Axel Springer is the leading digital publisher in Europe. With headquarters in Berlin, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures and licenses. Axel Springer SE is divided into three operating segments: Paid Models, Marketing Models and Classified Ad Models. In 2014, it achieved an EBITDA of EUR 507.1 million. More than half of Group revenues were generated by digital activities, their share of EBITDA amounted to more than 70 percent of Group EBITDA.
Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as 'Credit Suisse'). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 47’170 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.
Deutsche Börse Cash Market offers capital seeking companies financing alternatives. When raising equity capital through shares, companies can choose to be listed in one of three clearly structured segments. For raising debt capital through issuing corporate bonds you can choose between Scale for corporate bonds or the Prime Standard for corporate bonds. Besides, companies are also offered professional expertises by Deutsche Börse Capital Market Partner.
Hellman & Friedman LLC, founded in 1984, is a private equity investment firm well respected for its distinctive investment philosophy and approach. Our offices are located in San Francisco, London, and New York. We raised our first institutional private equity fund in 1987. During our 25-year investing history, we have raised over $25 billion of committed capital and have invested in over 75 companies. We are currently investing our seventh fund, Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VII, L.P. (HFCP VII), with over $8.9 billion of committed capital.
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG based in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, is the world’s leading manufacturer of exclusive sportscars. In 2015, the company delivered around 225,000 new vehicles to its customers around the world, generating sales of EUR 21.5 billion. The company’s operating income sat at EUR 3.4 billion, making Porsche one of the world’s most profitable automotive manufacturers. Porsche founded the sportscar segment more than 50 years ago with the release of the iconic 911 sportscar. Further model lines have since followed in the form of the 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman, Panamera, Macan, Cayenne and 918 Spyder. Porsche is also setting milestones when it comes to plug-in hybrid drives: Porsche was the first manufacturer to introduce this technology in high-performance sportscars (918 Spyder), exclusive saloons (Panamera S E-Hybrid) and premium off-road vehicles (Cayenne S E-Hybrid). What’s more, with the tests on the 919 Hybrid prototype, Porsche is already achieving success working on the technology of tomorrow in the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). This technology is also set to be used in the first purely electric series-production sportscar that will be launched by the end of the decade in the form of the “Mission E”. In total, Porsche AG employs a staff of around 25,000 across the globe through 70 subsidiaries. Production facilities have been established in Zuffenhausen (for the 911, 718 Boxster und 718 Cayman) and Leipzig (for the Panamera, Macan and Cayenne). The development, design and motorsports departments are based in the Development Centre in Weissach, Germany.
Adyen is a technology company that provides businesses with a single solution to accept payments anywhere in the world. The only provider of a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting merchants directly to Visa, MasterCard, and 250 other payment methods globally, Adyen delivers frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store. Headquartered in Amsterdam and San Francisco, with offices across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Adyen serves more than 4,500 businesses, including 7 of the 10 largest U.S. Internet companies. Customers include Facebook, Uber, Netflix, Spotify, Dropbox, Evernote, Booking.com, Yelp, Vodafone, Superdry, Mango, Crocs, O’Neill, SoundCloud, KLM and JustFab.
CHRONEXT is the leading omni channel retailer of new and pre owned luxury timepieces with 50,000 customers over 28 territories. Founded in 2013, it offers complete transparency and security in the sale and purchasing of watches. A stock of over 21,000 timepieces - from brands including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega and IWC - each with a two year warranty - are available online and through two bricks and mortar stores in England and Germany. CHRONEXT has 130 employees including eleven watchmakers, for authenticity and quality testing, in their 250-m² watchmaking atelier.
Cognizant (NASDAQ-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 230 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at www.cognizant.com or follow us @Cognizant.
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public and social sectors achieve lasting success. With consultants in more than 100 offices in 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organization to shape winning strategies, mobilize for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution. Through Digital McKinsey, we create value by reinventing the core, together.
Kiwi.com is an online travel agency with groundbreaking Virtual Interlining technology and a focus on exceptional customer service. Its unique flight search algorithm allows their customers to combine flights from airlines who do not normally collaborate onto a single itinerary, often resulting in significant savings. Combined with their Kiwi.com Guarantee, they provide a whole new way to plan and book trips anywhere and everywhere.
