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Saturday, November 2 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Start-ups - Hurdles to Growth

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Startup ecosystems in the US and Germany differ tremendously. Within both ecosystems, founders encounter a different array of challenges, such as difficult access to capital, shortage of high-tech talents in recruiting, failing legal protection, and stigma associated with failure. This panel aims to contrast the extent to which founders face these and other hurdles within Germany and the US.
In light of the €2.1bn “Venture EU” fund-of-fund structure and von der Leyen’s plan to create a €100bn “European Future Fund” a particular emphasis will be laid on access to capital provided through governments and political institutions. Is the availability of capital really the solution to fostering thriving startup ecosystems or just a catalyst for another investment bubble?

This and more will be discussed as the panelists share their personal experiences, their view on the current funding situation, and other hurdles currently encountered by startups in the US and Germany.

Startups combine formerly siloed ideas to create new technologies and innovations. These innovations are fundamental tools to overcome existing barriers by providing new forms of communication, media, and transport.

Speakers
avatar for PIERRE GOURDAIN

PIERRE GOURDAIN

Managing Director FlixBus USA
Pierre Gourdain is the CEO of FlixBus USA and in charge of making FlixBus the #1 ground based long distance mobility provider in the country. After a successful launch on the West Coast in 2018 more than a million passengers have already used the green buses. Prior to the USA, Pierre... Read More →
avatar for LISA GRADOW

LISA GRADOW

Co-Founder of Usercentrics
Lisa Gradow is Co-Founder of Usercentrics, market leading solution in the area of Consent Management Platforms (CMP) based in Munich currently expanding to the US. Previously, the law graduate worked fordigital investment manager Scalable Capital backed by BlackRock in Legal and Compliance... Read More →
avatar for WENDY XIAO SCHADECK

WENDY XIAO SCHADECK

Investment Manager at Northzone VC
Wendy joined Northzone in 2015 and leads Northzone’s investments in Web 3. While studying for her MBA at Columbia, she became deeply enthralled in the dichotomy of roles women are expected to play without much societal support and therefore founded CoHatchery, a co-working space... Read More →
avatar for BRITTA WEDDELING

BRITTA WEDDELING

Editor-in-Chief, Bits&Pretzels
Britta Weddeling is Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels, the largest European founders festival  that connects 5,000 entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers of the startup-world. This year she interviewed Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Former Silicon... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
HKS: Stage 1