SPEAKERS

We are currently working on the program for 2024.

While you are here, check out the line-up of amazing speakers from 2023.

Scott Chacon

CO-FOUNDER OF GITHUB / CEO & CO-FOUNDER AT GITBUTLER

Github is the go-to tool for all coders around the globe to cooperate and collaborate. Scott co-founded and led Github’s growth from 4 to 450 employees, eventually being acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion.

With his new startup GitButler Scott has kicked-off the next story. Get inspired by the founder story, the need and success factor of collaboration in a innovation environment.

CARSTEN MASCHMEYER

FOUNDER & INVESTOR AT MASCHMEYER GROUP

Carsten is an entrepreneur business leader, venture capitalist, and self-made billionaire who shares his experience and sales focused perspective.

"I invest in founders, not in business plans". Exciting will be his view on the trend of AI based tools for scouting and evaluation of startups, which promise more efficiency, a wider reach and above all neutral (unbiased) evaluation.

JONAS ANDRULIS

CEO & FOUNDER AT ALEPH ALPHA

Aleph Alpha is the German AI champion on eye-level with Silicon Valley tech giants, Open AI and ChatGPT. Jonas recently announced a huge deal and became part of the mega-project IPAI in Heilbronn to secure European AI independence.

Miriam Wohlfarth

Founder & Co-CEO at Banxware

Miriam is one of the Top100 Women moving Germany forward.

As one of the first female fintech founders, she now also engages with Startup Teens and 42 Heilbronn to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.

OLIVER HANISCH

CEO AT CAMPUS FOUNDERS

Oliver is an entrepreneur, investor, and CEO of Campus Founders.

In 2019, he saw the potential of the Heilbronn ecosystem and decided to move his family from Silicon Valley to Germany to develop and invest into the next generation of founders and startups.

EVA-VALERIE GFRERER

CEO & FOUNDER AT MORPHAIS VC

Eva is pioneer of datadriven(ai) VC fund. She is from the Baden-Württenberg region, but started her fund in Berlin.

Using a data and technology-driven investment approach, Morphais reduces human error and bias throughout the investment value chain and builds on scalable processes to allocate capital with greater accuracy and maximum speed.

INSA SCHNIEDERMEIER

JOURNALIST & MC

Insa is a journalist and insider of the startup scene. Awarded as Top Tech Journalist 2023, but most of all we are looking forward to her charming and expert guidance through the day.

MAXIMILIAN SACHSE

BUSINESS EDITOR AT F.A.Z.

Maximilian Sachse, Business Editor at FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG (F.A.Z.), and host of one of the panel discussions.

Ekaterina Sirazitdinova

Sr. Deep Learning Data Scientist AT NVIDIA

Ekaterina (or Katja) specializes in end-to-end AI productization and has authored peer-reviewed publications in image-based 3D reconstruction, localization and tracking.

Are you a startup with AI base technology, then an exchange with her is a must. She knows how to solve problems in AI space and bringing solutions to market.

BENEDIKT ILG

CEO & FOUNDER AT FLIP

Before founding Flip, Benedikt worked as a project manager for Porsche AG. He needed a simple  tool for internal communication with operational employees. The founding idea of Flip. 

Recently, his customer Bosch announced that it would roll out the application to all employees. We are curious about his insight in the collaboration as a startup with large companies as customers.

SIMON TSCHUERTZ

CEO & FOUNDER AT PSYCHOLOGICAL AI

SIMON TSCHUERTZ
CEO & FOUNDER AT PSYCHOLOGICAL AI

Jan Leisse

Co-Founder & CEO AT eleQtron

"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious."

Jan is CEO and co-founder of eleQtron GmbH, the first German quantum computer manufacturer. Since December 2020, he has been passionately pursuing the company's vision and working towards Germany's and Europe's technological sovereignty in quantum computing.

ALEXANDER ILIC

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT ETH AI CENTER

ALEXANDER ILIC
CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT ETH AI CENTER

PHILIPPE KLITZING

INVESTOR AT PEAK

Starting out in the founder seat, Philippe co-founded a self-storage startup in France that served over 300 customers and sold to a competitor. For the past 3+ years, Philippe’s been an integral part of an early stage venture fund in charge of running fund administration, building the brand, raising funds from Limited Partners, and leading 4 investments. And previously earned his stripes consulting private equity firms.

DANIEL JUNG

CEO AT AIEDN

Daniel has oer a billion views on Youtube. His math chanel helped millions of students to improve their math skills.

Always committed to advocating for better education, we're excited to see his new project as CEO at AIEDN.

