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ArtNight is building the leading local entertainment company through data-driven event generation. We are driven by our mission to bring people together. Our event products are offered at public events via our online platform as well as private events customizable for team events and shopping centre events.
StatusToday is an employee insights platform that helps companies boost employee wellness and transform workplace productivity. With one-click, the platform provides unparalleled data-driven insights and customized reports. Its patent-pending system uses Artificial Intelligence to map out key behaviour patterns – eliminating the need for endless surveys and expensive consultancies.
Liquidprice is the adaptive pricing solution designed to continuously adjust prices according to market’s behaviour. Self learning data-driven strategies maximise commercial performances even in the most unpredictable contexts.
Scalia is a platform which completely rethink the traditional approach to product data exchanges based on deep tech and advanced collaboration technics. By analyzing any product listing automatically, Scalia algorithm makes it compliant with any IT and wording requirements, drastically saving time and improving quality of product pages.
CrossEngage combines a real-time customer data platform with cross-channel campaign management. The technology enables customer loyalty and thus increases marketing profitability through personalised, real-time campaigns across all channels. Customers include Deutsche Bahn Vertrieb, HelloFresh, Contorion, BodyChange, Stylefile, Friendsurance and Mycs. In addition to Vorwerk Ventures, Project A, Earlybird Venture Capital, VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaf
GeoSpark is an AI-driven location tracking technology with 90% less battery drain for iOS and Android.
Doctrin’s purpose is to radically improve healthcare! Our team of doctors, developers and data scientists work to improve each point of contact between the patient and the healthcare provider through intelligently digitalising the patient journey. The result is improved medical quality, higher patient satisfaction and increased efficiency. Our platform also enables remote healthcare in low resource settings that lack physical infrastructure.
GTN – Transforming drug discovery through interdisciplinary innovation. Bringing a single new drug to the market costs $2.9bn and takes 15 years, with a high chance of failure. At GTN we combine machine learning and quantum physics, using our unique patented technology, Generative Tensorial Networks, to efficiently discover innovative new drug-like molecules. This will create substantial efficiencies in the whole drug development cycle.
Dashmote (http://dashmote.com/) is an A.I.-Powered insights platform that “turns images into insights”. From the SaaS platform, companies can identify trends and other consumer insights, increasing brand performance in product development, sales and marketing. Dashmote works successfully with brands such as Coca-Cola, Philips, Heineken and Unilever across the EU, US and Asia.
Founded in 2016, Kaia Health is a leading digital therapy company that creates evidence-based treatments for a range of disorders including back pain, Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Kaia Health uses innovative technology, including artificial intelligence and apps, and works with experts in each medical field to create an interdisciplinary digital approach.
Point is the smart home alarm that lets you know if something is wrong at home — through machine learning and without invasive cameras. If an important event happens, Point alerts you and your community of family, friends or neighbours instantly, so you can help each other when looking after your home. Point also keeps track of the indoor environment, mould for example, allowing you to make sure everyone in the home stays safe and sound.
Fresh Energy – “We empower people”. Fresh Energy customers enjoy power consumption with full transparency and without any additional payments or hidden costs. Customers get 100% green energy, a free Smart Meter, and an intuitive energy app, which details their actual electricity consumption as well as the actual costs of individual household appliances.
mything is the first platform to combine internationally 3D-designed products with near-production while enabling consumers an Amazon-like form of simple ordering. Instead of mass production and shipping of products globally, only 3D data of goods will be sent around the globe. The production itself happens at a 3D printing facility close to the buyer. mything enables this fundamental shift in how goods are designed, produced and purchased.
Created as an affordable and accessible solution to the high prices of university textbooks (which have risen at 3x the rate of inflation, 847%, since 1984), Perlego offers unlimited access to over 200,000 titles via a flat £12 monthly subscription fee.
