The BSH Future Home Accelerator powered by Techstars is a program provided by Europe's No. 1 manufacturer of home appliances under the brands Bosch, Siemens, Neff and Thermador and the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Are you a startup with a digital service or a smart appliance that will change the way we live, cook or do housework in the future home? Become a part of the program and leverage your business in an exclusive 3-month-program full of opportunities.
Leon Doyle, CEO & Founder at MYMA.io (UK)
Member of the Future Home Class 2019
Tom Kiss, Founder/ CEO at Ate (USA)
Member of the Future Home Class 2019
Nora Klug, Group Legal Counsel and BSH Chief Compliance Officer
Mentor of the Future Home Class 2019
David Edwards, Techstars Director of Partnerships
Up to 120k EUR of funding with equity back-guarantee to give you some runway
Two Strong Global Networks: Europe's No. 1 Home Appliance Manufacturer BSH and Techstars
Great Mentors & Inspiring Working Atmosphere in Munich - the World's most Liveable City
Get in Touch with Engineers of BSH’s Home Connect ecosystem, instl in 2 Mio. Home Appliances
A network of selected mentors will be giving input to startups within the BSH Future Home Accelerator powered by Techstars. Both BSH and Techstars provide the best mentors in terms of industry experience, entrepreneurial experience and specialist know-how on order to support and challenge the startups. Mentorship and coaching will be the key to success for their businesses.
Niko started his career 1995 at BMW Designworks in California. Two years later Niko built up the European presence of BMW Designworks in Munich, Germany. In 2015 Niko took on the responsibility as Vice President Industrial Design of regional and tactical brands at BSH Home Appliance Group in Munich. Since the beginning of 2018 he moved to the consumer products division heading the design team. Niko is overseeing a diversity of product design categories from food, beverage to indoor cleaning. His experience with various corporate cultures and customer behavior have equipped him with unique insights how to drive creativity and establish new value propositions in design.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Laurence is an international experienced CFO in multinational companies and start-ups with broad skills in five different countries. Currently CFO of SWOX Surf Protection GmbH, premium sun cream start-up based in Munich. Previously, she was CFO of Estee Lauder Companies France for 7 years and Estee Lauder Companies Russia for 5 years. She’s a mentor in „Xpreneurs“ Incubator for High-Tech Start-Ups and enjoying to share his knowledge with start-ups teams. Her educational background includes an MBA in "Innovation and Business Creation" from the Technical University Munich and a Master in Banking and Corporate Finance from Toulouse Business School.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
After 8 years of self employment in the online marketing business on various fronts, Tom founded mobalo GmbH in 2013 together with Dr. Michael Ihne and Manfred Kuhn. mobalo is today a leading, GDPR compliant company in geo intelligence. He is a innovator and problem solver and comes up with creative solutions and connections.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Daniel brings 4 years of experience at BSH. In his current role, he leads the Home Connect Ecosystem team that focuses on building global digital partnerships with the Developer Program and API as the technical “glue”. Furthermore, he is responsible for the voice assistant integrations of Home Connect. In his previous career, he worked for different start-ups in the online and IoT space, founded an e-commerce business and spent 5 years in the management consultancy. Before joining BSH he headed the international strategic sales at AutoScout24, Europe’s largest online vehicle marketplace. His prime focus area for the start-ups in the BSH Future Home Accelerator is to help suitable candidates to become a partner in the BSH ecosystem.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Cristina is leading the technology cluster „Artificial Intelligence“ in the corporate innovation area of BSH. Since she had joined the company in 2015, she was involved in agile projects in fields like robotics, speech and compute. Among others she lead a key innovation project, the BSH Kitchen Assistant Mykie. She had started her career at the German Aerospace Center where she worked for 8 years in projects related to navigation and autonomous driving. During this period, Cristina spent a research scholarship at the Carnegie Mellon University and earned her PhD from University Ulm related to collision avoidance for autonomous driving. After the period at the German Aerospace Center, Cristina founded two start-ups, one in the area of health and nutrition assistance and another one recruiting with AI technologies. Cristina's objective at BSH is to put the smart accent in the smart kitchen of the future.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Emanuel studied Business Administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich. At the same time, he graduated in Technology Management at the Center for Digital Technology and Management in Munich. Later, he graduated from the Imperial Business School in London with a MSc. Finance. Emanuel started his professional career in 2014 at Stylight GmbH in Munich. He built up the Finance and Legal team and supported the sales process. In 2017, after an interim CEO position at a jewelry sales company, he joined Roast Market GmbH, an online e-commerce retailer for coffee, as CFO. Since 2018, Emanuel is working for kemb GmbH as Managing Director / Co-Founder. At kemb GmbH, a digital consultancy in the fields of business intelligence, data science, digital marketing, finance, and operations, he is responsible for all projects in the field of e-commerce.