Lakestar makes early and growth stage investments in technology-enabled businesses predominantly in Europe and the United States driven by exceptional entrepreneurs. We enjoy investing with a specific focus on business models that can achieve global scale quickly. Lakestar and its General Partners have historically invested in facebook, Spotify, Skype, airBnB, klarna, and King.com, and more recent investments include Oscar, GoEuro, AngelList, Makers Studios, Taulia and Harry’s. The Lakestar team is on the ground in Berlin, London, Guernsey, New York City and Zurich.
The Lufthansa Group is a global aviation group with a total of 540 subsidiaries and equity investments, which in the financial year 2015 were organised into the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering and Other business segments. All the segments occupy a leading position in their respective markets. Passenger transport is the largest business segment in the Lufthansa Group. The Passenger Airline Group comprises the airlines Lufthansa Passenger Airlines (including Germanwings and Eurowings), SWISS and Austrian Airlines. Equity interests in Brussels Airlines and SunExpress are strategic additions to the portfolio. With its multi-hub strategy, the Passenger Airline Group offers passengers comprehensive flight schedules while providing the greatest level of travel flexibility at the same time. All airlines share the common objective of meeting customers' demands in terms of safety, quality, punctuality, reliability and professional service. The service companies, which are leaders on the global market, strengthen the LufthansaGroup by actively exploiting growth opportunities in the Cargo, MRO, Catering and Financial Services segments.Lufthansa Cargo is the logistics specialist within the Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa Technik is the world’s leading independent provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) for civilian commercial aircraft.The portfolio of LSG Sky Chefs comprises catering, in-flight sales and entertainment in-flight service equipment and the associated logistics as well as consultancy services and the operation of lounges.
Pipedrive is a sales CRM platform designed to help salespeople rather than control them.
Salesforce, the world's #1 CRM company and Customer Success Platform, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way, run their business from their phones, create 1-to-1 customer journeys and make smarter, more predictive decisions from anywhere in real time. The Customer Success Platform provides ground-breaking cloud services for sales, service, marketing, community, analytics, apps and the Internet of Things. Salesforce is the fastest growing top 10 software company in the world and has been ranked as one of the World's Most Innovative Company by Forbes for five years in a row.
solarisBank offers banking services as building blocks to fintechs, digital companies and banks who want to build pioneering products in the finance and banking industry. With a unique banking-as-a-platform business model, solarisBank offers the financial, legal, and technological components needed to provide the experience modern customers demand. solarisBank empowers a growing number of finance pioneers all over Europe with its banking expertise and technology. Since its launch in 2016, expanded to over 90 employees, and has raised 26.3€ million in Series A funding.
Target Global is an international VC firm with over $450 million in assets under management and offices in Berlin, Moscow, Tel-Aviv and San Francisco. We invest in fast-growing digital-enabled businesses operating in B2C and B2 SMB markets. Our growth fund invests in Series B and later stage companies (both primary and secondary), with an investment range of $5-30m. Our seed stage fund invests in late seed and early Series A rounds, with an investment range of $200-500k. We pride ourselves on our ability to be fast and flexible, with a focus on helping innovative businesses scale and expand globally. Since 2012 we have invested in more than 40 leading companies including Delivery Hero, Blue Apron, Dreamlines, Prosper, VATBox, WeFox and Auto1.
AEVI brings acquirers closer to their merchants, and merchants closer to their consumers, with an open Ecosystem that combines apps, payment services and a multi-vendor selection of payment devices. Selecting from a marketplace of high-quality apps and services, Acquirers can quickly create differentiated, innovative SmartPOS solutions under their own brands. Our centralized payments as a service platform eliminates obstacles, and helps Acquirers simplify the complex payment landscape with a single integration and access to a comprehensive suite of cloud-based, back office reporting tools for enhanced control and flexibility. We welcome Acquirers, App Solution Partners and Hardware Vendors to build on our vision of an open, collaborative payments Ecosystem unrestricted by device vendors, currencies, borders or regulations.
AppsFlyer’s technology is found on 98 percent of the world’s smartphones, making it the global leader in mobile attribution and marketing analytics. Data-driven marketers rely on AppsFlyer for independent measurement solutions and innovative tools to grow their mobile business. AppsFlyer’s platform processes billions of mobile actions every day, empowering app marketers and developers to maximize the return on their marketing investments. With AppsFlyer’s NativeTrackTM Attribution, Marketing Analytics Data, OneLink’s Deep linking capabilities and the Active Fraud Suite featuring DeviceRank, AppsFlyer is the go-to resource for the most successful mobile apps in the world. Trusted by Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pinterest, Snap Inc., Tencent, HBO, Playtika, Waze, Alibaba, Kayak and 10,000+ other leading brands and partners, AppsFlyer has 12 global offices to support every app marketer around the world.
Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a family-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need.
Bloomberg Media makes global business leaders smarter, faster with breaking news, expert opinion and proprietary data delivered on every platform, across every time zone. More than 2,600 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries, deliver multi-sensory experiences across platforms that engage an influential global audience at scale. Bloomberg Media has built a portfolio of global multi-platform brands that speak directly to different segments of its premium audience. The latest, Bloomberg Technology, leverages all of Bloomberg Media’s platforms - from mobile to television, and from audio to live events – to provide in-depth coverage of the business of technology from a team of 50 dedicated reporters and editors across the globe.
CareerTeam is one of Europes leading executive search agency for the digital space. As a result of our network, our standardized and data-driven search process and a growing team of more than 75 employees in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Amsterdam and Zurich, CareerTeam finds unique Executives and Talents. CareerTeam works for leading established online players such as eBay, Rocket Internet and Limango as well as for corporates during their digital transformation, e.g. Galeria Kaufhof, Klöckner and Bauer Media.
Codete specializes in IT consulting and implementations of innovative solutions for companies willing to increase their technological potential. We accelerate the growth of our partners through technology and support digitalization transformation in the areas of Cloud Computing, Data Science, IoT and DevOps. As a company, we have been building our unique experience and know-how since 2010. We are a trusted partner for multiple recognizable brands across the world. Our goal is to unleash the real value of products by implementing best practices and delivering top software and consulting services.
COUP is bringing the fun of driving back into urban areas. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, the eScooter sharing service provider started a new business area in the field of mobility services in August 2016. The fleet of 1,000 electric scooters helps save time and is an excellent supplement to the mobility services the city centre currently has to offer. The eScooters are available 24 hours a day and are easy to find, book and ride. They are a flexible and affordable alternative to public transport and cars. Customers can use the app to find the closest COUP, reserve it and then book. It is also possible to first register for free on the website www.joincoup.com. No keys required. A ride (up to 30 minutes) costs three Euros, after which every additional 10 minutes costs one Euro. The electrically-driven eScooters are charged with green electricity and travel up to 45 km/h. Anyone over 21 years of age and in possession a class B driving license or an international driving permit can drive the eScooters. COUP recharges the batteries, so customers can start riding right away without having to worry. Time-consuming searches for parking spots are a thing of the past – the eScooters can be left anywhere in the COUP business area.
Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction baking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany's leading banking, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific. Already since 1870 the bank focuses on growth and expansion of their clients and partners. This is why “Startups@Germany” was established, a dedicated cross-divisional team, servicing the vibrant startup communities. At every development stage of the company, the team guarantees extensive expertise and personal assistance, drawing upon Deutsche Bank's international presence and global reach in the process. With the client in the center, innovation plays an important role as well. Deutsche Bank uses the chances of digitization also in cooperation with fintech startups. Until 2020, Deutsche Bank invests 750 m EUR in the digitization of its retail and corporate businesses as part of its digital strategy. For more information on Deutsche Bank, go to www.deutsche-bank.com, and for learning more about our startup team, go to http://www.deutsche-bank.de/startups.
Since 1964, Egon Zehnder has been at the forefront of defining great leadership in the face of changing economic conditions, emerging opportunities and evolving business goals. Never has this been more relevant than in times when the world’s leading corporations are aiming to leverage entirely new digital opportunities. With more than 400 consultants in 69 offices and 41 countries around the globe, we work closely with public and private corporations, family-owned enterprises, start-ups and non-profit and government agencies, providing CEO and Board Search, succession planning and leadership services to help master digital transformation with the best people and the right organizational structures.
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.
The finanzen Group is the leading provider of marketplace technology for insurance & finance leads, operating currently in 4 European countries. We connect lead providers (price comparison websites, financial products websites) to lead buyers (independent brokers, agents, financial advisers and insurers). finanzen offers a broad product range and benefits from growing ROPO (Research Online / Purchase Offline) market.
In the heart of Berlin, a new city quarter is developing where creatives types from around the world are being inspired by the experimental environment. The FORUM an der MUSEUMSINSEL® is a fascinating combination of historical architecture, business, design and culture. It is drawing creative people with unconventional ideas to move their base for working and living to the banks of the Spree. Here they find optimum working conditions with global networks, start-ups, new gastronomy concepts, showrooms, ateliers, retail and hotels characterized by innovation, diversity and quality. Locating your business at the FORUM an der MUSEUMSINSEL® means you are in the best of neighborhoods.
