Managing Director @ aws Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH
Since July 2009 Bernhard Sagmeister serves as Managing Director of Austria’s Federal Promotional Bank ”Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH” (aws). Bernhard
Sagmeister draws on over 24 years of professional experience in the financial and banking industry, holding various Board Functions in this area. In addition, since
2015 he serves as Chairman and President of European Association of Guarantee Institutions (AECM) in Brussels/Belgium.
Managing Director/ Head of European Primaries Investing @ Capital Dynamics
Mark is a Managing Director and Head of European Primaries Investing. He has over 30 years of experience evaluating, selecting and monitoring private equity fund investments and sits on several private equity fund advisory boards. He has been closely involved in the design and implementation of the British Venture Capital Association’s annual performance measurement survey since the pilot study in the early 1990s. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham.
Managing Director @ Vitruvian Partners
Fabian Wasmus joined Vitruvian, a leading tech- and healthcare-focused European growth fund, in 2017. Here he is heading the DACH office in Munich and being responsible for growth investments in the technology, business services and healthcare sectors. Prior to Vitruvian, Mr. Wasmus was a partner with EQT, focusing on TMT/digital, consumer and business services as well as healthcare-related investments in the DACH and Nordics region. Prior to joining EQT, he worked at MCap Finance investing in German mid-cap companies, as well as for KPMG within the corporate finance team. In the course of his career, he has also co-founded an internet start-up. Fabian has more than 16 years of relevant Tech, M&A and Private Equity investment experience.
Principal @ Accel-KKR
Maurice Hernandez joined Accel-KKR in 2007 and is based in the firm’s London office where he leads buyout and growth equity investment activities across Europe.
Prior to joining AKKR, Maurice was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Mergers & Acquisitions team where he was involved in a variety of mergers, acquisitions and buyouts focused on the software and technology-enabled services sectors. Maurice previously worked at Needham & Company where he worked with emerging growth technology businesses on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising. Earlier in his career, Maurice also worked at Excite.com, a leading Internet search engine and services portal.
Maurice is involved with AKKR’s investments in Kerridge CS, Kimble, One.com, Reapit and Smart Communications.
Maurice was involved with the firm’s past investments in Clavis Insight (acquired by Ascential plc in 2017 for $130 million), HighJump Software (acquired by Körber AG in 2017 for $750 million), Zinc Ahead (acquired by Veeva Systems in 2015 for $130 million), Endurance International Group (acquired by a private equity consortium in 2011 for $1.0 billion), iTradeNetwork (acquired by Roper Technologies in 2010 for $525 million) and Saber (acquired by EDS, later Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in 2007 for $460 million).
Maurice received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.
Francesco di Valmarana
Partner @ Pantheon
Francesco is a senior member of Pantheon's European investment team and a member of the European Investment Committee, the Co-investment Committee and the Global Credit Committee. Francesco was previously with Unigestion, where he managed the firm’s global secondaries programme. Prior to Unigestion he was a partner and co-founder of the European venture capital firm DN Capital, having spent three years prior to that as part of the European investment team at Advent International. He has a BA in East Asian studies from Princeton University and received an MBA from Insead. In addition to his native English and Italian, Francesco also speaks French. Francesco is based in London.
Managing Director @ NORD Holding
NORD Holding (or “NH”) founded in 1969 is one of the oldest PE firms in Germany and has over $1.5 billion AUM. NH makes fund investments, co-investments and direct investments. Since 2000, NH has fully raised and committed three Fund-of Funds and is currently committing Fund IV. The latest Fund “Micro-Cap Fund V” targets funds or fund-like structures with sizes below €100mio in Western Europe. NH helps to create operationally driven, “hands on” managers aiming to set up their own fund and has generated a net money multiple of 2.7x on its micro-cap investments.
Mr. Rainer Effinger (49, German) joined NORD Holding in 2002. He has been responsible for the fund of funds activities since 2006. Prior to NORD Holding, he worked for a consulting Firm, as well as Media Group. In these positions, he was responsible for growth –, restructuring – and M&A projects in Germany and several Eastern European countries. Mr. Effinger holds a Master degree in economics from the university of Bonn.
General Partner @ Target Global
Alex founded Target Global in 2012 and has been actively involved in building the organization ever since. He leads the firm's late stage investment practice and has invested in many successful marketplace companies. Amongst these, many are positioned in the FoodTech space, such as Delivery Hero (FRA:DHER) and Blue Apron (NYSE:APRN), as well as Lemoncat and FoodFox (acquired by Yandex). Alex's recent focus is directed towards transportation and travel investments: Juno (sold to Get), Dreamlines, etc.
Prior to joining Target Global, Alex worked at the VC firm DFJ Esprit in London. Before that, he led several private and corporate startups in the tech field, including the medical business unit of United Corporation for Innovations. He started his career in asset management, running the public market tech & telco fund.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from London Business School. Additionally, Alex holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Partner @ btov Partners
Benedikt Kronberger, Partner at btov, joined the firm in 2011 and is responsible for the management of new and existing investments. Benedikt studied international business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, international management at the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), and public administration in international development at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Prior to btov, Benedikt has worked in corporate development for the Austrian oil & gas company OMV, and in M&A for Rothschild. Moreover, he co-founded the online drugstore AllesAnna.de, and the second screen social tv platform mccheckin.com.
Partner @ Speedinvest
Marie-Helene is an industry expert having obtained extensive experience in the Telecom field during her 13-year career in several marketing and general management positions. Most prominently she was CEO and President of the Board at VIPnet - Croatia’s first private mobile phone network. In her last corporate position she was the Director of Corporate Sustainability at OMV, a EUR 42B public integrated international oil and gas company, headquartered in Vienna. Since 2014, Marie-Helene is partner of Speedinvest - one of Europe's leading Venture Capital Funds with EUR 200M Assets under Management and a portfolio of over 100 investments. Speedinvest is a pan-european brand that invests in seed stage technology start-ups.
Principal @ AlpInvest Partners
Broes Langelaar is a Principal in AlpInvest Partners’ Co-Investment team, where he is responsible for sourcing, executing, and monitoring equity transactions in Europe. He joined AlpInvest Partners in 2005 in the Portfolio & Risk Analysis team and moved to Co-Investments in 2008. Broes received a Master of Civil Engineering from Delft University and an MBA from Erasmus University.
Jean-François Le Ruyet
Partner @ Quilvest Private Equity
Jean-François Le Ruyet is a Partner of the Quilvest Private Equity team, co-managing the US/Europe co-investments and funds programs with a focus on buy-out in Europe. Jean-François is a member of the Quilvest funds and co-investments Investment Committees. He also sits on the Advisory Board of various PE funds.
Prior to joining Quilvest, Jean-François gained seven years of management and strategic consulting experience with Bain & Company as well as later with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Jean-François worked with several European Private Equity funds in various industries, in particular, the media and consumer goods sectors. His assignments included strategic and market due diligence, and merger and acquisition valuations. Prior to his consulting career, Jean-François worked for two years at Société Générale in São Paulo, Brazil. Jean-François is a graduate of HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Partner @ StepStone Group
Mr. Jeffrey leads StepStone’s activities in Europe and is a member of the private equity team, focusing on investments in Europe and the Middle East and co-investments. He is also involved in the Firm’s ESG and diversity initiatives, as well as various investment and management activities.
Prior to joining StepStone in 2012, Mr. Jeffrey was a managing partner at Parish Capital where he founded the firm’s European and Asian practices and oversaw the secondary and co-investment businesses. Before that he served as managing director of Bank of America’s European private equity group. Previously, Mr. Jeffrey was a managing director and head of BancBoston Capital’s European and Asian operations.
Mr. Jeffrey received an MA from Cambridge University and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Principal @ HarbourVest
Craig MacDonald joined HarbourVest in 2005 in Boston and transferred to London in 2009. He focuses on originating, evaluating, and executing direct co-investments in growth equity and buyout transactions, primarily in Europe and has worked on investments including CallCredit, Flexera Software, LeasePlan, Nordax, Photobox, and Xpressdocs.
Craig joined the Firm from Morgan Stanley in New York where he was an analyst focusing on consumer finance. Craig’s prior experience also includes investment banking analyst positions with Citigroup Global Markets in New York and London.
