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AWD Founder Maschmeyer Heads Line Up at Startup Camp Berlin

By David Knight |

Carsten Maschmeyer, veteran entrepreneur and founder of German financial services giant AWD Holding, heads an impressive line up at this year’s Startup Camp Berlin. Also speaking at the event this Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, will be politician Brigitte Zypries – who co-ordinates Germany’s aviation and space policies – Immobilienscout24 founder Arndt Kwiatowski and Liz Wald, head of international at US crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

With more than 50 investments, Maschmeyer has become one of the most successful investors in Germany after founding AWD in 1988. He has put his money into a diverse range of companies, including early-stage startups.

“With Carsten Maschmeyer, we have gained an entrepreneur for the Startup Camp who can give participants important impetus and tips for building their own company for their own entrepreneurial path. … As an investor, he shows a flair for outstanding teams with sustainable ideas and supports them,” said Sascha Schubert, one of leading figures behind the Startup Camp.

The two-day event, organised by the Entrepreneursclub Berlin, is an ideal opportunity for young founders to meet some of the top names from the German digital world and beyond.

Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), will open the conference at the Lichtenberg campus of the HWR (Berlin School of Economics and Law) on Thursday morning. Themes such as finance, HR, marketing and sales will be on the agenda, and you can still buy tickets here.

Other speakers include Tobias Kollman, founder and CEO of netSTART, Martin Sinner, founder of Idealo, and Jens Lapinski, director of Techstars London. The 26 startups selected for the Pitch Marathon, meanwhile, will present on stage at Startup Camp on March 20.