Guest Speakers, Startups & Entrepreneurs

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From the latest start-up heroes to local government, we’re well-connected with the key players that impact every part of the entrepreneurial journey. See the list below for sampling of the dynamic people and companies you might learn from while at eLab. This extensive network helps us bring you the most current and essential information you need to succeed.




Betahaus: One of the first to establish coworking spaces in Europe, Betahaus is designed to inspire a community where insights and ideas are shared freely. Several of their events have led to successful spin offs.

Jonas Bieber: Jonas is the founder of Doerrwerk, an award-winning manufacturer that salvages imperfect fruits and vegetables to sell as dried snacks.

Bonial: This Berlin startup helps consumers navigate shopping by rounding up retail deals and more with uber-efficiency.

Philipp Canzler: Philipp brings extensive experience from the multinational firm Ernst & Young.  This EY partner has supported Rocket Internet and HelloFresh, and was previously based in Shanghai for more than three years.

Hinrich Dreiling: An advisor, angel investor, and entrepreneur, Hinrich was a founder and CEO at GameGoods and before founding Wimdu

Holger Seim is co-founder and CEO of Blinkist, a bite-sized-learning service that condenses knowledge from great nonfiction into powerful little packs. He co-founded Blinkist in 2012 with a vision to inspire people to never stop learning and grew it into a global brand with customers in more than 140 countries. 

Gonzalo Sanchez Silk, head of Investor Relations at Brickblock (smart contract platform that allows you to sell and invest in tokenized assets like real estate on the blockchain), has a passion for connecting and growing business relationships. Having worked in Shanghai, across the United States, and now Berlin, Gonzalo works tirelessly to help build teams, partnerships, and connect clients across foreign markets.

Google: The tech Giant’s new campus in Kreuzberg is a haven for tech startups.

Jodel: This Berlin-based startup got investment from 6 Mio last year and is now entering the U.S. market.

Pascal Heymann: Pascal brings more than five years of practice training CEOs, academics, and more in public speaking. He’ll help you create a convincing pitch and deliver it with verve.

Florian Heinemann, Ph.D.:Florian is a founding partner of Project A Ventures (formerly Rocket Internet), where he heads up marketing, CRM, public relations, communications, and business intelligence. Project A has funded more than 45 companies since its founding in 2012. Florian holds a doctorate in innovation management and entrepreneurship, and introduce eLab participants to the investor’s point-of-view through lectures and visits to Project A.

Impact Hub: With an eye of solving big global problems like hunger and clean oceans, Impact Hub offers a host of consulting services, from community building to startup creation to talent scouting.

Magnus Graf Lambsdorff: Magnus is a partner at Lakestar, a venture capital and private equity firm  that supports new and growing internet and tech ventures around the world.

Dr. Matthias Mrozewski: Specializing in the financial aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation, Matthias brings considerable experience from his work at Technische Universität Berlin, European Institute of Innovation and Technology, and more.

Janina Muetze: COO and founder, Civey. Founded in 2015, Civey measures public opinion in real with advanced tech. Their network includes more than 20,000 websites and 5 million registered users.

Naveed Ratansi: Naveed founded Mobile UX London in 2015 to support collaboration among people working in user experience. He also provides support and consultation for startups, with a client list that includes ASI, Coving Marketplaces, Peerspace, and Upwork.

Social Impact Lab: With a focus on supporting people who want to create products, services, and ideas that move society forward, the Lab features spaces for working and events plus coaching and inspiration.

Startup Guide Store: This Berlin business showcases entrepreneurial projects to would-be investors and has published their Startup Guides for a number of locations.



Bareconductive: Four grads from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College of London wired up this groundbreaking business to make printed electronic products that dramatically change environments and products.

BigCouch: Big Couch supports the independent film industry in three ways: crewfunding (using the shared economy to help films get made), helping freelance film people connect with people who need to hire, and helping film and media people recruit crew to get their work done.

Geke van Dijk, Ph.D.: Co-founder and strategy head for STBY, Geke brings a wealth of expertise in consumer behavior and human-computer interaction, plus extensive knowledge of emerging technologies. 

Fetchh: This innovative business combines healthy grab-and-go food and drinks with self-service, thanks to chat systems that let customers buy and pay ahead. 

Andrew Humphries: This noted entrepreneur co-founded The Bakery, a tech accelerator and workspace for the advertising, marketing and communications sector.

Impact Hub: Impact Hub is out to solve some of the world biggest challenges (think poverty and clean energy) with teamwork. Along with creating a community of social reformers, they provide consulting and workspace for today’s problem solvers.

Innovation Warehouse: This community has been known for producing tech-driven startups since 2010. They have more than 250 active investors and have raise more than L35 million for startups. 

Jiamei Jin: Founder of Insider London, an award-winning guided walking tour operator, Jaimei is in expert in finance, business development, and acquisition.

Koreo: This agency specializes in finding talent to drive social change, by developing people, people, organizations, and networks.

Michael Kowalski: Founder of Storienteer, Contentment, and, Michael brings startup strategy know-how along with insights in user experience and digital product design.

Simon May: This innovation expert gathered 25+ years of experience developing brands, products, services and business models for startups and other enterprises before co-founding Impeller Ventures.

Vinny Pianna: Digital marketer and crypto currency expert Vinny Pian is CEO at Crypto Academy, created to help people understand currencies like Bitcoin.

Government Partners

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology:

This public-private consulting group provides potential and existing Berlin businesses with guidance and custom services to establish themselves or grow and expand in Berlin. Berlin Partner currently collaborates with 280+ companies.

London & Partners:

An award-winning business, London & Partners is the mayor’s official promotional agency. Their mission: Position London as one of the best cities in the world to invest, work, study, and explore, by collaborating with a range of partners, from international businesses to universities.