Since TechFounders was launched in January 2015, 119 startup teams went through our program and conducted projects with corporates such as BMW, Linde, Festo, Miele, Knorr-Bremse, ALDI, and many more. As of today, 86% of the TechFounders alumni startups are still active. Together, they have raised more than €400M capitalcreated ~3,000 jobs, and contributed significantly to the innovation and economic growth in the region.

It’s time to bring this amazing community together again! Therefore, we are hosting our very first TechFounders Alumni Week on April 26-29, 2021, a startup event filled with corporate introductions and captivating insight sessions with investors and entrepreneurs from across Europe. If you are not our alumni, don’t worry – we are opening a few selected sessions for the public! Below, you can find the agenda for the week and register for the sessions by clicking the links after the description.

 


 

TechFounders Alumni Week Agenda

 

Monday, April 26

 

10.15-11.15 am (CET)

Workshop: scaling your startup – Readiness, challenges, dos & don’ts

Florian Huber and Sebastian Pollok, experienced founders, investors and TechFounders mentors will share their do’s and dont’s for scaling and will break down the actionable steps to drive growth.

 

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11.15-11.45 am (CET)

Collaborating with Knorr-Bremse: how corporates can help you to scale your business 

Scaling your startup can only happen through gaining and retaining customers. One of our corporate partners, Knorr-Bremse, will introduce themselves, give you insights on how to approach a large enterprise and how they collaborate with startups.

 

📅 Register for the session here

 

Tuesday, April 27

 

10.00-10.30 am (CET)

Reverse VC Pitch Event: Meet a few growth investors from the TechFounders VC network

Lean back and let the VCs pitch. Gain exclusive insights and the opportunity to connect to 4 of TechFounders’ most prominent VC partners, Target GlobalCherry VenturesOctopus, and Lakestar.

 

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11.30-12.00 am (CET)

Collaborating with Miele: how corporates decide where to invest?

Get to meet the VC arm of our corporate partner Miele, learn about their setup as a corporate VCs, and how they are working with startups to stay the leading premium brand of home appliances.

 

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Wednesday, April 28 

 

9.30-10.00 am (CET)

VC Insights: Sustainability – a lasting trend in the startup scene?

Sustainability – just a buzz word for VCs or will it be crucial for investment success in the future? Together with three of our VC partners, we’ll discuss how investors are rethinking their investment thesis and why sustainability is here to stay.

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10.00-10.30 am (CET)

Workshop: Starting your sustainability journey

Have you started your sustainability journey yet? Regardless whether yes and no, get together with our sustainability experts, Thomas Melde and Thaïs de Tribolet, to learn how to identify your sustainability levers and how to properly set and reach your sustainability ambitions.

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11.00-11.30 am (CET)

Collaborating with ALDI Nord & ALDI SÜD: sustainable innovation in a corporate environment

How does one of the biggest retailers worldwide and TechFounders corporate partner ALDI (Nord and SÜD) work with startups to advance their sustainability agenda and drive sustainable innovations? In this session, representatives from both companies will present their approach and answer your questions.

 

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Thursday, April 29

 

9.30-10.00 am (CET)

Impulse: building a great team

Grow as a leader – for and with your team. In his short impulse, Max-Josef Meier, CEO & Co-founder of finn.auto, will tell you how he built the culture at finn-auto and what his secrets are to building a great team.

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10.00-10.30 am (CET)

Alumni Insights: team building & startup culture

Hear it from Maria Sievert (Inveox) interviewing Daniela Schiffer (Changers), Xaver Lehmann (E-Bot7) and Jens Kühnapfel (VirtualQ), how they built their startup culture, what their learnings were when they scaled their teams, and how leadership and company culture comes into play when recruiting for the best talents out there.

 

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10.30-11.00 am (CET)

Collaborating with SAP: meet the SAP.iO Foundry

Interested in working with SAP? Philippe Souidi, head of the SAP.iO Foundry in Munich, will present the SAP.iO foundries and give insights on how to build up a successful and enduring partnership with SAP.

 

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11.00-11.30 am (CET)

Collaborating with Festo: how startup and corporate culture complement each other

Almost 100 years of history but still young at heart: Learn how to get your foot in the door of an established company like our corporate partner FESTO

 

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