Deputy Director @ European Investment Fund
Uli Grabenwarter is Deputy Director at European Investment Fund overseeing EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development for equity and 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 research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra (Barcelona) and the Family Office Circle Foundation in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practice for impact investing in private equity and VC. He is a visiting Professor at IESE University. Until 2010 Uli was Head, Equity Fund Investments at EIF and previously had worked several years at the European Investment Bank and PWC in corporate finance, consulting and audit. He is a Member of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing created in continuation of the G8 Impact Investing Taskforce in 2015. He is author of numerous publications on impact investing and venture capital and holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.
General Partner @ Partech Ventures
Olivier is General Partner of Partech and leading activities in Germany.
Olivier joined Partech in 2015 with an international track record in digital ventures as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, manager and M&A advisor.
Ventures include brands4friends, the German leading Flash Sales company, where Olivier drove the international expansion, restructuring of the firm and trade sale to eBay for 150m€.
Olivier was formerly with Wellington Partners, a pan-European Venture Capital firm with offices in Munich and London with more than 800m€ under management.
Prior to this, Olivier contributed to establishing Texas Instruments as the leader in chip security for mobile phones. He started his career at IBM, in New-York and Zurich, where he participated in the development of a new processor for 3G handsets. He wrote several patents.
Olivier holds an MBA with honors from INSEAD (France/Singapore), with exchange at the Wharton Business School, and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), with exchanges at the Technical University Berlin and Eurecom in Sophia-Antipolis.
Founder & Managing Partner @ Isomer Capital
Joe has over 20 years’ experience working as an LP, GP and technology operations executive. He founded Isomer to access early stage technology opportunities through commitments in funds, company co-investments, and providing liquidity to firms and founders via secondary purchases. Prior to Isomer Joe was MD for Business Development at Pomona Capital, a leading global secondaries firm, and earlier at Cambridge Associates responsible for advising institutional investors on $2bn of private equity investments. Joe began his career in information technology operating roles, most notably at Invensys plc (now Schneider Electric) in the US and Europe. He received a BS Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an MBA from London Business School.
Partner @ Pantheon
Ralph Guenther, Partner, joined Pantheon in 2011 and has 18 years of private equity experience. Ralph is Head of DACH & CEE Markets for Pantheon’s European Client Service team, and also sources deals for Pantheon’s secondaries team. Ralph was previously a Managing Director with bmp AG where he worked on private equity fund-of-funds and advisory services for institutional clients. He has a degree in economics from FU Berlin.
Partner @ Earlybird
Dr. Fabian Heilemann is a digital serial-entrepreneur and early stage investor. He joined Earlybird in 2016 when Earlybird merged with his firm Heilemann Ventures. He has over 16 years of entrepreneurial track record, 8 years in the digital industry: He co-founded the couponing platform DailyDeal in late 2009 and sold the company to Google Inc. in 2011. Later they bought the company back, restructured it, took it to profitability and sold it a second time to
MenschDanke GmbH in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) with honours from Bucerius Law School Hamburg.
Partner @ Endeit
Christoph joined Endeit Advisors GmbH as managing director in 2012. Christoph established Endeit’s presence in Germany. Based in Hamburg, he is responsible for deals in the DACH region and –besides the Hamburg office- spends his time in hubs as Berlin and Munich.
Prior to Endeit Advisors, he was employed as Senior Associate at Internet M&A boutique Corporate Finance Partners (CFP).
He worked on multiple transactions during his term
there, amongst others the sale of Smartclip to Adconion together with Martijn Hamann and the sale of Albumprinter to Vistaprint together with Hubert Deitmers. He brought together PayPal and Billsafe, an invoice payment provider, establishing the number one player in Germany in this field.
Prior to working for CFP, Christoph completed his MBA at HEC Paris (Entrepreneurship & Finance) and worked at two international advertising agencies: Jung von Matt and Draft FCB. Christoph also holds an engineering degree in Media Communication at City University of London. He ran the Hamburg Marathon once and is hungry for more.
Partner @ IQ Capital Partners
Max has worked in venture capital since 2001 and has led investments into over two dozen start-ups - including Phonetic Arts (Google), Neul (Huawei), Stillfront (IPO) and Sirigen (BD). He currently represents IQCP on the boards of Grapeshot, Fluidic Analytics, Thought Machine and Spectral Edge and works with Audio Analytic, Desktop Genetics and Focal Point as a board observer/advisor.
He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. In his spare time Max enjoys white-water kayaking, gliding and riding motorcycles.
Max is a member of InvestEurope Venture Capital Council (ex EVCA).