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Ewa has spent the past ten years investing in and supporting entrepreneurs in enterprise software (AI, IoT) and industrial-tech. At Amazon Web Services she supports startups with topics related to building scalable infrastructure and sustainable & fundable growth strategy. Prior to that she was a Partner at a Polish venture capital fund Black Pearls VC, advised the European Commission on the SME financing mechanism and was responsible for investments & Joint Development programs at a US conglomerate 3M. She is a Kauffman Fellow, the largest Venture Capital network worldwide and can answer all questions regarding fundraising. She is passionate about Europe and how the Future of Work and will shape societies and enterprises. Ewa studied Energy Technologies, Economics and learned programming @LeWagon.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Wahib has been associated with Android App Development for several years and takes a keen interest in more than just the coding side of an app. He is passionate about building the "right" product for the end users, nurturing engineering culture and striving for better processes.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Deepa is heading the SAP Next-Gen Innovation Network in Munich. SAP Next-Gen is a vibrant community for “innovation with purpose” related to the UN Global Goals of sustainability with SAP’s strategic and most innovative customers, high-class Universities with their Entrepreneurship Centers, top-notch Start-ups and successful Venture Firms to jointly drive future innovation. Being always passionate about connecting new technologies and business Deepa is also supporting Munich based Venture Capital Firm Earlybird as a Venture Advisor and coaches Start-ups with her expertise in G2M of new technologies and Network Sales as well in terms of VC Funding.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Starting as a founder in the internet and e-commerce business he's focusing on high-tech industry. He helped 10+ world leading corporates and 100+ startups to grow and accelerate their business (including Proglove, Konux, Soley, Inveox, Erle Robotics and tacterion). His objectives are to help European medium sized companies and large family owned businesses. Lorenz is Co-Founder and Managing Director of PEAKZONE the leading innovation platform for the European industry. Before that, he founded TechFounders a leading industry accelerator in Europe and helped companies including ADAC, BMW, BOSCH, Festo, HypoVeriensbank, Knorr Bremse, Linde, Miele, MunichRe, Siemens and Wacker Chemie) to collaborate with tech startups.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Daniel is an entrepreneur by heart. He started his first business at the age of 14 while still in school and his second business while graduating. Currently Daniel is CEO and Co-Founder of Smokeless - a digital health company disrupting the way we treat addiction by developing the first holistic technological solution. It is Smokeless’ vision to save a million lives a year. Furthermore, he is Founder and Chairman of "Founders Syndicate" - a community of tech enablers with the sole purpose of building the future for startups through networks. Thirdly, Daniel serves as Chairman & Founder of Startup SAFARI Munich - one of the biggest ecosystem events in Germany.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Silke is responsible for the production-, development-, environmental- and quality management systems of the BSH Group. Before BSH, she spent 19 years in the automotive industry in various leadership positions, including corporate strategy, industrial engineering and HR. Although, Silke has an engineering background and a career based on technical roles. Silke says: “My passion - and what I believe is one of my strengths - is the ability to foster growth and to support development. Not only of products and businesses, but more importantly, of organizations and individuals. I am happy to share my experience – both the successes and the failures - in setting-up professional technical organizations.”CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
After his studies of Business Economics Mario started his career in strategy consultancy at Accenture. He moved on to Deutsche Telekom. After different positions within Corporate Strategy as well as in operational management of Telekom Germany, Mario Pieper co-founded a startup in the Smart Home environment. Since 2014, Mario Pieper is the Chief Digital Officer of BSH and since 2018 Head of the Digital Business Unit.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Amadeo started his career at the United Nations where he played a key role in various technology transfer programs to Member States and became responsible for the coordination at a global network of laboratories. Out of his interest of combining digital technology with creative solutions he became consultant for award winning communication agencies. Amadeo is now co-founder at Bohème Digital, an IoT Media Tech Company, where he focus on building a digital network for media distribution and Location Based Services in a modern lifestyle way. With his professional experience, he can ensure that startups will understand the important role of acquiring and managing new partners for their business.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Victoria has a background in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and has been Founder and CTO of blik since two years. She is happy to talk about all early stage startup challanges especially from a technical perspective.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Tu-Lam is an expert for digital business models, e-commerce and digital marketing. With his company Digital IQ, he provides executive education and consulting services. Prior to that, he was a professor, he worked in media & venture capital, e-commerce consulting and founded an online fashion retailer. He is particularly interested in digital trends from Silicon Valley and China. He is an international keynote speaker on digital trends and blogs and podcasts on LinkedIn, Instagra and YouTube, @tulampham. Tu-Lam has a PhD in economics, is a foodie and loves Apple, gadgets & the NBA.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
