Your Mentors

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October 1st, 2018

A global network of internal experts will be open to startups within the BSH Future Home Accelerator. Our mentors are chosen among the most experienced and most innovative entrepreneurial minds. Long-term mentorship and coaching will be the key to success to get the growth path accelerated.

Martin Knobloch

Martin Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer BSH Northern Europe

Martin has been with BSH for 17 years and has held positions in the company with responsibilities ranging from strategy, to product marketing and production to sales. He is currently managing director of BSH in Northern Europe and serves as member of the BSH Digital Business Board. He has a broad operational background and a strong network in the company. His prime expertise for the start-ups in the BSH Future Home Accelerator is in the fields of sales, marketing, general management and leadership topics such as building the right team and a winning company culture.

“I’m looking forward to engaging with the start-ups teams of the BSH Future Home Accelerator and to offering them my help to make them succeed in and with the accelerator. Also – and despite of living in Stockholm now – I’m proud to welcoming them to my hometown Munich!”.

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Mario Pieper

Mario Pieper
Head of BSH Digital Business Unit

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.

The startups will have the chance to benefit from our experience and knowledge, and an installed base of more than a million connected home appliances.

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Andrea Willmeroth

Andrea Willmeroth
Head of BSH Corporate Digital, Innovation / Business Administration

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.

“The future connected homes and kitchens will significantly improve quality of life of consumers. I’m excited to work together with great people and to support startups in developing their ideas and make them a success.”

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Dr. Niels Kuschinsky

Dr. Niels Kuschinsky
Head of BSH Global Digital Transition

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.

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Christian Gallitz

Christian Gallitz, Head of BSH Marketing Refrigeration Region Europe

Christian has been in the home appliance industry for 18 years. He has worked in different product Areas and functional positions in Europe and North America.

Currently he is responsible for the Refrigeration Business of BSH in the Region Europe. One of his current challenges is the transition of hardware business to the digital world.

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Kai Grassie

Kai Grassie, Head of BSH Corporate Innovation

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.

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Janine Grohmann

Dr. Janine Grohmann, Head of BSH Digital, Consumer, Innovation

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.

“Besides sharing my knowledge I am curious to explore new ideas, enjoy a fruitful learning journey together, and have the passion and persistence to bring things alive.”

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Nora Klug

Nora Klug, Head of Corporate Legal & Compliance

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.

"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."

Johannes Müller

Johannes Müller, Head of BSH Corporate Communications

Johannes (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 developing global Bosch brand communication campaigns. He currently leads BSH corporate communications.

A great company starts with a clear idea of why this company has to be there. Purpose is both, creative vigour and driving power for anything from exploring consumer value to deriving a crisp product & brand story. Jo will support you in defining this purpose as the fundamental idea for building a brand. Besides, Jo has a very large network within BSH and at our parent company Robert Bosch.

“I enjoy being inspired by new ideas and discussing the reason-whys. I ask a lot about purpose, because for me personally, this is the reason for getting up in the morning.”

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Sebastian Peters

Sebastian Peters, Head of BSH Global Supply Chain

As former youth European champion in table tennis, Sebastian learned in his early years that having success requires endurance and a winning spirit. This helped him during his 14 years career at BSH.

Started in production, he came across the fields of supply chain management and logistics at different management positions and is currently accelerating supply chain innovation for planning, factory logistics and related IT technologies worldwide.

"With my additional experience as Chief Financial Officer for South Africa and Sub-Saharan countries, I am excited to support you boosting your ideas."

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Michael Rosenbauer

Michael Rosenbauer, Head of BSH Product Division Dish Care

Michael joins BSH in 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 is eager to share product development and production insights with you.

"As adjunct lecturer at the university of applied sciences in Augsburg for technology management, I'm used to share my experiences with the next generation. Be part of my passion for engineering!"

Nico von Saurma

Nico von Saurma, Head of BSH Design Consumer Products

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.

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Sven Schnee

Sven Schnee, Global Head of BSH Luxury Brand Gaggenau

Sven Schnee joined BSH 25 years ago and acquires 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. He considers this task a unique chance to lead a purpose-driven professional life.

Inspiration and value orientation paired with true appreciation of human relationships are his guiding principles to strengthen the power of his organisation.

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