Craig received a BA in Political Science and Information Systems (with honors and distinction) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2001, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Hans van Swaay
Partner @ Lyrique Private Equity
Hans van Swaay is a partner of Lyrique and has been active for more than twenty years in private equity as co-founder of Lyrique, as Head of Private Equity at Pictet & Cie, as Managing Director of UBS Capital, as Managing Director of Merifin and as partner of Lowe Finance. Lyrique invests in private equity for family offices, private wealth institutions and institutional investors.
Lyrique makes investments in niche private equity and venture capital funds.
Hans is a co-author Private Equity 4.0, Reinventing Value Creation, published by Wiley in February 2015.
Managing Partner @ Quadriga Capital
Andreas Fendel is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Quadriga Capital. Quadriga Capital is a leading midcap private equity advisory firm targeting the DACH region and neighbouring countries. Funds advised by the firm have completed more than 150 transactions during the last 20 years. Main activities relate to the core sectors smart industries, services/software, consumer/e-commerce and healthcare. It creates value by supporting management teams in transforming and growing businesses – organically and in form of buy-and-builds. Typical transaction volumes range between € 50 million and € 300 million. Transaction examples: AHT Austria Haustechnik, Jack Wolfskin, Ipsen, LR Health & Beauty, eterna, Lewa, Lapp Insulators, punker, DoreaFamilie etc.
Partner & CFO @ Cross Equity Partners
Raffael Rupprechter is a partner and the CFO at Cross Equity Partners. He has more than 8 years experience in private equity. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Raffael has overall responsibility for all matters relating to accounting, tax, reporting and regulatory compliance for the Cross group entities. Furthermore, Raffael was involved in several transactions such as the investments in WDM, punker, Rademacher and Micro-Macinazione as well as the divestments of Schwab Verkehrstechnik and spirella. Raffael studied at the universities of St.Gallen (Switzerland), ESADE Barcelona (Spain) and EGADE Monterrey (Mexico) where he obtained a master’s degree in banking and finance as well as a CEMS Master’s in International Management.
Managing Partner @ 3TS Capital Partners
Mr. Mäki is the Managing Partner of 3TS and is primarily responsible for general management of 3TS. Previously, Mr. Mäki was the Managing Partner of Red Catalyst Ltd., a
strategic business development consultancy and an investment boutique. He has also been an entrepreneur and executive in management consulting and with advertising agencies across Central and Eastern Europe and in Finland. A true European Mr. Mäki speaks five languages and has studied at Helsinki University of Technology, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Wirschaftsuniversität in Vienna.
Managing Director @ Tyrol Equity
Dr. Stefan Hamm is co-founder and member of the management board at Tyrol Equity AG. At the same time Stefan plays an important operational role at the investments of Tyrol Equity. He currently holds the position of CEO in the SAV Group and is responsible for managing the Program Office.
Between 1999 and 2005, he founded and ran IVP Management GmbH, where he was responsible for the areas of restructuring and interim management for ailing small to medium-sized businesses. After the merger of IVP and Fairwest AG into the Concentro AG, he was a partner and director at Concentro AG. Dr. Hamm was responsible for corporate finance and M&A.
Prior to this, Dr. Hamm was with Roland Berger and Partners for seven years in various capacities, ultimately as an Associate Partner in Sao Paulo/Brazil. Dr. Hamm started his career at Ernst and Young in Washington/DC as a Consultant on flotation issues and procurement of venture capital for United States technological companies. He studied Business Administration at the University of Saarbrücken and the London Business School, and completed his Doctorate at the University of Innsbruck.
Managing Director @ aws Mittelstandsfonds
Karl Lankmayr is Managing Director of aws Fondsmanagement GmbH and aws Mittelstandsfonds, the entrepreneurial growth equity fund in Austria, which offers equity
capital and mezzanine investments for innovative small and medium enterprises. In addition, he holds various supervisory board positions in mostly technology-focused companies.
Previously he was co-founder and managing partner of Noreia Capital, a leading M&A consulting and investment company, as well as CFO of a large steel trading company
operating in CEE. Furthermore, he has 10+ years of Investment Banking and consulting experience gained at companies such as Raiffeisen Investment, PwC Corporate Finance, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and McKinsey.
Karl Lankmayr studied in Austria and Australia and holds a masters degree in international business administration.
