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Prof. Dr. Heike Hölzner

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Medium-Sized Companies at the HTW Berlin

Since April 2017, Prof. Dr. Heike Hölzner has been researching and teaching the subject Entrepreneurship and Medium-Sized Companies at the HTW Berlin. Her focus is on entrepreneurial transformation, Deep Tech start-ups and block chain-based business model innovation. As scientific director of the Sirius Minds Institute, she also advises high-tech start-ups on team and business model development as well as financing issues.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. sc. techn. Klaus-Dieter Lang

Head of Fraunhofer IZM

Prof. Klaus-Dieter Lang studied Electrical Engineering at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He received his doctorate in 1985 and qualified as a professor in 1989 on topics in the field of semiconductor technology, assembly technology and quality assurance. Prof. Lang has been working at Fraunhofer IZM since 1993, initially as group and department head. Since 2010 he has been the head of Fraunhofer IZM. In 2011 he received the "Nano Interconnect Technologies" chair and took over the management of the research topic "Microperipheric Technologies" at the Technical University of Berlin.

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Michael Pemp

Advisor, Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

Since November 1, 1987 the graduate industrial engineer Michael Pemp has been employed by the Senator for Economy and Labor since November 1, 1987. He now works for the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises in the Digitalization, Digital Economy and Digital Infrastructure division. His tasks include the affairs of the ICT industry including the Berlin innovation promotion program ProFIT, telecommunications and broadband infrastructure as well as the area of postal services.


Seneit Debese

CEO and founder, Greta & Starks

In 2003, Seneit Debese completed her studies in economics at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. In 2011, she came up with the idea of two apps for hearing impaired and visually impaired persons to enable barrier-free cinema through audio description or subtitling. The Greta & Starks application software was promoted by numerous funding programs and initiatives and includes companies such as Univer­sal and Disney among its customers.

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Veronika Brandt

Head of IoT Business Consulting, Bosch Software Innovations

Veronika Brandt is responsible for IoT Business Consulting at Bosch Software Inno­vations. She and her team support Bosch and external customers in digital transfor­mation and the development of innovative, networked solutions. She is also co-author of the IoT Business Model Builder, a process model for the development of successful IoT business models. Veronika Brandt holds an MBA from the LMU Munich. She worked at Bearing Point and Siemens before joining the Bosch Group in 2010.

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Thomas Schröter

Chairman of the Board, SIBB e.V.

Thomas Schröter studied computer science at the TU Berlin. He worked in the IT industry for more than 17 years and is the founder and managing director of software companies with more than 140 employees. He has gained extensive international experience, including founding companies in the UK, France and India and acquiring a company in the USA. Thomas Schröter was elected to the Board of SIBB e.V. in May 2005 and has been Chairman of the Board since 2014.


Eva Zauke

Head of the Accelerator, COO LoB Digital Assets and IoT at SAP

Eva Zauke studied computer science at the University of Bonn and economics at the FernUniversität Hagen. After graduating, she began her career at Deutsche Bahn. She moved to SAP in 2005 and managed different areas of the company, such as Prod­uct Management, Development and Go-to-Market.

Eva Zauke manages the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain with loca­tions in Berlin and Palo Alto. The SAP Startup Accelerator is a globally accessible innovation program for selected B2B start-ups in the areas of digital supply chain, manufacturing, asset management and Industry 4.0. It focuses on the co-innovation of start-ups, SAP and joint customers.