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Program 2021

A few highlights


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  • Wednesday, 24.03.21
    19:00 CET
    In this fireside chat, Adam Cheyer will speak with Gioia Deucher (CEO Swissnex SF) about the lessons he learned from founding Siri, Viv Labs and Sentient.
  • Thursday, 25.03.21
    20:05 CET
    When Holly raised her Series B in 2008, the day the VC was to wire the money, Lehman Brothers collapsed. This sudden disappearance with no investment coming through and zero revenues forced her to change paths. In this keynote, she will share all her learnings when pivoting.
  • Tuesday, 23.03.21
    17:00 CET
    Matt & Jay
    In this outstanding fireside chat, Matt Cohler and Jay Kreps will talk about their journey in the Silicon Valley. They will share their thoughts on their experiences while working at Facebook, LinkedIn, Benchmark, and Confluent.
  • Saturday, 27.03.21
    15:25 CET
    In this Fireside Chat, Florian Schweitzer (Co-Founder & Partner at btov Partners) and Andre Street (Founder StoneCo) discuss the founding story of StoneCo the largest fintech company in Latin America.
  • Wednesday, 24.03.21
    17:15 CET
    Verena Pausder and Prof. Dr. Miriam Meckel co-founded their company "ada Learning GmbH" in 2020. In this fireside chat, however, they will not only talk about the purpose of their latest venture, but also about the importance of female entrepreneurship in general and how to encourage women to decide for an entrepreneurial career themselves.
  • Thursday, 25.03.21
    16:30 CET
    In this Interview lead by Hanna Henkel, Esther will talk about her key learnings from founding multiple companies and raising three sucessful daughters. She will give insights in her T.R.I.C.K philosophy which changed the lives of over a thousand children. She has now founded her latest startup, TRACT, which is revolutionizing the way children learn through peer-to-peer gamification.
  • Saturday, 27.03.21
    16:30 CET
    Michael Seibel has certaintly both met and made many people on his career path. He started of by founding Justin.tv which evolved into Socialcam and Twitch Interactive. Nowadays, he is helping founders to achieve the same level of success as the Managing Director at Y Combinator. At START Summit he will share his insights and answer your most pressing questions.
  • Friday, 26.03.21
    15:00 CET
    In this Fireside Chat, Podcast host Fabian Tausch will interview Gemany's latest FinTech Unicorn Founder Eugene Danilkis. In 2011, Eugene and his co-founders founded his SaaS banking platform, which in 2021 became the second most valuable FinTech in Germany. At START Summit, he will talk about the struggles when founding in a highly competitive market as well as his key learnings from scaling up to over 500 Mambuvians.
  • Friday, 26.03.21
    17:10 CET
    The challenges banks are currently facing are twofold: They need to advice their clients on how to adapt to new efficiency standards imposed by digitalisation and new technologies. At the same time, however, they themselves need to cope with an ever changing technological landscape. In his keynote, Christian Sewing will share his insights on how banks can deal with this demanding situation.
  • Friday, 26.03.21
    12:30 CET
    Pieter & Sylvie
    Sylvie Mutschler, an early investor in Adyen, will interview Pieter van der Does, who founded one of Europe's largest fintech companies and took it to a market capitalization of $58 billion.
  • Tuesday, 23.03.21
    19:00 CET
    Panel Discussion
    Human biases are a major hurdle in the pursuit of fostering fair recruitment opportunities and inclusive working environments. At a time when many companies are looking to deploy AI systems across their operations, notably for recruiting, being acutely aware of the risks linked to human biases & data, and working to reduce them is an urgent priority.
  • Friday, 26.03.21
    16:30 CET
    Panel Discussion
    This outstanding panel discussion will assess the need for long term capital in deep tech venture capital investments in Europe. Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner, Dr. Christian Reitberger, Dr. Hendrik Brandis and Prof. Dr. Dr. Lars Feld are experts in the field of venture investments and economics and will illustrate this issue from different perspectives in a panel discussion moderated by Larissa Holzki.

Agenda


Formats

     Keynote         Masterclass        Campfire         Fireside Chat

       Workshop        Side Event         Pitching Competition         Panel Discussion

Topic

All

Eiger Stage

Matterhorn Stage

Workshops

Masterclasses

10:30 10:30 – 11:00

Vincent Wang (Wanxiang Blockchain): Blockchain - A Technology for the Masses

Eiger Stage
11:00 – 11:25

Anja Blacha (Athlete): What Climbing the Highest Mountains and Skiing to the South Pole Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

Matterhorn Stage
11:00 – 11:20

Fellowship Wrap-Up First Generation

Matterhorn Stage
11:30 12:00 – 12:20

Dr. Swetha Suresh (swissnex) & Jiayun Shen (Swiss Post): Swiss Intrapreneurship in the Indian Ecosystem

Eiger Stage
12:00 – 12:30

Monika Ribar (SBB): The Future of Female Education

Matterhorn Stage
12:30 12:30 – 13:00

Pieter van der Does (adyen): The Growth Story of One of Europe's Biggest FinTech Startups

Matterhorn Stage
13:30 14:15 – 14:45

Alexander Stubb (former Finnish Prime Minister): Europe, Education and Entrepreneurshipam

Eiger Stage
13:30 – 13:55

Ingmar Hoerr (CureVac): How to Create a New Technology and How Finally the Pandemic Gives It a Boost

