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.
Partner @ Simon-Kucher
Dr. Daniel Bornemann is a Partner at Simon-Kucher in Bonn.
He specializes in B2B strategy, sales, and pricing excellence. Working with German and international clients, Daniel is focused on industrial companies, especially in the paper & packaging industry, machinery, and business electronics. Prior to working out of Simon-Kucher’s Bonn office, he was based in Simon-Kucher’s London office. In addition, Daniel was working in corporate strategy and in-house consulting in multinational companies and as a Researcher and Lecturer at the Marketing Institute of Hannover University.
Daniel studied Economics and Business administration at Hannover University and completed a Masters in Economics. Furthermore, he got a Ph.D. in Economics.
Vice President Investor Relations @ Target Global
Prior to joining Target Global, Marie was Director Communications & PR at Scout24 AG, a leading operator of digital marketplaces. She was responsible for Corporate Communications when the company went public in 2015. Before that, Marie has built Communications “from scratch” for Project A Ventures, a Berlin-based operational VC, and its portfolio companies. Marie has been working in Corporate Communications & Investor Relations or around 15 years, both for listed companies and in the venture capital & startup ecosystem. After her M.A. degree in Communications and Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin and Sciences Po Paris, Marie started her career in Corporate Communications at ProSiebenSat.1 S.E., and later at Sartorius AG, a leading international Biotech company.
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
Her profound experience in investment banking and transactions, CEE background and competitive spirit make Guzel a versatile FinTech expert. As a Partner at Speedinvest, Guzel brings in important expertise and unleashes the potential of promising tech startups. Back in 1997, Guzel worked as an Assistant Director at CA IB Corporate Finance and developed her knowledge of investment banking. In 2003, she joined Vienna Capital Partners (VCP), a leading independent corporate finance advisor in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
Guzel went on to work as a VP for Business Development at Finstar Financial Group, and, since 2007, has been a Board Member of Dirigio, an independent investment and advisory firm that provides strategic advice to investors, startups, corporations, and asset management firms.
Managing Partner @ Frog Capital
As ‘the CEO’s VC’, Mike and his co-partners at Frog Capital are focused on helping European technology CEOs succeed during the pivotal ‘Scale-Up’ phase.
As an experienced tech VC investor, Mike understands the challenges facing tech entrepreneurs and CEOs as they transition from start-up to scale-up, and has been a key contributor to Frog’s proprietary ‘Scale-Up Methodology’, advising on important matters such as customer acquisition and marketing through to the right path to exit.
Frog focuses on software enabled companies in industries that are undergoing significant digital change. Frog's current fund has profile to fast growing companies in the financial services, media, property, education and mobility industries. Mike himself is currently involved in the Boards of DynamicAction (an ecommerce analytics SAAS company), McMakler (a German online, hybrid real estate agent) and VuLog (a global leader in in-car and car sharing software). Mike led Frog's investments into GBG Plc (now UK AIM quoted), eCommera (acquired by DentsuAegis), Dealflo (acquired by OneSpan Inc.), Mediatonic (world leading 'games as service' provider) and Rated People (UK largest marketplace for trades companies).
Senior Vice President @ Khazanah Europe Investment
Marika is a Senior Vice President and Director to the board of Khazanah Europe Investment Limited based in London. With over 20 year’s international experience, she has identified and evaluated investment opportunities with a focus on European Technology companies. She has worked closely with the management teams in building the companies and improving their performance through active board representation. She holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne in Switzerland and M.Sc. in Engineering from Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Partner @ BDO
Jürgen Töglhofer is a Partner at Jonasch Platzer associated member of BDO. He works primarily focusses on financial statements audit and advisory, especially Transaction Advisory and M&A.
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.
