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Unsere Scale-up.NRWMentorInnen

Unsere MentorInnen unterstützen bei strategischen Fragen auf dem Skalierungsweg. Lernt sie und ihr fachliches, regionales & internationales Know-how in speziellen Bereichen kennen:

Caro Gattermann

Caro Gattermann gained PR and marketing skills in various companies and agencies before set foot into the startup scene in 2015. For around five years, she was Head of Corporate Communications at the Startup Hub "STARTPLATZ" in Cologne and Düsseldorf, and since then she has accompanied over 300 startups as a startup coach under the name "Bekannt ohne Budget". She helps founders to successfully implement PR, SEO and content marketing themselves without hiring an agency or placing ads.

Tim Krasenbrink

Tim Krasenbrink is a founder and entrepreneur from Düsseldorf. After 7 years of corporate life, he focused on his own consultancy elevaty that supports startup founders and corporate C-Levels with strategic Marketing, Personal Branding and Positioning. Tim worked together with over 500 founders and C-Levels from DAX Corporate to Tech Startup.

Florestan Peters

Florestan is a versatile professional with extensive experience in high-growth environments and scale-ups. Currently serving as a Field Marketing Manager at SoSafe, he exhibits a robust expertise in setting up go-to-market strategies and spearheading European expansions in the software industry.

Robert Kronekker

Everything starts with a Vision!Rob and his KingKroneKKer Holding is a company offering smart money for Start ups/ Founders at a early stage. Reason why ? My main driver is to make the future & our nutrition clean & healthy. Over 10 years experience in the food industry and founding and exiting companies i mainly focus on adding value to early stage companies. My expertise is mainly product, sales, markeing, fundraising!

Ivo Dimovsky

Ivo is an accomplished cross-industry sales and operations leader, possessing 14 years of experience acquired in global and multinational companies. Loves empowering and building high-performing teams across the globe.

Ben Sufiani

Host of the growth marketing meetup "Pirate Skills" for six years now. Founded multiple B2C and B2B startups since 2008. Having studied psychology at Ruhr University, Bochum laid the groundwork for his data- and behavior-driven approach to marketing.

Daniela Caserotto Leibert

Being at the forefront of technology and innovation by helping global corporations to integrate and to invest in transformative solutions is my passion. All while supporting start-ups to scale. I have 17+ years of experience in international business strategy and development, operations, strategic sales, and scaling startups from stealth mode to hyper growth. I've launched products in 27+ countries. My Silicon Valley journey includes joining cyber security startup Area1 Security early stage, Cloudflare acquired them in 2022.

Desiree Kloth

Desiree is the founder and CEO of ysterday GmbH, a company that assists its clients with digital sales processes. With 15years of experience in active sales, she has worked with a wide range of companies. Her passion for optimizing digital sales strategies led her to establish ysterday, where she combines her expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to drive success for her clients. Through her leadership, she has built a reputation for delivering innovative solutions and helping businesses thrive in the ever-evolving digital marketplace

Lisa Neuhaus

I am passionate about making young leaders better. I bring 10+ years of experience running Business Operations in SaaS for high growth businesses with deep knowledge of US, Europe, and Asian markets as lived in Silicon Valley for 7+ years and now hold an international role at Linkedin. I love working in People and EdTech.

Bernhard Hecker

A seasoned software professional with over 33 years of experience, I specialize in product management, innovation, and internationalization. My career has been devoted to the software and cloud applications industry, starting from selling invoicing software, to VP of Product Management at Sympa OY, an HR software provider. My dynamic approach has fueled revenue growth and product improvement in B2B environments, with a record of increasing product performance by over 120%.

Sian W. Tan, Ph.D.

Developed and grew technologies and companies in the USA, Europe and Asia. Early-stage investor and developer for Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR, USA); Advisor to PrimeSense (FaceID for Apple, Israel);Fundraiser and operating advisor for Monk’s Hill Ventures (Tier-1 ASEAN VC, Singapore);Founder and CEO, Flex by Finaxar (Lending and cards for SMEs, Singapore);Member, Pro-Enterprise Panel, Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore).

Giovanni Battistini

Gio is the Managing Director of Better Gambit, a NYC based innovation venture creation and advisory firm, and the CEO and Founder of Phenotap, Inc., a venture-backed early-stage company developing a non-invasive, continuous ketone monitor. Gio has 30+ years of experience at the intersection of business and technology, in startups as well as Global 500 companies, having previously led strategic open innovation initiatives as SVP of Open Innovation at Ferrero and Global VP of the Taste Modulation BU and Flavor Innovation Discovery at Firmenich.

Tobias Haubold

With an entrepreneurial mindset and 10 years of experience in the vibrant startup scenes of Berlin, Amsterdam, and Düsseldorf, I am a seasoned commercial leader. My expertise lies in sustainable scaling of teams and processes during periods of hyper-growth. Additionally, I bring a deep understanding of the customer journey, navigating from B2B marketing through sales to customer success.