He set up Techstars office in Berlin, which became the most active Techstars office worldwide. He invested in 40 companies that have raised in aggregate more than $50m. Before Techstars, Jens was a partner and co-founder at Forward Labs. The four spin-out startups have raised in aggregate more than $25m. Before Labs, Jens co-founded aiHit, a provider of automated company data to the business information industry, which was backed by Amadeus and VTB Capital. aiHit was acquired by Matchdeck in 2015. Prior to this, he was the VP Analysis & Consulting at Library House (now Dow Jones), a business information and research company, which he helped grow from seven to over 50 employees within four years.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Niels spent more than 8 years in management consulting in various industries and several functional areas (incl. Internet/ digital). He has more than 9 years of experience in the home appliance industry. Currently, he is responsible for the Global Digital Transition Department that is driving BSH Home Appliance's digital transition with focus on consumers across different digital touchpoints including the Home Connect platform for WiFi enabled home appliances of Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Gaggenau and Thermador. Prior to that he was responsible for defining BSH's digital strategy and the build up of new digital capabilities.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Julia has been in the Retail startup scene since 6 years. She built up several startups from a marketing perspective and founded her own company 3 years ago. Right now she leads the Growth-Team for Stryber, a company builder from Munich, Zurich & Kiev.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Johannes was a leading IoT architect in Siemens for the past decade, chaired an international expert task force in the W3C "Web of Things" and founded a tech startup with 2 colleagues. He is a sparring partner for tech topics and can help startups with tech leadership as well as the tough "day-zero" decisions to balance rock-solid products and exponential scale.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Manuel is one of the founders and COO of EcoG. It is already his second company as founder and the third he is managing. He is a mentor and coach for start-ups and individuals on topics like personal and business growth, organization, and investment. He has a strong track record in company building and digitization, mobility, transportation, and venture capital. He regularly speaks at conferences and gives lectures at universities on entrepreneurship, digitization, business modeling, and company building. He is a strong believer in eye-level communication, fun and agile leadership, and practices transactional analysis.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Having studied International Marketing Management in both Paris and the Netherlands. Martijn headed to Munich in 2012. From 2014 until 2018 Martijn built, lead and optimized the international Brand & Content team at Stylight, one of Europe’s leading affiliate fashion and lifestyle platforms. From January till September 2018 Martijn has been responsible for developing a new lifestyle/travel platform at the Global Savings Group as their Head of Operations. Since September 2018 Martijn is fully dedicated to Kemb GmbH, a mixed digital consultancy supporting SMBs that was founded together with two former Stylight colleagues back in 2016.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
David has spent the last 10+ years designing new and exciting experiences through his roles in startup, academia and consultancy. For the past 5+ years he has been at IDEO, both in Chicago and in Munich, leading teams and helping his clients figure out the future.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Daria has been active in the digital industry for over a decade. Before starting at Vito ONE, she served as an investor at several leading European venture capital firms, started her own e-commerce startup, co-founded the Munich Founders Association and the new 1e9 initiative (onebillion.tech). She also advises the European Commission and coaches female entrepreneurs.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks is the CEO and founder of BiTHOUSE GROUP Inc and the acting Global Director of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Sourceability GmbH / LLC / Pte. BiTHOUSE Group is a global business/ venture development firm fostering collaboration and innovation culture amongst corporates, innovators, creators, investors, government and community. Jewell has worked in both Corporate and Startup environments for over 20 years. She is the founder of various community initiatives bringing together technology + community + executives in the US, Asia, and Europe since moving to Germany from San Francisco in 2013. “Bridging the Gap,” by “Connecting the Dots” is her motto.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Sabine is an experienced professional with background in strategy consulting, private equity and investment banking, targeting investment opportunities in growth stage companies in Europe. She has strong expertise and particular interest in digital, mobile and social media, content marketing, e-commerce, marketplaces, SaaS, B2B platforms, optimization processes and technology across the hospitality, food and retail sectors.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Philip is the community lead and startup coach for UnternehmerTUM. This organization offers founders and startups a complete service from the initial idea to IPO. He studied Business and Entrepreneurship in Maastricht, Barcelona, Rotterdam and Tel Aviv. During and after his studies he launched numerous startup projects - some successful, some failed. Today, he teaches Entrepreneurship at the TU Munich and organizes product development Sprints, Hackathons, and Makeathons with students, employees, and founders. His passion is to help others turn their ideas into working prototypes and make the first sales.