups together. She also acts as a business angel in the InsurTech and FinTech arena – and acts as an advisory board member of the charity „Über den Tellerrand“. Nicole holds a master in mathematics and a minor in insurance business administration.
Julian Teicke is a passionate founder influenced by his entrepreneurial father from a very young age. After completing his studies at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, he moved to London where he played a leading role in building the fastest growing company of all time – Groupon.
In 2014 he founded FinanceFox (currently wefox). wefox is an insurance platform, which achieved the largest investment round in the insurtech sector in 2016. In September this year, the launch of ONE will follow. ONE will be the first 100% digital European insurance company. Julian’s vision for wefox and ONE is to revolutionize the insurance experience all over the world.
Malte is a Platform Partnerships Manager DACH at Facebook, based in Berlin. Before Facebook, he worked as the Head of New Platforms at Germany’s largest news publication, Bild, and spent over five years at start-ups such as music hardware company Miselu and social engagement platform site, Talenthouse, in the Bay Area. Malte has a deep understanding of the start-up community having also co-founded a social shopping business in Germany.
In his current role, Malte works with developers and entrepreneurs from a wide range of German start-ups, helping them to build solutions and scale their business using Facebook’s suite of developer tools. He also leads the expansion of Developer Circles from Facebook into Germany.
Over the past 5 years, Ferdinand Goetzen has been active in startup scenes across Europe and has helped set up and grow a number of ventures. He has consistently edged toward the field of growth hacking and currently works as lead Growth Hacker Trainer and Speaker for Growth Tribe in Amsterdam. He specializes in Growth Hacking, specifically customer acquisition (SEO, SM, engineered marketing, content marketing, virality), usability for growth, technical marketing, CRO, and various forms of Digital Marketing (SEO, SEM, SMM).
Alex is a Senior Associate at Atomico where he has worked on the investment team for over 3 years, covering the DACH region and sector focus on fintech, consumer, and proptech. He works with portfolio companies such as GoEuro, Lendinvest, Lilium, Scandit, and Knewton. Prior to joining Atomico, Alex worked at Bain and Company for 2 years, working across private equity, telecoms, and financial services. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class BA in English.
Jan is Managing Partner at bmp AG, managing the Venture Capital funds BFB Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg and IBG-Fonds Sachsen-Anhalt. bmp is a hands-on VC-company helping startups in the field of financing, controlling and business development.The current sweetspots are early and later stage investments in tech companies between 0,5m-10m EUR per case. Before joining bmp, Jan served for six years in managerial position at GO:INcubator and was responsible for the business development and seed financing of over 60 startups, mainly in the ICT sector (SaaS, marketplaces, mobile, Ecommerce). Prior to that, Jan had positions in controlling and investment banking at Siemens and HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt in the US and Luxembourg. Jan’s latest investments are komoot, trinckle 3D and UniNow.
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 140 countries. Holger drives the company’s strategy & growth initiatives. Before co-founding Blinkist, Holger worked with in-house consulting and commercial management of digital growth markets for Germany’s biggest telco company.
Steven Boylan is CEO & Co-Founder of Berlin based VR start-up TimeRiftTours. TimeRiftTours is bringing VR to the Tourism sector, taking tourists on a journey through the past using immersive VR simulations on-site at historical locations. Steven is also co-founder of trt:labs – a design & development studio utilising AR, VR & AI and the technology from TimeRiftTours to develop bespoke experiences for clients.
Steven studied Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh and worked for 12 years in online / mobile marketing and business development. He is driven by problem-solving and loves getting his hands dirty finding out how to get around obstacles and find innovative solutions to everyday problems. Outside of the office, Steven will either be playing music, playing sports, or indulging in good food and good wine!
Gil Dibner leads the largest AngelList syndicate outside the US that is exclusively focused on European and Israeli enterprise technology. He is an active early-stage investor in European and Israeli technology companies including Chorus, Cloud66, Front, Resin, Moltin, Shoppimon, Snyk, Styla, and many others.
Gil was previously a partner at DFJ Esprit in London. Prior to DFJ Esprit, Gil helped lead Index Venture’s seed investment activity in their London office, working with companies across Europe, the US, and Israel.
Before joining Index, Gil was a principal with Gemini Israel Ventures, a $200M venture capital fund based in Tel Aviv. There, he led investments in The Gifts Project (acquired by Ebay), JFrog, and Flok. Prior to that, as a principal at Genesis Partners, also based in Tel Aviv, Gil was very actively involved in a number of investments including Yedda (acquired by AOL), Innovid, SiSense, and Profitect.