Partner & Head of EMEA @ Hermes GPE
Simon manages the EMEA investment team in London and is responsible for all of Hermes GPE’s private equity investment activity in EMEA, overseeing the sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of both funds and co-investments. Simon has 20 years of private equity experience, working in both the UK and US. He was a founding member of the Hermes GPE predecessor organisation, Gartmore Private Equity, which he joined in 2002 and where he was latterly Deputy Managing Director. He is a member of the Hermes GPE Investment and Management Committees. Previously, Simon worked as a management consultant at KPMG Consulting where he conducted due diligence on a number of private equity transactions and corporate strategy development projects for both UK and international companies. Simon holds a BSc in Political Science from the University of Bristol and speaks fluent French.
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.
Founder & Managing Partner @ Eyerim
With a combined 7 years of experience in e-commerce, Yassaman has been involved in building and growing startups from ground up from an early age. She was responsible for the development and sales of several ventures in various incubators as well as well-known e-commerce companies in SEA such as Lazada and Zalora.
She later launched eyerim - CEE's biggest eyewear e-shop - secured 3 successful funding rounds and is a valuable asset to the companies' external growth and innovative initiations including partnerships. She continues to act as a managing partner at eyerim and mentor to start-ups.
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.
Investment Manager @ aws Gründerfonds
Florian Resch joined aws Gründerfonds as an Investment Manager in 2015. Before joining aws Gründerfonds he was in charge of the business development activities at Jollydays GmbH and gained operating experience as the co-founder of an internet start-up. Florian Resch also spent four years working in the area of M&A advisory with international consulting firms. He studied business and law in Vienna and Stanford.
Partner @ PwC
Michael is a Partner in the Deals team of PwC in Munich, Germany. Michael has over 12 years of Deals experience gained at PwC Germany and PwC US.
He studied Business Administration at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) / Germany and the Dublin Institute of Technology / Ireland, holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin (TU) / Germany, and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).
At PwC Michael managed various national and international cross-border transactions as project lead. His mandates include primarily transaction and valuation advice. During is time at PwC New York from 2011 to 2013, Michael intensively started to work for Private Equity and Venture Capital clients, which he focused also after returning to Germany where he advised on several financing rounds for (Corporate) Venture Funds.
He is a lecturer at University of St. Gallen (HSG) as part of the Master Program of "Banking and Finance" and the Technical University of Munich (TUM)
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.
Partner @ Capital300
Peter is co-founder and partner of capital300, a leading European venture capital fund that invests together with international top VCs. Previously he has been an investment professional at an Austrian seed fund and consultant at Accenture’s IT strategy and M&A practice. Peter holds a PhD in IT and business administration, has founded a SaaS company and lectures at universities.
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.
COO @ mySugr
Anton joined mySugr early in 2013, leaving his strategic consulting career in order to start a business in the diabetes industry. A couple of years later, mySugr is the #1 diabetes management app, serving millions of people with diabetes around the world. Anton and the team closed several rounds of financing, deals with big pharma and medical device companies, ultimately exiting the company to Roche in summer 2017 - one of the biggest digital health acquisitions in Europe to date. Today Anton is the COO of mySugr, leading a team of 100+ employees and serving on the International Roche Diabetes Care leadership team.
Associate @ Haflo
Alexandra Malmberg is an associate at Haflo managing the start-up portfolio. Haflo is a diverse Stockholm based family office investing in early-stage startups, VC funds and properties. Convinced that doing good is also good business, Haflo invests in visionary entrepreneurs daring to make a change.
Alexandra has a background in event- and digital marketing. She holds a BA in business management from Uppsala University, including studies at Singapore Management University.
Head of Start-up Services @ Vienna Business Agency
Gabriele Tatzberger is Head of Start-up Services at the Vienna Business Agency. The Vienna Business Agency offers a “360° service” for companies in Vienna or companies that would like to start their business in Vienna. Funding and advice, workshops and coaching for start-ups, assistance with the search for industrial space or office premises, contacts to potential partners in the technology scene or creative industries is part of the portfolio. Additionally she is Managing Director of Vienna Region and member of the Supervisory Board of INITS. Since years she is passionate to support start-ups, female entrepreneurship and the Vienna start-up scene.
