GrowthCon 2018 Trailer

Business meets Innovation

Get in touch with influential minds.

What is GrowthCon?

GrowthCon is a Tech & M&A Conference and offers a deep dive into the relevant topics of today’s tech business and entrepreneurial challenges. Joining us on stage, many well known investors and founders will discuss the hottest trends and give a picture of newest developments. As a networking platform, we expect more than 500 technology savvy founders, digital leaders, investors and corporates to mix into an inspiring crowd.

Who is ACXIT?

ACXIT Capital Partners is a leading international corporate finance and investment advisory firm for mid-market clients and entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. As an independent, privately owned firm we maintain offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Zurich and Hong Kong as well as strong alliances in France, China, India and the USA. Our clients are corporations, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and family offices.

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2nd MAY 2018
Check In,
Pitch Battles &




Check In & Lunch


Welcome Note

by Andreas Thümmler (ACXIT Capital Partners) and Markus Koch (Wall Street Correspondents)


Sector Pitch Battles

Moderation: Hannah Klose

The hottest FinTech + SportsTech start-ups will present themselves on stage @TechQuartier.

Apply now for the Pitch Battle!

Thurn 'N Taxis Palais

Cocktail Reception

3rd MAY 2018
Conference Day &
Club Night




Open Doors


Welcome Note

by Andreas Thümmler (Managing Partner ACXIT CAPITAL PARTNERS)


Blockchain – The next Internet?

Keynote by Dr. Alex von Frankenberg (Managing Director HTGF)


Let's get it started – Latest market data and insights into blockchain startups and ICOs as well as AI and IoT

Keynote by Toby Lewis (CEO Novum Insights)


ICOs - Party over or just the beginning?

Panel with Toby Lewis (Novum Insights) • Lukasz Musialski (IconiqLab) • Dr. Felix Hötzinger (Gambio) • Dr. Marcus C. Funke (Latham & Watkins) • Carlos Creus Moreira (WISeKey) – Moderation: Eran Davidson (Davidson Capital)


Investor’s approach to ICO – Changing parameters in perception, valuation and regulation

Panel with Laurenz Apiarius (Blockwall) • Dr. Heinrich Zetlmayer (Lykke) • Dr. Alex von Frankenberg (HTGF) • Maximilian Lautenschläger (Iconiqlab) – Moderation: Axel Schiemann (Latham & Watkins)


New Forms of Financing

Panel with Eran Davidson (Davidson Capital) • Niko Wäsche (GMPVC) • Paul Jozefak (OGDS) • Fabian Westerheide (Asgard) • Agnieszka Sarnecka (Neufund) – Moderation: Christian Hoppe


Lunch Buffet


Information, Communication, Commitment

Renowned business investigator Tamer Bakiner shares his best practices in times of digital transformation.


Evolution of AI

Keynote by Fabian Westerheide (Managing Director Asgard)


AI / Cybersecurity

Panel with Sven Körner (Thingsthinking) • Marc Wilczek (Link 11) • Jan Andresen (Cyber Innovation Hub) • Frank Niehage (FinTech Group) • Christophe Hocquet (Brille24) • Charles Fränkl (Smartfrog) – Moderation: Chris Boos (Arago)


Future of Traffic

Panel with Niclas Braun (Cargodrone) • Benjamin Erhart (UVC Partners) • Florian Petit (Blickfeld) • Christian Graf von Bentzel (Tachoeasy) • Michael Brecht (Innovation Factory) – Moderation: Christian Ramme (ACXIT)



Panel with Michael Mellinghoff (Techfluence) • Stefan Roßbach (TME) • Axel Apfelbacher (NIIIO) • John Butler (Lend & Borrow Trust) • Dr. Markus E. Krüger (Latham & Watkins) • Ankur Kamalia (Deutsche Börse Group) – Moderation: Marina Zubrod (Bundesverband Deutsche Startups)


“Finanzguru” from Hackaton to Deutsche Bank investment – disruptive cooperation to succeed

Case Study with Benjamin & Alexander Michel (dwins), Sven A. Weber (Deutsche Bank) and Dr. Markus E. Krüger (Latham & Watkins)


Sector Pitch Battles – Presentation of the Winners

Moderation: Dr. Sebastian Schäfer (Managing Director TechQuartier)


Closing Keynote

by Andreas Thümmler (Managing Director ACXIT Capital Partners)


Dinner Buffet and Whisky Tasting by St. Kilian

Gibson Club

GrowthCon Club Night

4th MAY 2018
Tech Breakfast &
IPO Workshop


Tech Breakfast

In the early Friday morning, we will host an after conference get-together for all participants, enabling workshops, break-out sessions and follow-up discussions.