Matterhorn Stage
14:30 15:00 – 15:30

Ilkka Paananen (Supercell): Creating an Innovative Work Environment

Eiger Stage
15:05 – 15:30

Eugene Danilkis (Mambu): The Origin Story of a Global SaaS FinTech Unicorn

Matterhorn Stage
15:25 – 15:45

Andre Street (StoneCo) & Florian Schweitzer (btov): The Founding Story of LatAms Biggest FinTechs

Matterhorn Stage
15:30 16:20 – 16:35

Yoko Spirig & Armon Bättig (Ledgy): Attracting and Engaging Key Talent and Stakeholders in a Remote World

Eiger Stage
16:00 – 16:20

Prof. Dr. Barbara Stelzner (DJI) & Prof. Dr. Martin Jastorff (macromedia): Why Civilian Drone Technology Matters – For Everyone

Eiger Stage
15:35 – 16:00

Juhani Mykkänen (Wolt): Story of founding wolt

Eiger Stage
16:10 – 16:35

Yacine Samb (Google): Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Eiger Stage
15:55 – 16:15

Markus Witte (Babbel): The Babbel Story

Matterhorn Stage
16:15 – 16:35

Mark Gainey (Strava): How We Became a Unicorn by Getting 80 Million People to Do Sports

Matterhorn Stage
16:00 – 16:25

Dr. Oliver Pabst (Mammut) & Katherine Choong (Mammut Athlete): How a Crisis Can Be Used to Boost Innovation

Matterhorn Stage
15:35 – 15:55

Rolf Schrömgens (Trivago) & Anna Gottschalk (leadership.sprouts): (Strong) Sustainable Leadershipx

Matterhorn Stage
16:00 – 16:45

Michael Seibel (Y Combinator)

Matterhorn Stage
16:30 17:25 – 17:55

Patrick Degermann (Explorer): Real Team Work

Eiger Stage
17:00 – 17:30

Matt Cohler (Benchmark) & Jay Kreps (Confluent): The Story of Kafka and One of the Fastest-Growing Infrastructure Software Companies in the World

Matterhorn Stage
17:15 – 17:35

Verena Pausder (Serial Entrepreneur) & Prof. Dr. Miriam Meckel (ada Learning): The Importance of Female Entreprenuership in Europe

Matterhorn Stage
16:30 – 16:55

Esther Wojcicki (Tract): Lifelong Learnings from the Godmother of Silicon Valley

Matterhorn Stage
17:20 – 17:40

Christian Meermann (Cherry Ventures) & Sebastian Schaal (Luminovo): The Beginnings of Luminovo - How to Build a Relationship & How to Raise a Seed Round

Matterhorn Stage
17:30 17:30 – 17:55

Henrique Dubugras (Brex) & Daniel Gutenberg (VI Partners): From Brazil to the US: How to Build a Unicorn in Your 20s

Matterhorn Stage
17:50 – 18:00

Chasing Unicorns with Daniel Gutenberg: What to Look for and Where to Find Them

Matterhorn Stage
17:40 – 18:00

Christopher O'Donnell (Hubspot): Hubspot - Behind the Scenes of a SaaS Powerhouse

Matterhorn Stage
18:25 – 18:50

Tim Stracke (Chrono24): How Karlsruhe Became the Leading Global Marketplace for High-Quality Watches

Matterhorn Stage
17:45 – 18:05

Nanxi Ding (Huayuan Sinomag): Charting a New Course on China

Matterhorn Stage
18:10 – 18:30

Marc Langenbrinck (Mercedes-Benz): Between Enthusiasm and Range Anxiety - What Will Help Electromobility Achieve a Breakthrough?

Matterhorn Stage
18:30 18:30 – 18:45

Felix Ewald (DyeMansion): The Journey of DyeMansion

Eiger Stage
18:30 – 18:55

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (LAAF) & Jessica Patton (5th Century Partners): Women in Leadership: Inclusivity, Empowerment and Impact

Matterhorn Stage
19:20 – 19:40

Marco Börries (Enfore): How Can Local Businesses Survive in a Digital and Pandemic World - and Make a Stand Against Amazon and Lieferando

Matterhorn Stage
18:30 – 18:55

Bracken Darrell (Logitech): Designing for Social Impact

Matterhorn Stage
19:00 – 19:20

Adam Cheyer (Siri): Lessons from the Foundings of Siri, Viv Labs and Sentient

Matterhorn Stage
19:25 – 19:45

Dr. Rebekka Grun von Jolk (World Bank) & Bettina Hein (juli): Entrepreneurship in Africa

Matterhorn Stage
18:30 – 18:50

Julian Teicke (wefox): How Data Regulation Can Be Europe's Advantage in the International Innovation Competition?

Matterhorn Stage
19:30 19:45 – 20:05

Andri Silberschmidt (Swiss Parliament): Digitalisation in Switzerland - Where Are We Headed?

Matterhorn Stage
20:10 – 20:20

Lukas Wawrla & Tim Grunow (Archlet): From Student to Startup

Matterhorn Stage
20:10 – 20:30

Alexandra Zatarain (EightSleep): How to Get Fit through Slee

Matterhorn Stage

Please note that displayed times refer to the Central European Time (CET).