Mentors

Without our mentors, our startups would not thrive. Our mentors consist of serial entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts and professionals who share their industry experience with the community and help pave the road to success.

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Dr. Andreas Hackethal" modal_on="image" btn_img="6499" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Andreas is Finance Professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is a principal investigator at the research center SAFE, heads the University’s startup center and serves as a director of E-Finance Lab. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and now serves as the Dean of studies. His research is on individual investment behavior, the role of financial advice and on financial innovations. Andreas is a member of the advisory council of the German Financial Supervisory Authority BAFIN and a member of the Exchange Experts Commission, which advises the German Federal Ministry of Finance. He won many teaching awards and regularly appears in national and international media. He co-founded the Roboadvisor vaamo and sits on two further supervisory boards of startups.[/ultimate_modal]

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hackethal

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Mathias Orlopp" modal_on="image" btn_img="8595" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Matthias Orlopp is the Managing Director of CHECK24 Ventures GmbH. He has over 20 years experience in bulding German internet companies like Autoscout24 or CHECK24.[/ultimate_modal]

Matthias Orlopp

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Corinna Sander" modal_on="image" btn_img="6505" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Team leader Segment Control and development: Strategy & Innovation at Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH with a fairly large network in the cooperative financial network. MBA focusing on financial services and sustainability management. Mentor for innovation management and corporate development. Facilitator of agile innovation methods and creative techniques for business ideas and improvement of new business approaches.[/ultimate_modal]

Corinna Sander

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Christopher Schmitz" modal_on="image" btn_img="6518" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Christopher Schmitz is a partner in EY’s Financial Services Transaction Advisory Services practice and has more than 20 years experience in advising Financial Services industry clients. Chris heads the Operational Transaction Services team in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Furthermore, he is the head of the German EY FinTech Team and the European EY payments team in transaction advisory and is the Frankfurt contact person for EY’s cross-industry start-up initiative. Before joining EY Chris gained experience in an international strategy consulting firm and at Deutsche Bank.[/ultimate_modal]

Christopher Schmitz

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Dirk Elsner" modal_on="image" btn_img="6507" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Senior Manager Innovation and Digitization. Trained banker and business graduate. Specialist mentor for lending business, capital markets business, new technologies and business models, business planning and cooperation. In case of need and interest establishes contacts to specialist departments in the DZ BANK Group.[/ultimate_modal]

Dirk Elsner

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Daniel Höfelmann" modal_on="image" btn_img="6506" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Daniel is Director of Innovation Management at Aareal Bank Group in Wiesbaden. He and his team are responsible for driving innovation and digitization projects, including ideation, scouting of new ideas and prototyping. After his studies at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Daniel held various positions at Credit Suisse in Zurich, Switzerland, and was one of the main drivers of the bank’s startup and innovation activities, such as partnering with Kickstart Accelerator, Swiss FinTech Innovations, and the relationship to Impact Hub. After 9 years abroad, he is now back to Germany and is looking forward to help Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main region thrive. Some of the key areas Daniel focuses on are FinTech, RegTech, PropTech and Digital Transformation. He wishes to help startups connect to both the experts in Aareal and to startups, banks and experts in Switzerland.[/ultimate_modal]

Daniel Höfelmann

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Dr. Lars Friedrich" modal_on="image" btn_img="6521" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Lars Friedrich is head of Corporate Strategy at Commerzbank since 2014. He and his team monitors strategic market developments as well as conduct competitors analysis and support strategic projects. This includes the bank-wide coordination and acceleration of digitisation and innovation initiatives. After joining Commerzbank in 2008 he was one of the responsible programme managers for the integration of Dresdner Bank and head of Customer Excellence for the group-wide quality and lean six sigma programme. Lars started his career in 1998 with Accenture in the strategy consulting arm. Afterwards he changed to the client side as head of Corporate Development at SEB Germany from 2006 to 2008.[/ultimate_modal]