Gil holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Economics from Harvard University. He is also a Kauffman Fellow. Gil blogs actively at YankeeSabraLimey and tweets as @gdibner.
Larissa is Chief Marketing & Partnerships Manager at VIRE, a Cologne based Ad-Tech startUp that aims to create engaging advertising formats that work across all platforms, inspired by VR & AR. The company wants to help VR publishers to monetise their content and open up the new Virtual Worlds for Advertisers. Larissa has previously studied Marketing Strategy & Innovation at Cass Business School London and is a vivid member of the VR scene for several years by speaking at conferences like VRX connects or VR meetups.
Daniel Schneider conducts since April this year, the Oetker Digital Factory. Digital Factory is working to strengthen it digital product development, services, and data usage for the companies of the Oetker Group as part of Oetker Digital. With Oetker Digital, the Oetker Group wants with its well-known FMCG brands (eg Dr. Oetker, Radeberger, Coppenrath & Wiese, Bionade, Henkell sparkling wine) respond to the changes brought about by digitization and open up new business. Daniel is infected with the Internet virus since he administered and founded a shop for board games and role playing the mid 90’s first Linux server. He studied communications at the University of Erfurt and received his doctorate at Stanford University in Communications and Psychology. After five years as a consultant to the Boston Consulting Group, primarily in the financial services, he took over in 2013 a management position in product management at Zalando. Most recently, he was responsible for the development of the fashion Discovery App “Fleek” before joining Oetker Digital.
Martin Fröhlich is a new generation entrepreneur. Following his studies in International Management in Berlin, Paris, London, Chengdu/China and time spent at Siemens, he becomes self-employed. As a fresh and daring entrepreneur, he founded the company PaperC and is today a Start-up Manager and Venture Architect for Deutsche Bahn. He is passionate about thinking differently and tackling new ideas, putting this into practice as a lecturer in Starting & Founding Businesses at a number of different universities like LMU Munich, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, HDM Stuttgart etc. In addition, Martin is an active business angel in companies such as FitAnalytics, Massagio, Martin Joyeux, Seth Schwarz, Kochmamsell etc.
In his free time he is a songwriter and fashion designer.
Sia Houchangnia is part of Seedcamp’s investment team, identifying and investing early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. With an MSc in International Management from ESADE Business School, Sia started out crunching numbers and analysing data at EY and UBS before joining Seedcamp back in 2014. Although Seedcamp is sector agnostic, Sia has a particular interest in fintech, blockchain technologies and more generally businesses that smartly leverage data to shake up large, old-fashioned industries.
An expert in EU Funding for Startups and SMEs, Louis is currently heading the team at EU Startup Services, the leading European-wide consultancy on EU Funding for Startups, directly securing over 31 direct grants ranging between €50K to €2,5M for innovative startups in the past year alone.
Louis has been working at the interface of technology, innovation and funding for over 8 years – initially for Non-Profits, then in Science and Technology at Stockholm University (under the Swedish Ministry of Entreprise), across different thematics, including e-Government, e-Privacy, e-Skills, and Interoperability. Today, Louis focuses exclusively on the European startup ecosystem through mentoring and access to funding, with a core focus on Open Disruptive Innovation, eHealth, Transport, Smart Cities, IoT and Energy.
Jennifer Kanyamibwa is a Program Manager at Slack for the Communication Design team, where she leads the strategy and execution of Slack’s internal and external global creative projects. Prior to Slack, Jennifer was a Consulting Project Manager at Wolf & Wilhelmine where she managed global brand strategy projects for Nike, Inc.
Jennifer also worked in Berlin as Special Advisor to the CEO/Founder of Tech Open Air (TOA), Europe’s largest interdisciplinary technology festival with 20,000 attendees and 120 speakers from around the world spanning across technology, science and the arts. Prior to TOA, Jennifer was a Project Manager at Bloomberg LP where she managed global finance projects including an award winning, year-long project where she led Engineering, Research and Development (R&D) and Global Payroll teams in São Paulo, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York City in the design and implementation of a new global payroll system.
Jennifer started her career in government, public policy and social justice working at the New York City Mayor’s Office, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sankofa.org. Within her various roles, she has led and supported rigorous policy evaluation, extensive grant implementation and large scale mobilization initiatives on teams at the forefront of pressing public policy issues including social impact bonds (SIBs), government innovation and police brutality.
