An initiative of MBA students –

WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable.

Coming up

Artificial Intelligence:
Business Model Transformation and its Impact on Consumers

Thursday, 23 April 2020 in Düsseldorf:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings new dimensions into the business value chain which forces companies to continuously transform their business models. This transformation is not just impacting companies but also consumers. As future entrepreneurs, we aim to demystify Artificial Intelligence as a technology and understand how essential it is to transform business models in order to not only gain value internally but also create value to consumers. By centering our next conference around “Artificial Intelligence: Business Model Transformation and its impact on Consumers”, we will have speakers who candidly share their experience on how they are transforming and enabling businesses to transform and enhance respective consumer experiences.


  • Daniel Oliver Augsten, Industry Leader, Facebook
  • Julius Bauer, Client Solutions Manager Retail, Facebook
  • Sacha Nikita Kraft, Client Partner, Facebook
  • Susan Wegner, VP Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics, Lufthansa Industry Solutions
  • Felix Assion, Co-Founder / Head of Research, neurocat GmbH
  • Claudio Villar, Senior Product Manager, Zalando
  • More speakers will be announced soon.

Tickets: Can be purchased at Eventbrite: Prices include Drinks & Food.

Location: The conference will be held on WHU Campus Düsseldorf (Schwanenhöfe, Erkrather Straße 224a, 40233 Düsseldorf)

Sponsor: The conference will be sponsored by Dentons (

About the initiative

What is the WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable?

The Entrepreneurship Roundtable is an initiative of MBA students from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. The Roundtable is a platform for MBA students to discuss business ideas, practice pitching and receive expert advice on startups and entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Roundtable organizes world class events to establish a network and exchange between VCs, CVCs, founders, legal experts and business professionals. In the past, we had the honor of having renowned and experienced speakers, such as

  • Ambassador John B. Emerson (former US Ambassador in Berlin),
  • Mayor Thomas Geisel (Mayor of Düsseldorf),
  • Minister Doron Abrahami (Israeli Minister for Economic Affairs and Trade in Berlin),
  • Jörg Rheinboldt (CEO of the Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator),
  • Philip Depiereux (founder and CEO of etventure),
  • Florian Pauthner (CEO of SevenVentures),
  • Kai Schmidhuber (Chief Digital Director of L'Oréal Germany),
  • Johannes Nuenning (Vice President of UQBATE - Telekom AG),
  • Dr. Mannon Littek (CEO of Katjesgreenfood) and many more.

Mobile Banks and FinTech Startups:
Transforming Financial Markets

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 in Düsseldorf:

Following the success of our event on the future of mobility in December 2018, we held this conference on the developments on the financial markets.

Once again we were able to attract an interesting line-up to offer our participants the perspective of startups, traditional banks and politicians who shared their insights. We covered upcoming trends and technologies and their impact on traditional banks, Banking Startups and InsureTech Startups.

Check out our speakers to see the amazing line up that took part in our event.


Mobile Banks and FinTech Startups: ​ Transforming Financial Markets

Shaping the future of mobility –
How will the future of mobility look like?

Friday, 7 December 2018 in Düsseldorf:

After the overwhelming success of our event in summer 2018, we went back to present a deep dive on the topic of mobility.

We have invited a number of internationally renowned speakers, including corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs and experienced investors. Our speakers provided their insights into the future of mobility. We focused on the topics of electrification, connectivity, autonomous driving, and vertical mobility. We discussed upcoming trends and how corporates evaluate these investment opportunities.

WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable '18 Dec: Shaping The Future of Mobility

Corporate venturing and innovation –
Lessons learned from startups.

Thursday, 24 May 2018 in Düsseldorf:

After a deep dive focus on US and Israel in the past years, this year we took a look at the German innovation ecosystem. What are the lessons to be learned from startups that will aid corporate innovation? Alternatively, what can startups learn from corporates?

We have invited a number of internationally renowned speakers, including corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs and experienced investors. Our speakers provided their insights into the corporate venturing and innovation scene by relating their experience in digitalisation, B2B negotiations, corporate accelerators, evaluating investment opportunities and much more!

In the second part of the event, we heared from successful entrepreneurs and investors on how they overcome the challenges of acquiring and integrating startups to boost corporate innovation. We have taken a look at deal flow generation, innovation accounting, and discuss the upcoming trends in the food industry and how corporates evaluate these investment opportunities.

Check out our speakers to see the amazing line up that took part in our event.


Fireside chats:

This event brought to campus Mr Christian Sassin, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Educaro. Coming from an internationally spread-out family with educational and professional stays across four different continents, Christian Sassin had the mindset of a truly global citizen engraved into his identity from early on. This led him to later transform his own solutions to the challenges of being an international student into solutions that are now being used by thousands. With Educaro, he is enabling apprentices, students and working professionals to pursue careers in foreign countries, matching their skill and experience with the demands of nation states that are in need of qualified workers.

Entrepreneurship Roundtable hosted Ms. Miriam Mertens, Founder & CEO of Happy Rebels as a part of our Fireside Chat series.
Miriam Mertens candidly shared her experience of starting her own venture, by quitting an Management position at a multi-national firm, to solve a crisis situation which she personally experienced.
It was great listening to how to run a digital platform with limited resources and expanding business by leveraging personal networks.

Entrepreneurship Roundtable had an opportunity to host Robert Ermich, Founder and CEO at
It was an enriching experience listen to Mr. Ermich’s journey from working for Check24 to following his passion to start his own venture to solve problem faced by everyday consumer to get the best price from the mobile operators in the telephone industry marketplace. Participants learnt about how to handle the dynamics of fund raising and expanding an venture while still keeping the values of the company intact.

Fireside Chat with Sven Lackinger, a WHU alumnus (2014) and currently Co-Founder and Managing Director of evopark GmbH.
Together with 3 former university colleagues, Sven founded evopark back in early 2014. Since
then, he has been in charge of business development and fundraising activities. In 2018,
Scheidt & Bachmann Group bought a 75% share in evopark. Sven holds a master’s degree
from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and gathered experience at Goldman
Sachs and Boston Consulting Group.

Pitch events:

The Entrepreneurship Roundtable held on October 8th its very first PitchStart!, as a part of the event StartingUp in Düsseldorf, organized by the Entrepreneurship Center.

During PitchStart! 5 very enthusiastic ideas were presented. From sustainable fashion to law coaching all to way into the pet industry and international students platform, all the future founders showed a lot of passion.

The ER goal is to provide a safe space for ideas to be presented to an audience for the very first time, and for receiving constructive feedback from the WHU community and external experts.

We are very thankful for everyone's engagement and very satisfied with the results and plan on keep promoting the entrepreneurial mindset in WHU. 

MBA students pitching their innovative ideas to the jury of VCs and Legal Experts.

Full-Time and Part-Time MBA students brainstorming their innovative ideas.

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