Panel Day 2
12:00 pm – Panel ‚Think outside the (German) VC fund – alternative ways to get capital for your startup‘
Moderator: Christian Busch, CEO, German accelerator
Christian is the CEO of the German Accelerator in New York City. German Accelerator supports high-potential German startups in successfully entering the U.S. and Southeast Asian markets. German Accelerator New York focuses on SaaS, Fintech, consumer brands and IIOT and alumni include N26, ProGlove, Kinexon and MyPostcard.
Christian is also the founder of Napali Partners, a consulting firm focusing on digital strategy and growth and the co-founder of Glass Cube Investments, a real-estate investing platform.
Most recently, Christian served as SVP, Head of Marketing at Indiegogo. Prior to that, Christian served as SVP Corporate Development and General Manager, Alloy Digital, where he was responsible for M&A after selling TAKKLE to Alloy in 2009.
Christian is an active angel investor, avid traveler and literary fiction reader.
Erik Benson, General Partner, Voyager Capital
Erik focuses on working with early stage technology startups based in the Pacific Northwest. He represents Voyager as a director on the boards of Chirpify, Lighter Capital, Lytics, Make.tv, SheerID and Shiftboard.
Erik was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in Anova Data (acquired by Ribbon Communications), aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box Group (acquired by IBM), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon), Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts) and Skyward (acquired by Verizon).
Prior to joining Voyager in 1998, Erik was president of Mimix, a pioneer in the motion capture and 3D animation software industry. He started his career in New York advising and financing private equity transactions with Chemical Banking Corporation and Chemical Securities, Inc. (now JPMorgan Chase).
Erik has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA with honors in economics from Pacific Lutheran University, where he currently serves on the board of regents and chairs the investment committee. He was previously a trustee with the Nordic Museum.
Matthias Buck, Regional Head of Corporate Banking, Deutsche Bank
Matthias Buck is the Regional Head of Corporate Banking and Spokesman of the Board of Directors in Region West at Deutsche Bank. He believes that Deutsche Bank is a key strategic partner to start-ups and all corporate clients. He and his team offer strategic advice regarding key industries and business models alongside global network, capital market and product expertise. They have proven that financing start-ups does not only have to be done via equity. He says that the start-up of today will be tomorrow’s “German Mittelstand” that is essential for the success of the German economy. Due to his own founding and Corporate Venture Capital history, Matthias has a passion for fast growing companies.
Patrick Lowry, CEO & Managing Partner Iconic Holding
Patrick Lowry is the CEO and a Managing Partner of Iconic Holding, a global crypto asset management firm. Iconic Holding launched Iconic Lab in early 2017, the world’s first decentralized venture capital group, and a series of crypto asset index funds under the Iconic Funds brand, supported by the AMaaS ecosystem. Previously, Patrick was an auditor at PwC and worked many years in private equity and in venture capital, most notably for the German stock exchange, Deutsche Börse. He holds an MBA degree and a CPA license.
Andreas Jacobi, Managing Director, make.tv