She holds a Master in International Affairs with a focus on Technology, Media & Communications from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), a Master in Public Policy with focus on Public Management from Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany and a BA in Political Science & Women and Gender Studies from Douglass College at Rutgers University.
Jennifer has lived, worked and studied in New York City, Brussels and Berlin and came to America as a refugee from Rwanda in the early 1990s.
Christopher joined Northzone in 2016 as an Investment Manager, where he works with companies like LEMONCAT and Personio. Before joining Northzone, Christopher co-founded Uncover, the award-winning app enabling London diners to discover and book the city’s most desirable restaurants. Building the company was a lesson in doing things fast, and with focus. After having acquired hundreds of thousand users and generated millions in revenues for their restaurants, the team exited to Velocity. Christopher started his career in banking at Deutsche Bank and Sal. Oppenheim in Germany. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Diplom-Kaufmann from the EBS, Wiesbaden.
Oliver created his first commercially successful game at the age of 14. Back then, commercially successful meant doubling the monthly allowance. Success was easier that way. Nowadays he is the creator and development lead of the Holocafé, a Virtual Reality Arcade that focuses on custom built, local multiplayer VR games. The Holocafé is hoping to make social Virtual Reality Entertainment accessible for everyone and its experiences allow groups of friends to go on VR adventures together in the same physical – and virtual – space.
He is also the owner of the independent game development studio Hammer Labs which developes games for PC, Consoles, VR and AR and he helps to build the local German indie developer
community by hosting the Indie Arena Booth at Gamescom.
David studied economics in Groningen and started his career as an investment banker at Kempen & Co. He loves revolutionizing industries, co-founding a company called LED Lease to offer innovative lighting services before joining venture capital landscape. At Seedrs, the biggest equity funding platform of Europe, he is responsible for the expansion into the Benelux region.
Daria is a partner at Vito One, an early stage venture capital firm focused on seed investments in proptech and energy tech spaces. Daria has been active in the digital industry for over a decade. She served as an investment manager at SevenVentures, an investment arm of the ProSiebenSat.1 Media Group, and worked in the investment team at Holtzbrinck. Daria also founded a venture in the e-commerce space and is a co-founder of the Munich Founders Association. She started her career at KPMG and later at global investment bank Jefferies, where she worked in the international media team. Daria holds a diploma degree in business administration from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
Erik is the CIO & co-founder of SearchInk, a machine intelligence company that unlocks knowledge and unleashes human resources. Based in Berlin, it serves enterprise customers to extract structured data from arbitrary documents. Eric is a serial entrepreneur and is passionate about developing problem-oriented products by thoughtfully applying new technologies around the principles of user-centered design.
Tim Bibow is a founder and CEO of Stilnest, an influencer commerce platform. The company’s philosophy is ‘people are the next brands’ and thus, their international team empowers creatives, bloggers, and influencers from around the world to create and grow their own brand empire with lifestyle products. This mission has led to the creation of over 70 influencer-driven micro brands since early 2015 with top-tier accounts generating more than $1M in sales. While Stilnest initially focused on jewelry, it has expanded into new verticals like stationery and apparel so far this year, with more to come in late 2017.
Former ski instructor and StockBroker, then startup founder, now Investor: Creating things and partnering with beginners to guide them to excellence runs like a golden thread through his life. His broad experience and network in the German, Austrian and Swiss media industries, in private banking and stock broking helps him to be a successful business angel. Daniel founded his first company at the start of the new millennium. He later pivoted the company towards mobile and in 2004 formed 3united, a 3-way merger that created a top European player in mobile content. Early 2006, 3united was acquired by VeriSign for € 55M. Since 2007 Daniel has been active as a Business Angel and consultant and has invested in five startups in Austria and Switzerland. As Co-CEO of Speedinvest, Daniel is responsible for investor relations and business development for our portfolio companies.
Marie-Helene is a telecommunications industry expert having obtained extensive experience in the Telecom field during her 13-year career in several marketing and general management positions in Western and South-Eastern Europe. She filled a variety of roles in Mobilkom Austria, including Head of International and Head of Strategic Market Planning and Research. She then became responsible for Sales and Marketing for VIPnet, Croatia’s first private mobile phone network. She proceeded to become the VIPnet CEO, and President of the Board, positions she held for over 3 years. From March 2011 Ms. Ametsreiter was heading the corporate sustainability department at OMV AG, one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. Since 2014 Ms. Ametsreiter is partner of Speedinvest – Austria’s largest Venture Capital Fund. Speedinvest has offices in Vienna and Silicon Valley and is investing in digital startups in the CEE region.