CEO @ ASTUTIA
Benedict Rodenstock is CEO and founder of ASTUTIA, a Munich-based investment boutique specializing in direct investments in Internet growth companies, mostly in the German-speaking area. ASTUTIA holds some 15 investments, among them such gems as, 99chairs, Roq.ad, and Internations. Success stories from the past include Mister Spex, Dreamlines, and Fashionette. The firm celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. To date, the investments have been funded from the family office. Currently, ASTUTIA is raising a fund. Benedict’s former employers include Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, more.de (a subsidiary of Web.de), and Hubert Burda Media. Benedict holds a Diploma (Laurea) in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna (Italy), a Certificate in Internet Technologies from New York University (USA), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Sankt Gallen (Switzerland). Benedict is Munich-born, yet a global citizen, having visited 50+ countries and mastering 5 languages. He is married with a three-year-old son. In his scarce spare time, Benedict enjoys contemporary art (he is president of Kunstclub13, an art club in Munich) and mountain sports, especially mountain biking and skiing.
Founding Partner @ SET Ventures
Rene Savelsberg is co-founder, CEO and Managing Director of SET Ventures since 2007.
He is responsible for the strategy and overall operations of the SET Funds. His focus is on companies in the areas of smart grid, energy efficiency, transportation and infrastructure. He serves on the Board of MicroShade A/S and Sonnenbatterie GmbH and is observer on the Boards of General Fusion. He also served on the Board of Epyon which was acquired by ABB in June 2011 and AlertMe which was bought by British Gas in 2015.
Back in 1995 Rene was instrumental in establishing and expanding the Philips Multimedia Center California, with the focus on incubating new business initiatives from within Philips and cementing relationships between Philips Divisions and (emerging) technology leaders in Silicon Valley USA.
Between 1997 and 2004 Rene led the Philips Corporate Venturing activities, initially in Silicon Valley and later expanding into Europe and Israel, managing investments in over 40 companies. After Philips decided to depart from its corporate VC involvement Rene successfully divested the portfolio by the end of 2004. In the meantime, he joined Philips’ Corporate M&A department where he was also responsible for semiconductor-related transactions and was instrumental in the €6.4 billion divestment of the Philips Semiconductor Division, now called NXP.
In September 2006 Rene joined the Philips Consumer Electronics in the capacity of Vice President, New Business Development, focusing on new value spaces for this division of Philips Electronics N.V.
Prior to (re)joining Philips Rene worked during 5 years in the San Francisco office of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, the economic development agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Rene Savelsberg holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Technical University Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Managing Partner & Co-founder @ Level-Up
Guillaume Lautour, based in London, is a seasoned venture capitalist specializing in creative media and product innovation. He is Managing Partner and co-founder of Level-Up, an industrial investment fund created in 2016 and dedicated to mobile game studios in Europe and Asia, from seed to late-stage. Previously for 15 years as a Partner of Idinvest, a Private Equity firm based in Paris managing $6.5bn, with $2 billion allocated to venture capital, Guillaume has led the funding of more than 35 European and US startups in Creative Media (Gaming, Music, TV, Video), Telecoms and AdTech. His investments helped creating more than $4 billion in corporate value and include Deezer, Dailymotion and Criteo. In the last four years, Guillaume also funded 7 game studios in Europe including Pretty Simple and SocialPoint.
Global Head of the Emerging Business @ IDA Ireland
Barry O’Dowd is Global Head of the Emerging Business and New Forms of Investment Divisions at IDA Ireland. IDA is Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, and is a non-commercial semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services.
Prior to his current position Barry headed IDA’s Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Division. Currently 9 of the World’s Top 10 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies have businesses located in Ireland and Barry led an IDA team which had these as customers.
Barry did his Masters programme in Trinity College Dublin in Strategic Management and is a Barrister of Law.
From 2002 -2005 he and his family lived in New Jersey whilst he worked with AkzoNobel.
Managing Director @ High-Tech Gruenderfonds
Dr. Michael Brandkamp is the Managing Director of High-Tech Gründerfonds.
Before working for High-Tech Gründerfonds he worked as Departmental Director for Innovation Financing and Investment within the KfW Banking Group and as the Head of the Berlin office of tbg Technologie-Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft mbH.
Dr. Michael Brandkamp studied Economics at the Universities of Münster, Nairobi and Bonn. As a research associate he was awarded a doctorate at the Technical University of Freiberg (Saxony) on Technologies for Innovative Start-up Enterprises.
General Partner @ Wellington Partners
With over 20 investments in start-up companies, Rainer is one of Europe’s most experienced venture capitalists in Life Sciences. Joining Wellington Partners in 1997, he became a General Partner in December 2000 with responsibility for the life science investment area. His nineteen years of investment activity have involved financing of some of the most successful European biotech, medtech, diagnostics and healthcare IT companies.
In the late 1990s he co-managed Wellington’s investment in Swiss biotech player Actelion, today a listed company with a market cap of more than fifteen billion euros. He was also responsible for the investments in Grandis (acquired by Novartis), Perfect Vision (acquired by Bausch&Lomb), NoemaLife (Borsa Italiana:NOE), Wavelight (acquired by Alcon), Oxford Immunotec (NASDAQ: OXFD), Definiens (acquired by Medimmune), immatics, 4SC (Deutsche Boerse: VSC) as well as MTM Laboratories (acquired by Roche). Rainer represents Wellington on the boards of portfolio companies invendo medical, Quanta Dialysis Technologies, Genticel (NYSE Euronext: GTCL), NEUWAY Pharma, Miamed, UroMems and iOmx.