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Elisabeth has been taking care for people, cultural and organisational development in young companies since 7 years. She is person of trust for founders, leaders and entrepreneurs and an expert in interviewing, strategic communication and conflict management.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Timo has been working in the field of start-up finance structuring both; debt as well as equity deals for more than 10 years. Besides, he is an enthusiastic guest lecturer on development finance and has also invested his private money in social ventures in emerging markets. Timo's extensive network to strategic partners coupled with the fact that he focuses on ideas in the very early stage, makes him an ideal facilitator to identify and approach first paying customers.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Sylvia is an expert in venture building and startup valuation with several years of experience in energy, smart home & buildings and industry 4.0. She has worked with the international startup scene in Silicon Valley, London and Tel Aviv building disruptive business models in order to launch and grow digital corporate spin-offs. She further specializes in early-stage VC funding for tech startups in the areas of AR/VR, Machine Learning and IoT.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Tina is a marketing professional with 5+ years of experience in the software industry, including a couple from the agency and a consumer side. She combines the knowledge of integrated marketing approach through lead generation programs, digital activities, marketing analytics, events and can provide a full view on how to integrate marketing function across the company and in the business strategy. After finishing her Master’s Degree in Slovenia and Spain Tina has gained international marketing experience at Intel Corporation and has now been driving commercial marketing programs for the past 3 years at VMware in Munich.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Daniel is a Senior Digital Marketing Strategist with extensive 15 years of experience in leading development and implementation of digital marketing programs. He is successfully assisting companies and Start-ups to leverage off their customer base in order to gain new clients and greater loyalty through sophisticated digital interaction. International agency involvement, Google, Y&R and client-side marketing experience. Expert knowledge in using “Lean principles” to provide solutions that are intuitive and which enable companies to realize their full potential. Proven ability in organizations at a senior leadership level and experienced in start-ups to move into operational business.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Dima leads the startup and community engagement efforts in Germany for SAP.iO Fund and Foundries. She's been part of the Berlin startup ecosystem since 2012. Her background in business development, social media content marketing, and journalism make her a triple threat.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Philipp is a psychologist with a specialization in cognitive and visual information processing. At eye square he is COO & partner and responsible for product development and implicit market research in the fields of shopper user and brand experience. Philipp is teaching marketing psychology and is expert it neuromarkting.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Kate has been working as an agile IT project manager in variety of industries since 4 years and knows how to manage successful product development and lead the teams. As a founder of 2 service startups and local community leader , she provides a valuable insights in to structuring the team, promoting and selling your product as well as building up your company processes.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Philipp has been in the startup arena for over 15 years and founded several ecommerce ventures. Now he’s responsible for new business models at Wirecard AG - a global operating fintech company.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
László has been in international marketing and sales since 9 years. He leaded the international marketing and sales of 5 own startup projects, and leaded or still leads as external business development manager and salesman the international marketing and sales of 50 different companies from Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. He has marketing and sales experiences with the German, Austrian, Swiss, Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Spanish, US and Latin American markets. He can help the startups with market analysis, marketing and sales strategy, business development, networking, lobbying and international sales.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Thorsten has 10+ years of experience in entrepreneurship & innovation. He has built up and is still running Fraunhofer Venture's company building activities. Hence, his expertise with regard to startups lies in various verticals, but especially on this startups with a scientific background. Before joining Fraunhofer, Thorsten co-founded two startups himself, worked as an innovation consultant and did his PhD on business model design. Thorsten is a business e engineer by training.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Noah works for seedandspeed the early stage venture capital firm of Carsten Maschmeyer. Prior to that Noah worked to Rocket Internet and Co-Founded Veecee Berlin, a initiative to bring together like minded people in the VC sector in Europe.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