Urban Jungle is fixing home insurance for renters. We use technology to make cheaper, better-designed insurance products for customers, which are easy to buy and manage on your smartphone
We offer shared e-scooters for €0.30 per minute, available through an intuitive app. Felyx is thereby the fastest and most convenient ride around town. Our e-scooters can be located and activated by the app and parked (for free) at any destination within the service area (“free-floating”). With Felyx, we solve numerous urban mobility issues such as air pollution, congestion on roads and we reduce pressure on public space
Generation YES is the first Social-Media-Teleshop selling kitchen appliances via its own online shop. Instead of focussing on information, Generation YES provides potential customers with inspiration: Kitchen appliances, that nobody knows, will be presented to a huge crowd via social media channels and by providing people with likable, sharable and lovable content to top sellers.
Our mission is to provide a simple and inexpensive mean for as many people as possible to protect their income. To this end, we have developed Germany’s first digital disability insurance. We have a strong team who are working tirelessly to provide a portfolio of digital life insurance solutions.
Geoblink is a SaaS-based location intelligence solution that helps companies make informed business decisions.
Celonis is the global market leader in enterprise-ready Process Mining, a revolutionary category of big-data analytics software. Celonis offers an innovative, industry-independent analytics solution for optimizing business processes in large enterprises. Companies like ABB, 3M and Vodafone place their confidence in Celonis’ capacity to drive value. Celonis is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with offices in New York, Miami, and the Netherlands.
SendCloud is Europe’s number 1 shipping tool, which helps online stores to grow by optimizing their shipping process. The multi-carrier software offers an all-in-one solution to fully automate the shipping process; from the check-out to shipment notifications, to a returns solution and more.
Peakon is an employee experience platform, created by people who are passionate about making the workplace better. We create tangible improvements to employee engagement and retention through insights delivered via our SaaS platform. These insights are generated by the automated collection of employee feedback via web or any other device. Peakon uses latest machine learning techniques, to understand what motivates employees.
Dalia is a fast-growing technology company, specialising in understanding global audiences. Combining proprietary mobile methodologies with advanced data science, Dalia distributes millions of micro-surveys worldwide and is reinventing how organisations can feel the pulse of people around the world.
Flow Neuroscience a healthcare company develops depression treatment devices which combines an easy-to-use brain stimulation headset with a personalized mobile app to target both the physical and behavioural elements of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Flow Neuroscience’s wearable stimulates a patient’s left frontal lobe, the area of the brain that has often lowered activity in people suffering from depression
CornerJob is a job matching platform that enables users to find geolocated job offers, apply to them, chat directly with the recruiters and quickly get an answer. For companies, it represents the perfect recruiting channel in terms of simplicity, rapidity and flexibility.
AMBOSS is a breakthrough learning and knowledge platform for medical students and practising physicians.
The platform consists of the Knowledge Bank – our comprehensive, verified and carefully-curated knowledge library which is constantly updated by our team of more than 60 full-time, best-in-class physicians who are driven by the idea of improving medical education. The library is complemented by our Question Bank, offering more than 2,000 exam-relevant, case-based questions to practice applying knowledge and prepare for exams.
Zesty is one of Europe’s leading Digital Health companies. Founded in August 2012, we are revolutionising patient engagement in healthcare practices, clinics and hospitals through technology, data & design.
Our mission is to build Europe’s leading Patient Engagement Platform. To date we have secured $10M+ in funding from 3 leading US and European investors (Mangrove Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Innovation Capital.
Studyportals is the #1 global study choice platform. Empowering the world to choose education. With heads up and hearts open, we’re out on a mission to make education transparent, globally.
Homelike is Europe’s leading online platform for fully-furnished business apartment and serviced apartment rentals. We digitize the entire process of renting a furnished apartment. By offering 360° tours and high-quality photos of the apartments, and by using eSignatures on rental contracts, we eliminate all on-site appointments and make renting a flat as quick and easy as booking a hotel room.
Overleaf is a London-based startup and social enterprise that builds modern collaborative authoring tools for research to help make science faster, more open and more transparent. Overleaf’s market-leading collaboration technology is now in use by over two million researchers, students and teachers in institutions, labs and industry worldwide.
At TWINO we connect investors seeking premium returns with borrowers searching for convenient loans, through the digital landscape. Our disruptive platform has democratised an investment process that was previously only accessible to the prosperous few. We are now one of the most successful marketplace lenders in Continental Europe and are the first platform to introduce P2P lending to emerging markets such as Russia and Kazakhstan.