Welcome Note

by ACXIT Capital Partners


360 degree IPO Workshop

How to prepare for an IPO: prerequisites, conditions, to-do’s and potential mistakes







Selected speakers of GrowthCon 2018

Christian Ramme

Christian Ramme is an investment and corporate finance professional with more than 15 years of transaction, investment and M&A experience. He joined ACXIT Capital Partners in 2014 and became Managing Director in 2016.

    Agnieszka Sarnecka

    Agnieszka Sarnecka, VP Ventures at Neufund, is responsible for building and managing the ETO (Equity Token Offering) flow, and maintaining relationships with key partners and investors.

      Alexander Michel

      Alexander founded dwins (short for “digital wins”) together with his twin Benjamin Michel in 2015. The Company specializes in transaction analysis for banks and has advised many banks in the development of big data analytics and mobile banking applications.

        Andreas Thümmler

        He founded Corporate Finance Partners Group “CFP” in 1998, a leading European Tech & Internet Corporate Finance advisor with expertise and execution in mid-cap Tech Corporate Finance advisory and M&A transactions. In 2015 CFP merged with Acxit Capital Management to form ACXIT Capital Partners.

          Ankur Kamalia

          Ankur Kamalia joined Deutsche Börse Group in November 2015 as a Managing Director to take up the newly-created role as Head of Group Venture Portfolio Management and currently heads DB1 Ventures, DBG’s strategic investment arm.

          Axel Apfelbacher

          Axel is a digital banking strategist with a liking for disruptive business models. He is Chief Strategy Officer (Vorstand) @ niiio finance group AG.

            Axel Hellmann

            Axel Hellmann is a member of the Executive Board of Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG.

              Axel Schiemann

              He focuses on financial regulation and compliance. Recently, he has advised on various ICOs both in the German market and internationally.

                Benjamin Erhart

                Benjamin Erhart is Partner at Munich based Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners (UVC Partners), focussing on Industrial Tech and Mobility.

                  Benjamin Michel

                  Benjamin founded dwins (short for “digital wins”) together with his twin Alexander Michel in 2015. The Company specializes in transaction analysis for banks and has advised many banks in the development of big data analytics and mobile banking applications

                    Brenda Gonzalo

                    Brenda Gonzalo is the COO and cofounder of Novum Insights.

                      Carlos Creus Moreira

                      Carlos Creus Moreira is the Founder Chairman CEO of WISeKey. Under his leadership, WISekey’s mission has been to continually advance and improve Internet Trust, Cybersecurity and Internet of things, and to make it easier and more secure for people to use the Internet.

                        Carsten Peter

                        Carsten is part of the Corporate Finance practice at Quirin Privatbank. He started his career in the financial markets department with BHF-BANK, over the years working in various posts related to the stock market.

                          Charles Fraenkl

                          Smartfrog CEO Charles Fraenkl is an internet and telco veteran. Prior to Smartfrog, he was the CEO of Gigaset AG.

                            Christophe Hocquet

                            Christophe Hocquet is a passionate entrepreneur, successful founder and manager and was appointed CEO of the Brille24 Group in 2015.

                              Christian Hoppe

                              Christian, former CEO of Main Incubator GmbH, has been in the banking industry for over 18 years. He has co-authored several specialist articles, edited a number of reference books, is a sought after business angel and remarkably founded his first company at the age of only 21.

                                Dr Alex von Frankenberg

                                Dr Alex von Frankenberg has been active in the world of venture capital and start-ups since 2000 and became Managing Director of High-Tech Gründerfonds in 2005.