Prior to joining Wellington Partners, Rainer was involved in medical research with a primary focus on cardiovascular physiology and in research on health economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.
Rainer holds a M.D. in medicine as well as a M.Sc. in economics, both from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and was trained at the Entrepreneurship Center of the MIT, Boston, USA.
Founding Partner @ Medicxi Ventures
Prior to co-founding medicxi, Kevin was a partner with Index Ventures for 12 years, having joined the firm’s life sciences team in 2003. Kevin spearheaded Index’s very first experimental asset-centric investment, in PanGenetics, which was later acquired by Abbott Pharmaceuticals. He is currently chairman of Levicept Ltd., Apcintex and Crescendo Biologics as well as being a board member of several other startups. Prior to joining Index, Kevin was with Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), where he was appointed Head of Research in 1994 and, in 1997, Research Director and Chief Technology Officer. He led the development of CAT's platform technologies and their application in the discovery of a number of human antibodies, two of which are now on the market: Humira (Abbott Pharmaceuticals) and Benlysta (GlaxoSmithKline). Kevin was part of the management team that floated CAT on the London Stock Exchange; it was subsequently acquired by AstraZeneca. Kevin received a BSc in Molecular Biology from Edinburgh University and a PhD from Cambridge University.
Managing Partner @ Kurma Partners
Thierry co-founded Kurma Partners in 2009. He has 25 years of experience in Life Sciences, both in Venture and in Industry, and is a Pharmacist + PhD and MBA. Thierry started his career in 1992 as R&D Project Manager for Laboratoires Fournier in Japan. After his graduation at INSEAD in 1996, he joined Flamel Technologies, just after its successful listing on Nasdaq, and managed the development-stage portfolio of the company.
In 1998, he moved to investments, first at Caisse des Dépots (CDC), then at AGF Private Equity (Allianz Group), where he supervised the healthcare investment team. Thierry has led investments in more than 25 companies like Actelion, Arpida, Targacept, Adocia, Auris or Erytech.
He is currently a Board Member of Meiogenix, Pathoquest, Blink Biomedical, Asarina Pharma and Minoryx.
Head of Investment @ Orange Digital Ventures
Yann Kandelman is Orange’s Head of Investments & Development.
He is in charge of early stage investments in start-ups through the Orange Digital Ventures fund. He also leads strategic investments and acquisitions of digital companies in the fields relevant to Orange.
In his previous role, Yann was responsible for Internet & mobile partnerships with major Internet players (Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, eBay…)
Prior to joining Orange in 2008, he spent 8 years in the Music industry working for Virgin/EMI and Warner Music.
General Partner @ e.ventures
Andreas is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of e.ventures, a global venture capital firm with >$1bn under management investing in early stage digital businesses in Europe, USA, Brazil, CEE and Asia. Additionally, e.ventures invests globally in growth stage companies with its e.ventures Growth Fund.
The e.ventures team has invested in early pioneers such as shopping.com, gotomypc, Sonos and Angie's list as well as today's market leaders such as Groupon, AppAnnie, Yeahka, Farfetch or NGINX.
As a serial entrepreneur, Andreas has started several digital businesses himself and has invested in start-ups as a business angel for years prior to co-founding e.ventures. Andreas is the Founder of infoMedia Group, which was sold to Thyssen Telecom as Germany's third largest digital media agency, and a co-founder of smartShift Technologies as well as dgroup Management Consulting. Previously, he worked for Bertelsmann.
Andreas serves on the Board of several IT, internet and media companies. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published books and articles on digital media strategies.
Andreas Haug, born 1963 in Hamburg (Germany), has studied Business Administration at the European Business School in Frankfurt, London and Paris.
Partner @ ELAIA PARTNERS
Samantha joined Elaia Partners in 2008. She began her career as a consultant at Eurogroup, a consulting firm specialised in organisation and strategy, within the Bank and Finance division. She then joined Clipperton Finance, a corporate finance firm dedicated to high-tech growth companies, before moving to Elaia Partners in 2008. She became Investment Manager in 2011 then Partner in 2014.
Education: EDHEC Business School, Schulich Business School of Toronto (Bachelor), Loyola University of Chicago (MBA)
Expertise: SaaS, E-commerce, Marketplace, Digital Media, Mobile
Managing Director @ Otto Group Digital Solutions
Currently, Paul is heading up Otto Group Digital Solutions. This is the innovation arm of the German-based retailer Otto. Previously, he was a managing partner at Neuhaus Partners from 2006 to 2012. He joined that private fund from SAP AG, where he managed SAP’s Corporate Venture fund in Europe from 2000 onwards. From 1998 to 2000, Paul led the European business development initiative of Davis Polk & Wardwell, a leading global law firm. Previously, he worked at Andersen Consulting and helped to grow an early stage business in real estate financing.