Greenberg Traurig is one of the largest international transactional law firms, serving clients from 38 locations across the globe. In Germany, a team of around 55 attorneys provides legal advice predominantly on transactions in the technology, telecoms, media and entertainment sectors. The team advises on investments, transactions and all aspects of corporate and commercial law. Our lawyers not only have first-class experience in private equity and venture capital transactions, M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, financing and outsourcings. They are also familiar with the underlying business models and can therefore provide suitable advice for the clients’ projects. Greenberg Traurig was founded in the U.S. in 1967. Internationally, 1,900 attorneys in 38 offices in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America offer legal advice to innovative companies.
Precise selection of candidates, flexible models and a rapid response: We offer our customers exactly the staffing solutions they need to develop their businesses successfully. As one of the world's leading recruitment companies, we have an excellent network of highly qualified specialists from which we can provide the most appropriate expert for any task - regardless of whether it's a short-term project or a long-term collaboration. In the process, our customers benefit from our individually tailored solutions that include not only filling permanent and temporary positions (including the recruitment of freelance experts), but also encompass our full service approach to workforce management on our customers' behalf. On the German-speaking market, we focus our professional expertise on the fields of Engineering, Construction & Property, IT, Finance, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Sales & Marketing, Retail and Legal.
Holtzbrinck Ventures is one of the leading independent European Internet investors. The team has backed more than 150 companies in very early stages for 17 years and deploys significant follow-on investments in later stages. With successful exits such as Zalando, Quandoo, Groupon, Stylight, AdScale, betreut and brands4friends, current portfolio companies include Flixbus, Thermondo, Scalable Capital, Ottonova, Dreamlines, Wooga, Bux, Depop and many others.
IEG – Investment Banking Group is a leading, global investment banking boutique specializing in mid-cap transactions for the internet and technology sector. Present in ten international locations, IEG provides entrepreneurial solutions for digital innovations and business models in the fields of mergers & acquisitions, financing & principal investments. We are #DEALIVERER. For information about the IEG track record refer to: www.ieg-banking.com/deals.
Ingenico ePayments is the online and mobile commerce division of Ingenico Group. We connect merchants and consumers, enabling businesses everywhere to go further beyond today’s boundaries, creating the future of global commerce. As industry leaders since 1994, our innovative spirit drives us forward across all channels. We are the trusted partner of over 65,000 small and large merchants who rely on us to make payments easy and secure for their customers. With advanced data analytics, fraud management solutions and cross-border commerce expertise, we help merchants optimize their business and grow into new markets around the world. For more information, visit www.ingenico.com/epayments or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
At the innogy Innovation Hub we are committed to drive gaming-changing ideas to evolve an innovation portfolio for innogy. Our purpose is to build, found or invest in new companies that have the potential of exponential growth in the future, with the innogy Innovation Hub as partner of choice. We focus on ‘Machine Economy’, ‘Urban Exponentials’, ‘Smart & Connected’, ‘Digital Disruptive’ and ‘Big Data’. In our innovation ecosystems in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Berlin and London we are partnering with innovative start-ups to co-create new digital, platform-powered and data-driven business models.
Klöckner & Co is one of the largest producer-independent distributors of steel and metal products and one of the leading steel service center companies worldwide. Based on its distribution and service network of around 190 locations in 13 countries, the Group supplies more than 130,000 customers. In addition to companies in the construction industry as well as machinery and mechanical engineering, Klöckner & Co serves customers in the automotive and chemical industry, in shipbuilding and in fields of household appliances, consumer goods and energy. Currently Klöckner & Co has around 9,100 employees. The Group had sales of around €5.7 billion in fiscal 2016.
Kreditech Group’s mission is to improve financial freedom for the underbanked by the use of technology. Combining non-traditional data sources and machine learning, the Company provides access to better credit and convenient digital banking services. The product offerings include consumer loans, a digital wallet / payment product and a personal finance manager designed to help customers manage their credit score and plan their spending. Kreditech also offers a “credit as a service” model, allowing partners to integrate its credit products as payment method at the point of sale. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Kreditech has processed almost three million loan applications and through its subsidiaries in five countries extended 750,000 consumer loans. The company is led by CEO and Co-Founder Alexander Graubner-Müller and is financially backed by world-class investors including J.C. Flowers, Peter Thiel, and the Worldbank’s IFC.