Dr. Lars Friedrich

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Dr. Markus Pertlwieser " modal_on="image" btn_img="6511" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Dr. Pertlwieser is member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank Private and Commercial Client AG, as well as Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in the Private, Wealth and Commercial Clients department (PW&CC). Dr. Pertlwieser completed his diploma in economic engineering at the University of Karlsruhe in 2000 and was awarded a PhD at the University of Kassel in 2004. From 2001 until 2008, he worked for McKinsey & Company Inc. with focus on the financials and services sector. Since 2008, he has held various management positions at Deutsche Bank. In his current role, Dr. Pertlwieser heads the digital factory, owns the digitalization strategy, is responsible for digital transformation of the business model and the delivery of the digital roadmap of PW&CC.[/ultimate_modal]

Dr. Markus Pertlwieser

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Dr. Michael Reckhard" modal_on="image" btn_img="6523" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Dr. Michael Reckhard is a member of the Management Board of Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturbank Hessen (WIBank). He completed his legal studies in Hamburg and finished his PhD in International Law at Philipps-University Marburg. Prior to joining WIBank in 2003, he worked for the United Nations in New York. Reckhard is responsible for the promotion of economic development, treasury, strategic affairs and European Structural Funds. Currently, he focuses on the digital transformation of the business environment and funding of start-ups.[/ultimate_modal]

Dr. Michael Reckhard

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Michael F. Spitz " modal_on="image" btn_img="6512" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Michael F. Spitz is CEO of main incubator, Commerzbank’s early stage Fintech investor and company builder in banking, and Co-Head of Commerzbank’s Blockchain Lab team. Before joining main incubator, he had been a Director in the Corporate Clients division at Commerzbank’s Frankfurt Office with 20 years of experience in the Corporate & Institutional Banking domain. He has worked across a range of industry sectors in Western and Eastern Europe, North America, and Asia. In addition, as an entrepreneur he brings in extensive knowhow in developing new products and markets.[/ultimate_modal]

Michael F. Spitz

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Dr. Oliver Waldburg" modal_on="image" btn_img="6525" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Oliver is a German Rechtsanwalt in the banking and finance practice. He gained broad experience regarding different types of financings. Oliver is steering Allen & Overy’s fintech initiative in Germany. He is experienced in setting up internet platforms for finance providers and financial activities. Together with our multi-disciplinary fintech team he advises on new business models and the legal challenges, primarily regulatory requirements and data protection regulations. Clients include start-ups, mid- and medium-sized as well as leading German credit institutions and securities dealers.[/ultimate_modal]

Dr. Oliver Waldburg

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Eric Leupold" modal_on="image" btn_img="6526" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Eric Leupold has been with Deutsche Börse Group since August 2009. From January 2014 to March 2016 he was Head of the “Issuer & Primary Market Relations” section. As of May 2016 Eric is Head of Department “Pre-IPO & Capital Markets”. He started at Deutsche Börse Group Compliance section, where amongst other things he was responsible for both the avoidance of insider trading and for compliance training sessions. Eric Leupold ist seit August 2009 bei der Gruppe Deutsche Börse tätig. Von Januar 2014 bis März 2016 leitete er die Section „Issuer & Primary Market Relations“. Seit Mai 2016 leitet er als Head of Department die Abteilung „Pre-IPO & Capital Markets“. Zuvor arbeitete er im Bereich Group Compliance der Deutsche Börse AG, wo er unter anderem für die Vermeidung von Insiderhandel und Compliance Trainings verantwortlich war.[/ultimate_modal]

Eric Leupold

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Franz Welter" modal_on="image" btn_img="6508" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Head of Department Innovation and Digitization at DZ BANK. Information Technology Manager, BBA, MBA focusing on financial services industry and Certified Manager of Banking (ADG/SHB). Specialist mentor for innovation management, creativity techniques, corporate entrepreneurship, corporate venturing and the development of innovative ideas. In case of need and interest establishes contacts to specialist departments in the DZ BANK Group.[/ultimate_modal]

