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.
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.
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.
Kai Engelhardt is Managing Director of Brose Ventures GmbH in Berlin since November 2020, where he is responsible for venture capital investments, collaborative startup development projects and innovations in new business models etc. – all with a focus on the mobility industry. Previously, Mr. Engelhardt worked at MAHLE Int. GmbH for 12 ½ years. After holding positions in Business Development, he headed the Venture Capital arm at MAHLE from December 2012 to September 2015, then Corporate Strategy including VC and M&A until January 2018. From January 2018 to November 2020, Mr. Engelhardt was Head of Digitalization at MAHLE. Kai Engelhardt studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, the University in Auckland, the University in Lugano, the Technical University of Munich and the RWTH Aachen. He holds a Master of Engineering & Business Administration, a CPEA Certified Private Equity & Venture Capital Program and a Chief Digital Officer certificate.
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. Franz Glatz is managing director of brigk Digitales Gründerzentrum der Region Ingolstadt GmbH. He began his professional career as a personal advisor to the President of the Technical University of Munich. He had his first contact with founders a little later at the time of Neuer Markt as a senior manager in the investment banking department of the Bayerische Landesbank. In 2002 Glatz became managing director of the Garching technology and start-up center gate. In 2007 he also took over the management of an incubator in Unterföhring to which the Free State of Bavaria as well as the media group ProSiebenSAT.1 hold a share. From this project, today’s WERK1 in Munich developed in the following years, which Franz Glatz headed as managing director from March 2013 to May 2017. The startup center, funded by the Free State of Bavaria is one of the central meeting points of the state capital’s digital start-up scene. Currently it combines an incubator, coworking space, event location and café on 4,000 square meters. Franz Glatz has been working closely with founders and startups for over 16 years. He perceives himself as a networker and mediator between startups, business, politics and the public. For several years he was a board member of the European association for incubators, European Business Incubator Network. In addition, he has various ongoing teaching assignments at universities on the topics of design thinking and lean startup.
Sören Jehmlich is Vice President Business Excellence at Infineon Technologies AG. As part of this role he is responsible for start-up cooperations, innovation ecosystems and Centers of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence and for Agile Ways of Working. He leads Infineon’s global Digital Transformation initiative. Sören is passionate about Infineon’s mission to make life easier, safer and greener – combining entrepreneurial success with responsible action. He joined Infineon in 2004 and held various management positions in sales, strategic marketing and internal business consulting. Prior to Infineon, he worked as management consultant at KPMG Consulting, BearingPoint and Fraunhofer. Sören holds a M.Sc. in Management of Production from the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, and a degree as Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur from Brandenburg University of Technology.
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.
Since 2019, Julia Sendtner is responsible for Innovation Management and for the pre-development portfolio of the Technical Development of AUDI AG. The focus of Innovation Management is to develop a technology strategy and implementing it with the help of prototypes, in many cases in collaboration with external partners incl. startups, in order to hand them over to series development.
Before joining Innovation Management, Julia Sendtner worked from 2015 to 2019 as a consultant in Audi Consulting and in large-scale transformation projects within the technical development, with a focus on reorganization and qualification planning for employees on future technologies.
Julia Sendtner received her academic education in Technology Management from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (B.Sc., M.Sc.).
Dr. Hermann Sterzinger is Chairman Advisory Board at AUGENTIC GmbH and 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.
Dr. Carsten Subel is the head of Inno Lab at MTU Aero Engines AG. The objective of the Inno Lab is to identify new trends and technologies and, with the help of prototypes, to demonstrate their feasibility and potential for MTU. The Inno Lab acts as an internal innovation consultant, with good internal and external networks also into the startup community. Understanding the internal customer is the success factor for all innovation projects and inspirations.
Carsten Subel has been with MTU Aero Engines for 20 years. He has held various senior positions in project departments, in technical discipline, abroad and in corporate development. He established MTU’s Inno Lab in early 2019 and has developed it into an integral part of MTU’s innovation culture. Creativity, experimenting with new things and using new technologies fascinate him.
MTU Aero Engines is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer. The company develops, manufactures, markets and supports commercial and military aircraft engines of all thrust and power categories as well as stationary industrial gas turbines. MTU has a presence in key regions and markets worldwide through its subsidiaries and affiliates. In terms of revenues, MTU is the world’s largest independent provider of commercial engine maintenance services. It is a world leader in the maintenance and repair of the V2500, the engine powering the current Airbus A320 family.