Fabian Westerheide is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor with a passion for Artificial Intelligence. For years Fabian gives inspiring talks about Artificial Intelligence. In the past, he has spoken for several TEDx conferences, international events, NGOs, universities, and corporations. As an expert in Artificial Intelligence, Fabian has given several interviews, guest articles and podcasts in various magazines, TV channels, blogs, and podcast. With his own investment firm Asgard – human VC for AI, Fabian invests in young AI companies in the field of drones, robotics, language and process optimization. Additional Fabian is the author of the entrepreneurship blog bootstrapping.me and organizes one of the world largest AI conferences every year called Rise of AI. Fabian holds a Master degree in Strategic and International Management from the University of St. Gallen and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster.
Fabian is a born traveler with an appetite for adventure that has taken him around the world. While driving and old Mercedes from Berlin to Cape Town, a string of events led to a job with a fast-growing startup in London. Here, he spent 18 months working a crazy schedule of 90 hour weeks and several weekly flights. By creating his own startup and running it as a nomad company from his Land Rover Defender, Fabian found a way to combine work and travel. Today, helpando is a profitable company with several hundred clients, many of them Fortune 500, across 4 continents. Fabian is currently working on turning his travel diaries and journals into a book.
Nikolas Samios is Managing Partner of the COOPERATIVA Venture Group, a platform that provides agile yet meticulous support in all things venture for themselves and like-minded entrepreneurs based on 15 years of first-hand experience as founders, angels, venture capital managers, and LPs. Together with his team, Nikolas covers 360° of the venture capital life cycle: Direct, indirect and LP investments in startups, support in their fundraising and exit efforts, venture-centric family office services and the inception and operation of VC funds in cooperation with leading sector experts. The COOPERATIVA partners have made more than 200 venture deals, write-offs, and exits, including Delivery Hero (IPO @ Frankfurt Stock Exchange), Scalable Capital (exit to BlackRock), SONOS (exit to KKR) and AppFolio (IPO @ NASDAQ). Beyond that, Nikolas provides founders and investors with detailed insights into the structuring of venture financing rounds in his series of lectures titled “Venture Capital Master Class” and is currently writing an elementary book on this topic titled DEALTERMS.VC.
Olaf Koch has been with METRO AG since 2009, When He which appointed a member of the Management Board and served as CFO until December 2011. As of January 2012, he appointed what Chairman of the Management Board. Prior to joining METRO, Olaf what Managing Director Operations at the private equity company Permira investment consulting GmbH, Which he joined after a tenure at DaimlerChrysler AG, where he occupied a number of managerial positions: from 2002 to 2007 he what Member of the Board of management of the Mercedes Car Group, where he what responsible for Finance, Controlling and Strategy. Prior positions at DaimlerChrysler included an appointment as Vice President for Corporate e-Business, and Director of Corporate e-Business Strategy and Corporate War Room.
Olaf Koch came in 2009 for METRO AG, where he perceived to December 2011 as a member of the Executive Board, the position of CFO. With effect from January 2012, he was appointed CEO. Before joining METRO, Koch worked as Managing Director Operations at Permira investment consulting GmbH, which he joined after working at DaimlerChrysler AG, where he held a number of leadership positions: From 2002 to 2007 he was a member of the Executive Board Mercedes Car Group, responsible for finance, controlling and strategy. Previous positions at DaimlerChrysler included, among others, the appointment as vice president of corporate e-business as well as Director of Corporate e-Business Strategy and Management Center.
Joerg joined the Axel Springer Plug & Play team as its new CEO in September 2013. He started his first company denkwerk while studying Business Administration in Cologne in 1994. In 1999 he co-founded alando.de AG which he and his co-founders sold to eBay Inc. after 6 months. Until 2004 Joerg worked as managing director at eBay and helped to grow the company from 6 person startup to one of Germanies most successful e-commerce companies with more than €500 Mio of revenue.
After his time at eBay, Joerg took a parental leave to be with his wife and his twin sons for several months. In 2005 he started M10 Partners together with his Business Partner. They have invested in numerous Startups and have worked with several companies over the last 9 years. In 2008 Joerg co-founded betterplace.org the transparent online donation platform and non profit organization. More than 6000 projects already use their free technology and advice and more than 470.000 donors have contributed.
