The second Berlin Soft-Landing discovery mission for startups, scaleups and ecosystem leaders was a blast! Check out this article by GTEC describing the Mission and get to know the delegation.
Last month, GTEC welcomed to Berlin for a week several startups, scaleups and ecosystem leaders, among themÂ Peter-Paul de Leeuw, founder ofÂ AmberScript;Â Ken FoxÂ andÂ Ilan Katsir, founders ofÂ VeriVersion;Â Rajiv Tayal, founder ofÂ InQuim;Â Adomas Malaiska, founder ofÂ NextQuestion;Â Michal Kabatznik, Co-Founder ofÂ The Good Group;Â Augustin Radu,Â Business Development and International Partnership atÂ IMT Starter;Â Andrius Bolsaitis,Â Innovation Center Manager atÂ SEB Lietuvoje;Â Roisin Lyons,Â Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation atÂ Dublin City University;Â Oana Bouraoui,Â Co-founder & VP ofÂ Romanian ITÂ and Partnerships and Projects Manager atÂ European Young Innovators Forum;Â Nga Nguyen,Â Founder ofÂ Innercompass;Â Joris van Rest, Manager Operations atÂ Smrt.bio;Â Valentina Vicari,Â Director of the Business Incubator Techno Science Park atÂ San Marino Innovation Institute;Â Sebastian Toupy,Â Head of Startups atÂ The Next Web;Â Sally Gregersen, Social Entrepreneur and Founder ofÂ Lulu Lab; andÂ Vaidas Zagunis, Head of Retail atÂ SEB Bank.
They got a whole week full of amazing talks by the most important players in the Berlin ecosystem, plus a tour aroundÂ Tech Open Air, one of the most important tech conferences in Europe. As you can see below, no time was wasted!
The week started with intense and productive talks byÂ Benjamin RohÃ©, Founding Managing Director ofÂ GTEC, on why Berlin is not the next Silicon Valley; byÂ Josefina Nungesser, Director Trend & Innovation Scouting atÂ Germany Trade & Invest, on Tech and Innovation in Germany; and byÂ Felix Blobel, Partner atÂ Noerr LLPÂ Berlin, on how to survive the German Law Jungle.
Right after that, we had different experts coming over to join our Experts Round Table: every member of the Soft-Landing expedition had the chance to sit down and ask all the questions they had about diverse topics and get their answers and advice. Our guests could rotate around in different tables to ask questions toÂ Danit Gal, Co-Founder ofÂ Lisantix;Â Robin Weninger, Managing Director atÂ GTECÂ and atÂ ShapingWork Academy;Â Yael Khan, DACH Business Manager ofÂ AllCloud;Â Gal Bechor, Product Manager atÂ Volkswagen Digital Lab;Â Simon Dierks, Marketing Manager atÂ FÃ¶rderbar;Â Monica Zaldivar, Head of Marketing atÂ GTEC;Â Olla Jongerius, Co-Founder atÂ Freeliance;Â Dennis Levien, Investment Analyst atÂ Motu Ventures; andÂ Stephan Kreutzer, Senior Consultant atÂ TechnopolisÂ Group.
To top up the day, we had the visit ofÂ Olivia Hohoff, Project Manager Media and Creative Industries atÂ Berlin Partner. She presented all the initiatives that Berlinâ€™s public institutions are working on to help entrepreneurs, startups and investors to grow. As a unique public and private partnership, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology collaborates with the Berlin State Senate and over 280 companies.
To complete the first day of the Soft-Landing mission, we hosted another edition of our celebratedÂ G-FORCE RELOADED meetup, where serial entrepreneur and investorÂ Alexander Piutti. Nine entrepreneurs raised their hands to pitch for 5 minutes and get raw and brutally honest feedback on their business ideas andÂ VoyPostÂ was the lucky startup to impress Alex and to get a spot for two weeks in ourÂ NO BULLSHIT LAB.
We started Day 2 of the second Soft-Landing mission in Berlin with a high-level Investors Panel: we had overÂ Dr. Tanja Emmerling, Principal atÂ High-Tech GrÃ¼nderfondsÂ Berlin,Â Robert Kusche, Business Analyst atÂ Investitionsbank Berlin | IBB,Â AnaMaria Quijano-Wittemann, Investment Manager atÂ GPS Ventures,Â Florian Till, Investment Manager atÂ innogy Innovation Hub,Â Tian Tian Feng, Investment Manager atÂ Cherry Ventures,Â Christian Stein, Managing Director ofÂ Coparion GmbH & Co. KG, andÂ Marcus KÃ¶nig, Investment Manager atÂ Signals Venture Capital. There was time not only for presentations but also for intenseÂ exchange of impressions on how investment works in different European countries and how to raise funds in Germany.
The afternoon finally brought some time to relax or catch up with emails before the start of a workshop focused on helping each otherâ€™s startup ecosystems and trying to solve together the challenges faced by other hubs across Europe.
Both evenings in Berlin were spent discovering the city, the beautiful food available in town and doing some tourism.
On Day 3, it was time to visit Tech Open Air and explore the amazing talks scheduled for this yearâ€™s edition. The Soft-Landing delegation had a great time:Â #TOA18Â delivered!
To put a perfect end to such an extraordinary week, we brought together Soft-Landingâ€™s delegation with another delegation we hosted at the same time made up of our partners at Union Investment. We had a great time having dinner and getting to know each other: