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Find a founder – the event guide to meet Berlin's big names this September Written by Georg Räth on 31. August 2012


Everyone knows tech and startup conferences aren’t just about the speakers’ sessions – it’s the interesting chats in the buffet queue, bathroom or bar terrace that really count. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of opportunities to meet a few of the key names in the Berlin founders’ scene next month and beyond.

Find a founder –

Fabian Heilemann, DailyDeal

Fabian HeilemannDailyDeal founder Fabian Heilemann sold his Groupon rival to Google for more than a few million back in 2011 – now, the ever-smiling Mr Heilemann might be just the right person to have an objective chat about how well the daily deal businesses in town are really doing.

Alexander Kudlich, Rocket Internet

Alexander KudlichFor an expert opinion on execution, it’s hard to go past Rocket Internet managing director Alexander Kudlich. Those after a few tips from one of Germany’s most successful incubators should be putting the following four events in their might list.

Florian Heinemann, Project A

Florian HeinemannEx-Rocketeer and now Project A founding partner Florian Heinemann offers young ‘uns a taste of his concentrated experience with startups via a full conference schedule. To catch him in person, try a quick trip to one of these sites.

  • Dmexco, Cologne, 12-13. September 2012
  • NeoCOM, Wiesbaden, 27 September 2012
  • Data Days, Berlin, 2 October 2012
  • OMCap, Berlin, 11 October 2012
  • IdeaLab! Guelph, Guelph, 12-13. October 2012

Lukasz Gadowski, Team Europe

width="80"Alongside Rocket Internet and Project A, there’s Berlin-based incubator Team Europe (a shareholder in VentureVillage) – or in this case, founding partner Lukasz Gadowski. It’s a sure bet he’ll be at the events below, especially since Team Europe is directly or indirectly hosting each.

  • CEO Berlin, Berlin, 25.-27. September 2012
  • Valley Camp, San Francisco, 7-14. October 2012
  • CEO Dinner, New York City / USA, 4 October 2012, Los Angeles / USA, 18 October 2012, Paris / France, 4 December 2012

Sebastian Schulze, UPcload

Sebastian SchultzUPcload is not just a startup with innovative technology and a recent deal with the Otto Group – CEO Sebastian Schulze is an active player in Germany’s startup scene. Those who, like Schulze, will be heading to the below conference marathon had better already be in training.

Florian Meissner, EyeEm

Florian MeissnerPhoto app EyeEm offers an innovative concept especially worth keeping in mind after Instagram’s billion-dollar exit. It’s always worth a call to EyeEm’s smart CEO Florian Meissner, who seems to want to tackle Upcload’s Sebastian Schulze for the top conference marathon title.

Marcus Seidel,

Marcus SeidelMarcus Seidel loves generic domain names, including, and Those who share this love, like to party and want to know how a large media company like RTL ended up putting millions into his coupon portal, are hereby properly advised.

Robert Maier, Visual Meta

Robert MaierIn this case, media giant Axel Springer fronted up with millions for Robert Maier’s shopping portal operator Visual Meta. Those interested in sharing knowledge or getting to know a possible business angel, can check out the following three events.

  • Dmexco, Cologne, 12-13. September 2012
  • CEO Berlin, Berlin, 25.-27. September 2012
  • IdeaLab! Guelph, Guelph, 12-13. October 2012

For those interested in attending CEO Berlin, the event organisers are partnering with VentureVillage to help startups get access – applications close today at 5pm.