In one year after the “Upcoming Changes” we will hopefully have regained our old normality, even if there is certainly still some uncertainty in this respect.
Nevertheless, we want to look ahead and find answers to the questions that are on our minds together with our talk guests.
Which ideas and developments will point the way forward? Will the startup boom in Germany stagnate? Will the money flow despite the pandemic?
We are very excited to see where the talk will take us: what unusual aha moment we will have, what impact it will have in the financial industry and where the future will take us.
Our speakers are: Kirsten Weisbender, who is responsible for the Digital Culture department at Commerzbank. Paul Morgenthaler, partner at CommerzVentures, who has seen a lot of startups and works with many well-known ones.
Nikolai Skatchkov, founder of the startup Circula – an intuitive solution for employee expenses Kurosch Habibi, Co-CEO of Carl and also Fintech spokesperson for the German Startups Association.
Between the Towers will be moderated by Matthias Lais, founder and managing director of main incubator, who still keeps it real and still manages some portfolio startups himself.
You are cordially invited to join us and speculate about the future.
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Your BtT Team
Head of Digital Culture in the Digital Transformation segment, Commerzbank
Kirsten Weisbender is Head of Digital Culture in the Digital Transformation segment. Her main focus is to promote a digital mindset across the bank. Together with her team, she has developed a broad range of initiatives to establish corresponding behavior patterns for a digital transformation. In addition to her line business, she is currently heading up the “Way we work” project, in which colleagues from workplace, technology, leadership and culture are working across the bank to establish a hybrid work model.
Paul joined CommerzVentures in January 2015. He works with portfolio companies including Bought By Many, By Miles, Hedvig, Mambu, and omni:us. Paul is looking to partner with founders who through their foresight, energy and passion, draw exceptional talent and emerge as the new leaders in their industry. In his former life, Paul provided online financial advisory to millions consumers every month, as Chief Scientific Officer at Finanztip. He co-founded and successfully exited a credit rating startup (PSR Rating), and advised banks and insurers with Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Paul is a mentor with Startup Bootcamp Fintech and Techstars. He graduated with an MBA degree from Harvard, where he received the Satchu Burgstone Prize for Entrepreneurship.
Kurosch Daniel Habibi is the founder and Co-CEO of Carl, Germany‘s leading M&A platform for small- and medium-sized businesses. He gained his invaluable experience in strategy consulting and in investment banking at Procter & Gamble, J.P. Morgan, among others.
He is the FinTech spokesperson of the German Startups Association (Bundesverband Deutsche Startups), a WHU alumnus both in the Bachelor‘s and Master‘s programme and was honored by Forbes magazine as a „30 under 30“.
COO, main incubator
Matthias Lais is founder and COO of main incubator. He was part in building up main incubator and still manages some of the portfolio start-ups himself. Before joining the main incubator, Matthias, who has a degree in business administration, worked in credit portfolio management at Commerzbank’s Mittelstandsbank. In this position he drove forward the development of innovative capital market solutions. Matthias profits from years of experience in banking, but at the same time he also has an excellent network in the start-up scene.
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