                                  Dr Marcus C. Funke

                                  Marcus C. Funke advises clients in all aspects of securities and corporate law, particularly in the areas of initial public offerings, rights offerings, and bonds, including high-yield bonds.

                                    Dr Markus E. Krüger

                                    Markus E. Krüger specializes in complex structurings and M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the financial industry and on FinTech.

                                      Dr Felix Hötzinger

                                      Dr Felix Hötzinger began his career as an investment analyst with a venture capital company and is founder and co-founder of many fintech companies.

                                        Dr Heinrich Zetlmayer

                                        Heinrich Zetlmayer is an active investor and board member of Lykke Corp., the global trading platform based on blockchain technology.

                                          Dr Sebastian Schäfer

                                          Sebastian aims at promoting the startup scene Frankfurt Rhine-Main as one of the leading Startupand Fintech Hubs in Europe.

                                            Dr Thomas Funke

                                            Entrepreneurship has fascinated Thomas since he set up a course at university in 2008 that allowed students to start their own businesses.

                                              Eran Davidson

                                              Eran Davidson founded his seventh fund – Davidson Technology Growth Debt in 2015, the first German fund to provide growth debt to mid/late stage IT companies in Europe.

                                                Eric Franz

                                                Eric is a founder and the CTO of Cargodrone, a company that focusses on the replacement of trucks and railways in the long term.

                                                  Fabian Westerheide

                                                  Fabian Westerheide is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor with a passion for Artificial Intelligence.

                                                    Florian Petit

                                                    Florian Petit is an entrepreneur and roboticist. He is one of the founders of the start up Blickfeld. The company developed a unique LiDAR technology, that enables autonomous mobility.

                                                      Frank Niehage, LL.M.

                                                      Frank Niehage is the CEO of FinTech Group AG. He has vast experience across all segments of retail and commercial banking.

                                                        Frederic Hofmann

                                                        Frederic Hofmann is a Managing Director at ING Ventures, the €300m fintech investment fund of ING Bank, and a member of its Investment Committee.

                                                          Hannah Klose

                                                          Hannah is a natural born host! Her talent for authentic and charming moderation as well as hands on stage training is unique and empowering.

                                                            Hans-Christian Boos

                                                            Chris Boos' (Arago) mission: empowering human potential, freeing up time for creativity and innovative thinking through AI.

                                                              Holger Clemens Hinz

                                                              What I enjoy most of all is to help achieve goals for enterprises and entrepreneurs – be it a successful IPO, an effective financing of a restructuring measure or a successful bond issue

                                                                Jan Andresen

                                                                Managing Director of Engagement at the Cyber Innovation Hub of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).

                                                                  John Butler

                                                                  John Butler is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lend and Borrow Trust.

                                                                    Laurenz Apiarius

                                                                    He is the Founder & CEO of Blockwall Capital - the first German crypto investment fund focused on Distributed Ledger/Blockchain technologies serving UHNWIs, Family Offices and Institutionals to gain access to this asset class.

                                                                      Lukasz Musialski

                                                                      Lukasz Musialski is the Portfolio Director of Iconiq Lab.

                                                                        Marc Wilczek

                                                                        Marc Wilczek is a business leader with more than 20 years of experience in helping market-leading ICT companies to transform themselves, expand into new fields of business and geographies, and accelerate their growth.

                                                                          Marina Zubrod

                                                                          Marina Zubrod studied and worked in Melbourne, Stockholm, Frankfurt and London. She is building innovate products for Schufa Holding AG, ex-CEO asuro, worked in venture capital @ CommerzVentures, and has her roots in M&A for financial institutions.

                                                                            Markus Koch

                                                                            Markus Koch has covered Wall Street and the stock market for well over twenty years, and is credited for becoming one the first reporters to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

                                                                              Maximilian Lautenschläger

                                                                              Maximilian Lautenschläger is the Sourcing Director and a Managing Partner of Iconiq Lab.

                                                                                Michael Brecht

                                                                                Michael Brecht is the CEO of InnovationFactory. Michael Brecht is a serial entrepreneur with more than twenty years of experience in IT and New Media.