Franz Welter

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Dr. Gerhard Kebbel" modal_on="image" btn_img="6528" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Gerhard Kebbel is a Managing Director at Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen and is responsible for the digitization project in the bank. Before that, he was a consultant at KPMG in the area strategic management consulting for financial services companies between 2013 and beginning of 2016, and at BCG in the same areas for seven years until 2003. Between 2003 and 2013, he worked in various positions at Eurohypo and Commerzbank, always focusing on strategic development and restructuring.[/ultimate_modal]

Dr. Gerhard Kebbel

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Joachim Müller" modal_on="image" btn_img="6509" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Joachim Müller is a Director in PwC’s Digital Services network and responsible for the Experience Center in PwC Europe. Coming with more than 15 years of experience in the technology and digital area, he advises clients in digital transformation, combining an industry perspective with technology knowledge and a user centric, agile methodology. In addition, he is Managing Director of PwC IT Services Europe GmbH and responsible for PwC’s own transformation.[/ultimate_modal]

Joachim Müller

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Lisa Feis" modal_on="image" btn_img="6510" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Lisa is a mentor in the TechQuartier and a FinTech Strategy Manager for ING DiBa. Her background includes studying and working with IBM Germany and Inhouse Consulting with Commerzbank. She has expertise in innovation methods as well as banking processes. Contact her, if you have an interesting value proposition for ING DiBa or visit her in the 5th floor, Pollux.[/ultimate_modal]

Liesa Feis

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Michael Weidmann" modal_on="image" btn_img="6531" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Michael Weidmann is member of the board and Chief Sales Officer at Sparda-Bank Hessen eG in Frankfurt. In more than 20 years with Sparda-Bank Hessen, Mr. Weidmann has been instrumental in growing the bank into the modern organization it is today. He has played an important part in implementing digitalization throughout the bank. His very close relationship to the bank and value-based customer orientation are characteristic of Mr. Weidmann. Michael Weidmann is a firm believer in allowing dedicated and promising junior staff the room to grow and further their careers, very much like the opportunity he was provided when he first started himself as a trainee.[/ultimate_modal]

Michael Weidmann

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Oliver Zimmermann " modal_on="image" btn_img="6513" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Oliver Zimmermann is Head of Financial Services/ Business & Platform Solutions Atos Germany. He is responsible to define and execute the Go to Market strategy in this area and therefore also is building up and maintaining a network of partners such as Fintechs/ Insurtechs. Oliver studied Business Administration and Computer Science at University of Technology Darmstadt and started his sales carrer in Financial Services 21 years ago. Before joining Atos he held global and local management positions for other global IT Enterprises.[/ultimate_modal]

Oliver Zimmermann

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Robert Restani" modal_on="image" btn_img="6533" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Robert Restani has been chief executive officer of the management board of Frankfurter Sparkasse since november 2015. He has 30 years of experience in credit institutions, among other as chief executive officer of the management board of Sparkasse Hanau, as member of the management board of Taunus Sparkasse and as deputy member of the management board of WestLB AG. The graduate economist started his career as a trainee at Deutsche Bank, where he subsequently held several functions between 1982 and 1999.[/ultimate_modal]

Robert Restani

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Sven Möllmann " modal_on="image" btn_img="6515" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]As Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation Sven Möllmann is responsible for strategic development of the digital customer experience with a focus on innovation as well as the FinTech strategy in ING DiBa. He is a member of the steering committee in the TQ with a broad network in the innovation scene. His career includes 20 years of experience in the digital environment on corporate and consulting side. During this time he developed digital solutions and strategies for different industries, including retail, travel, automotive, utilities and finance. Meet him in the TechQuartier or in our ING DiBa office in the 5th floor.[/ultimate_modal]

