Startups from all over Europe work with the German industry. Students and employees learn from the best digital entrepreneurs of our time. Corporate leaders develop new business with innovators and disruptors. Founders grow their companies to success. That’s GTEC.
Founding Managing Director
Since the age of 15, Benjamin has been working in the tech, renewable energy, and digital industry founding several companies and becoming an active early-stage investor in 2007. He has also advised DAX companies in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Benjamin is a lecturer and speaker at several European universities and conferences, including MIT, the Economic Forum, CDTM in Munich, Maastricht University and Zeppelin University – where he also helped to create an investment fund for university startups. Benjamin started GTEC in 2014.
Alex Piutti is a serial entrepreneur, business angel, corporate advisor and prolific startup mentor with more than 15 years of senior management experience, focusing on the development and launch of Internet products. Before founding and scaling GameGenetics, Alex was engaged in various leading internet companies, such as Head of Search Products Europe for Yahoo! and as an early employee of Overture Services, later sold to Yahoo! for $1.6 billion. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and received his MBA and MA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robin has focused his career on leading and guiding companies through their challenges of change. He has worked closely together with thought leaders and management thinkers to develop state-of-the-art practices for action-orientated management. He has co-founded shapingwork, a management think tank on the future of work, and a software company as well. Furthermore, he’s a lecturer at various business schools and in 2015 he was honoured as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Robin leads the Education initiatives from the GTEC Campus in Frankfurt.
Maria is the main contact point for the startups in our entrepreneurship programs both in Berlin and Frankfurt, leading the selection process and their constant growth during their time at GTEC. Maria holds degrees in Business Administration and Non-Profit Management. Having worked over 6 years at Daimler, she combines her corporate experience with a broad set of learnings made while leading different acceleration programs in Berlin. An entrepreneur herself, she co-founded Vehement, the world’s first brand for sustainable fight gear.
Anya is the Communications Manager at GTEC. With a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Digital Arts, and a Master’s in Policy, Anya is well-suited to liaise with all points of the GTEC pyramid: startups, corporations, and academics. Before joining the GTEC team, Anya worked in a few startups and helped establish the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, working alongside some of the most innovative minds inside Russia. She’s now running GTEC’s programs, communications, and Innovation Awards while building up the GTEC family around the globe.
Innovation Program Manager
Junior Manager, Programs & Research
Anastasia is the Junior Manager for Programs and Research at GTEC and is the right hand of the operations team, using her analytical and operational skills to help with research and outreach. She holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Freie Universitat Berlin and before joining GTEC, she worked in an investment company in the field of healthcare while helping to organize international innovation conferences. Anastasia believes that change is what keeps us going and you can find her at events promoting GTEC and preaching about the startup ecosystem in Berlin.
Back Office Assistant
Michelle is Back Office Assistant in Frankfurt hub. She supports the team with back-office activities and is responsible for the coordination with start-ups, logistics and events. She takes care of everything that makes the office run like a charm and ensures that everybody feels in good hands. Michelle is currently doing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in a dual scheme and focuses on the topic of change management.
Sophia is Event Manager taking care of the organisation and running of events at the GTEC Campus in Frankfurt. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Leisure and Tourism Management and is currently doing her Master’s in International Management. During an internship at shapingwork as part of her Bachelor studies, she gained experience in management topics such as strategy, culture and change. At GTEC, Sophia is using her organisational talent to make events at the campus in Frankfurt run smoothly.
At GTEC we’re always looking for bright minds to join our dynamic team in our two campuses: Berlin and Frankfurt. Are you passionate about entrepreneurship and startups and want to deep dive into the ecosystem in Berlin or Frankfurt? Do you believe in the transfer of knowledge and creating sustainable business models? If so, send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll review your profile and get back to you if we are a fit!
Advisory Board & Industry Experts
At GTEC, we are fortunate to count on the support of the following advisors who help us fulfill our mission with their wisdom, guidance and network:
Advisory Board, Business Development
After undergoing training as a banker, Oliver completed his study in BA at Goethe University Frankfurt in connection with various internships in Toronto and New York. He started his career as an assistant to the executive board in the Dresdner Bank Investment Group. Tasks in portfolio management followed leadership roles in institutional asset management. From 2008 to 2011, Oliver was, inter alia, responsible for the institutional customer business in Germany as managing director of Cominvest and the Allianz Global Investors Group. Since 2012, Oliver acts as founder, investor, mentor and management consultant.
Advisory Board, Strategic Partnerships
After selling his communication group and creative design agency, Anders has co-founded and invested in various tech companies. Anders is an internationally renowned sparring-partner for Fortune2000 CxOs as well as for various startups. As an international keynote speaker, author, and occasional investor, the Norwegian-born also works with leading international business schools on topics of change, creativity, and leadership. He brings to GTEC his business philosophy, inspired in learnings from the past paired with the scientific knowledge and technology of tomorrow.
An Ancient History M.A. by education, Christoph has worked in the digital industry since 1996 and joined his first startup in 1999. After stints at Deutsche Telekom and Berlin-based digital agencies, he began running tech events in 2008 and accelerators in 2010. In 2012, Christoph founded the independent accelerator Berlin Startup Academy. He is a prolific international mentor, host, speaker, columnist and book author on all aspects of digital entrepreneurship. At GTEC, he is supporting some of the Executive Education and Workshop formats.
Prof. Dr. Julian Kawohl
Prof. Dr. Julian Kawohl is a professor of Strategic Management at HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Kawohl’s main objective is to demonstrate the possibilities for established companies to transform themselves and their business models into modern, innovative, and agile organizations. In order to link his research activities closely with practice, Dr. Kawohl initiated the Corporate Startup Award and acts as Creative Director and Chairman of the Jury.
Advisory Board, Business Development
Johannes is investor, board-member and business angel in numerous young companies. He advises large corporations in the field of entrepreneurship and digitalisation and is an expert in renewable energy technologies and B2B businesses. He co-founded his first venture capital fund in 2009 and has set himself the goal to improve how we use our resources. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Management at the TU Berlin and is an alumnus of Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.
GTEC was founded in Berlin, Germany by Innogy, Henkel, Globumbus, Noerr, and the Sigmund Kiener Stiftung, and is headquartered in Berlin-Mitte. To expand our entrepreneurial reach, we’ve opened another campus in Frankfurt am Main.
Clients and Startups
In the past two years, GTEC has also been home to more than 60 startups from over 10 countries who moved to Berlin to grow their company in the Lab or refine their ideas in the Startup Academy. GTEC has also worked with founders, managers and experts from leading international corporations and institutions to learn more about the the startup mentality: among them are Bosch, Postbank, Airbus, Energy Australia, Statoil, Mercedes-Benz, and the European Union. Want to join the ranks?