Partner @ HR Ventures
Ertan Can has joined HR Ventures in 2012 and is responsible for direct and indirect venture investments. He has invested in more than 20 startups and VC funds in Europe with the focus on Travel Tech and Mobility. Before joining HR Ventures Ertan held positions at JP Morgan and the technology company Thomson Reuters. He has an MBA degree from ESCP.
Managing Partner @ Demeter Partners
Stéphane Villecroze is a founding partner of Demeter Partners.
He is or has been a member of the Supervisory Boards or Boards of Directors of numerous Demeter portfolio companies including IES Synergy, Panosol, Burgeap IGIP, Altawest, Sunna Design, Ynsect, etc. Between 2001 and 2005, Stéphane was head of business units for Veolia Environment and participated in the group’s “high potentials leadership Program” in 2004-2005. From 1994 to 2001, he held the positions of head of territorial services for the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, and Sustainable Development and responsible for construction and management of roads, ports and airports. He was also director of local water authority. In 1994, Stéphane collaborated with Olivier Dupont, Lionel Cormier and Sophie Paturle on the BTP Capital team, mainly in eco-industries sector. Stéphane Villecroze holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and is a member of the “Corps des Ponts et Chaussées” and co-author of “The SMEs and the Environment Market” (Presses ENPC, 1995), “Growth capital: The exit solutions guide” (AFIC, 2007), “The practical guide to growth capital” (AFIC, 2008), "Growth capital, Partnering guide" (AFIC, 2012).
Portfolio companies: IES Synergy/ Panosol/ Ternois/ Aérowatt/ Artesys International/ Calea Energies Renouvelables/ BIHSE/ Altawest/ Schnell/ Dr Foedisch/ Electrawinds/ Fondasol/ Methaneo/ Fermentalg/ Naldeo/ Sunna Design/ Ynsect
Partner @ Episode 1
Paul has had a highly successful career in high tech as both a senior executive and an entrepreneur. Most recently, he served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Cisco Services, a $12bn division of Cisco, where he led the global strategy and acquisitions team. Previously he had run a series of global businesses for Cisco. As an entrepreneur he founded and exited two businesses in the US, one an innovative consulting firm sold to Cambridge Technology Partners, and the second a B2B Social Network for CIOs sold to Earthweb. His early background was in consulting, working for Accenture and other major international consulting firms, including his own. He has worked in venture capital in the US, and has broad experience in many B2B technologies. He has also worked globally, living in Shanghai, New York, San Francisco and multiple European Countries. With a passion for strategy and marketing, and an extensive network of contacts and experience to draw on, Paul enjoys nothing better than working with entrepreneurs to tease out the goals and priorities they need to operationalize their vision.
CEO & Co-Founder @ AeroMobil
Entrepreneur, investor, former artist. In 2010 he co-founded AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company that is commercializing a sophisticated flying car with the vision to make personal transportation vastly more efficient by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel for medium distances or in areas with limited road infrastructure.
He has over 25 years’ experience of working as a leader from political revolution to founding his own successful companies. During Velvet Revolution in 1989 which ends a communist era in former Czechoslovakia, he was one of the key student leaders. In 1992 he started his career as a creative director for major global ad agencies. In 1996 he founded MADE BY VACULIK, still one of the leading independent ad agencies in the CEE region.
Juraj acts as an angel investor in various projects in EU and US. He also supports and sits on a board of a number of non-profit organizations.
Founder & Managing Partner @ DN Capital
Nenad Marovac has more than 20 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in the media, telecom and technology sectors.
Nenad is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital, which is a leading venture capital and growth investor in Europe and the US. DN Capital was founded in June 2000 and now has operations in London, Berlin and Silicon Valley. Nenad focuses on investments in e-commerce, marketplaces, mobile and digital media companies. Amongst his select investments are Shazam Entertainment (world’s leading mobile application), Auto1 Group, Apsmart (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Book A Tiger, Datanomic (acquired by Oracle), Delectable, Dojo Madness, Endeca (acquired by Oracle), Hometogo, Mister Spex, Purplebricks (IPO on London AIM), Tbricks (acquired by Orc), Quandoo (acquired by Recruit Holding), Windeln (IPO on Frankfurt Exchange) and OLX (acquired by Naspers). Nenad is the Chairman of the VC Council for Invest Europe (EVCA) and Co-Chairman of the Digital Taskforce. Nenad is an active member of YPO in London and Berlin.
Prior to founding DN Capital, Nenad was a Partner at Advent International in the London office, where he focused on TMT investments. Before Advent International, Nenad was a Financial Analyst in the leveraged buyout group of Bankers Trust in New York focusing on media and communications.
Mr. Marovac received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration cum laude from San Diego State University with Distinction in Finance.
Managing Partner @ Frog Capital
Mike has been an active investor in growth stage, international companies for the since 1996.
Innovation and technology have been at the heart of all of these companies, and Mike’s approach involves working closely with management, co-investors and Board Members to build great companies.
After twelve years at 3i, Mike launched Frog Capital in 2009 together with a significant European family office.
