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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.

What 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.





Artificial Intelligence


Cyber Security

Autonomous Traffic / E-Mobility


Cocktail Reception –  Conference Day – Club Night – Tech Breakfast

The hottest start-ups in relevant tech sectors will present themselves in our GrowthCon pitch battles on day 1 of GrowthCon 2018. Winners of the pitch battle get the chance to meet our speakers and sponsors in a personal setting at the speakers’ dinner and join a panel on our conference day to present themselves to the audience.

We close the first day with a cocktail reception for all participants. We look forward to a relaxed evening with cocktails, finger food and great networking.

› 08:00 – Open Doors / 09:00 – Opening Keynote
CONFERENCE @ Klassikstadt Frankfurt

GrowthCon is not only to provide a platform of networking, mingling founders, digital leaders, investors and corporates into an inspiring crowd, but offers a deep dive into the relevant topics of today’s tech business and entrepreneurs. Joining us on stage, many well known investors and founders will discuss the hottest trends and give a picture of newest developments.


Leaders in politics and business discuss the requirements and best prerequisites to profit from digital transformation.


Deep dive into today’s and tomorrow’s technology hotspots, presenting high calibre panels, workshops and use cases.

Once again, GrowthCon will host its Club Night at Gibson Club, the hottest nightlife location in town. Our Guests may rock to beats of Urban Club Band, Gibson’s extraordinary life band, featuring many well known artitsts.


TECH BREAKFAST @ TechQuartier Frankfurt

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






Selected speakers of GrowthCon 2017

Andreas Schwend

AdTech-Panel at GrowthCon17

Andreas Schwend, born in 1968, studied industrial engineering in Stuttgart and worked as a technical project manager in the field of IT organization.

    Andreas Thümmler

    Welcome note & Closing keynote at GrowthCon17

    Andreas Thümmler founded “CFP” in 1998 that merged with ACXIT Capital Management in 2015 to form ACXIT Capital Partners.

      Aurore Belfrage

      VC-Panel at GrowthCon17

      Aurore Belfrage is a tech-geek-entrepreneur, angel investor, startup coach, social media marketer, speechwriter.

        Benjamin Heimlich

        AdTech-Panel at GrowthCon17

        Benjamin Heimlich is managing editor of VentureCapital Magazin.

          Christian Angermayer

          FinTech Panel at GrowthCon17

          Christian Angermayer (36) is a serial entrepreneur and investor born in Germany and based in London.

            Christian Claussen

            VC-Panel at GrowthCon17

            Christian joined VENTECH/Paris in 2013 as the firms fourth Equity Partner with the mission to spearhead the investment activities in the DACH region.

              Christian Kleinsorge

              AdTech-Panel at GrowthCon17

              Christian Kleinsorge, CEO Ingenious Technologies, works in the Online Business since over 15 years.

                Christian Sauer

                AdTech-Panel at GrowthCon17

                Christian Sauer founded Webtrekk GmbH in 2004 alongside co-founder and CTO Norman Wahnschaff and remained until June 2017 the CEO of the company.

                  Christophe Hocquet

                  “Deals across the Rhine” at GrowthCon17

                  Christophe Hocquet is a passionate entrepreneur. He started his career as an assistant to the Board at Bertelsmann.

                    Daniel Gutenberg

                    Unicorn or living dead? at GrowthCon17

                    Daniel Gutenberg – super angel investor, venture capitalist and unicorn hunter in the investment industry.

                      David Boles

                      Case Study „trivago’s NASDAQ IPO" at GrowthCon17

                      David Boles is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and advises clients in the areas of international capital markets and securities regulation.

                        Dr. Alex von Frankenberg

                        VC-Panel at GrowthCon17

                        Dr. Alex von Frankenberg is Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds, responsible for hardware and software investments.

                          Dr. Daniel Röder

                          Pulse of Europe at GrowthCon17

                          Dr. Daniel Röder is one of the initiators of the civilian movement Pulse of Europe which was launched in late 2016.

                            Dr. Gunjan Bhardwaj

                            Opening Panel AI/Deeptech at GrowthCon17

                            Gunjan is the Founder and CEO of the Innoplexus group. He earlier worked at BCG and EY.

                              Dr. Marcus C. Funke

                              Case Study „trivago’s NASDAQ IPO“ at GrowthCon17

                              Marcus Funke is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Latham & Watkins advising clients in all aspects of securities and corporate law.

                                Dr. Markus E. Krüger

                                FinTech Panel at GrowthCon17

                                Markus Krüger is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Frankfurt office and co-leads the German team of the firm’s global Financial Institutions Group.

                                  Dr. Michael Hoppe

                                  Steps for Children at GrowthCon17

                                  Social entrepreneur/consultant-founder of foundation steps for children Founded his own market research company during his studies.

                                    Dr. Regina Engelstädter

                                    “Deals across the Rhine” at GrowthCon17

                                    Dr. Regina Engelstädter is a partner in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Frankfurt office.

                                      Fabien Dombard

                                      Cybersecurity Panel at GrowthCon17

                                      For the past twelve years Fabien Dombard has been exploring the info-security arena with consistent curiosity and appetite.