Dr. Thomas Rice

I have spent my entire career in Silicon Valley as an energy consultant, investor, venture capitalist and startup advisor. I currently focus on deep-tech startups through Stanford and MIT. Alumni Organizations, Plug and Play Tech Center and the German Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Florian Dötzer

Dr. Florian Dötzer is Managing Director of TUM Venture Lab Aerospace in Munich and founder of MADE Advanced Materials and Composite Cluster Singapore. He has previously worked with TUM Asia, BGW Management Advisory Group, Jet Aviation, Altran Group, Airbus and BMW Group and lived in Europe, Asia and USA.

Brian Plackis Cheng

I have successfully scaled B2B and B2C tech companies from $5M to $100M+ through IPOs and M&A. I raised $60M with 5 exits. I work best with founders as product visionaries who need help scaling organization, business strategy, fundraising and BOD development during accelerated growth.

Marcel Schubert

Brand Strategist für Start-ups & Scale-ups. | Gründer von der Branding Agentur burnt | Deutsche Ausgabe von dem Buch THE BRAND GAP

Dr. Ion Hauer

Ion has over a decade of professional experience at the intersection of technological breakthroughs and financial capital. He holds a PhD in quantum physics from Heidelberg University and has mentored 30+ deep tech companies. He is a deep tech investor at APEX Ventures and previously worked as a startup COO, VP Corporate Venturing and Management Consultant.

Markus Feigelbinder

Markus Feigelbinder is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of TSM, a SaaS & Deep Tech Advisory to coach Founders on Growth Org- & Culture Building incl. developing the 2nd Management Layer, as well as Go-To-Market and Business Operating Systems. Markus is a serial tech founder, former CEO, CMO and CPO, including influential roles at Amazon and Rocket Internet. He is an active investor, board member, and advisor to B2B SaaS and deep tech companies, and he shares his knowledge by lecturing at numerous universities and business schools.

Niels Voges

Niels is an expert who has specialized in the topic of social performance marketing. With several years of experience, he has successfully worked with various brands, from small startups to large corporations, always with the goal of achieving the best possible results for those brands. In addition to his specialization, Niels loves to support in the areas of strategy, creative and content.

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Monti

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Monti is Professor for Corporate Management and Organisation at the CBS International Business School. He is the Dean of the “Marketing, Sales & Retail” faculty and is also the Academic Director of the MBA programs. His research interests include Pricing, Digital Pricing, Value-based Pricing, Subscription, Revenue Models and Monetization. He has nearly 20 years of industry and consulting experience in these fields.

Stephan Strauss

CEO, advisor, mentor, and entrepreneur with > 25 years of global track record in development, high-growth, and turn-around of B2B service & technology businesses. Industry experience in logistics, distribution & wholesale, consumer electronics, industrial and professional services. Co-founder, investor, and advisor of several international start-ups and scale-ups.

Nils Michaelis

Niels is an expert who has specialized in the topic of social performance marketing. With several years of experience, he has successfully worked with various brands, from small startups to large corporations, always with the goal of achieving the best possible results for those brands. In addition to his specialization, Niels loves to support in the areas of strategy, creative and content.

Frank Utermoehlen

Frank spent 27 years at Microsoft EHQ in a leadership role for the pan-European sales and marketing organization, driving Microsoft's expansion in ~30 countries in Europe. Since 2016, he has been an active mentor for startups and a lecturer at the European Business University in Munich, where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, strategic marketing, and leadership/people management. In 2017, he joined WhiteRock to lead their technology portfolio.

Jan Kloth

Mit langjähriger Erfahrung im Consulting und als Gründer und Berater des Vorstandes mehrerer Unternehmen bin ich Experte für Business Development, Strategieberatung und Geschäftsaufbau. Mein Fachwissen umfasst auch Lean- und Prozessmanagement sowie die erfolgreiche Implementierung von SaaS-Lösungen.

Unsere Scale-up.NRW Ambassadors

Erfolgreiche GründerInnen- und UnternehmerInnen-Persönlichkeiten unterstützen dich als SparringspartnerInnen. Top Industrie- und BranchenexpertInnen begleiten dein Start-up individuell beim weiteren Wachstum. Lerne sie kennen:

Birte Kattelmann-Jagdt

Birte Kattelmann-Jagdt

Managing Director
FGS Global
Erik Friemuth

Erik Friemuth

TUI Group
Mirko Novakovic

Mirko Novakovic

Angel Investor
New Forge
Dr. Salima Douven

Dr. Salima Douven

Global Director
Henkel dx
Tim Schumacher

Tim Schumacher

Managing Partner
World Fund
Agnieszka Kühn

Agnieszka Kühn

Mercedes-Benz Mobility

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