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Startup Talks @ HPI

Imagine the most successful startup founders and investors in Germany would come to Potsdam to teach high-skilled IT students how to build a startup. HPI has made this dream come true with “Startup Talks @ HPI”.

Meet the founders of Flixbus, GetYourGuide and GoEuro, as well as Berlin’s leading startup lawyer and seed investor. Over the course of two semesters the event series “Startup Talks@HPI” will feature startup experts and founders such as Christoph Maire, André Eggert, Jochen Engert, Johannes Reck and Naren Shaam.

The speakers will address a group of selected HPI students and will give advice about making a startup a success. They will discuss entrepreneurial topics such as ideation, business and legal fundamentals, product development, marketing, sales, funding and growth. The lecture series will provide first-hand information from speakers belonging to the inner circle of the German and European startup scene.

Video recordings of the talks will be available afterwards on the HPI YouTube channel and MOOC-platform OpenHPI.

After the talks there will be an informal get-together with craft beer, snacks and the opportunity to discuss further questions with the speakers.

The event is for HPI students, staff and alumni only. The number of participants is limited.

Please be advised that photographs and video recordings will be taken at this event for use on the HPI website, social media channels and in the press. By entering this event, you consent to the HPI photographing and using your image and likeness.

Summer Term 2020

2. July 2020, 5 p.m.

Lecture IX: Startup Talk with Celonis

Marc Kinast, Vice President Global Business Development, Celonis

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Marc Kinast, VP Global Business Development at Celonis

Winter Term 2019/20

20. January 2020, 5.15 p.m.

Lecture VIII: Startup Talk with Zalando

Jan Bartels, SVP Customer Fulfillment, Zalando SE

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Jan Bartels, SVP Customer Fulfillment, Zalando SE

4. November 2019, 5.15. p.m.

Lecture VII: Startup Talk with N26

Georg Hauer, General Manager Germany, Austria and Switzerland, N26

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Georg Hauer, General Manager at N26

Summer Term 2019

29. April 2019

Lecture VI: "How to Create a Successful Brand"

Paul Stafford, Co-Founder & CEO von Design.Studio

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Paul Stafford, Founder & CEO, Design.Studio

Winter Term 2018/19

29. October 2018, 5.15 p.m.

Lecture V: "Crossing the Chasm - How Innovations Make the Leap into the Mass Market"

Patrick Brienen, Co-Founder and CRO, orderbird AG

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Patrick Brienen, Co-Founder & CRO of Orderbird

Summer Term 2018

23. April 2018, 5.15 p.m.

Lecture IV: „How to build a great product that customers love. Learnings from GoEuro“

Naren Shaam, CEO & Co-Founder, GoEuro

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Winter Term 2017/18

15. January 2018, 5.15 p.m.

Lecture III: „How to scale your operations. Learnings from Flixbus“

Jochen Engert, CEO & Co-Founder, Flixbus

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11. December 2017, 5.15 p.m.

Lecture II: „How to set-up a business and raise the first capital“

André Eggert, Partner, LACORE Rechtsanwälte (Berlin’s leading Startup Lawyer) &

Christophe Maire, CEO & Co-Founder, Atlantic Internet (Berlin‘s leading Seed Investor)

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9. November 2017, 5.15 p.m.

Lecture I: “How to go from an idea to a GREAT business plan. Learnings from GetYourGuide.”

Johannes Reck, CEO & Co-Founder, GetYourGuide

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