Joerg has worked with more than a hundred startups as shareholder and mentor at Axel Springer Plug and Play, M10 GmbH, hub:raum, Startupbootcamp, Startup Institute and as a member of the faculty at the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance. Together with two friends, he published SimplySeven.net in 2012 – a book about internet business models. In 2014 Joerg is a co-founder of Unternehmerschule at ESCP. During his off the grid moments, Joerg spends time with his family, likes traveling, loves being outdoors, plays the drums and collects knowledge and gadgets.
Thomas “Tom” Bachem is a passionate entrepreneur, investor and founder of several startups and initiatives, including sevenload, Lebenslauf.com and the German Startups Association. Being an avid coder and designer since his early youth, he is currently building CODE, a private university educating the software developers, digital designers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Stephan is a Principal at Ventech Capital and a VC for more than half a decade. Besides working on core investments for our funds with companies such as Picanova, Speexx or European Games Group, he is also managing seed investments like CrossEngage, Crobox, and Realbest.
Ventech Europe invests in the Digital Economy and Startups that drive sectors, such as Software to Design Semi-Conductors, Marketplaces, SaaS, Networks & Infrastructure, E-Commerce, to B2C Applications. With more than 650M€ raised since 1998, Ventech has invested in over 120 companies in Europe, China, Russia and in the US.
Loving user of Apple, iPhone, Spark, Yesware, Spotify, Pomodoro, GTD, and Smart Habits. Peter love great experiences. Szanto is a USC Trojan and the founder of SpringTab.com and Szanto.co. He loves great experiences! ‘Specializing’ in pursuing the things that interests him, he helps companies like Time-Warner, L’Oreal, OTP, Fashion Street and TripTrotting in digital business development to grow their revenue. Peter won the Pro Universitate award from Corvinus University of Budapest, where he graduated cum laude and was President of the Student Government.
Peter gave a TEDxYouth Talk – a life long bucket list dream. The leading Hungarian TV channel, RTL Klub featured him as host of the first StartUp and Social Media show, he is a regular speaker at Kürt Academy, Internet Hungary, and mentor at Mentorship. He was recognized as a 30 under the age of 30 by Forbes Magazine Hungarian edition, nominated to Entrepreneurs’ Role Model Award 2015. One of Peter’s projects has also been awarded Mastercard’s Mobile Banking App of the Year Award with the OTP SmartBank, where he was responsible for Customer Development and UX. Currently, he is working using smart productivity hacks to personalize the Internet. New experiment is vlogging, check it out.
Moritz v. Grotthuss is a tech-nerd, innovation enthusiast, and entrepreneur. After some successful (but somehow boring) years in legal, sales and consultancy, he followed his heart and joined the early stage startup gestigon (www.gestigon.com) as a late founder and CEO in 2012. His core responsibilities covered the strategy of the company, his collection of frequent traveler cards, and most of the commercial stuff (including investor relations). Moritz walked the planks of the Pirate Summit 2012 enjoying some loud AAAARRRRRS from the fellow piratpreneurs! From 2012 to 2017 gestigon developed to be global market leader in gesture control and full body tracking solutions based on 3D data for automotive and AR/VR, had 36 employees and offices in Lübeck (HQ), Sunnyvale/Silicon Valley and Turino/Italy.
Early 2017, gestigon was fully acquired by the global automotive tier one Valeo and is, since then, taking the lead to develop Valeo’s 3D vision solutions, augmenting mobility experiences and enabling autonomous driving as well as interior cocooning. Whenever the work for gestigon does not sufficiently fill the weekend, Moritz likes supporting other startups with ‘stories from the war room’ as well as business angel investments. Moritz is married, has kids and loves – if he is not working or at home – outdoor activities such as looting, burning down villages as well as occasional torture parties.
Jevgenijs Kazanins is one of Europe’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace TWINO lead which launched in 2015. Prior to joining TWINO in October 2015, Jevgenijs worked on the board at Estonian P2P marketplace Bondora. His earlier experience includes co-founding Campalyst, a New York based social media analytics company, and running Latvia-based digital marketing agency, Media Contacts.
Holger G. Weiss
Holger G. Weiss is founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience managing and building technology-driven companies with innovative business models in the Future Mobility sector. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a vital role in the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin, from its genesis up to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006. Gate5 was the forerunner for HERE – a map and content provider recently bought by three German car makers at a price of close to three billion Euros.
