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25 awesome people you’re going to meet at the EU-Startups Conference 2016 on June 24th in Berlin

Sure, we’ll have some exciting speakers and an electrifying pitch competition, but what makes a startup event exceptionally good, are the people you meet and connect with. We’ll have about 200 of them. Below you’ll find a short intro to 25 awesome people you’ll meet at this year’s EU-Startups Conference on June 24th in Berlin.

  • Fabian Leipelt is Associate at WestTech Ventures as well as Program Manager at the accelerator program Project Flying Elephant.
  • Mathias Ockenfels is a Pricipal at Point Nine Capital – an early-stage venture capital firm primarily focused on SaaS and online marketplaces.
  • Chiara Sommer is an Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) – the most active European investor in tech startups.
  • Steli Efti is the CEO of Close.io, an inside sales CRM which lets you make calls with one click, send emails automatically, and which conveniently tracks all sales activity.
  • Johannes Reck is the Co-Founder and CEO of GetYourGuide. Founded in 2009, GetYourGuide today is one of the world’s most successful online travel startups.
  • Fabian Siegel is the Founder and Managing Director of Marley Spoon a subscription service which makes it really easy for you to cook a delicious meal at home
  • Carlos Silva is is the Co-Founder, President and Head of Seedrs Europe – one of Europe’s leading equity-based crowdfunding websites.
  • Jaap Dekter is the founder and CEO of HelpTheCrowd. The Amsterdam-based company helps investors and entrepreneurs with data on (equity) crowdfunding.
  • Robert Frackowiak is the Head of Investment Management at Companisto – one of Europe’s leading equity-based crowdfunding websites.
  • José Zurstrassen is the Executive Chairman of MyMicroInvest – a platform which uses crowdfunding techniques to allow individuals to invest alongside professionals.
  • Talal Ahmad Gondal previously worked as an Investment Manager for Edison VC. Now he founded is own company called Scalebridge Partners.
  • Eloi Gómez Cal is the co-founder and CEO of Mr. Jeff. The Spanish startup aims to revolutionize the laundry and dry clean sector.
  • Marc Frey is a business activist and co-founder of S1implify – a crossbreed between innovation consultancy and business model design firm.
  • Marius Sewing is the CEO in Residence of Microsoft Ventures – a global initiative empowering entrepreneurs on their journey to build great companies.
  • Péter Kovács is the co-founder of IseeQ, the Central European Startup Awards, xLabs, and he is part of the editorial team of EU-Startups.com.
  • Philipp Medrow is Director of PwC’s Assurance Audit practice in Berlin. PwC has a start-up team that is particularly familiar with your company’s needs and challenges.
  • Walter Lorz is the COO and Head of Expertise at OB//CC – a German full-service web-agency.
  • Tarmo Virki is the editor of the startup blog ArcticStartup and co-founder of “CoFounder” – the coolest print magazin for the European startup landscape.
  • Dominik Krabbe is the lead of EIT Digital Challenge – the renowned startup competition of EIT Digital.
  • Thomas Ohr (that’s me) is the founder and editor of EU-Startups.com, one of the leading startup publications in Europe.
  • André Vollbracht is the founder of VentureTV – a web TV show which interviews tech entrepreneurs (mainly from Germany).
  • Mateusz Ciasnocha is the Head of External Relations of Oxford Entrepreneurs – the largest student society promoting entrepreneurship in the world.
  • Francesco Cetraro is the Head of Registry Operations for the .cloud domain extension. Within 3 month over 50,000 .cloud domains have already been registered.
  • David Meyer is a technology writer who previously wrote for Politico, Gigaom and ZDNet, as well as for the BBC, the Guardian, Mobile Europe and Total Telecom.
  • Stephan Dörner is a technology reporter at the WeltN24 GmbH, which publishes DIE WELT, WELT AM SONNTAG and the TV channel N24.

Aside of the people listed above, you’l obviously meet a ton of startup founders. 15 of them will introduce their company on stage during our pitch competition. An overview regarding this year’s attendees can be found here. Visit our event’s page for more info about the EU-Startups Conference 2016. Join us on June 24th at the Microsoft Atrium Berlin. Secure your ticket now!

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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