Christine Rittner

Board Member, Business Angel, Ex-Lidl CHRO
 

Christine Rittner, a distinguished expert in the field of HR & Retail, acts as a business angel for various startups. She is a member of the supervisory board of Greenforce, a member of the board of directors of Denner (Migros Group), a female founder mentor at Campus Founders, and an advisory board member at The Hackathon Company and Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Applied Sciences (HfWU).
We particularly appreciate her commitment to encourageventures e.V. and as a mentor at Campus Founders. At SlushD she's moderating a startup pitch session.

ULI SCHMIDT

VP AT BOSCH DIGITAL CORPORATE AND SERVICE SOLUTIONS

ULI SCHMIDT
VICE PRESIDENT AT BOSCH DIGITAL CORPORATE AND SERVICE SOLUTIONS

MARIE FABIUNKE

PARTNER AT FOODLABS

Marie has a decade-long experience in the European VC tech ecosystem working with some of the most renowned international VC investors, founders, tech unicorns and market leaders. 
She likes to work with entrepreneurs who challenge and change entire industries, who create unseen opportunities and have a positive impact, globally.
At Heilbronn SlushD she's moderating one of the Pitch Session.

LISA ERICSSON

CO-FOUNDER AND HEAD OF KTH INNOVATION

Lisa has held a number of roles at KTH since 2002 and today she is CEO of the investment arm KTH Holding AB (2006) and the founder and head of KTH Innovation (2007). She holds several board seats in the innovation ecosystem and she is a member of the advisory council at PRV the Swedish intellectual property office.

JAMES CLUSKEY

CEO & FOUNDER AT GIVE LEARN

Incredible story - a worldclass tennis player turned entrepreneur. Sharing his story as CEO & FOUNDER at GIVE LEARN

INA SCHLIE

CO-CHAIRWOMAN AT ENCOURAGEVENTURES E.V.

Ina Schlie is involved as an investor and business angel in various start-ups. And she is co-founder and co-chair of the association encourageventures. The network is growing tremendously and creates massive impact.

Meeting her at the Heilbronn SlushD is a must for all female founders and investors who want to become active in this network.

SONJA SULZMAIER

CHAIRWOMAN STARTUP & FOUNDERS COMMISSION AT BVMW

Sonja describes herself as a leader with a passion for technology, innovation and people. In fact, we see her as a dedicated insider who is particularly passionate about the collaboration of startups with established companies and the open innovation approach.

Decision-makers from companies and startup founders should definitely meet her for a coffee to steer open innovation projects in a successful direction.

KARL LEHNHOFF

DIRECTOR INDUSTRIAL, SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL AT EBV ELEKTRONIK

KARL LEHNHOFF
DIRECTOR INDUSTRIAL, SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICALW AT EBV ELEKTRONIK - AN AVNET COMPANY

ELLIE Amirnasr

DIRECTOR DIGITAL VENTURES AT MANN+HUMMEL

Ellie is a venture builder, focusing her efforts on developing digital solutions for the realms of clean air, clean water, and clean mobility. Currently serving as the Director of Digital Ventures at MANN+HUMMEL, she leads the charge in taking innovative concepts from initial ideation all the way to successful commercialization. She co-founded qlair, MANN+HUMMEL's first corporate startup.

TIM SOLLE

ASSOCIATE AT PLUG AND PLAY TECH

Tim is Ventures Associate and part of the Investment Team at STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play. He'S following the newest trends in the mobility sector and scouting cutting-edge technologies.

So, all deep tech startups founders should meet Tim for a coffee at Heilbronn SlushD.

André Libeaux

VC Investor at Talis Capital

Talis Capital just announced their first closing of its third and largest €164 million early-stage fund, focused on helping founders build disruptive, category-defining and enduring businesses.

We are happy to have André as speaker at the investor panel giving insights about their approach to scout promissing startup teams. As part of their portfolio, Luminance with CEO Eleanor Lightbody will be at Heilbronn SlushD, too.

Bardo Droege

468 Capital

Bardo is moderator of one the Startup Pitch Sessions.

Eleanor Lightbody

CEO at Luminance

Eleanor is a former Director at world-leading cyber AI company, Darktrace, where she spent six years as Global Head of the organisation’s Industrial Division.

She is a winner of Law.com’s prestigious ‘Innovation Trailblazer Award’ and was named in Management Today’s ’35 under 35’. 

SVEN ILLING

FOUNDER AT ICAPITAL

SVEN ILLING
FOUNDER AT ICAPITAL

Nils Seele

Partner at LEA Partners

Nils is partner at tech investor LEA Partners, a VC and PE fund targeting innovative and fast-growing B2B tech companies with over €500M commitments. He has been building, investing, and leveraging deep tech companies for over 7 years. With advisory board mandates in companies like Aleph Alpha, Paretos, Flip or Midpage, he supports deep-tech companies to reach market-leading positions.

We happy to have him moderating one our pitch sessions. Don't miss out to meet him.

 

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