6+ years experience with startups, entrepreneurs, investors & business angels in both hard- and software. I am looking forward to pass on my experiences to help founders and startups to turn great ideas into great businesses.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Robert is responsible for managing a portfolio of early stage and mature ventures. He ensures the portfolio companies are well funded and supports the entrepreneurs in a business model and service design, business development and operational initiatives. He has a professional background in consulting where he managed projects in telecom, insurance as well as industrial and consumer goods. Robert has worked on international assignments in North America, Asia, and Europe. He holds an MBA in “Innovation and Business Creation” from the Technical University of Munich and a Bachelor of Arts in “East Asia Management” from Cologne Business School.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Emmanuel has co-founded two start-ups and successfully initiated several projects with social benefits. He currently works as an investment professional in a hedge fund. In parallel, he consults VCs, scouts for potential investments and coaches intra-/entrepreneurs. Emmanuel will support start-ups in the framework of the Future Home Accelerator program organized by BSH when it comes to custumer value, internal friction and resource acquisition and allocation.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Andrea has been more than 25 years in international management and finance. At BSH she filled a number of key strategic roles transformative tasks including setting up and running companies. For BSH she is supporting and managing the digital business of BSH and its Startups covering all business administrative aspects. Andrea says: “The future connected homes and kitchens will significantly improve quality of life of consumers. I’m excited to work together with great people and supporting startups developing their ideas and make it a success.”CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Young-jin joined PHINEO’s impact investing practice in 2015. As a seasoned impact investing expert, he has led the development of various social/development impact bonds and started an impact investing initiative for startups that use technology as a force for good. Prior to his transition to PHINEO, Young-jin executed and managed numerous venture deals as an investment manager at 3M’s corporate venture capital unit and worked in a variety of industries as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). Young-jin holds master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering (RWTH Aachen), International Business Studies (University of Maastricht) and Politics, Philosophy and Economics (LMU Munich).CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Michael is joining BSH since 1988, starting as a research engineer and meanwhile working in various management positions at BSH on the development and production side. He is a BSH senior mentor with a broad knowledge in the home appliance industry and he's eager to share product development and production insights with you.
Nora is an attorney-at-law with more than 15 years of experience as in-house legal and compliance counsel in various industries, including FMCG and B2B solutions. She joined BSH as Group General Counsel in 2013 and is leading our global legal and compliance function as well as our Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Controls System. She keeps track of the relevant legal and regulatory landscape and provides BSH with efficient mechansims to secure a healthy risk balance for the Business and to keep our teams away from trouble. Nora says: "With certain topics, getting things right from the start is vital to the success of a business. I am looking forward to sharing my insights into the Dos and Don'ts in risk management and I am excited to work with creative minds whose ideas will shape consumers' day-to-day life at home."
Jo has been in branding, marketing & communications in various industries (sports, automotive, tech and consumer goods) for over 20 years. He has been with BSH since 2012, currently as head of corporate communications.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Janine has been in the home appliance industry since 8 years, working in various management positions at BSH with a focus on strategy & innovation, consumer insights & trend scouting as well as driving digitalization. She has a broad network within the company and an extensive industry knowledge to share with you. Continuous trend and start-up scouting enables her to bring in a holistic perspective on innovations & trends in the small domestic appliances sector as well as a strong understanding of existing and emerging consumer needs.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Dennis founded several companies in the last few years, some of which never got of the ground, others that have established as market leaders in their niche and one that was exited to a Fortune 500. This has lead him through all the possible phases a startup and its founder could possibly go through. Apart from that, he co founded the German Association of Student Entrepreneurship Associations (Gründermagnet), which now boasts more than 4.000 members. Dennis engages with student and early phase founders, as well as corporates through coaching and investment activities. His passion lies within product development, business modelling and strategic development.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Alex has been in the technology innovation space for over 20 years, spanning management consulting, corporate foresight and innovation programs, digital transformations, customer data management, and more.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Sven Schnee joined BSH over 25 years ago and was offered various possibilities to acquire broad knowledge in product marketing, brand communication, brand management, sales, leadership and change management. He also worked in BSH subsidiaries in France and Russia for many years. The last 10 years sees Sven’s role as entrepreneur heading up the global business of the luxury brand Gaggenau. Now he is leading the new Corporate Consumer Journey division at BSH. He considers this task a unique chance to lead a purpose-driven professional life. In that regard, inspiration and value orientation paired with true appreciation of human relationships are his guiding principles to strengthen the power of his organisation.