Frog Capital is a leading growth capital investor focused on technology-led businesses in Europe. Frog is a committed long-term partner, investing in ambitious companies with revenue up to €30m and requiring up to €20m of growth capital. Since 2009 has backed entrepreneurs in the security, ecommerce, financial and digital media sectors.
CIO @ German Startups Group
Nikolas Samios is Chief Investment Officer of German Startups Group, an evergreen, stage-agnostic venture capital provider that is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. German Startups Group is the most active private VC investor in Germany since 2012 and currently has 46 active investments, including SoundCloud, Delivery Hero, Mister Spex, Auctionata, Onefootball, and many more. Nikolas is a long-standing expert for venture capital and investment management. He has supported entrepreneurs and investors in the implementation of their projects and building (corporate) venture capital companies for over 10 years. As the former CEO of Brandenburg Ventures and founder of Cooperativa Venture Services, he is deeply rooted in the German startup scene and has strong methodological and process competence in all matters related to venture capital.
Founding Partner @ Frontline Ventures
Shay has invested in over 30 early-stage European tech companies. Notable exits include Toucan Technologies (acquired by PMC Sierra, NASDAQ: PMCS), Exceptis Technologies (acquired by Trintech, NASDAQ: TTPA), DRM Data Management (acquired by P&O UK, LSE: PO), Improveline (acquired by Homeserve UK, LSE: HSV), and most recently Logentries (acquired by Rapid7, NASDAQ: RPD). Shay currently sits on the board of Qstream, Roomex, Linked Finance, and AQMetrics.
Shay has engineering degrees from University College Dublin (BSc) and University of New Brunswick Canada (M Eng). He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Shay has had a wide and varied career - covering corporates (Exxon, Corning, McKinsey), startups (Glentara Foods, Irish Seafood Producers Group), and venture capital (Delta Partners). Throughout his career in venture, he has been part of teams that have raised eight funds, totalling a combined $500 million through 3 different economic cycles.
Shay has long been interested in the convergence of startup culture and society, as well the internationalisation of companies and ideas. He is Chair of the Science Gallery Trinity College, as well as Genio (which manages the Social Reform Fund in Ireland). Both of these institutions are leaders in their sectors and are expanding globally.
When not investing, Shay likes to walk the hills of Wicklow. He also likes reading English literature and has an interest in all things Latin - which makes him the in-house thesaurus, grammarian, and spellchecker for the Frontline team.
Partner @ DTCP: Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners
Thomas is a Partner at Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners and is responsible for the European venture capital activities of the fund.
He is a long-term venture capitalist with a track record and is very well known in the European tech industry. His digital entrepreneurial background helps him to understand the challenges in the transformation of an idea into a successful fast growing company.
Prior to DTCP Thomas was Founder and Managing Partner of a €100m venture capital fund, acted as Head of M&A for a leading global media group, was a long-term Managing Partner at German venture capital pioneer Neuhaus Partners and gained broad entrepreneurial experiences from the foundation of several companies.
Thomas studied at the University of Hamburg and holds a master in technical economics.
Managing Partner @ Creathor Venture
With almost 10 years of experience in venture capital, as a Managing Partner Cédric Köhler specializes in innovative business concepts in the technology sector.
Prior to joining Venture Creathor Cédric Köhler worked several years as a business consultant at Synpulse in Zurich, where he was involved in projects in the areas of CRM, web applications, customer retention systems and business development. He has a master’s degree in business administration and majored in business informatics. He gained venture capital experience at the Technologieholding VC GmbH along with international work experience in France and the US in particular. He attended the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
CEO, Founder @ Speedinvest
Oliver is a serial entrepreneur with deep experience in the mobile and internet industry. He has a long history of successful founding, including one of the first European internet start-ups back in 1997, while he was still in university, and a lot of experience in high management positions. He later pivoted the company towards mobile and in 2004 formed 3united AG, a 3-way merger that created a top European player in mobile content. Early 2006, 3united was acquired by VeriSign for € 55M. After working a few years in a high management position at Verisign in the Silicon Valley, he moved back to Austria where he created a platform for business angels before he raised € 10M to found Speedinvest, a fund dedicated to revolutionize European venture capital by not only investing capital, but also providing entrepreneurial know-how and operational experience. The fund has already achieved four exits and several follow-up financings by international top-investors. Speedinvest II was launched in 2015 with a volume of €90M. Speedinvest currently has offices in Vienna, Munich and in the Silicon Valley. The main investment targets are IT, fintech, media and e-commerce start-ups.
Managing Partner @ 3TS Capital
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.
Investment Manager @ aws Gründerfonds
Prior to his appointment at aws Gründerfonds, Florian Resch was in charge of business development activities at Jollydays GmbH in Vienna, where he gained operating experience as the co-founder of an internet start-up. Until 2014, Florian Resch spent four years working in the area of M&A advisory, including for Ernst & Young. He studied International Economic Law in Vienna and Stanford. Florian Resch joined aws Gründerfonds as an investment manager in 2015.
Partner @ Credo Ventures
Andrej is a partner at a Prague-based venture capital fund Credo Ventures covering early stage startups in Central Europe.