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.
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.
Managing Partner @ ARX Equity Partners
Brian Wardrop has been originating, executing, monitoring and exiting private equity investments in Central and Eastern Europe since 1997.
Mr. Wardrop is Managing Partner of ARX Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm with a 20-year track record supporting the growth and development of mid-sized companies in select Central European countries. With more than € 300 million raised in four funds, ARX has become a leading private equity firm in its segment in the Central European region. Prior to joining ARX, Mr. Wardrop was a Principal and head of the Prague office with sector specialist private equity firm, Baring Communications Equity(Emerging Europe). Mr. Wardrop holds a Master’s degree from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University. He is also a graduate of the Owner/President Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Wardrop is also an active supporter of the non-profit social enterprise sector via his roles as a board member of NESst (a non-profit organization focused on developing sustainable social enterprises in emerging market economies), and as a member of the investment committee of Tilia Impact Ventures (the first fund in the Czech Republic investing in social enterprises).
Partner @ Mid Europa Partners
Andrej Babache is a partner and member of the investment committee of Mid Europa Partners. He is responsible for sourcing, executing, managing and exiting investments, and presently sits on the boards of Mid Europa’s investments in MBG and Profi. Prior to joining Mid Europa in 2006, Andrej worked in the emerging markets and UK M&A teams at Citi.
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.
Managing Director @ LLB Private Equity
Martin was co-founder of LLB Private Equity in 2007 and is currently managing director with a focus on investment strategy and manager selection.
(LLB Private Equity is a Vienna-based investment advisor for Private Equity investments. Founded as Gain Capital Participations/Vienna we are today part of the Liechtensteinische Landesbank group)
He is also director of three selfmanaged investment structures for private equity fund of funds investments (currently investing from Gain Capital Private Equity III)
Prior to LLB Private Equity/Gain Capital Martin was a founder and managing partner of INVEST EQUITY, a leading Austrian lower midmarket private equity firm.
Prior to INVEST EQUITY he held positions in venture capital and in the tech-industry.
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.
Senior Investment Manager @ OeEB
Marcell Hetesi, is Senior Investment Manager at the Development Bank of Austria in the equity team covering buy-side equity investment and portfolio management of funds. He is responsible for the origination and execution of finance transactions and portfolio management and serves as a financial sector specialist for funds in CEE and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a range of financial experience in impact investing, capital raising, corporate finance, and field work in social development across Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. He regularly sits on various advisory committees of private equity funds. Prior to join the Development Bank of Austria in 2017, Marcell worked for Erste Group responsible for the analysis and portfolio management of investments and for Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in Frankfurt as an investment associate in their industrial markets team.
Marcell holds a law degree from the University of Vienna and an MBA from SDA Bocconi. He also spent a semester abroad at London Business School.
Founder @ MCI Capital
A digital entrepreneur since 1985. For the past 20 years, PE investor, founder and Group Managing Partner @ MCI.
In 2001 the World Economic Forum awarded Tomasz with the title of Global Leader for Tomorrow.
MCI, founded in 1999, is one of the most dynamic private equity groups in Europe focused on digital transformation. Currently, with the use of PE funds, MCI implements growth stage and expansion/buy-out stage investments in CEE Region, Germany and Austria (DACH) and UK.
MCI leads digital transformation by helping to build regional and global champions. The Group specializes in: e-commerce, mobile, digital media and entertainment, fintech, big data, digital health and digital enablers.
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.
Head of Innovations @ DECENT
Michal Geci represents DECENT as Head of Innovations. He takes care of incubation and acceleration programme for DECENT. Michal has spent more than 20 years in boosting innovation across Europe and in China. His professional experiences span from being an entrepreneur, IT and strategy consultant, leading business development for multinational corporations up to setting up the co-working space and acting as a business angel investor and start-up mentor.
He got Master Degree in International Relations from Bologna University in Italy and MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy and from SEM Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Michal is married, loves art movies, Kung-fu, Cucina Italiana and dogs.