Felicitas is Full Professor of Marketing at the University of Lausanne. She did her PhD in Marketing at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and was visiting scholar at the Ross School of Management at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In her work, she explores how market-oriented companies create meaning and relevance for their diverse stakeholders. She is an expert in marketing and branding, personal branding, leadership, and change management. She trains and consults executives in the financial, hotel, and transportation sector. In 2013, Felicitas was awarded as one of the „Top 40 under 40“ by the Swiss business magazine Bilanz for her influence on the Swiss business world.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Benjamin is a Venture Capital Associate at Allianz X. He invested in and worked with start-ups across a wide range of sectors, including Industrial Tech and PropTech. His academic background is in Psychology and Management (with focus on Technology and Entrepreneurial Finance).CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
With 20+ years of experience in the Internet sector I coach and invest in Internet companies with scalable and disruptive capabilities. If it is about food-tech. Solving the Big Question on how to feed soon 9 Billion people in a healthy and sustainable way demands all the innovation we can produce. When the biggest industry on the planet gets disrupted, times will be exciting. Sweden Foodtech is at the core of this transformation, providing strategic business building for corporate partners and entrepreneurs alike.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Sophie Jonke leads the ReDI School in München and has been strategizing, roadmapping and managing the first expansion of the organisation. She is experienced in the field of communication and multi-project management in a variety of enterprises. Sophie has previously worked in both, start-up accelerators and Venture capital. She lived and worked in Shanghai, Dublin, Berlin and Munich with Corporates of the Energy- and Utility Industry, in Venture Capital and international startups.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
2 Years of Startup experience in Sales and online marketing roles. 8+ Years of Google experience in 4 very different roles from, Account Management to Relationship Management, to Media Buying Solutions (Programmatic Advertising) over to Google Cloud. Startup mentor at Google Launchpad program and Google Cloud Startup program for Bavaria. Google Cloud partner manager for UnternehmerTUM.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Tom is an emotionally intelligent designer of repeatable growth. Culturally literate and fluent in international expansion strategy. A compassionate leader with a record of success quickly mastering and applying emerging technologies. Deep expertise in the art of building startup teams and infrastructure to support them. Broad knowledge of industry trends and pitfalls. Ability to develop clear insights. Interested in opportunities to make a significant impact and to shape an organization and culture. Career: SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, CPaaS, IoT, OTT, Blockchain.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Mateo is a UX & Interaction Design consultant. He is bringing the knowledge and experience of working on products and services in finance and insurance industries and has specific interest in designing for emerging technologies.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Axel was born with telco DNA. He started as an engineer in the 3GPP/ETSI standardization and invented numerous patents. Axel has now gathered extensive know-how as a management consultant for major international telco operators and IoT industries. Axel is driving the implementation of eSIM and IoT strategies and processes. He works on the M2M and Consumer IoT business model for M(V)NOs, OEMs, Retail Intermediaries, IoT Vendors and Telco investors and the architecture of all customer related touchpoints and the right organization to transform legacy infrastructures.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
For the past 4 years, Dorothee has been leading the organizational development team at Siemens, transforming multiple teams to agile or self organized teams by mashing up various methods (e.g. scrum, holacracy, systemic concepts). She has also been the visionary and product owner of a software product visualizing the Siemens Organization from different perspectives, integrating LinkedIn profiles to enable a matching platform for people and jobs or expert requests. Dorothee’s passion is to boost people’s potential and performance; to create an inspiring environment and organization where people feel fulfilled and bring in their best.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Caroline is the founder of Oßwald HR. She sets up HR departments for startups when the founder cannot do HR anymore. She is bringing over twelve years’ worth of experience in Human Resources Management. Caroline’s expertise includes talent-, people-, performance-, and leadership management coaching. Her career began at BCG in Zurich. In 2007, Caroline went to work for BCG Munich to continue to work in the recruiting department. Caroline was responsible for hiring high-potential graduates, especially engineers and economists. In 2011, Caroline joined the Westwing Group. During the first year at Westwing, Caroline set up a team of 200 people and a basic HR strategy.