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A Fireside Chat with Hasso Plattner Ventures

We are very happy to have Hasso Plattner Ventures for a fireside chat.

ROUVEN WESTPHAL and JENS SCHMIDT-EHMCKE from HPV will be joining us at this meetup.

"Hasso Plattner Ventures (HPV) was founded on July 1st, 2005 in Potsdam, Germany. Our mission, instilled by our main investor, Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner, founder and chairman of software giant SAP, is to support and inspire young software and IT entrepreneurs in the successful transformation of their ideas into sustainable and viable products and companies, in Germany and abroad."

In the fireside chat, we will talk about

  • The team behind HPV
  • The sector focus of HPV
  • The start-ups that HPV invested in the past
  • How HPV makes investment decisions
  • The business models HPV is looking out for to invest in the next 12 months
  • Tips and recommendations for founders who want to approach HPV for an investment


Managing Partner

"Rouven Westphal brings extensive entrepreneurial experience and innate leadership skills to Hasso Plattner Ventures. With an academic background in both business administration (Ph.D.) and mechanical engineering (M.Sc.), Rouven can not only talk the talk when it comes to the IT world, but walk the walk as well. By asking the tough questions and paying extra attention to pain points, Rouven gets to the bottom of every issue in an efficient and effective manner.

Throughout his career, Rouven has invested in and brokered startup capital for a variety of companies, building them from the ground up. Having been a part of every stage of a company's life cycle several times over, Rouven approaches every new investment with a creative, yet pragmatic perspective, something that is appreciated by portfolio companies and colleagues alike."


Investment Manager

"Jens joined Hasso Plattner Ventures in July 2011 after several years in the public and private sectors in Germany and abroad, most recently as a personal advisor to the President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. Gaining this invaluable experience has given Jens access to a wide network of international contacts. When Jens identifies a great opportunity, he will not miss the chance to pursue it.

Jens holds a M.A. in Economics from the Free University of Berlin and a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)."

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  • Oliver W.

    To hectic, there were too many things going on at a time and the chat was to short sighted. the questions were all closed questions and the answers too short accordingly. i would rather hear a proper discussion.

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    interesting topic but poor venue

    September 27, 2012

  • Dr. M.

    Hasso Plattner Ventures is sponsoring free beer for the fireside chat on Thursday Sep 27 at Mein Haus am see ;-)

    September 20, 2012

  • Dr. M.

    The deadline for submitting all pitches is 2 days before the event. Pitches submitted after the deadline cannot be considered. Thanks

    September 20, 2012

  • Dr. M.

    Please note: if you want to pitch your project/start-up. The pitch/product needs to be of at least average quality.
    Max 5 PDF slides. 5 minutes pitch + 2 minutes Q&A. All submitted pitches will be evaluated if they meet minimum standards.

    September 19, 2012

  • Dr. M.

    In case you want to pitch your start-up or project at this meetup or you want to pitch HPV, send us an e-mail at: ///berlinstartupculture///@gmail//.//com (without the "/" spam protection signs)

    September 19, 2012

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