We bonify financial lives. bonify lets users check and supervise financial data, offers tools and personalized recommendations to optimize their financial situation
TRINE uses crowd investing to enable people to support solar energy projects, while also delivering a return to the investors. We provide the expertise, organization and the platform for enabling secure investments in carefully selected projects and bring finance to local solar entrepreneurs in emerging nations to electrify the world. Our crowd investors will fund the initial cost for installing the solar system, over time this loan is paid back with interest by the value of electricity produced from the solar system.
Zify is an instant & dynamic carpooling app. With over 3 Million successful trips and over 38 Million KMs shared on its platform across India, France, Germany & Ireland, Zify is one of the leading carpooling startups.
CGTrader a leading 3D model marketplace with 1.4M+ users and 650,000+ assets for computer graphics, virtual/augmented reality and games. CGTrader gives talented 3D designers and studios the opportunity to showcase their work, increase brand awareness, communicate directly with clients, and earn the highest royalties in the industry. Their extensive collection of great 3D models helps clients save up to 80% of time and costs of their projects.
Tech for Social Impact
Bomberbot is on the mission to empower girls and boys all around the world with digital skills to make them successful citizens in the 21st century. The Bomberbot platform helps teachers in primary schools to teach computer programming and Digital Education in a simple way. Bomberbot has been used by more than 130.000 children in Finland and the Netherlands
Cities are a hostile and challenging environment for the blind. 30% of them never leave their homes without human assistance. EVA is a wearable assistive tool. This pair of smart-glasses can give verbal guidance to it’s blind wearers. It uses sensor fusion and machine vision to give precise position and orientation data both indoor and outdoor and it is able to detect specific obstacles as well, empowering the blind to ambulate independently.
Isahit is an impact sourcing platform for digital projects. Isahit provides services around management of data, pre-machine learning data set and any kind of moderation on social networks. This service is performed by young women in Africa today and comes as an additional income for those women so they can achieve their project of life (finance their studies, start an entrepreneurial project, or simply improve their living conditions).
Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit EdTech organization using digital innovation and strategic collaborations with universities and online education providers to bridge the gap between refugees and higher education. Kiron’s offer consists of tailor-made curricula, a digital collaborative platform and a range of supportive services that enable refugees to start studying online while they work towards fulfilling university requirements.
Pedius is a communication system helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to make phone calls, using voice recognition and speech synthesis technologies. Since 2013 Pedius helped more than 20.000 users in 10 countries to make their first phone call
AID:Tech’s data logistics solutions leverage Blockchain technology and digital identity to enable the delivery of digital entitlements including welfare, remittances, healthcare, aid and peer-to-peer donations. Our solutions equip our clients and partners including governments and donors, to better target users by leveraging data. We address fraud, corruption and inefficiencies in service delivery.
Madaster is the global online register for real estate data on materials and products. It is our mission to facilitate a circular economy where waste can be eliminated by providing materials with an identity. Through data services for building owners, constructors, financiers and designers, it brings transparency in the circular and financial value of buildings. Madaster carefully focuses on governance, privacy, security and continuity.
betterplace.org is Germany’s largest charitable donation platform. Since its foundation in 2007 nearly 60 million € have been donated to more than 25,000 social projects worldwide. The platform is financed by offering digital solutions to companies for use in their CSR strategies, as well as through private donations and support from strategic partners. betterplace is run by the gut.org non-profit company, a social enterprise based in Berlin.
Deedmob is the online volunteering platform connecting volunteers, charities, companies, and government institutions to increase collaboration and maximize social impact. Like your regular volunteering website, Deedmob matches volunteers with nonprofits. But it doesn’t stop there. Our CRM tools and analytics help social organisations to create better volunteering experiences, so that volunteers want to come back to do more good.
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Alexander Kudlich is the Group Managing Director of Rocket Internet. He is responsible for operations, product development, technology and resources at the company. Prior to Rocket Internet, Alexander joined Axel Springer AG as the Assistant of the Chairman and CEO (Dr. Mathias Döpfner) and held various managerial positions in a group company of Axel Springer AG.