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Gregarious “Greg” Narain serves as a Founder in Residence for Iterate Studio. He applies his 25+ years as an entrepreneur, product strategist, and architect to the pressing challenges facing innovative companies. Greg helps bridge the startup ecosystem by forging relationships with emergent startups, researching and evaluating growing companies, and re-shaping processes and culture for established enterprises. Greg has built and launched numerous businesses in his career. Most recently co-founded Chute (acquired by Ignite Technologies), a user-generated marketing platform. Prior to Chute, Greg was the first employee and VP Product of Klout (acquired by Lithium technologies), the leading standard for online influence.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Laurent is an expert in web acceleration and leads global scale projects in web performance and security. He won a business model competition at Infosys during his MBA at Cambridge University.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Hubert has profound experience in publishing and information services (Langenscheidt, Berlitz, juris, Wolters Kluwer) for more than 20 years he has been involved in the field of: - Development and implementation of company-specific digitalization strategies
- Initiation of transformational product development
- Development of new business models that take account of customers' changing usage patterns
- Licensing and acquisition of third-party content to round off the portfolio (text, images, sound, etc.)
- Adaptation of existing IT system architecture and backend systems to the challenges of the new products and services
Hartmut is the CEO and Co-Founder of digital adoption platform Userlane, where his vision is to make software accessible to everyone and help companies explain their services the easiest way possible. Hartmut is passionate about creating a workplace environment, where talented individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences can work together to learn, grow and make an impact on the way people around the world interact with technology.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Konstantin started out his career in marketing for a small-sized pharmaceutical company, where he managed all number-driven marketing channels (TV, print, online). Next he joined Stylight in Munich where he build the business intelligence department and a cross-functional team from scratch up until the sale to ProSieben. He is now working for his own company kemb GmbH, a mixed consultancy/project business with a strong focus on data-driven work. There he combines his learnings of marketing and business intelligence with his scientific background to help companies make better decisions.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
I'm a 32-year old, entrepreneurial general manager with more than 9 years experience in digital strategy, digital product management, data-driven online marketing, user experience (UX) and branding. Added to 30 Under 30 by Forbes in 2016.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Morgan is currently Chief of Staff at Simbe Robotics. Simbe Robotics builds automation solutions for the retail industry. Prior to joining Simbe, Morgan was Co-Founder of Founder Studio, an international consulting firm that provided strategic, operational and technical guidance to international and high-growth companies across all industries. Morgan was also the former COO of a leading technology conference that gathered 5,000+ visionaries, entrepreneurs, investors and media from 80+ countries. Morgan holds a Business Master's degree from SKEMA Business School. He has lived and studied in Europe, Asia and North America and is passionate about the impact of culture on technological adoption.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Danial heads KI labs GmbH, a member of KI group, located in Munich and Lisbon. In his day work, he works closely with the CxOs of European companies on strategy and implementation of high-impact challenges, and founding and scaling their startups. He founded his first startup in USA in 2003, and since has co-founded startups in healthcare, biotech, chemicals and logistics. As CTO of KI group, Danial is involved often in investment rounds and M&As for young startups, and supports the portfolio of the group ([https://www.ki-capital.de/en/portfolio](https://www.ki-capital.de/en/portfolio)) through executive mentorship and strategic advisory.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Patrick has started his company in the age of 20 and builded it up in the last 11 years to one of the leading companies in Germany in e-learning solutions and explanatory videos. Today the company has 60 employees in Munich and Zurich. Patrick is one of the two managing partners and is responsible for three units, Sales, Marketing and IT. Furthermore he develops the company strategy with his partner and is responsible for the implementation within his units.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Ben has been doing UX since before it was called UX and worked on hundreds of projects ranging from small businesses to large corporations in many countries in Europe and the United States. Ben became an active member of the Lean Startup Community and incorporates the methodology in his everyday UX practise. In the past year, Ben has focused on the conception and design of AI driven products. Ben is a founding partner of the design agency Revalate, which provides product and UX consultancy for tech companies, startups and corporate innovation projects.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Leo joined the corporate UX Department at BSH more than 4 years ago and is experienced with human-centered design as well as business model innovation approaches, methods and tools. Having a background is in media design and service design, he gives trainings on UX and related Topics and runs sprints as a certified Design Thinking coach.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