Before founding German Autolabs, Holger G. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership, this music streaming startup developed into one of the leading providers of internet-based audio content for the Automotive Industry. In 2013 Aupeo was acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America. Holger G. Weiss is a board member for various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners – one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young aspiring founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations.
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Epi Ludvik Nekaj is the Founder & CEO of Crowdsourcing Week, a global platform that is uniting thought leadership on the crowd economy through global conferences and summits. Epi Ludvik is one of the pioneers in the crowdsourcing ad space, an industry expert and thought leader. Epi Ludvik earned a BS in Advertising and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and has been a serial entrepreneur since graduation. His varied and global experiences, throughout his career, have taken him across the US and Asia, where he honed his skills in advertising and media with high-profile clients and power brands.
Ekaterina Matveeva – linguist, polyglot, memory athlete, and founder of Amolingua. She led international projects such as the blog “EuropeOnline” with her team of 6 that gathered 20,000 visitors per month and eventually turned into a basic version of a language school; Oxford-based project “E-supervisor” that consults students on their academic career. Up-to-date has had to manage over 100 people in Amolingua project on a weekly basis. She has a rich background in organising world-class events such as G20 and World Debating Championships. Kate is Scotland ScaleDo alumna. The academic background has given her an opportunity to develop Amolingua as a spin-off out of her research dedicated to relative linguistics and international education. She has published two books dedicated to language learning and effective communication, participated in TV shows promoting memory sport among young people, and started a video channel for Amolingua dedicated to languages and cultures around the globe. Her mission is to create a more connected multi-cultural multi-lingual world.
Sarah is head of brand & community building at Founders – a startup studio based in Copenhagen. Founders partners with awesome entrepreneurs to build products and tools that improve the way we work. Before Copenhagen that she spent five years in London writing about VC investment trends, European tech startups and fintech. She’s super excited to be here for her third Pirate Summit. ARRRRRRR!!!!!!!
Jurgen Appelo is pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. He offers concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or…Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator, and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, Jurgen writes a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development.
He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. His most recent book is called #Workout / Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients.
Martin Wild has been Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group since May 2014. One of the pioneers of digital retail, at the age of 18 he founded the online electronics store Home of Hardware (hoh.de) in 1997, selling it a decade later to Premiere (now Sky Germany). He has been on the management of MediaMarktSaturn since 2011. As Vice President Multichannel, he handled the launch of saturn.de, his subsequent positions including CEO of redcoon. In his role as CDO, Martin Wild now heads the digital strategy and transformation of the entire MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group. Whenever robots make deliveries, customers explore products through virtual reality, or the group is enriched by innovative start-ups nurtured at the SPACELAB tech accelerator, Martin Wild and his team are usually responsible.
As a leading transformational leadership expert, Gillian knows what it takes to make teams work. She thrives when in those meaty organisational development and transformation challenges. Gillian works with fast growing digital companies like Wetransfer, ustwo, Pinterest, with their growing leadership and organizational development challenges. Gillian works with her clients to ensure a strong and healthy culture through aligning and building strong and sustainable leadership teams. When not working with clients you can find her supporting the start-up ecosystem through her work with General Assembly, Campus London, and Seedcamp. She is the host of the OverTime; Leadership 101 podcast and author of ‘First Time Leader’ which provides frameworks and tools to help leaders and their teams deliver better results faster. She brings a wealth of knowledge on how organizations are evolving, how human capital can be best utilised and what the future of leadership will look like.
Jonathan T. Mall
Jonathan is a computational Neuropsychologist turned entrepreneur. He got into machine learning while leading the Science team in an IBM Big Data Venture. Then, he founded Neuro-Flash, which uses language data from millions of consumers to determine the ideal positioning of brands and products in complex associative contexts, anywhere in the world.
Artem is a CEO of KEWAZO. Together with his team, they automate the scaffolding industry by improving transportation of parts during assembly. Artem did his Master’s degree in the program Advanced Construction and Building Technology at the TU Munich. During this program, he has received a holistic overview of robotics in construction. Before his arrival to Germany, Artem has studied civil engineering in Russia and worked as an operational manager in the logistics industry in the USA.
Paulina is a serial entrepreneur, a TEDx speaker and a founder of GrantTree.co.uk and Treehouse.london. She is also a seed investor and startup mentor, often featured as women in fintech speaker and panelist. After hours, she performs as a showgirl. At all times, she is a natural rebel who believes you will need to piss plenty of people off to truly achieve something.