WHU Venture Capital Speakers Series

The Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation organizes the WHU Venture Capital Speaker Series in connection with the Chair's Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance Courses, which run in both Spring and Fall.

The series brings prominent insiders from venture capital community to WHU to share their insights and experiences and to discuss topics of interest. Speakers cover multiple facets of venture capital, such as investment strategies and process, financial returns, fundraising, term sheets, current market trends and challenges and emerging business models. 

These sessions are open to everybody. They are held in English. No registration is necessary.

If you would like email notification about the lectures, sign up here!

NOTE TO WHU ALUMNI & STUDENTS ON THE DUSSELDORF CAMPUS:

In response to requests from alumni and students from the Dusseldorf Campus, we regularly bring these talks to you through the live webstream.

Instructions

  • To join the Speaker Series, please follow this link: Join Speaker Series  
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  • Please enter your full name. You will enter a waiting room from where you will join the Speaker Series when it starts.

SAMULI SIRÉN

Managing Director

Redstone Digital

Title: TBA

Date:  November 23, 2017

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: IP-C-101 (Vallendar)

DR. CHRISTIAN SALLER

General Partner

Holtzbrinck Ventures

Title: Value Creation in Venture Capital

Date:  September 21, 2017

Time: 18.00-19.30 (Fireside)

Room: 4.2.09 (Dusseldorf)

ANDREAS DEMMEL

Director

Aztec Financial Services (UK)

Title: VC Fund Management: Operational and Legal Challenges 

Date:  September 21, 2017

Time: 10.00-11.30

Room: 4.2.09 (Dusseldorf)

CHRISTIAN MIELE

Junior Partner & VP

e.ventures

Title: Reflections on Venture Capital

Date:  April 26, 2017

Time: 12.00-13.15

Room: 4.2.09 (Dusseldorf)

DAVID ZIMMER

Managing Director

Coparion

Title: TBA

Date:  October 6, 2016

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: D001 (Vallendar)

Das Logo von Digital Health Ventures.

GUIDO HEGENER

Managing Partner

Digital Health Ventures

Title: "Building a VC Firm" – Entrepreneurial Challenges of Institutional Startup Investors

Date:  February 18, 2016

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: G003 (Vallendar)

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JÖRG BINNENBRÜCKER

Managing Partner

Capnamic Ventures

Title: How to Pitch Effectively

Date:  November 19, 2015

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: TBA (Vallendar)

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DR. MICHAEL NETTERSHEIM

Investment Manager

BASF Venture Capital GmbH

Title: Insights into Corporate Venture Capital: BASF Experience

Date:  October 15, 2015

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: G003 (Vallendar)

DR. KLAUS STÖCKEMANN

Managing Partner

Peppermint Venture Partners

Title: Feast and Famine of Venture Capital

Date:  September 10, 2015

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: E102 (Vallendar)

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JAN NILS BORGSTÄDT

Head of European Ventures

Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI)

Title: Challenges in Corporate Venture Capital and What's Next for BDMI

Date:  February, 4 2015

Time: 10.00-11.15

Room: G003 (Vallendar)

JOHANNES VIRKKUNEN

Head of ICT Investments

European Investment Fund

Title: Value Creation in Venture Capital

Date:  September 21, 2017 (Fireside)

Time: 18.00-19.30

Room: 4.2.09 (Dusseldorf)

NICOLAS BRAND

Partner

Lakestar

Title: Making Successful Late-Stage Investments

Date:  November 24, 2016

Time: 18.00-19.15

Room: 4.2.09 (Dusseldorf)

DR. ULRICH W. SCHIEFER

Managing Director (Former CEO, Porsche Engineering Group Holding)

AtTrack Gmbh

Title: Competing on Innovation in Emerging Industries: Can the 24h of Le Mans Provide Lessons Learned on that Behalf?

Date:  November 17, 2016

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: IP-C-001 (Vallendar)

ANDREAS KÖHN & CLAUDIUS BRAMBACH

Investment Managers

Daimler Mobility Services (Corporate VC)

Title: How To Build the Future Mobility Leader

Date:  September 29, 2016

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: E102 (Vallendar)

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DIRK SASSMANNSHAUSEN

Senior Controller

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH

Title: Aspects of Fund Controlling in a VC Firm

Date:  January 21, 2016

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: E103 (Vallendar)

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DR. NIKLAS DARIJTSCHUK

Senior Vice President, Corporate Controlling and Strategy

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Title: Corporate Venture Capital at Bertelsmann

Date:  November 16, 2015

Time: 15.30-17.00

Room: C102-03 (Vallendar)

Smart Start, KPMG`s team for successfully starting start-ups.

STEFAN KIMMEL

Senior Lawyer, KPMG Smart Start Team Berlin

KPMG Law

Title: Venture Capital - A Legal Journey from Founding to Exit

Date:  October 8, 2015

Time: 14.00-15.15

Room: G003 (Vallendar)

DIRK KOHLEN

Managing Partner

eCapital Entrepreneurial Partners AG

Title: Why High-Tech Investments in Germany Make Sense

Date:  February, 18 2015

Time: 10.00-11.15

Room: G003 (Vallendar)

MICHAEL WIESER

Senior Investment Manager

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH

Title: Key Learnings From 380 Seed Investments

Date:  January, 8 2015

Time: 11.30-13.00

Room: G003 (Vallendar)