GrowthCon 2018 Trailer

Business meets Innovation

Get in touch with influential minds.

What is GrowthCon?

The 7th GrowthCon will take place from 8th to 9th May 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, and this time, we will shine a light on Asian Tech Giants and their significance for the tech scene in Europe.

GrowthCon does not only provide an inspiring platform for networking for more than 800 founders, digital leaders, investors and entrepreneurs, but also offers a deep dive into the relevant topics of today’s tech world. Joining us on stage, many well known international tech-leaders, investors and founders will discuss the hottest trends and provide insights into the latest developments.

Networking Inspiring Keynotes Business Speed-Dating Tech Investors Talent Platform Controverse Panels Deep Dives Digital Leaders Access to Tech Startups

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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The Future of European Tech

Reinforcing Power or Lost Between Asia and US?



8th MAY 2019

Check In & Lunch


Welcome Note




Pitch Battles I – Early Stage






Pitch Battles II – Growth Companies

Invitation only

Speakers' Dinner


Cocktail Reception


9th MAY 2019

Open Doors


Welcome Note


Opening Keynote








Pitch Battles III – Late Stage


Lunch Break








Tea Break




Closing Keynote


Dinner Buffet


After Party


You would like to share your knowledge and passion on our stage?
Please let us know here: Speaker Application

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.

                                                                                                      Toby Lewis

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

                                                                                                        What people say

                                                                                                        GrowthCon offers the opportunity to interact with like-minded people and discuss the latest tech and entrepreneurial challenges. GrowthCon is an event not to be missed if you want to be at the relevant events taking place in Germany.
                                                                                                        Paul JozefakManaging Director Otto Group Digital Solutions
                                                                                                        GrowthCon for me is what’s needed most in Germany – growing companies, growth capital and growth know-how. I am here to provide a solution!
                                                                                                        Eran DavidsonFounder & Managing Partner Davidson Technology Growth Debt
                                                                                                        GrowthCon unites expert knowledge and investors under one roof – as a start-up, you are able to test your ideas and do business at the same time.
                                                                                                        Dr. Sven J. KörnerCEO ThingsTHINKING
                                                                                                        At GrowthCon, the slogan “meeting influential minds” is more than a claim on the website. Exchanging thoughts on well-selected topics in an inspiring atmosphere makes GrowthCon unique.
                                                                                                        Benjamin ErhartPartner UVC Partners

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