Erik is an experienced entrepreneur, business professional, event organizer, mentor, and startup community builder, with more than 5 years of work experience in China. Erik is aiming to build and connect global startup communities and ecosystems, promote youth entrepreneurship and drive success for startups and scale-ups. Erik has launched own ventures in the event, consulting and healthy lifestyle industries; he has organized major global startup events such as Slush, Startup Grind, Startup Weekend, Fuckup Nights and Lean Startup Machine; as well as directing the international startup accelerator Startupbootcamp in China. Being an advocate for the local and international startup community, he had many appearances at international events and conferences such as Slush, AngelHack, Pirate Summit, Startup Festival Korea, 4YFN, TEDx, Pechakucha, Tech Tour, Startup Grind, Startup Weekend and many more. Currently, Erik leads the growth at Canadian smart home scale-up Mercku, which includes fundraising, European market expansion as well as business and product innovation.