Prior to Credo, Andrej worked at an early growth fund Benson Oak, the first backer of AVG Technologies, which is the only Czech company to IPO at the New York Stock Exchange.
Managing Partner @ Neulogy Ventures
Christian co-founded SkyEurope in 2001, a Central European low-cost airline based in Slovakia, which he managed until 2007 as Chief Executive Officer. He took SkyEurope public on the Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges in 2005 before exiting his investment in 2007. In 2009, Christian took over the assets of Maporama, a leading French provider of digital mapping solutions for professional users. He restructured the company and sold it in March 2013 to TIBCO Software, a NASDAQ-listed company. Christian is a member of the Venturepreneurs’ Organization, a European network of business angels, and has been selected in 2013 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Managing Partner & Founder @ Experior Venture Fund
Marzena is a Managing Partner and the Founder of Experior Venture Fund, responsible for the overall Fund’s operations. She has an extensive experience in managing companies at the supervisory board level in various sectors, including Chairman of the Supervisory Board (BPH TFI SA, Celtic Property Developments SA, Polski Gaz SA and other). She has spent almost 20 years as a manager and head of Polish investment banking operations of international institutions: Raiffeisen Investment Polska, West LB Panmure, HSBC Financial Services. She is an expert in area of capital markets, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring.
She is active in supporting women led companies – Marzena is a mentor in Vital Voices and Foundation for Women Entrepreneurship.
Laszlo R. Czirjak
Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ iEurope Capital
Laszlo R. Czirjak, Co-Founder/Managing Partner at iEurope Capital, a private equity/venture capital fund management firm. Investment and board role experience includes successfully building technology businesses in services, Internet, software, manufacturing and media including: ATech, Beerides, Tjobs, Vatera, Wunder and many others. Earlier was Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company/BT Alex Brown in the London Investment Bank. Also served as current or past Chair roles at American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (including its Governance, Transparency and Entrepreneurship Committee), Fulbright Foundation Hungary, United Way Resource Foundation, and Columbia University Club of Hungary. Received an MBA and BS in Industrial Engineering, both with honors, from Columbia University in New York.
Partner @ CHSH
Dr Trettnak (1976) is a Corporate/M&A Partner at Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Rechtsanwälte GmbH with its headquarter in Vienna and several offices in CEE. Studies of Law and Business in Austria, Spain and the United States of America (Mag, Dr. iur. LL.M.; Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Kellogg School of Management (CM)) admitted in Austria (2005) and in New York (2003). Partner at CHSH since 2010. Advises domestic and international clients mainly in cross-border M&A, Venture Capital and Private Equity transactions as well as in Restructurings.
Areas of Practice: - M&A, Venture Capital & Private Equity - Insolvency & Restructuring - Corporate - (Corporate) Reorganizations, Restructurings
Alexander Sasha Galitsky
Co-founder & Managing partner @ Almaz Capital
Alexander Galitsky is a Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners, a venture fund with offices in Portola Valley, CA, and Moscow, Russia and which is backed by Cisco Systems, EBRD and IFC, which he co-founded in 2008. Alexander is a well-known innovator, entrepreneur and investor in USA, Europe and Russia/CIS. Alexander serves as Member of the Skolkovo Foundation Board, Member of Skoltech Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Advisor Committee for Russian Venture Company.
Alexander was honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes, best GP of 2013 by Venture Awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Russia in 2013, was nominated for best venture capitalist of the last decade in Europe in 2012 by Investor AllStars and named "Technology Pioneer" at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000.
Prior to Almaz, Alexander formed the ICT investment practice at Russian Technologies, one of the first venture capital funds in Russia and made a series of private successful investments. His past and current investments include: Parallels, Yandex (IPO), QIK (sold to Skype), Vyatta (sold to Brocade), Acumatica, Jelastic, NavMaps (sold to TeleAtlas), Acronis, SJLabs (sold to VocalTec), EverNote, GridGain, WikiMart, CarPrice, StarWind, PIQ, Good Data among others. Sasha was a President of the first Russian TechTour in 2004.
Prior to his investment career, he founded five successful high-tech companies, ELVIS+, TrustWorks Systems (sold to Hamsard), EzWIM (sold to TMT Ventures), ELVIS Telecom (sold to Telenor) and NPC ELVIS, all of which he led as CEO. He pioneered in WiFi and Virtual Private Network technologies and product development on the global market in partnership with Sun Microsystems and was a pioneer of the Russian Internet industry back in the 90s. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Alexander served as one of the top technical executives for the Soviet space industry, where he worked on the MIR space station and the Soviet “Star Wars” response.
He has over 30 patents for numerous inventions, including parallel processing, WiFi and VPN security technologies.
He received his PhD in Computer Science from joint authority of Defense Research Institute and MIPT and graduated from MIET from the physical science department.
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).
Director London office @ Singapore Innovate
Zach Tan is director London office of Singapore Innovate (formerly Infocomm Investments). He established the firm's presence in Europe and is a tech optimist who enjoys working with young companies on those near-impossible business and tech challenges that improve lives.
