grow – Heimat for Start-ups
grow – Heimat for Start-ups

Mentors
and Partners

More than anything else in an entrepreneurial life, we strongly believe it’s about having people around us and our Start-up teams that already experienced what it means to act as an entrepreneur. This is why we build on mentoring as key success factor. Our partners help us on how to establish ourself as a dynamic platform for innovation.

Mentors
Georg Hänsel

Georg Hänsel is a coach and mentor. 13 years ago he started with the support of entrepreneurs and start ups. So far, he has accompanied about 35 startups. to some he participates. He works with bwcon in various capacities as a consultant and coach. Previously, he was CEO at IBM Global Services GER (6Y) and before that CEO and shareholder of Taylorix AG (12Y). In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, he has worked intensively with systemic concepts and organizational issues. The focus is on the people and issues of the founder success with its Environment.

Klaus Haasis

Klaus is an international innovation coach, trainer, mentor and business angel. He holds degrees in media engineering and journalism and is a certified Systemic Coach DBVC and Counsellor GwG, Scrum Master and Effectuation Expert. Klaus was for 18 years founding CEO of MFG Public Innovation Agency Baden-Württemberg, one of the leading innovation agencies in Europe fostering Creative Industries, Media and ICT. He is now investing in startups and small and medium sized companies and collaborates with incubators and accelerators like Hanse Ventures in Hamburg or build it in Tartu / Estonia. He serves as a Director in the Board of TCI – the global network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation in Barcelona. Klaus held a number of key leadership positions such as at the private television network SAT.1 and Hoechst AG, one of the biggest chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the world in the 80th. He lives in Stuttgart and Rom.

Alexander Marten

Alexander is a German born and US educated serial founder and business angel who got his MBA in Germany and Juris Doctor in the US. While working as a lawyer in M&A and IPOs he founded and co-founded seven startup companies in Germany and the US and raised several million USD in venture capital along the way. These startups were active in different areas e.g. eCommerce, connected cars, big data, etc. and regional markets. After some good exits and one insolvency he is now an early stage investor in tech companies and advisor to E.ON on early stage investments and company incubation.

Manfred Tropper

Manfred Tropper started his entrepreneurial life with the age of 18 when he founded his first web design agency. Since more than 10 years he is the founder and CEO of mantro.net, the innovation company. Through the incubator of mantro.net he has gained a lot of experience in the field of mentoring following the up rise of their startups. Furthermore he has been a Mentor in the Founders Institute in Munich. Manfred is an inspiration, advisor and support for the startups in the BOSP, especially in the area of methods (lean startup). Yet in addition he is determined to set a focus on the compatibility with corporates.

Winfried Richter

Winfried as former decision-maker in the conventional industry (amongst others TRUMPF and Felss) and now as Start-up Entrepreneur feels at home in both worlds and therefore connects the terms “Corporate” and “Start-up” inherently. To set a course, to lead in uncertainty and to develop new business areas are the things that excite him. That is where his self-image as “entrepreneurial mountain guide” comes from.

Adrian Thoma

Adrian is Serial Entrepreneur who founded and established amongst others the worldwide successful explainer video specialist simpleshow. As national representative of the “Bundesverband Deutsche Startup e.V.” Adrian is getting involved in a vital Startup-Community and in the revitalization of a pioneering spirit in Baden-Württemberg that once was initiated by “Hardware-Startups” with Bosch. The Bosch Start-up Platform now is resuming this spirit

Partners
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (KNUTD) Helmut Kohlert
University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen

Dr. Helmut Kohlert is Professor of Business Management at the University of Applied Sciences Esslingen, Germany. Dr. Kohlert holds the diploma degree in economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and the doctor’s degree from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has been honored with a Dr. h.c. from Kiev National University of Technology and Design, Ukraine. He serves as a consultant and trainer to numerous companies and organizations in the fields of industrial marketing, international marketing, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Kohlert was the head of the Esslingen MBA program for engineers for many years, also in international Joint Ventures with other foreign universities and companies. He also develops training programs for engineering managers. Dr. Kohlert is author of numerous books such as “Marketing für Ingenieure”, “Entrepreneurship for Engineers”, articles and studies such as “Germany’s Entrepreneurial Engineers” (empirical study).

Jens Kenserski
CEO at pulsmacher GmbH

Jens Kenserski started his company pulsmacher together with Jochen Schroda in 1999, at the age of 23. As the CEO of one of Germany’s most creative agencies his aim is to create “great moments that last for a lifetime” (www.pulsmacher.de). In his career he has developed and executed countless strategies for companies to excel in a competitive market environment – be they start-ups or well-known brands. Jens has been advising BOSP on how to establish itself as a dynamic platform for innovation. In his theoretic work, Jens focusses on the “the future of work” and how to transform the concept of “work-life-balance” into “life-balance”.

Johannes Büchs
Journalist and television presenter

Johannes is a host for children’s television programs. He has his own show called “Kann es Johannes?” on KiKA – the number one children’s channel in Germany and he works for “neuneinhalb” and “Die Sendung mit der Maus”. He also took part in the train-the-trainer program at the ARD.ZDF Medienakademie. As somebody with a lot of screen time and a very special passion for storytelling, he supports the start-up teams of the BOSP with presentation and media training. He builds key communication skills to help people spread their ideas and passion for their businesses. For more information visit www.johannesbuechs.de.

Marvin Eichsteller
MJPE Design

Marvin Eichsteller graduated in media management at Stuttgart Media University – Hochschule der Medien in 2017. Between 2014 and 2017 he has been hired as a freelance website designer (MJPE Design), his major fields of experience being WordPress , SEO & Social Media Marketing. He supported and advised Robert Bosch Startup Corp. in the development and implementation of their website. Since March 2017 he has been working as an IT Professional for ALDI SÜD, where he operates parts of their web applications as a project manager. During his studies he worked at the management consultancy Detecon International and supported them in the development of microsites. He integrates his knowledge as a ‘digital native’ in his projects and manages to give customers – in addition to their websites – another stage by integrating the social media world. A major field of competence is setting up personal branding strategies, using a variety of web and social media tools and platforms – at Detecon International he advised the executive partners as well as 50 consultants in improving their personal visibility in the digital media.

Prof. Harald Eichsteller
Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart

Prof. Harald Eichsteller has changed sides after 20 years as a manager on the business side, in consulting, agencies and media corporations. In 2003 he accepted a call as a professor for international media management and started teaching at the prestigious Stuttgart Media University – Hochschule der Medien (HDM) in Stuttgart. His experience with Siemens businesses worldwide, as Chief Strategy Officer of RTL Television in Cologne as well as Managing Director for Strategy and Online in the Aral Group, he brings into his lectures at the Stuttgart Media University as well as into hier European activities in consulting and advisory board activities. In its role as a managing director of the transfer and training company of HdM since 2014 he supports the strategic aim of HdM to bring together the resources of the university and the potentials of a big future market.