Chiara Sommer is Investment Director of Intel Capital EMEA based in Berlin. She identifies, evaluates and leads strategic transactions in Central, Eastern and Northern European countries. Her investment focus includes Blockchain, IoT, Robotics, Big Data, Mobility and Artificial Intelligence. Before joining Intel Capital, Chiara gained extensive transactional experience at High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF).
Colin is a software investor at Balderton Capital where he has invested in frontier market facing consumer software companies like Frontier Car Group and Luno. Prior to that he led Frontier Markets at SoundCloud. Colin grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
Friederike is an expert for digital transformation and design. As Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company she is co-leading the design practice and building digital businesses. Before that, she digitally developed start-ups and leading media companies across Europe. Friederike is also professor for digital media and management, who worked in business schools across Europe (Amsterdam, Kopenhagen, St. Gallen).
Gloria primarily focuses on growth stage investments across all sectors in Europe and Australia. Prior to Index, Gloria worked at Technology Crossover Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based growth equity fund, evaluating investment opportunities in the DACH region and in software and fintech companies across Europe. Gloria graduated with a master’s degree in management from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Karel Dörner is a Senior Partner and Head of McKinsey Digital Labs Europe. Prior joining McKinsey, Karel co-founded and directed eBay Europe as well as the US-based mobile software provider Aventeon Inc. Karel studied at WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management and the University of Michigan.
Lina works at Target Global looking primarily for early stage marketplaces, SaaS and b2c/ b2b products. Prior to Target Global, she worked with Researchgate in product and monetization, Hasso Plattner Ventures and had 2 startups both in the consumer space. Lina comes from Los Angeles and moved to Germany in 2009 for her masters in Law and Business at Bucerius/ WHU.
Matthias Scheffelmeier is a partner at Ashoka Germany and a member of Ashoka Europe’s regional leadership team, a founding board member at the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND) and co-founder of the “ChangemakerXchange”, a global community of 400+ startup social entrepreneurs. Matthias also is a member of the global board at MasterPeace, an award-winning global grassroots non-profit and non-governmental peace movement.
Professor Zemsky has been a faculty member at INSEAD since 1994 & a member of the school’s leadership team since 2010. As Deputy Dean, he is responsible for external relations including fundraising, alumni relations & communications. As Dean of Innovation he is responsible for the school’s digital strategy including the development of its award winning online courses.
Rune Theill is an entrepreneur, investor, and the CEO and co-founder at Rockstart, one of Europe’s first multi-vertical accelerators that provides startups with access to capital, market, community and expertise. Prior to building Rockstart, he launched a couple of startups, one that failed pre-market and one that slowly grew over four years before being sold to a competitor.
Sandra is the Director for Google Marketing in Germany, responsible for all B2B activities. She has 20+ years Marketing experience in Tech companies. Her passion is helping businesses – regardless of big or small, new or old – to grow through the transformative power of technology. Prior to joining Google, she was Head of Mobile TV at Vodafone and VP Marketing at Cocomore AG.
Tommy founded his first company in university and successfully exited it in 2013. His entrepreneurial mindset made him join Uber as one of the first employees in Germany. He developed a native attraction to innovative ideas and business models and has been an active business angel for the past years. Tommy not only holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, he is also a certified beer brewer.
Tim is an early Bitcoin adopter and strong Blockchain advocate. He founded Cubits, a European based Bitcoin marketplace, and lead the company (50+ employees) as a CEO for around 3 years. Prior to founding Cubits, Tim worked as a CFO in Asia in a Social Gaming venture while having worked in the Investment Banking Division at Jefferies & Company in Frankfurt. Tim holds a BSc in International Business and an MSc in Finance from St Andrews
Uwe founded the investment fund Project A in 2012. With four partners, he invests in startups in Europe and globally from a 250M euro fund, and has built a team of 100 experts who support startups operationally, in addition to providing financial investment. Additionally, together with private equity investors, he supports established companies in their digital transformation efforts.
Robin is a seasoned technology journalist and editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news, data analysis and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.