Co-Founder @ Newfund
Patrick holds a Master’s degree in finance and accounting from Paris Dauphine University. He began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young. He then joined Gaumont, the leading French movie production company, as internal auditor, then deputy CFO.
In 2000, Patrick joined the Cryo Group, a prominent video games producer and publisher, as CFO, and in 2002 became Chief Operating Officer of Xilam Animation,a cartoon producer. His broad scope of responsibility at Xilam included structuring the company following its IPO, and managing relations with investors and the financial community.
From early April 2008 onwards, Patrick cofounded Newfund with François Veron. He is directly involved with the companies of the portfolio, in accordance with the strategy of active support of entrepreneurs developed by Newfund.
Andreas R. Boué
Investment Director @ Investnet AG
Andreas R. Boué is Investment Director at Investnet GmbH, Austrian subsidiary of Switzerland based Investnet AG. Investnet is one of the largest networks for direct investments in SMEs in the German speaking countries. Previously he was senior investment manager for aws Mittelstandsfonds, an Austrian based private equity fund sponsored by the government, and investment manager at IPO Austria, the private equity branch of public listed MTH Group. Before attending the European Doctoral Programme in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (completed with distinction and a Ph.D. thesis about value added of private equity investors) he was investment analyst at T-Venture, the corporate venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom in Bonn and Munich. Andreas studied in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Spain, is author of several publications about private equity and venture capital and university lecturer.
Partner @ Avedon Capital Partners
Hannes is founding partner of Avedon CP and was investment director at the predecessor fund NIBC Capital Partners. He is responsible for the activities in Germany. Prior to this, Hannes was an investment manager for IKB Private Equity in Germany. During his time at IKB Private Equity he focused on investments in automotive, manufacturing and ICT industries. Before joining IKB Private Equity, Hannes was a manager in the Strategic Planning Department for Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars & Smart at DaimlerChrysler. In his role as manager he led various strategic projects.
He holds a master degree in Business Administration from Vienna University for Business and Economics and holds a post-graduate master in Finance degree from Rotterdam School of Management.
Vice President @ General Atlantic
Christian Figge is based in the Munich office of General Atlantic. Christian serves on the board of directors for KäuferPortal and is also a board observer for Flixbus/MeinFernbus. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Figge was a research assistant at the Technical University of Munich with a focus on empirical entrepreneurial finance topics. Before that Mr. Figge worked at BC Partners and L.E.K. Consulting, where he focused on the business services, healthcare and industrial sectors. Christian earned a B.A. in Economics and Management from Oxford University, an M.A.in
Founder & CEO @ i5invest
Born in Vienna, Markus has worked in mobile & internet communication from the outset of his career. In 2000 (age of 22) he founded Xidris and acted as the company’s managing director until 2004. Xidris soon became one of Europe’s leading providers of mobile communication services. It was subsequently merged into the 3united AG which was sold to the US company VeriSign Inc.
(NASDAQ:VRSN; www.verisign.com) in early 2006. As Vice-President for Product Innovations & Business Development of VeriSign Markus divided his time between Vienna and New York and worked with US media companies such as NBC, CBS, FOX and ClearChannel to launch new interactive and content services. In 2007 Markus founded one of the leading Central European business incubators - i5invest (www.i5invest.com). He holds several supervisory board positions in European venture capital funds as well as startups. Markus was awarded as the Austrian Business Angel 2010 and won the Austrian Private Equity & Venture Capital Award 2010. Markus was co-founder of the CEE STARTUP WEEK taking place in Vienna – which became the leading Central European startup Pioneers Festival (www.pioneers.io). Markus has started/co-founded 10+ companies and is invested in numerous international startup companies. He was involved in more than 10 exits of European startups. As an advisory board member of the Austrian Startup Association (www.austrianstartups.com) and his work at i5invest and i5growth Inc. he spends most of his time travelling in the US and Europe, driving business and growth (core focus US market) to his partners and portfolio companies from Central and Eastern Europe (Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary) - focusing on global strategic partnerships and M&A.
Executive Director @ Adveq
Benjamin Alt covers Adveq’s investment activity in Europe. Before joining Adveq in 2008, Benjamin worked in the Investment Banking division of Sal.
Oppenheim in Frankfurt and Cologne, Germany. During his studies in Germany he organized the well known Congress for Family Businesses at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Benjamin holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Private University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany.
Managing Director @ Portfolio Advisors
Peter is a Managing Director of Portfolio Advisors, which he joined in 2009 to support Portfolio Advisors' European activities in our Zurich office. Previously, he was a Partner at VCM Capital Management, a German-based private equity fund of funds firm, where he focused on conducting due diligence on European and U.S. private equity partnerships and advising institutional clients. Prior to joining VCM in 2006, Peter had eleven years of private equity investing experience as a Director with CAM Private Equity, a Managing Director with Sal. Oppenheim and a Director with AXA-Colonia in Germany. Prior to that, Peter worked as a Senior Financial Analyst with FedEx in Germany and as a Controller for Colonia Insurance.