                                                                                  Michael Mellinghoff

                                                                                  Michael is a seasoned investment professional with over 15 years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking and fintech world.

                                                                                    Niclas Braun

                                                                                    Niclas is a founder and the CEO of Cargodrone, a company that focusses on the replacement of trucks and railways in the long term.

                                                                                      Niko Wäsche

                                                                                      Niko co-founded German Media Pool, Germany's largest independent media for equity fund, in 2011.

                                                                                        Oliver Seiler

                                                                                        Oliver Seiler has broad experience in international equity capital markets transactions, particularly IPOs, capital increases (rights issues), blocktrades, and equity-linked transactions.

                                                                                          Patrick Lowry

                                                                                          Patrick Lowry is the CEO and a Managing Partner of Iconiq Lab.

                                                                                            Paul Jozefak

                                                                                            Paul Jozefak is Managing Director of Otto Group Digital Solutions and its Company Builder Liquid Labs, where start-ups in FinTech and logistics are created.

                                                                                              Renata Bandov

                                                                                              Renata Bandov ist seit 2009 für die Gruppe Deutsche Börse tätig. Sie leitet als Syndikusanwältin den Bereich Listing & Issuer Services und verantwortet damit den gesamten Listingprozess sowie die Betreuung von Emittenten und Neukunden.

                                                                                                Stefan Roßbach

                                                                                                Stefan Roßbach is the co-founder and member of the board of directors of TME AG, as well as the chairman of TME Institute.

                                                                                                  Sven Körner

                                                                                                  Sven is a cognitive / semantic / DeepLearning / MachineLearning / NLP computing and cloud expert, an early adopter of new technologies and AI researcher.

                                                                                                    Sven A. Weber

                                                                                                    Sven is part of Deutsche Bank's New Digital Ecosystem team. He is responsible for the identification and development of new "beyond banking" solutions.

                                                                                                      Tamer Bakiner

                                                                                                      Tamer Bakiner is a business investigator, consultant and bestselling author.

                                                                                                        Toby Lewis

                                                                                                        Toby Lewis, innovation monitoring company Novum Insights' founder and CEO.

                                                                                                          What people say

                                                                                                          We would like to thank you very much for the opportunity to join GrowthCon2017 as speakers and sponsor.
                                                                                                          We enjoyed the event at Klassikstadt as well as the Speakers’ Dinner on the Eve of GrowthCon very much, especially the inspiring conversations with numerous participants of the conference.
                                                                                                          Dr. Marcus C. FunkePartner @ Latham & Watkins
                                                                                                          I would like to thank you again for the opportunity of joining GrowthCon2017 and the Panel „Deals across the Rhine“.
                                                                                                          It was a top event, where I met a lot of old as well as new faces.
                                                                                                          All in all, there is every reason to strongly recommend this event internally as well as externally.
                                                                                                          Oliver MahrInvestment Manager @ Deutsche Börse Venture Network
                                                                                                          Soon every single process in an enterprise can and will be run by an AI. Doing AI is no longer a question of being state-of-the-art. It is rather one of make or break. There’s no better place than GC to bring together people with an innovative and inspiring mindset who can and will make this change happen.
                                                                                                          Hans-Christian BoosCEO & Founder @ Arago

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                                                                                                              Venues & Hotels


                                                                                                              Pitch Battle & Tech Breakfast Venue

                                                                                                              Platz der Einheit 2, 60327 Frankfurt am Main

                                                                                                              +49 69 247 414 213 (ACXIT)

                                                                                                              TnT Thurn und Taxis Palais

                                                                                                              Cocktail Reception Venue

                                                                                                              Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

                                                                                                              +49 69 247 414 213 (ACXIT)


                                                                                                              Conference Venue

                                                                                                              Klassikstadt, Orber Str. 4A, 60386 Frankfurt am Main

                                                                                                              +49 69 247 414 213 (ACXIT)


                                                                                                              After-Party Venue

                                                                                                              Gibson Club, Zeil 85-93, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

                                                                                                              +49 69 247 414 213 (ACXIT)

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