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.
Since the age of 15, Benjamin has been working in the tech, renewable energy, and digital industry founding several companies and became an active early-stage investor in 2007. He advised DAX companies in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Benjamin is a lecturer and speaker at several European universities and conferences, including the Economic Forum and Zeppelin University – where he also helped to create an investment fund for university startups. Benjamin started the GTEC initiative in 2014.
Working in the digital industry since 1996, Christoph joined his first startup team in 2000. After stints at Deutsche Telekom and Berlin-based digital agencies, he has been consulting and running events for the digital industry since 2008 and the first Founder Institute programs in 2010/11. In 2012, Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy; since 2013 he hosts the interview show StartupGrind Berlin. At GTEC, he is responsible for entrepreneurship education activities, lectures, and the workshops program.
Director, Lab & Venture Development
Darius takes care of the Lab and helps startups in their founding and growing phase. In 2014, Darius founded the boutique advisory Berlin Startup Consulting, and in 2016, he expanded into the Corporate Innovation arena with the Corporate Startup Lab. Darius loves working with ventures of all industries on strategy, market and product validation, business and financial planning, operational road mapping, and fundraising.
Philipp von Roeder
As Director of Communications, Philipp is responsible for GTEC’s public image and its internal communication. Philipp is a PR-professional with 15 years of experience in journalism, public affairs and PR and is head of VONROEDER COMMUNICATIONS. He helps startups and corporates in the digital industry to shape and execute their communication strategy.
GTEC was founded at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) by ESMT Berlin, Innogy, Henkel, Globumbus, Noerr, and the Sigmund Kiener Stiftung, and is headquartered in a 1.200 square meter space in Berlin-Mitte at the ESMT campus on Schlossplatz 1. To expand our entrepreneurial reach, we’ve opened two more campuses: one in Berlin-Schöneberg and one in Frankfurt am Main.
Clients and Startups
In the past year, GTEC has also been home to more than 25 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?