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.

Founders & Guest Speakers

  • Doreen Huber

    Founder and CEO of Lemoncat, which launched 2016 with the mission to radically change the way businesses think about catering.

  • Philipp Canzler

    This EY partner has supported Rocket Internet and HelloFresh, and was previously based in Shanghai for more than three years.

  • Janina Mütze

    Co-Founder of Civey - a company that enables representative online surveys. Previously working for a VC company BVK in Berlin

  • Diana Rees

    founder and CEO of zkSystems, developing scalable Layer One DLT protocol for incentivized computation and sitributed data storage, based in Berlin. 

  • Holger Seim

    Co-founder and CEO of Blinkist, a bite-sized-learning service that condenses knowledge from great nonfiction into powerful little packs.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Matthias Mrozewski

    Matthias brings considerable experience from his work at Technische Universität Berlin, European Institute of Innovation and Technology and more.

  • 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.

  • Simon Franz

    Senior Corporate Finance Advisor at Deutsche Bank Innovation Labs, responsible for the technology sector.

  • Gonzalo Sanchez Slik

    head of Investor Relations at Brickblock, has a passion for connecting and growing business relationships. 


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

  • Alison Coward

    Founder of Bracket Creative, a company that works with a diverse range of companies to help them discover the perfect balance between team creativity, collaboration and productivity.


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


    Head of Google for Entrepreneurs, will give a tour on the new tech startup campus and talk about innovation culture.

  • George Johnston

    Founder of Tech City Ventures to bring great ideas to market faster, regardless of their stage in the startup lifecycle.

  • Rocio Perez-Ochoa

    Founder of Bidhaa Sasa, a social enterprise that serves rural families in East Africa. She is also an Angel Investor for impact driven businesses. 

  • Purvi Trivedi

    Community Manager at ROLI. Purvi leads ROLI's external outreach programs and works closely with the product team to improve ROLI's product experience.

  • David Odier

    David is part of crème de la crème's founding team. Crème de la crème is challenging the status quo to make the aspirations of a generation that are on a quest for meaning and impact, possible. 

  • Elena Sinel

    Founder of award winning, Teens In AI and Acorn Aspirations, Elena is motivated to make a difference in the world by empowering young people aged 12-18 to solve real problems through technologies: AI, VR, AR, MR and blockchain.

  • Jameel Marafie

    Co-founded Headlight AI to pursue his passion in light based sensing, and to enable new technologies in autonomous sensing and mapping. Jameel is a PhD Physics / MRes Plastic Electronics / MSc Chemistry.

  • Puneet Chhabra

    Co Founder and CTO at Headlight AI. Puneet is in charge of technology at Headlight AI. He has over 10 years of research and development (R&D) experience in the defence and hi-tech industry. He aims to link science and practice for a better world and brings that ethos to Headlight AI. PhD LiDAR Signal Processing (Exp. 2018)/ MSc/BSc AI & Robotics.

  • Matt Johnson

    Matt Johnson is CEO and co-founder of Bare Conductive Ltd, an award-winning startup based in East London, UK. Bare Conductive designs and manufactures a unique set of electrically conductive materials and hardware that provide low cost, modular sensing for multiple applications. Matt earned an MA/MSc in Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art/Imperial College London in 2009.

  • Vinny Piana

    Founder of Crypto Academy, an organisation that provides training courses on how to invest into the crypto market smartly and safely. Vinny also conults businesses on Blockchain technology and deliver talks on both these topics.

  • Maulik Sailor (MBA)

    Maulik Sailor (MBA), founded Innovify in 2011 after having led the development of many innovative Digital Products as a Product Manager in-charge. Maulik has spent the last 15 years developing digital strategy and assisting high growth SMEs and corporates with advanced digital transformation.

  • Sami Benchekroun

    Co-founded Morressier in 2014, Morressier's mission is to give scientists around the world easy and approachable access to the most recent and ground-breaking research. By being the preferred communications platform for academic conferences, they organise and facilitate the valuable exchange between researcher and the entire scholarly ecosystem. Soon after the first funding round, Sami hired a female HR manager and can claim now for more than 50% quote on female employees (mainly developer!) 

  • Valerie Broenstroem

    Co-founder and CEO of Ms Sporty, successful fitness studios only for women with more than 550 outlets nowadays across Europe. 2016 she also founded Pixformance, a digital personal trainer, worldwide first of it's kind.



    Babbel, language learning platform, combining effective education methods with state-of-the-art technology. 


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


    Google: Rowan Barnett, Head of Google for Entrepreneurs, will give a tour on the new tech startup campus and talk about innovation culture.


    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.


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


    This Berlin business showcases entrepreneurial projects to would-be investors.


    Four grads wired up this groundbreaking business to make printed electronic products that dramatically change environments and products.


    ROLI is revolutionizing the art of making music with cutting edge technology. They produce software and hardware, including Seaboard.


    Crypto Academy, created to help people understand currencies like Bitcoin.


    MOO is an online print and design company and was one of the original Silicon Roundabout start-ups. It now expects to generate £100m in revenue in the year ending 2018 and supports businesses of all sizes with their printing needs. 


    Headlight AI is the only company that makes sensor performance better using our AI software.

Investors & VC’s


    They have funded more than 45 companies since its founding in 2012. eLab participants will learn the investor’s point-of-view through lectures and visits to Project A.


    A venture capital and private equity firm that supports new and growing internet and tech ventures around the world.


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

Co-Working Spaces


    One of the first to establish coworking spaces in Europe, Betahaus is designed to inspire a community where insights and ideas are shared freely.


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


    This community has been known for producing tech-driven startups since 2010. They have more than 250 investors and have raise more than $35 million for startups.

  • Level39

    Level39 is the world's most connected tech community, consisting of 1250 leaders in cybersecurity, fintech and retail tech.



    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.


    A tech accelerator and workspace for the advertising, marketing and communications sector. Helping entrepreneurs and start-ups by unlocking the power of corporates.


    An early-stage investment arm in Europe and in the US and a start-up Accelerator. We join their pitch day, a tour and a Q&A.



    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.


    The Berlin Business and Trade Association unites more than 2200 political, social and economical leaders, encouraging them to combat struggles or obstacles and to fight for a better Berlin. Together with the VBKI, eLab will run a "Speed Dating" format to bring together eLab participants and Berlin business leaders.


    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.


    Services and consulting to help grow business in Germany and understand the legal framework.

  • Insider London

    Insider London offers a wide variety of alternative and unusual activities designed to provide unique insight into this global city and beyond.


    Tech Connect is an organisations that supports entrepreneurs to connect with the Tech scene in London by hosting tours and meetups.