On 12th-13th July, TOA holds a series of future-themed pitch competitions for 25 startups in 5 categories: Cities, Enterprises, Finance, Impact, and Hardware. A winner of each category will get a ticket to Future Finals to make a 3min pitch and 3min Q&As in front of our live audience and the panel of experts.
Brendon Kim, VP and Managing Director of Samsung NEXT Europe
Siraj Khaliq, Partner at Atomico
As a former computer scientist and co-founder/CTO of the successful Atomico investment The Climate Corporation, Siraj now continues his love for entrepreneurship “on the other side of the table” as a venture capitalist. He focuses on companies enabled by machine learning, AI and computer vision, (particularly in intelligent assistants), IoT, Agtech, and works with a number of portfolio companies. Prior to this, Siraj was an early engineering hire at Google in 2001, and one of the founding engineers for the Google Book search project. He holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a BA Hons in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK. Siraj speaks fluent English, advanced Urdu, and just enough German to be dangerous.
Mike Butcher, Editor of TechCrunch Europe
A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He is a former editor of New Media Age magazine, the leading new media weekly in the UK, and the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine. In April 2010 he was named as one of Britain’s Top 100 “digital power-brokers” by Wired UK magazine. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. He is als involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub (@TechHub), in London initially.
Christoph Sollich, Freelancer at The Pitch Doctor
Christoph is known as The Pitch Doctor in Berlin and beyond. After working in advertising, he got into startups in 2007. For the last 5 years, he’s helped 1500+ startups improve the way they pitch to investors, partners etc. He’s a mentor/coach for dozens of accelerators, incubators, corporate innovation labs and startup competitions around Europe. He is also a tiny bit famous for doing funny pitches, e.g. RydeMyPony (the “Airbnb for Ponies”) and the “Berlin Pitch” (pitching why Berlin is the best city for startups).
Christoph Räthke, Founder of German Tech Entrepreneurship Center
Christoph started his career in one of the first digital agencies in 1996, joined his first startup team in 1999/2000 and has been working with the Berlin digital industry ever since. Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy as Germany’s only founder-owned accelerator in Summer 2012. Since 2015, BSA works as an independent part of German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), Germany’s most powerful initiative to unite high-growth innovation with industry, Mittelstand, capital, science, and academics. In addition, Christoph is the host of Germany’s most successful entrepreneurship talk show Founders Unscripted, and author of business/ lifestyle mag Business Punk’s startup review column.