Managing Director @ AEM Unternehmerkapital
Andreas Rainer is Managing Director at AEM Unternehmerkapital. AEM as “Family Office” is investing the private wealth of a group of German families. The focus is on long term small to midcap investments in well established companies. Currently Andreas is Managing Director of A-Z Gartenhaus GmbH, a AEM portfolio company.
Prior to AEM Andreas was managing the Private Equity arm of a Munich based Family office and Managing Director of a PE owned market research company. Previously he worked as Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group. Andreas holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.
Founding Partner @ YIELCO Investments
Uwe Fleischhauer, born 1964, is Founding Partner and Managing Director of YIELCO Investments AG, Munich (Germany) – YIELCO, established in 2011, is an innovative alternative investment boutique with focus on the asset class Infrastructure as well as Private Debt and Private Equity (Special Situations) and offering Fund of Funds solutions (so called Multi Manager Portfolio) as discretionary product approach as well as customized Managed Account solutions and alternative Advisory on a non-discretionary basis.
Today, YIELCO has roughly 1.6bn Euro assets under management (advisory), in total over the three mentioned asset classes, and has successfully launched well diversified fund of funds products for all three above mentioned asset classes.
Before YIELCO, he worked almost 14 years (1998 to 2011) in his own private equity advisory firm Fleischhauer, Hoyer & Partner (FHP), Private Equity Consultants.
There, Uwe performed advisory and consulting projects for institutional investors around the asset class private equity incl. all sub-segments as well as infrastructure. He has been one of Germany’s most respected independent researchers and published on a regular basis market surveys and studies on current topics in private equity / infrastructure.
Beforehand, Uwe was more than seven years (1992-1998) a management consultant / project leader at international consulting firms Mercer Management Consulting and Arthur D. Little. He graduated in Business Administration from University of Bremen, followed by a postgraduate (Diploma) in “European Enterprise Management” at Dorset Business School in Bournemouth (England) and University of Barcelona (Spain).
Managing Director @ Brockhaus Private Equity
Marco Brockhaus is the founder and managing director of Brockhaus Private Equity. Launched in 2000, Brockhaus Private Equity specializes in buy-outs and growth financings with a focus on innovation and technology leaders in Germany’s Mittelstand. Several Brockhaus Private Equity portfolio firms have succeeded in becoming global leaders in their respective industries while generating outstanding value for investors through high-profile exits, including, among others, Wirecard AG (IPO) and 360 Treasury Systems AG (Divestment to Deutsche Börse). Today, Brockhaus Private Equity manages and advises funds with more than € 285 million in total capital raised. Marco Brockhaus holds a degree in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) from Würzburg University. Before setting up Brockhaus Private Equity, he worked in the investment banking division of Rothschild and later moved to the private equity firm 3i Deutschland.
Managing Director @ DB Private Equity
Claudio Siniscalco, Managing Director, is Global Co-Head of Co-Investments for Deutsche Bank based in London. He joined DB in 2014 with 17 years of industry experience. Prior to joining, Claudio was Co-Head of EMEA Direct Investments at HarbourVest Partners. Previously, he co-founded Audley Capital a U.K. hybrid public/private investment firm. Before, he held positions at Investcorp and Hicks Muse in London, and Salomon Brothers' M&A Group in New York and Tokyo. Claudio holds an AB in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is fluent in English, German, Italian and French.
Head of Equity @ PMV
Roald Borré serves as Head of Equity Investments at Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen NV. In 2011, after a period of five years as an Entrepreneur, Mr. Borré joined the ParticipatieMaatschappij Vlaanderen (PMV). Mr. Borré serves as Manager of PMV-TINA. He started his professional career at the Financieel Economische Tijd as a Financial Analyst, specialized in high tech companies in the field of ICT and Biotech. In 1999, he joined Puilaetco Private Bankers as Senior Fund Manager and managed various investment funds in different fields of innovation, a position he held until 2006. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Biocartis Group NV and as a Board Member in different portfolio companies. He is a Member of different advisory boards. Mr. Borré graduated as a Master in Economic and Financial Sciences (HUB, Brussels, 1996).
Managing Director @ aws Mittelstandsfonds
Karl Lankmayr is Managing Director of aws Mittelstandsfonds, an 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.
President @ AVCO
Rudolf Kinsky is Senior Partner Austria of DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH, a Munich-based GP focused on mid-market transactions in German-speaking Europe. He is Chairman of the board of AVCO, the Austrian Venture Capital and Private Equity Organisation.
Rudolf looks back on an international career that spans over 35 years in private equity, investment banking and management consulting in the USA, UK, Germany, Austria and CEE. He worked at 3i Group, Charterhouse, Dresdner Bank, McKinsey & Co. and First Boston.
He also has his own company, Kinsky Capital Management GmbH, advising companies and non-for-profit organisations.
As an Austrian citizen Rudolf lives in Vienna. He is married and has five children. He received a law degree from the University of Salzburg, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School as well as an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.