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    Tobias Zumbült

    Tobias Zumbült holds a degree in business and engineering with a focus on finance. For the past four years Tobias has led a happy and self-depended working life. He helped build up the online music channel tape.tv and founded his own online video platform. His latest project is the education startup Tollabox.de that he cofounded one year ago. Tollabox.de was, among other things, funded by the most successful crowdfunding campaign in Germany. Tobias’ professional focus lies in Finance, Online Marketing and Tech/Development. Prior to his startup life Tobias gained experience at Volkswagen, Daimler Financial Services in Singapore and Deloitte Consulting.

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    Niko Waesche

    Niko Waesche is a media consultant, author of »Simply Seven«, entrepreneur and 15-year internet veteran - with lots of scars and bruises. In 2011, he founded GMPVC German Media Pool, a company that invests in high growth consumer businesses using an innovative media for equity barter model.

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    Oliver Beste

    Oliver has over 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business angel in the internet industry. He is currently a co-founder of Tollabox.de and prior to Tollabox he co-founded FoundersLink, a Berlin-based incubator, and myToys.de, the leading internet retailer for children’s products in Germany with over € 200m in sales. Before myToys, Oliver gathered industry experience over 4 years as a consultant with McKinsey. He received his MPA from Harvard University.

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    Benedikt Schöps

    Benedikt Schöps, CFA, is a member of Deutsche Bank’s Equity Capital Markets Team in Frankfurt. and joined Deutsche Bank in 2004. After four years with Deutsche Bank's team, Benedikt worked three years with advisor Altium Capital with a focus on technology M&A transactions. He rejoined Deutsche Bank in 2010 working on numerous high profile ECM and M&A transactions. He has a focus on IPOs, share placements and capital raisings for technology, internet and biotech companies. Benedikt studied business administration at the WHU and is a CFA Charterholder.

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    Jirko Altmann

    Jirko Altmann is an Interest and Currency Management Expert at Deutsche Bank in Berlin. He joined Deutsche Bank via a work-study program and graduated with a diploma in business administration. Since more than ten years Jirko advises his customers on interest and currency management. He enjoys developing hedging strategies for and in collaboration with customers.

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    Iris Seewald

    Iris Seewald works as a Cash Management and Trade Finance Expert for Deutsche Bank in Berlin. She is a certified expert on transaction banking, cash management, electronic banking and foreign trade financing and advises small and medium-sized as well as multinational companies. Iris holds a diploma in economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin.

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    Dr. Christoph Westerburg

    Dr. Christoph Westerburg studied Economics in Germany, Japan and the US. He has more than 15 years of experience in Corporate Banking and Finance and worked on a number of LBO and M&A transactions. Christoph manages the corporate banking division for Deutsche Bank in Berlin “Unter den Linden” and heads a team of six relationship managers focused on the Berlin startup community.

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    Bastian Unterberg

    Bastian founded jovoto to unleash creative talent stuck in rigid work environments. jovoto enables global brands and enterprise businesses to leverage the talent of more than 60.000 creative professionals globally to design better products. More than 300 open innovation challenges for brands such as Audi, Starbucks, Unicef, Coke, Deutsche Telekom, or Greenpeace have been solved through a social creative process. In 2013 Wiley published "Crowdstorm", Bastian's first book about "The Future of Innovation, Ideas and Problem Solving". Bastian has a computer science and design background, loves great products and despite frequent traveling calls Berlin home of his young family.

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    Carlos Borges

    Carlos, CEO of TripRebel, graduated in Travel Management in Brazil and started his career working for the local state airline. At the end of 2011 he moved to Europe to finish his MBA in International Marketing, joining the brand management team of Colgate-Palmolive Germany shortly afterwards. After 6 years work experience in the corporate world, he decided to join forces with his co-founder and found TripRebel.

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    Thomas Herzog

    Thomas Herzog is currently working as a freelancer for Fyber, where he was one of the first employees. He also runs some bootstrapped projects and is a coach for the Startupinstitute. Throughout his career, Thomas has worked in various positions in startups, consultancies and medium-sized companies (Product, Biz Dev), as well as co-founded two startups. He holds a Masters in Corporate Management and Economics from the Zeppelin University and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg.

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    Robin P. G. Tech

    Robin P. G. Tech has been doctoral researcher at the HIIG since 2013 and leads the Finance Startup Clinic. His doctoral thesis focuses on the development of customized finance and controlling tools for startups to assist their succesful growth. Prior to this, Robin studied Corporate Management and Economics at Zeppelin University (BA), Sociology and Management (MSc) in Stockholm, and did his MBA in Hong Kong. Robin gained professional experience through the co-founding of his own business (2006) and work at a venture capitalist (2007), a consulting position at the curating office Buro17 in Moscow (2009), strategy and research engagements at AUDI (2010-2011) in the field of electro mobility, and at the European Commission’s EIT Labs (2012-2013) in the field of business modeling for renewable energies.

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    Jörg Chimielewski

    Jörg Chimielewski is a Financing Expert at Deutsche Bank in Berlin. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate financing , especially in advising founders. Currently, he heads Deutsche Bank's Global Transaction Banking (GTB) public funds team for the region north & east. Jörg holds a diploma in Business Administration from the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg.

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    Michael Schrader

    Michael Schrader is a Senior Wealth Advisor and member of the key client management team of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2003 and gathered extensive experience in the fields of retail banking, product management as well as business development before joining Wealth Management in 2007. Today, Michael advises single family offices, successful entrepreneurs and senior executives across Germany.

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    Cindy Reichel

    With 15 years of experience as a Wealth Advisor, Cindy Reichel currently works for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. In addressing the needs of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals in a holistic way, Cindy manages to bring together expert advice from the team of specialists and strong personal client relationships. Cindy is based in Berlin and a member of Deutsche Bank’s team “Startups@Berlin”.

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    Axel Schultze

    Axel Schultze is a five-time entrepreneur, with three exits, of which one grew to $5 billion in revenue and IPOed. In 2014, he started the San Francisco-based startup accelerator and fundraising platform Society3. His focus is on changing the way fundraising is done today by bringing down the cost for entrepreneurs and providing an any time exit strategy for investors.

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    Ryan Little

    Ryan Little is a seasoned entrepreneur with a focus on social and environmental businesses. He is co-founder of the Canadian charitable giving platform, CanadaHelps (www.canadahelps.org) which has become the country’s national resource for online giving, capacity building, and social media best practices, and has facilitated $600 million in donations since its launch in 2000. In addition to his role as Project Manager at the BMW Foundation, where he leads the social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy practices, he serves on several boards of advisors and is the coordinator for social startups at the German Startups Association.

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