                                        Gerald Hörhan

                                        FinTech Panel at GrowthCon17

                                        Gerald B. Hörhan is an Austrian investmentbanker, real estate investor, author and online entrepreneur.

                                          Hannah Klose

                                          Moderation at GrowthCon17

                                          Hannah loves to be a host! She has been moderating conferences such as the DLD, Bits & Pretzels, 48forward and Digility.

                                            Hanns-Bertin Aderhold

                                            Opening Panel AI/Deeptech at GrowthCon17

                                            Hanns-Bertin Aderhold is founder and managing director of Cobrainer.

                                              Hans-Christian Boos

                                              Opening Speech AI & AI/DeepTech Panel at GrowthCon17

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

                                                Jan Andresen

                                                Cybersecurity Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                Head of Engagement, Cyber Innovation Hub, German armed forces (Bundeswehr).

                                                  Jean-Luc Cyrot

                                                  “Deals across the Rhine” at GrowthCon17

                                                  Jean-Luc Cyrot co-founded TIME for Growth in Paris in 2009 and is acting as Partner.

                                                    John Butler

                                                    FinTech Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                    John Butler has over 20 years experience in international finance.

                                                      Jörg Binnenbrücker

                                                      VC-Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                      Jörg is managing partner at Capnamic Ventures. He is co-creator of the multi-company fund.

                                                        Kai Herzberger

                                                        AdTech-Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                        Kai Herzberger is heading the eComm & Transformational Retail team of Facebook for the DACH & EMEA region.

                                                          Laurent Mouflin

                                                          “Deals across the Rhine” at GrowthCon17

                                                          Laurent Mouflin worked for 5 years within investment funds in France and England.

                                                            Marc Bernegger

                                                            FinTech Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                            Aged 20, Marc founded and he is a founder of amiando.

                                                              Markus Vervier

                                                              Cybersecurity Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                              Markus Vervier is a security researcher from Germany and head of X41 – one of the top security startups in Germany.

                                                                Martin Micko

                                                                Opening Panel AI/Deeptech at GrowthCon17

                                                                Martin Micko is an experienced manager, who has been working in leadership positions at IBM, Sony or EMC².

                                                                  Matthias Kröner

                                                                  “Deals across the Rhine” at GrowthCon17

                                                                  Matthias Kröner is spokesman of the Fidor Bank AG board since January 2009.

                                                                    Mehrdad Piroozram

                                                                    FinTech Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                                    Mehrdad Piroozram is the founder and general partner at

                                                                      Michael Brehm

                                                                      VC-Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                                      Michael is a serial tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Redstone.

                                                                        Michael Schatzschneider

                                                                        “Deals across the Rhine” at GrowthCon17

                                                                        Michael (Euronext) has wide experience in corporate finance and worked at i.a. at BHF, Commerzbank

                                                                          Oliver Mahr

                                                                          “Deals across the Rhine” at GrowthCon17

                                                                          Oliver is Investment Manager at Deutsche Börse Venture Network to build a strong, international network of high-growth companies and top investors.

                                                                            Peter Jaeger

                                                                            Opening Panel AI/Deeptech at GrowthCon17

                                                                            Peter Jaeger was born in Hamburg, Germany, and formed a career as information scientist and business economist.

                                                                              Rudolf Scharping

                                                                              Cybersecurity Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                                              Rudolf Scharping, born in 1947, from 1975 until 2005 served on important political positions.

                                                                                Stephan Kress

                                                                                Cybersecurity Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                                                Stephan Kress is a lawyer in the Frankfurt office of Latham & Watkins and member of the global Technology Transactions Group.

                                                                                  Thomas Bieri

                                                                                  Cybersecurity Panel at GrowthCon17

                                                                                  Tom has worked for the last 20 years in corporate finance / investment banking, starting in 1997.

                                                                                    Tobias Schrödel

                                                                                    Live Hack at GrowthCon17

                                                                                    Tobias is maybe the „first IT-Comedian“. He explains technical vulnerabilities and correlations in a way, everybody can understand.

                                                                                      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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                                                                                            Sponsors & Partners

                                                                                            These awesome companies supported us in 2017.

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                                                                                            Venues & Hotels


                                                                                            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)

                                                                                            For accomodation we have reserved special contigents for GrowthCon participants at various Frankfurt hotels.

                                                                                            MotelOne Frankfurt East – Side

                                                                                            Single room incl. breakfast
                                                                                            Booking code: GrowthCon
                                                                                            This contingent is valid until 4th April 2018

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                                                                                            MOXY Frankfurt East

                                                                                            Single room incl. breakfast
                                                                                            Booking code: GrowthCon
                                                                                            This contingent is valid until 1st April 2018

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                                                                                            Hilton Frankfurt City Centre

                                                                                            Single room incl. breakfast
                                                                                            Booking code: GrowthCon
                                                                                            This contingent is valid until 21st March 2018

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                                                                                            Villa Kennedy

                                                                                            Single room excl. breakfast
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                                                                                            This contingent is valid until 4th April 2018

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