Partner @ Binder Grösswang
Bernd Schneiderbauer is partner at Binder Grösswang, a leading law firm in Austria with a specialisation on cross-border M&A deals and corporate governance issues including succession planning processes. Before Binder, Bernd Schneiderbauer worked 5 years as M&A investment banker at Deutsche Bank and before that at the global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In his advisory work, Bernd Schneiderbauer is particularly keen to exploit his multi-disciplined experience and entrepreneurial attitude.
CEO & Co-Founder @ TourRadar
Travis Pittman, co-founder & CEO of TourRadar, is an Australian who has lived in Vienna for the past 10 years. His engineering background and love for travel and technology led him to building a category leading online marketplace where travelers can easily compare and book multi-day tour experiences to over 200 countries. He leads a team of 165 people globally, with the Headquarters of the company in Vienna and offices in Toronto and Brisbane. To date the company has raised US $68m in funding from investors in Europe and the US.
Co-Founder & CTO @ Ustream
Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and board member of Ustream, a US-Hungarian video startup sold to IBM in 2016. Widely recognized tech entrepreneur and startup figurehead in Hungary and CEE, angel investor and regular speaker at regional tech and entrepreneurship conferences. Has given guest lectures at the Technical University of Budapest, Corvinus University and Stanford.
CEO & Founder @ Speedinvest
Oliver founded his first tech startup as a university student in 1997, long before the terms “Mobile”, “Entrepreneur” and “Startup” even existed in the European mainstream. In 2003, he pivoted his company from interactive simulations to mobile content distribution, merging it into 3united AG to become a leader and innovator in the mobile content space. After a successful exit to Verisign, the leading internet security company, and several years at their Silicon Valley location, he returned to Austria with the goal of creating a business angel platform, and later raising €10M to found Speedinvest. Today, Si is one of Europe’s leading venture funds with €200M in capital, several successful exits and a portfolio that includes notable startups such as Bitmovin, Wefox, and Tourradar. Oliver is dedicated to revolutionizing European venture capital by providing strategic advice and operational experience to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Speedinvest currently runs offices in Vienna, San Francisco, London, Berlin and Munich. The main investment targets are Deeptech, Fintech, Marketplaces and Healthtech.
Managing Partner @ Qualcomm Ventures
Jason is a Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures in the UK, focused on software and services. He led the team’s investments in Arteris (acquired by Qualcomm), We7 (acquired by Tesco Plc.) and Videoplaza (acquired by Telstra). Other recent deals he’s managed include Blippar, BitBar, Grand Cru, Peak, Wrapp and Yplan.
Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Jason was an Investment Director at London Seed Capital, an early stage VC fund, where he focused on internet technology investments. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College and an MBA from ESADE.
Jason is an avid surfer, skier, free-diver and cyclist. He was recently selected as one of the top investor bloggers by Venture Village and CB Insights.
Managing Partner @ Ventech
I joined VENTECH/Paris in 2013 as the firms fourth Equity Partner with the mission to spearhead our investment activities in the DACH region, operating out of our Paris and Munich offices. Since then I am spending a good part of my time proactively seeking investment opportunities in exciting high-growth companies in the DACH region. Cologne-based Picanova (web-based mass customization for wall decoration products), Berlin-based TV Smiles (Second screen loyalty program), Munich-based Speexx (blended learning solutions for large corporates), European Games Group (next gen F2P Online Games Publisher) and FinTec Systems (Real Time Financial Data Access) are among our current portfolio companies in Germany. Rather exceptionally I led the series A round for a California-based semi-conductor company. Looking back on 18 years of hands-on innovation financing I personally invested about €120m with Ventech and as a former Partner with TVM Capital/Munich-Boston (1998-2008) and OMNES Capital/Paris(2009-2013). This included lead/co-lead investments into Tantau Inc. (NSDQ: 24/7 Systems), T.I.M.E (acquired by Genesys S.A.), Telesnap (acquired by Netwise AB), CoreOptics (acquired by Cisco), Silicon Hive (acquired by Intel), Netviewer (acquired by Citrix), Definiens (acquired by MedImmune), Arteris (1st gen, acquired by Qualcomm), Plista (acquired by GroupM), Netzoptiker (acquired by MyOptique Group), Trusted Shops (Certification- and Confidence Solutions for e-Tailers), Turtle Entertainment (Digital Media Group for e-Sports, acquired by the Modern Times Group), TennisPoint (Europe's leading Tennis-Sport and Apparel e-Tailer), , Trust You (SaaS-Provider for Online Reputation Management). Prior to joining the VC Industry in 1998, I spent 10 years in Europe's Telecommunications Industry and hold an EE MSc. with the Technical University of Karlsruhe (D), University of Essex (Colchester/UK) and Ecole Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique (Paris/F).