Sven Möllmann

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Yi Shi" modal_on="image" btn_img="6535" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Yi Shi is both CEO & Founder of Avazu Inc on Avazu’s offering as a display advertising company and now owns mobile advertising platform Avazu, app developer DotC and data business intelligence platform Noogenesis. In 2014, Shi founded Teebik which focuses on global mobile game publishing. In 2015, Shi sold Avazu’s advertising assets to Shenzhen-listed gaming company Zeus Entertainment for more than $300 million and continued to oversee Avazu’s advertising operations. In 2017, he privatised Avazu from A-Share and injected all its assets into DotC United Group in a $360 million transaction. Shi was recognized 3 times by Forbes as one of China’s and Asia’s top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs, made Fortune China 40 Under 40 in 2016, and Hurun 30 Under 30 for China 2017. He is also the chairman and founding investor of oBike.[/ultimate_modal]

Yi Shi

[ultimate_modal icon_type="custom" modal_title="André M. Bajorat" modal_on="image" btn_img="8573" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42"]André Bajorat is CEO at figo (@figoapi) He is a specialist in #FinTech, sits on the board of @Bitkom, @finleap and @money2020. He is a Mentor at @as_pnp, @Microsoft. Founder of @paymentbanking #ex giropay enfore sfg[/ultimate_modal]

André M. Bajorat

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Bart Buter" modal_on="image" btn_img="8576" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42"]Bart Buter is Head of Data Engineering - International Advanced Analytics at ING. He is a Hadoop specialist with a passion for data science. After finishing his master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, he has worked within the financial industry in multiple roles; from consultant and data analyst to DevOps engineer. Besides financials, he also has a history in the software and data center industries. Currently, Bart works at an international analytics team in Germany for the ING Bank. He supports data scientists with their use cases and Hadoop based exploration environments.[/ultimate_modal]

Bart Buter

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Daniel Hoffmann" modal_on="image" btn_img="8589" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Daniel Hoffmann is Innovation Manager at ING-DiBa AG. He is a Marketing Communication specialist. After a 2-years traineeship at an international advertising agency he studied Business Administration with a focus on Marketing Communication. He worked within the advertising industry for different online agencies focusing on Social Media Marketing and CRM. Daniel works in the Digital Strategy & Innovation team of ING-DiBa in Frankfurt. He is part of the German accelerator program of ING and supports the bank pushing forward innovative ideas and working methods.[/ultimate_modal]

Daniel Hoffmann

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Heike Rehm" modal_on="image" btn_img="8579" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Heike Rehm is co-founder of the agency Unterschied & Macher and in charge of operational business. The agency's primary focus is on a Startup-as-a-Service approach in order to provide its clients with all necessary digital services to bring innovative product ideas to market successfully. Prior to that, Heike headed a business unit in one of the leading digital agencies in Europe. Heike provides a deep knowledge of how to implement the principles and mindset of design thinking and agile product development into the strategical innovation and product development processes of her clients from a range of industrial sectors, i.e. financial services, health, insurance and SMEs.[/ultimate_modal]

Heike Rehm

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Steffen Seeger" modal_on="image" btn_img="8577" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Steffen Seeger started as an auditor and management consultant (KPMG/BearingPoint - 1984 till 2006) and then became a Banker (Cofounder and Vorstand Fidor Bank, Europe´s first digital bank - 2006 till 2016). Now an entrepreneur (founded Aumentar AG, specialist in business process automation), as well as an investor and advisor (partner of Digitalplus and Qumram AG).[/ultimate_modal]

Steffen Seeger

[ultimate_modal modal_title="Jochen Siegert" modal_on="image" btn_img="8580" modal_style="overlay-fade" overlay_bg_color="#002d42" content_text_color="#002d42" header_text_color="#002d42"]Jochen Siegert is COO at Traxpay. He is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and mentor in the FinTech and payment environment. He looks back on 17 years of experience and management positions in payment transactions (MasterCard, PayPal, Bigpoint, KarstadtQuelleBank). He is currently the COO of traxpay AG and on the Advisory Board of the StartUps Figo, FinLeap, Savedroid.[/ultimate_modal]

Jochen Siegert