PIABO is the leading Public Relations agency for the digital industry in Europe. PIABO has chronicled a successful track record of exponential growth scenarios with clients like Facebook, LinkedIn, Tinder, Evernote, Techstars, Yelp, GitHub, Stripe and also many European tech heavyweights like consumer electronics brand NOKIA from Paris. The core business of PIABO is to assist entrepreneurs and businesses to actively recognize potentials, identify and achieve growth targets, and ultimately own the market. The Berlin-based agency is a business performance amplifier in its function as the next-generation PR engine for the international digital industry. Founder and CEO Tilo Bonow and his team have created exceptional performance with their approach, which applies market savvy, resources and relationships to drive the success of their clients in national and global arenas. Their brand of premium PR features full-service and outstanding marketing campaigns as well as strategic social media management and content marketing.
SimilarWeb is the standard for understanding the digital world. With the largest international online panel consisting of hundreds of millions of devices, SimilarWeb provides granular insights about any website or app across industries. Global brands such as Google, HSBC, eBay, L'Oréal, and Adidas rely on SimilarWeb to understand, track and grow their digital market share. The company has raised $65M and has 350 employees across eight global offices. SimilarWeb has been named one of JMP Securities Hot 100 Best Privately Held Software Companies and one of Business Insider’s 50 Enterprise Startups to bet your career on. Learn more at www.similarweb.com.
Stripe is a technology platform that developers use to build internet businesses. Thousands of businesses -- ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies -- rely on Stripe’s software tools to accept payments, expand globally, and create new revenue streams. Stripe has been at the forefront of expanding internet commerce, powering new business models, and supporting the latest platforms, from mobile marketplaces to social commerce.
Stripe was founded in 2010 by John and Patrick Collison, who set out to fix a critical problem: how online businesses could quickly and easily accept payments from anyone, anywhere in the world. Today, merchants in 25 countries can use Stripe to accept payments in 130+ currencies, as well as Apple Pay, Android Pay, Alipay and Bitcoin. By reducing the barriers to starting and operating a business regardless of location or means, Stripe aims to bring more would-be companies online and accelerate the internet economy.
Taledo is a curated recruiting platform connecting the top 10% of candidates with top companies in the digital ecosystem. We focus on candidates in Sales, Marketing, HR and Operations. Candidates can sign up for free in a few clicks, and are put in touch with one of our Talent Managers. Talent Managers guide candidates throughout the complete application process - from initial contact with recruiters to signing the contract and beyond. Employers get access to curated candidates via a dedicated Account Manager and to the current talent pool via our platform, thus expediting the recruiting process. Taledo was founded in 2015 by Berlin-based entrepreneurs with experience at BCG, Google, Rocket Internet and HitFox and is now serving clients ranging from DAX corporations to early stage startups.
The Official Board is a membership site that maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive database directories of global corporate organizational charts. More at TheOfficialBoard.com.
With a footprint in more than 20 countries, 43,700 employees, and external revenue of 7.9 billion euros (2016), T-Systems is one of the world’s leading providers of information and communications technology (ICT).
T-Systems offers a range of integrated solutions for business customers, including the secure operation of legacy systems and classic ICT services, the transformation to cloud-based services (including tailored infrastructure, platforms and software) as well as new business models and innovation projects for the business fields of the future, such as data analytics, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and Industrial Internet.
T-Systems can provide all this thanks to its global reach in fixed-network and mobile communications, its highly secure data centers, a comprehensive cloud ecosystem built around standardized platforms and global partnerships, and the ability to offer top levels of security.
Why Tenerife? is the economic development brand of Tenerife, the biggest of the 7 Canary Islands, with the objective to attract investments to the island taking advantage of its attractive economic and fiscal regime (e.g. Corporate Tax of 4%, modern infrastructures, startup and acceleration programs, excellent passengers, goods and data connectivity, etc.).
Zendesk is the leading omni-channel customer engagement software solution. More than 94,000+ customers such as Vodafone, Groupon, Box, L'Oréal, Uber, Foodora, HelloFresh and Disney are using Zendesk to lower their support costs, raise productivity, and increase customer satisfaction. Loved by both service teams and their customers for its beautifully simple interface, Zendesk is easy to try, buy, implement, and use.