Partner @ Amadeus Capital Partners
Volker is a Partner at Amadeus Capital, one of the leading European deep-tech VCs, where he looks after their Early-Stage Funds with a focus on AI, Human-Machine Interfaces (including AR/VR) and Industry 4.0. He previously invested as an angel investor and has a portfolio of a dozen technology companies, including Pi-Top, Bibblio and Wonde. He is an entrepreneur who founded/co-founded a total of 7 companies so far. He is a co-founder of Blue Beck, a 50-strong mobile development firm with 400+ person-years mobile software development experience.
Volker also acted as a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading EdTech accelerator, and is the Chairman of Bibblio. He has extensive board experience in EdTech, AI, IoT, Travel, Advertising and Gaming and is a co-founder of Tech North Advocates, a non-profit initiative seeking to aid the evolving tech ecosystems in the North of England. Volker is also a frequent keynote speaker at technology conferences and corporate events around the world.
Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop (a mobile social gaming platform with, at its peak, 450m users), which was acquired by BlackBerry where he subsequently acted as its Global Head of Games. Volker is a corporate lawyer by original profession.
Director @ Cisco Investments
Jon Koplin joined Cisco Investments in 2017 and leads the EMEA team responsible for investments, joint ventures, and acquisitions.
Previous to Cisco, Jon worked as an early-stage technology investor with European family offices. Before moving into the investment arena, Jon held senior operating roles at Google and Samsung in Europe and Asia. Early in his career, Jon worked in Silicon Valley and in startups and was part of the management team of NetBeans (acquired by Sun Microsystems).
CEO @ Uniqa Ventures
Dr. Andreas Nemeth joined UNIQA in 2011 as Head of Group Controlling in charge of group-wide strategic planning, performance and cost management along with executing M&A and Corporate Finance transactions. Since June 2016 Dr. Nemeth was announced Head of Group Strategy & Innovation to drive radial Innovation enabling UNIQA’s vision 2030 and leading the UNIQA Ventures Team implementing the Venture Capital strategy and Start-up collaboration.
Prior to joining UNIQA, Dr. Nemeth worked for Allianz SE for almost 10 years in different executive roles predominantly in Sales and the P&C business of Allianz Austria. Before joining the insurance sector, Dr. Nemeth was part of the early Startup scene working for Netway AG and building FinTech Startups for both CA-IB and Erste Bank AG. Dr. Nemeth studied Business Administration at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Mag. soc. oec.) and received a PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Dr. oec. HSG) for his empirical research on business model innovation in incumbent firms.
CEO @ MultiplexDX
Dr. Pavol Cekan is an innovative leader with over 15 years of experience at the top research and government institutions. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Iceland in 2009, worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Rockefeller University for 4 years, and later at a premier cancer research organization - National Cancer Institute (NCI) for another 4 years. Pavol has 35+ scientific publications, is the inventor of 4 patents, and is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Slovakian Ministry of Health. Pavol is a member of an exclusive network of CEOs in Washington metropolitan area called Mindshare and won a several prestigious awards highlighting his business/scientific achievements including the 2007 Award at NACON VII conference at the University of Sheffield, the 2017 Mayor's Award, JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award 2018 and the 2017 New Europe 100 Challenger Award.
In 2016, Pavol founded a Slovak/American biotech start-up called MultiplexDX (see www.multiplexdx.com), which is a StartUp’16-awarded, a Biotech Standard of Excellence’18-awarded, a CESAwards’18-awarded (the best social impact start-up in CEE region), a Horizon2020 Seal of Excellence-awarded, and leading SME developing revolutionary molecular cancer diagnostic technologies. MultiplexDX raised €1.5M in seed investments, been awarded 3 non-dilutive grants worth of €187k Slovak government institutions, recently became a member of Health Hub Vienna accelerator, has already generated €200k. MultiplexDX is operating in the Comenius University Science Park in Bratislava and consists of 6 core and 3 external team members, 7 business advisors and 8 scientific advisors.