Stefan started his career in the IT, telco and media industry, where worked for 7 years as a consultant and manager for international corporations, investors as well as start-ups focusing on market entry & growth strategies, M&A, transformation, marketing and sales. He joined BSH in 2012 as a project leader corporate strategy before taking over the responsibility as Managing Director for BSH in Luxembourg. Currently, he is responsible for global sales within the Small Domestic Appliances division, where he drives the go-to-market transformation including sales strategy & steering, international key account management and digital sales. Stefan holds a master's degree in management as well as an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation.CONNECT ON LINKEDIN
BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is one of the world's leading companies in the sector and the largest home appliance manufacturer in Europe. To be the first choice for consumers worldwide drives the company and its employees. BSH aspires to improve the quality of life for people with its exceptional brands, high-class products and superior solutions.
The ongoing digitalization creates even more complex demands on home appliances. In order to meet the constantly evolving consumer needs BSH will transform itself from a supplier of home appliances to a company that offers personalized digital functions, services and content in addition to home appliances.
With Home Connect , BSH offers a cross-brand platform as the basis for a rapidly growing ecosystem of connected home appliances and consumer-centric services for a special future experience in the kitchen.
BSH is a trademark licensee of Robert Bosch GmbH for the Bosch brand and Siemens AG for the Siemens brand.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund.
This is the first joint accelerator program of BSH and Techstars. Together they are looking for startups worldwide with innovative ideas for the future home and its core, the connected kitchen. The accelerator is part of an open innovation approach. BSH wants to collaborate with startups in order to help them to accelerate their business models, which in return inspires us. We hope for a successful collaboration also after the Accelerator program in order boost our speed of innovation.
Applications are open to all startups worldwide which have innovative ideas and business models for the future home and the connected kitchen. At BSH, our “home turf” is the heart of the home, i.e. the kitchen and kitchen appliances. Both the home and the kitchen will change in the future ‒ hardware and services will interact. Think of how you already get digitally inspired while cooking today. You might source your groceries differently and cook differently and faster, maybe interacting with friends from California while you are in Seattle. If you have a business idea that enhances the consumer experience and fits into this picture, you will most likely fit well into our program. We do however not limit our view to the kitchen.
For more information, see the Video interview with Mario Pieper in the blog section.
In the first step, please fill out the online questionnaire in the application system in which you briefly introduce your team and the business model. Together with the Techstars team, we will narrow down the applications by mid-October to the 60 most relevant companies, with which Techstars will conduct interviews. The 20 most promising startups will be invited to a video interview with BSH and Techstars in the first half of November. We will send out offers to the ten best startups by the end of November 2018 for the first cohort. The program starts February 4th in Munich.
As core value of the accelerator we provide
For participating in the program, we receive 6% of common stock in exchange to which we will invest $20,000 into your business. This is a standard of all Techstars programs.
In addition to the $20,000 mentioned above, a $100,000 convertible note is automatically offered to all companies participating in a Techstars accelerator upon acceptance. More details will be communicated during the application process.
Techstars offers an Equity Back Guarantee.
Yes. We do expect that at least one member of your team is primarily based in Munich during the program. This benefits you because you can take advantage of the numerous learning opportunities, networking and coaching that will be provided. The BSH Future Home Accelerator Powered by Techstars is a major commitment, and we expect you to be around most of the time. However, it’s your company, you call the shots, so travelling as necessary for business or family requirements is okay by us.
No. It is your company, so live wherever you want to. Many companies do decide to relocate to the city where they went through their Techstars program because of the vast local network that they can continue to tap into once the program concludes.