The UK venture capital firm Draper Esprit and the German VC Earlybird have announced a strategic partnership to share deal, investment resources and expertise to co‐invest together in high-growth European technology companies. We will talk with Ben Tompkins from Draper Esprit and Fabian Heilemann from Earlybird about the decision to collaborate, the ability to build significant global businesses of the future and that this partnership will enable further growth within the ecosystem.
Moreover, we will be hosting the Semi-Finals of our Startup Contest "Are you China Ready?" – a partnership of THero, Brinc Accelerator and Startup Grind. With the Contest, we want to help local startups to test their products/services in China and to get the help they need to expand to the biggest market in the world.
Any startup or team could apply until September 24th and now, we are hosting a Startup Pitch Night with the best 10 semi-finalist. Startups will be pitching their business idea, product or service for 2 minutes in front of a jury of investors. The judges will choose the three winning startups of the night that will be flown in to Guangzhou, China for the Final Pitch Contest.
Two decades+ experience working with Europe's leading technology entrepreneurs and their investors. Involved in 120+ tech company exits, fund raisings and investments as an adviser, seed investor and VC. Currently Partner at Draper Esprit, one of the largest and most active VC firms in Europe, helping entrepreneurs build ground-breaking technology companies with portfolio companies such as TrustPilot, Transferwise, Verve, Premfina, Graze and Lyst.
Dr. Fabian Heilemann is a digital serial-entrepreneur and early stage VC investor from Berlin. Fabian started his first business as a teenager in 2001 and was a co-founder of seven companies since, including the couponing platform DailyDeal which he and his brother Ferry sold to Google Inc. in 2011.
Fabian's investment track record includes > 35 early stage investments (Seed / Series A) since 2011 with a focus on SaaS, Platforms and Logistics&Mobility. He joined Earlybird as a Managing Partner in 2016 and leads the logistics-technology practice of the firm. He holds board-seats at Everoad, Allthings and FreightHub and is an early investor in McMakler, DiviMove, Eyeota, Test.io.