CEO @ Symvaro
Rudolf Ball studied Computer Science and worked in technology research for several companies since 2007. He founded his first company in 2007. Over the last 10 years, Rudolf created companies, products and did a lot of projects in the field of smart cities with a very strong focus on water and waste. Since 2010, he is founder and CEO of Symvaro. Rudolf is an entrepreneur by heart and has a passion for starting new business ideas. In 2018, he closed a seven-figure round for Symvaro and started to internationalize his water-solution WATERLOO together with strong partners.
CEO @ Kiron
Dr. Tobias Ernst has many years of cross-sectoral work and leadership experience in the public and social sectors, particularly in the field of education. Since February 2018, the father of three daughters has been managing director of Kiron Open Higher Education, an educational platform for refugees.
Dr. Ernst leads a team of over 80 people globally at the ed-tech organization, which has its headquarters in Berlin, and branch offices in Munich, Amman, and Beirut. The Doctor of Laws previously worked for Teach First Germany as deputy managing director. He is also active as a volunteer board member of Green Budget Germany.
Investment Director @ Beechbrook Capital
Investment Director of Beechbrook Capital, running the Frankfurt office. Peter joined Beechbrook in 2018 and is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments in Germany as well as in Austria and Switzerland. Prior to joining Beechbrook, Peter spent five years as Head of Corporate Banking with Mainzer Volksbank, originating and leading mid-market corporate and structured transactions. Before this Peter spent more than six years with Lloyds Banking Group as Head of Leveraged Finance Germany.
Investment Director @ Oakley Capital
Sascha joined Oakley in 2018 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management with a focus on the German-speaking region.
Prior to joining Oakley, Sascha was Vice President at ProSiebanSat.1 where he led on multiple investments in the digital commerce and consumer health space. Previous to this, Sascha worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, advising on Retail & Consumer and Private Equity.
Sascha holds an MBA from the London Business School and a degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Technische Universität München, Germany.
Managing Partner @ Genesis Capital
Prior to 1989, Jan Tauber worked in various economic positions in Czechoslovak manufacturing companies. In 1990, shortly after the collapse of centrally planned system, Jan became an advisor to the Czechoslovak Minister of Finance. In 1991 he was appointed Managing Director of the Czech subsidiary of HSBC Investment Bank. In this
capacity, he played a pivotal role in origination, structuring, and execution of high profile corporate finance and equity capital transactions. In 1999 Jan founded Genesis Capital, which since has become a leading private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Central Europe, investing into growth
capital and buyouts situations. In the course of last two decades, Genesis invested in more than 50 companies and completed over 25 exits.
Deputy Director - Equity Investments @ EIF
Uli Grabenwarter, is Deputy Director - Equity Investments at European Investment Fund (EIF). In this capacity he oversees EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital, with EIF being Europe’s biggest Fund-of-Funds Investment platform in that space. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development in the equity space and in this context has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a 20 months research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra in Barcelona and the Family Office Circle Foundation based in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practices for impact investing in the private equity and venture capital space. He is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University. He regularly publishes articles and white papers on venture capital and impact investing. Uli is also chair of the European Impact Investing Luxembourg think-tank platform (www.eill.lu) and member of several expert groups on impact investing and impact metrics across Europe. Uli holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.
Partner @ HV Holtzbrinck Ventures
Jan Miczaika joined HV Holtzbrinck Ventures as a partner in 2017. Previously Jan was COO at Wooga, a Berlin-based developer of mobile games (and a HV investment). Straight out of university Jan co-founded Hitmeister, an e-commerce marketplace later sold to Real - METRO Group. Since 2007 Jan has also been an angel investor in almost 20 companies including Blacklane, Audibene (sold to EQT/Sivantos), MAR (sold to Grünenthal Pharma), Homelike, Wooga and Jodel. Jan studied Business Administration at HHL in Leipzig and in the Ph.D. program at WHU.
CEO & Founder @ Herosphere
Before he founded herosphere with a current user base of more than 200k users, Paul has worked at PwC Advisory for Corporate Finance, M&A and Deals. At PwC he worked on one of the largest deals in Austria at this time and projects like the asset quality review for the European Central Bank’s stress tests. He studied business administration in Austria, Hong Kong and Hawaii. Passionate soccer, tennis and Star Craft II player.