“When I see more than others,
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We have a close network of experts who can support you in areas where you need assistance.

Building up a business requires a variety of skills. A startup team usually has the fundamentals…product development and some marketing expertise.

But sometimes there are gaps in both experience and skillsets that can stand in the way of successful growth. Our panel of experts below have a strong depth of industry experience and can help address these gaps where needed by supporting, coaching and consulting to ensure

1. unnecessary and expensive mistakes are avoided

2. a scalable organization is built right from the beginning.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Violetta Zöller

Violetta Zöller

Recruiting-Expertin

Violeta is a recruiting expert, especially for startups and SME’s. She has competence in filling key positions in the fields of
- C-Level
- Sales,
- Operational Management, HR, and
- Finance (Accounting, Controlling, CFO)

Violeta studied Business Psychology in Heidelberg, Hamburg and Bangkok. She began her career working at HypoVereinsbank and KPMG, thereafter joining a Company Builder where she was responsible for both Berlin and San Francisco company locations.

Violeta has 5+ years of recruiting experience and is now self-employed.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Vanessa Cox

Vanessa Cox

Executive Coach, The Preston Associates (TPA)

The Preston Associates (TPA) is a leading Executive Coaching firm which develops individuals, teams and organisations internationally.

We know our clients want time and space to think. TPA Coaches excel at keeping it simple whilst being flexible to the most complex, critical and paradoxical issues. Our hand-picked team have business track records that allow us to be the best thinking partners for talented people.

We work with a range of businesses, from young vibrant start-ups, where we help develop founders into leaders, to established multinationals, wanting to remain agile and able to empower their people.

Today we have offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Dublin, New York, Shanghai and Beijing and have coaching capabilities in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Your Business Buddies Point of Contact is Vanessa: The Preston Associates

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Ranjana Kundu

Ranjana Kundu

B2B-Sales Expert

Ranjana has 25+ years of corporate B2B sales and sales management experience in the technology space. She has worked for large multinationals like IBM and Ernst & Young and small to medium size IT companies such as CorVu.

She has also built her own consulting business in IT sales within the SME and startup sectors.

Ranjana brings value to startups that are focused on revenue growth. Her skill portfolio and areas of coaching include assistance in:
- Sales and marketing of software applications at board and C-level
- Building effective channels and resellers to expand internationally
- Building and managing sales and marketing teams
- Formulating sales & marketing strategies for IT providers

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Dr. Ingo Schneider

Dr. Ingo Schneider

Lawyer for corporate law

Ingo is a startup lawyer with special focus on venture capital transactions. He counsels founders and technology companies from the very beginning, through financing rounds, the sale of the company, all the way to the cashing out of the founders and beyond. His clients are also business angels.

He has extensive knowledge in the blockchain field, particularly financial regulation.

Ingo studied law and business in Konstanz, Barcelona and Berlin (Freie Universität). He worked as research assistant at the institute of business, competition and regulation law of the Freie Universität Berlin and obtained his PhD there.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Christian Musfeldt

Christian Musfeldt

Lawyer for Venture Capital, Private Equity and Tech-M&A
<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Stefan Schütze

Stefan Schütze

Lawyer and Fintech-expert

Stefan began his career at bmp AG in January 2000, where he experienced the ups and downs of the New Economy. In 2004, Stefan joined Finlab AG (formerly Altira Group) in Frankfurt as General Counsel and is now a Member of the Board of Finlab AG and Managing Director of Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA..

Stefan, who is also admitted to the bar, has been responsible for the legal side of numerous financings, start-ups, fund investments, IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, hirings, dismissals, etc.

In addition, Stefan holds a number of supervisory board and advisory board mandates. As a result, he possesses an atypical broad spectrum of legal expertise and experience that few other lawyers can match.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Olaf Günther

Olaf Günther

Production- and Operations-Manager

Olaf is a passionate Operations-Manager and Change Leader with 25 years professional experience in companies like Audi, Gillette, Procter&Gamble, Festo as well as startups like Harrys, Nüwiel and interim COO at zolar.

In crisis and/or pro-active strategic development, Olaf supports as a leadership and process coach, OPEX expert and in some instances serves as interim manager. His mission is to initiate the required changes and to achieve sustainable results.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Videesha Böckle

Videesha Böckle

Venture capital & company building expert

Videesha Boeckle has over a decade of experience in the areas of venture capital, corporate innovation and sales.

She has backed companies in the B2B space such as: Automation Hero, and Clarisights Inc. and worked with B2C companies such as GetYourGuide.

She has worked with a number of corporate LPs over the years at Redstone Digital and Signals Venture Capital in launching and growing investment vehicles with innovative business models in the venture capital industry.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Andreas Stammnitz

Andreas Stammnitz

Media and publishing expert

Andreas has functional expertise in eCommerce, Digital Marketing, Digital Media and Strategy/Innovation, having spent over 15 years experience in corporate, startup and venture capital environments.

