Oliver Gajek is a repeat entrepreneur and business advisor with a focus on enterprise software, cloud services and security solutions. He co-founded Brainloop AG, the leading provider for managing confidential documents in the cloud. He currently advises a number of high-growth technology companies on strategy and sales execution.
Thomas Doppelberger is the director of Fraunhofer Venture. He studied economics (political and business economics) at Augsburg University and joined the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 1998. Since the year 2000, he has been with Fraunhofer Venture and developed and established the spin-off and investment program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. His particular focus is on the continuous extension of the development process for spin-off projects/ideas and the intensive support for spin-offs and the investment portfolio.
Markus has built up several startups in succession, most recently as the CEO of Caterva GmbH in Pullach just south of Munich, which developed an operating system for intelligent networked energy storage systems. Before that he launched EnOcean GmbH, which pioneered battery-less radio technology and is synonymous with flexible, energy-efficient buildings.
After studying electrical engineering, he began a career in the Siemens group.
His special competence is combining technology and business, which he has demonstrated in practice and bolstered with sound training, completing an Executive MBA at MIT, Stanford University, INSEAD and the Indian Institute of Management.
At Scaleup he combines two passions:
To drill down to the bottom of issues and ideas
To support companies in acting sustainable more successfully
Hi, I am Lamin, Head of Startup Cooperation at Infineon´s HQ. My role is to explore cooperation opportunities between relevant startups and Infineon´s businesses / operations. My search fields are centered around hardware based systems, embedded software, semiconductor technology and productivity solutions. Fascinated by the possibilities of technological advances, it motivates me to bring the right people together to support commercial success.
Before joining Infineon, I worked intensively in research commercialization projects & university spin-outs, international Sales & Business development and very early in my career in a supply chain management startup that got acquired by ABB.
Dr. Rudolf Freytag is CEO of Munich based Siemens Technology Accelerator GmbH (www.sta.siemens.com). In that role he is globally responsible for commercialization of Siemens technologies via start-up foundation, sale or licensing. Application fields vary from industrial solutions, optimization software to biotech and consumer products.
Rudolf joined Siemens in 1992 and held various management positions in marketing, product management, engineering, strategy and consulting in Germany and the United States. Amongst others he was Vice President in the Angiography and X-Ray business of Siemens Healthcare.
Rudolf holds a Ph.D. in Physics and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Regensburg, Germany.
Head of Innovation Incubator at Airbus Defence and Space; General Manager with legal background; experience in developing and organizing new businesses inside industry and as spin-offs/start-ups; main role is scouting, filtering and seed funding of new business ideas; with focus on customer value proposition oriented business model methodology and open communication the “buy-in” of all actors in- and outside Airbus is ensured. I am coaching entrepreneurs and talents to manage innovative projects and lead start-up companies. I have profound experience in structuring dedicated Business Models, analysing new business ideas, guiding investment decisions and implementing new ventures. I held various management positions in Commercial Affairs, Sales, Strategy & Marketing, Risk Management, Innovation Management and Technology Licensing.
Dr. Volker Kaese absolvierte eine Lehre als Bankkaufmann, bevor er ab 1997 als Vollzeit-Forscher und Doktorand mit dem Schwerpunkt Magnesiumlegierungsmetallurgie für resorbierbare Implantate an der UNI Hannover forschte und 1998 sein Start-up kw2implants mitgründete. Ab 2002 hat er als Projektleiter in der Konzernforschung Leichtbaulösungen für neue Fahrzeugkonzepte entwickelt, bevor er ab 2005 das Innovationsmanagement der Volkswagen mit Vorentwicklungsportfolios, Roadmapping und Einsteuerung von Technologien in Fahrzeugprojekte geleitet hat. Von 2008–2009 war er Assistent des Vorstands für Forschung und Entwicklung. Von 2010 an war er für alle Konzern-Werkstofflabore von Volkswagen verantwortlich. Bevor er zu AUDI wechselte, war er bei VW u.a. auch Leiter der Qualität-Vorserie für die Fahrwerke und Batteriesysteme des z.B. Golf und für das Projektmanagement des Fahrzeugprojektes XL1 verantwortlich. Seit 2014 ist Dr. Kaese als Senior Director und Head of Innovation Management Product bei der AUDI AG verantwortlich für die Innovationskultur, die Steuerung des Vorentwicklungsportfolios, das Roadmapping, das globale Technologie-Scouting und die Showcars.
Before starting as Managing Director at TRUMPF Venture GmbH in 2018, Dieter has been responsible for all search fields in EU and for healthcare globally as Investment Partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH. His professional background is operational business within hardware/software of automotive electronics and software for telecommunication networks.
Dieter got his PhD at the University of Frankfurt am Main in nuclear and atomic physics and gained deep insights into the fields of mathematics, pharmacology and nuclear medicine during his studies.
Dr. Armin H. Pfoh studied physics at the Karls-Ruprecht University in Heidelberg, Germany and in 1982 he received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. He spent the following two years as a post-doc in high energy physics at the Brookhaven National Lab in New York, USA.
From 1985 to 1990 he was responsible for the development of a medical computer tomography system at Bruker Medical Imaging in Lisle, USA.
He then joined General Electric and was responsible for various technology developments in medical diagnostics at GE Healthcare in Wisconsin, USA, as well as GE Global Research in New York, USA. Dr. Pfoh holds 15 patents in this field. In 2003 he returned to Germany and was responsible for the set-up and operation of the European R&D Center of GE in Munich, Germany.
In October 2009 he joined the TÜV SÜD AG in Munich, Germany as VP Corporate Innovation Management, setting up a number of corporate innovation initiatives in the area of Electro-Mobility, Embedded Systems, Mega Cities, Water Services and Digital Services. Since January 2016 he is focusing on the set-up of a new Digital Service Organization as Chief Technologist – Digital Service.
Wolfgang has more than 19 years of experience as a Venture Capital and Private Equity investor in areas such as Enterprise Software, SaaS, Online Services, Microelectronics, Energy and Industrial Automation
Prior to building Hitachi Ventures, he was a founding partner at AGIC Capital, an Asian-European private equity fund, and partner with Earlybird Venture Capital, Germany’s largest independent Venture Capital firm. He also has gained consulting and industry experience from BCG and Alcatel. Wolfgang has a Master equivalent degree in physics (Dipl. Phys.) and an MBA from Insead.
Wolfgang has been a Member of the Board of Munich Network since 2012.
Dr. Hermann Sterzinger is Advisory Board Member at Intergroup Partners AG. Previously he worked as Head of International Business Development and Partner Management at Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).
From 1988-92 he studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus Precision Measurement, Instrumentation Control and Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. From 1992 – 1994 he earned his Master’s Degree in Economics and Labor (AWA), and in 1997 he completed his dissertation at the Department of Private and Patent Law at the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the Max-Planck-Institute. Since 2001 he has served as Lecturer on Networks for Payments at the Technical University of Munich.
While with G&D from 2002-2005, he lead the group that developed ‘Cash Point Solutions,’ an international business for banknote processing machines used by commercial banks. In 2000 he was a founder and co-shareholder of MySpace LLC (Virginia, USA), maker of an electronic code lock with input from standard input devices such as mobile phones, remote controls or PC’s.
In parallel during 2000-2002, he was a member of the management team at Leicher GmbH & Co. He started at Leicher in 1995 in product management for the electronic high-security safelockT product. In 1997 he took over as the Head of Development and Construction. His team developed the Mietfach and Cash Automation products and then integrated them into the bank network and related data centers. In addition, the team created electronic locks and locking systems in combination with biometric identification systems.