He has worked for three large B2B publishers: dfv media group (one of the largest specialist B2B media companies in Europe), Wolters Kluwer and Springer Nature (previously Bertelsmann).

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Heiko Butz

Heiko Butz

B2B and retail sales expert

Heiko co-founded koakult GmbH (koawach) and built it up over a period of 5 years. Koawach has since grown out of a shared kitchen to a company generating millions in revenues. The team has successfully created a sustainable and profitable brand with a footprint in the retail space, supplying food retailers, organic food trade, drugstores and online space.

Heiko therefore has extensive knowledge and experience in business development, investor relations, marketing and sales.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Claudia Pelz

Claudia Pelz

Projectmanagement and product-/service-development

Whether in cooperation with corporates, SMEs or startups - Claudia is an enthusiastic project strategist and supports teams through different project scenarios and developments. What is important to her is sustained success and enthusiasm for the project.

Claudia studied Business Management in Berlin and London and worked in various positions at HP and Rolls-Royce. There she designed the service business area and managed international product developments as a Programme Executive.

Currently, Claudia supports SMEs and startups in alignment of their projects and PMOs, development of organizational structures and team design. The development of young (especially female) executives is close to her heart.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Sönke Johannsen

Sönke Johannsen

Biotech-, Pharma-, and Medtechexpert

Sönke has functional and leadership expertise in pharmaceutical & business Development, digital health, Marketing, Sales, Strategy/Innovation, having spent over 20 years experience in corporate and startup environments.

He has worked for 3 major Biopharmaceutical companies: Novo Nordisk, Schering, and Bayer in Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Switzerland and USA.

In addition, Sönke has also gained startup experience and is a proud, passionate and crazy owner of a manor house: La Dersentina

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Alexander Braun

Alexander Braun

Serial entrepreneur & expert for digital transformation

As an entrepreneur at heart, Alexander is the founder and CEO of digital strategy consultancy CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION HEROES, supporting corporate clients across all industries in their digital transformation.

Online from the very first days of the web in 1995, he has been active in building internet startups for 20+ years. From 2003 to 2007 he developed internet-based business models for the media industry holding management positions at Bertelsmann in London, Shanghai, and Toronto.

He is the author of books on Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots, Blockchain, Internet and the digital transformation of companies and business models.

Alexander holds a Master’s degree in Business and Economics from University of St. Gallen and completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Marc Beermann

Marc Beermann

Finance- and growth expert

Marc is an expert in financing, scaling up and operations in mainly B2B companies in various sectors such as real estate,
food/agriculture, renewable energy and enterprise software.

Until recently, Marc was Chief Growth Officer of one of Europe’s fastest-growing real estate tech companies, Allthings GmbH, that he co-founded in 2015 and that is now active in 6 markets across Europe with a team of 100 employees.

As CGO he initiated and accelerated Allthings’ global growth in new markets and segments with current as well as new customers. In addition, he was responsible for fundraising and investor relations.

Marc learned his trade in the last 15 years as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, tech private equity investor at VM Capital, online marketing manager at Hewlett-Packard Europe and as four-time startup founder or executive.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Jeannette Mutzner

Jeannette Mutzner

Positioning, Networking and Sales Consultant in the Digital World: ENGAGE, CONNECT & GROW

Jeannette helps individuals & teams to develop digital B2B sales strategies & social selling on LinkedIn to grow their B2B business by building sustainable relationships. She is also experienced in building up various B2B sales platforms, partnerships and communities. With her robust national and international network, she can help you to open doors.

Jeannette has studied Economics at the University of St.Gallen and has a Master in Finance from the London Business School. She combines many years of sales experience with digital marketing expertise, has profound knowledge of the national and international financial sector and other industries such as consulting, IT, medical sector and the food industry.

With JMutzner GmbH, she consults SMEs in sales, business development and positioning in the digital transformation.

<span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Jonathan Gabler

Jonathan Gabler

DLT and Blockchain expert

Jonathan is a senior Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) expert and Director at BlockScience, the leading system engineering firm active in the DLT space. He supports startups and corporations in devising and implementing effective DLT strategies. As the Founder of Swiss Blockchain Think Tank Crypto Valley Society and Co-Founder of the University of St. Gallen Alumni Blockchain Club, he actively builds the «Crypto Valley» community in Switzerland.

In his previous career as a McKinsey consultant, Jonathan worked closely with senior leaders globally on strategic initiatives. He served as the CEO of AI Company Harimata where he spearheaded the road to market of the first game-based Autism detection instrument, which got accepted at the European Union Innovation Program Horizon 2020.

As a Board Member and Chief Digital Officer at Swiss Smart Metering Pioneer GWF, Jonathan spearheaded various digital initiatives and supported the R&D team in marketing complex measuring systems.