Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG based in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, is the world’s leading manufacturer of exclusive sportscars. In 2015, the company delivered around 225,000 new vehicles to its customers around the world, generating sales of EUR 21.5 billion. The company’s operating income sat at EUR 3.4 billion, making Porsche one of the world’s most profitable automotive manufacturers. Porsche founded the sportscar segment more than 50 years ago with the release of the iconic 911 sportscar. Further model lines have since followed in the form of the 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman, Panamera, Macan, Cayenne and 918 Spyder. Porsche is also setting milestones when it comes to plug-in hybrid drives: Porsche was the first manufacturer to introduce this technology in high-performance sportscars (918 Spyder), exclusive saloons (Panamera S E-Hybrid) and premium off-road vehicles (Cayenne S E-Hybrid). What’s more, with the tests on the 919 Hybrid prototype, Porsche is already achieving success working on the technology of tomorrow in the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). This technology is also set to be used in the first purely electric series-production sportscar that will be launched by the end of the decade in the form of the “Mission E”. In total, Porsche AG employs a staff of around 25,000 across the globe through 70 subsidiaries. Production facilities have been established in Zuffenhausen (for the 911, 718 Boxster und 718 Cayman) and Leipzig (for the Panamera, Macan and Cayenne). The development, design and motorsports departments are based in the Development Centre in Weissach, Germany.
Hellman & Friedman LLC, founded in 1984, is a private equity investment firm well respected for its distinctive investment philosophy and approach. Our offices are located in San Francisco, London, and New York. We raised our first institutional private equity fund in 1987. During our 25-year investing history, we have raised over $25 billion of committed capital and have invested in over 75 companies. We are currently investing our seventh fund, Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VII, L.P. (HFCP VII), with over $8.9 billion of committed capital.
Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as 'Credit Suisse'). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 47’170 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.
Deutsche Börse Cash Market offers capital seeking companies financing alternatives. When raising equity capital through shares, companies can choose to be listed in one of three clearly structured segments. For raising debt capital through issuing corporate bonds you can choose between Scale for corporate bonds or the Prime Standard for corporate bonds. Besides, companies are also offered professional expertises by Deutsche Börse Capital Market Partner.
Adyen is a technology company that provides businesses with a single solution to accept payments anywhere in the world. The only provider of a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting merchants directly to Visa, MasterCard, and 250 other payment methods globally, Adyen delivers frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store. Headquartered in Amsterdam and San Francisco, with offices across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Adyen serves more than 4,500 businesses, including 7 of the 10 largest U.S. Internet companies. Customers include Facebook, Uber, Netflix, Spotify, Dropbox, Evernote, Booking.com, Yelp, Vodafone, Superdry, Mango, Crocs, O’Neill, SoundCloud, KLM and JustFab.
CHRONEXT is the leading omni channel retailer of new and pre owned luxury timepieces with 50,000 customers over 28 territories. Founded in 2013, it offers complete transparency and security in the sale and purchasing of watches. A stock of over 21,000 timepieces - from brands including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega and IWC - each with a two year warranty - are available online and through two bricks and mortar stores in England and Germany. CHRONEXT has 130 employees including eleven watchmakers, for authenticity and quality testing, in their 250-m² watchmaking atelier.
Lakestar makes early and growth stage investments in technology-enabled businesses predominantly in Europe and the United States driven by exceptional entrepreneurs. We enjoy investing with a specific focus on business models that can achieve global scale quickly. Lakestar and its General Partners have historically invested in facebook, Spotify, Skype, airBnB, klarna, and King.com, and more recent investments include Oscar, GoEuro, AngelList, Makers Studios, Taulia and Harry’s. The Lakestar team is on the ground in Berlin, London, Guernsey, New York City and Zurich.
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of Cloud Communications for Business. Through innovative cloud technology, Vonage delivers more scalable, cost-effective and integrated communications to businesses.
The Company transforms the way people work and businesses operate through a portfolio of cloud-based communications solutions that enable internal collaboration among employees, while also keeping companies closely connected with their customers, across any mode of communication, on any device.
Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform provides tools for voice, messaging and phone verification services, allowing developers to embed contextual, programmable communications into mobile apps, websites and business systems to drive their businesses. Nexmo enables enterprises to reimagine their digital customer experiences by providing them with the tools they need to easily communicate relevant information to their customers in real time, anywhere in the world, through text messaging, chat, social media and voice.
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Pipedrive is a sales CRM platform designed to help salespeople rather than control them.
AEVI brings acquirers closer to their merchants, and merchants closer to their consumers, with an open Ecosystem that combines apps, payment services and a multi-vendor selection of payment devices. Selecting from a marketplace of high-quality apps and services, Acquirers can quickly create differentiated, innovative SmartPOS solutions under their own brands. Our centralized payments as a service platform eliminates obstacles, and helps Acquirers simplify the complex payment landscape with a single integration and access to a comprehensive suite of cloud-based, back office reporting tools for enhanced control and flexibility. We welcome Acquirers, App Solution Partners and Hardware Vendors to build on our vision of an open, collaborative payments Ecosystem unrestricted by device vendors, currencies, borders or regulations.
App Annie provides the most trusted data and insights in the market - downloads, revenue, usage and demographic data, marketing - on more than 6 million apps to help business plan their mobile strategies.
More than 50% of revenue on the app stores is generated by App Annie customers and more than 700,000 professionals use the App Annie platform every day - which is today’s indispensable reference in the world app economy.
As Berlin’s official economic development agency, Berlin Partner provides business and technology support for companies, investors and scientific institutions.
We help companies launch, innovate, expand and secure their economic future in Berlin. We collaborate with the Berlin State Senate and over 270 Berlin based companies dedicated to promoting their city.
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CareerTeam is one of Europes leading executive search agency for the digital space. As a result of our network, our standardized and data-driven search process and a growing team of more than 75 employees in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Amsterdam and Zurich, CareerTeam finds unique Executives and Talents. CareerTeam works for leading established online players such as eBay, Rocket Internet and Limango as well as for corporates during their digital transformation, e.g. Galeria Kaufhof, Klöckner and Bauer Media.
Catalonia Trade & Investment is the Catalan government organization in charge of attracting foreign investment to Catalonia. With headquarters in Barcelona and several international offices, we are offering free of charge, confidential, tailor-made services for international companies considering Catalonia / Barcelona as an investment location in Europe and services for expansion or new projects of companies already established in Catalonia.
DCMN helps digital brands to grow their business on a global scale with data-driven and creative marketing solutions. The full-stack growth specialist executes campaigns across all media with services spanning creation and production, media planning and buying, and campaign optimization with their in-house technology.
With an international team of over 130+ experts in creative, media & technology and digital business DCMN is operating across the globe. Founded by Andreas Dengler and Matthias Riedl in 2010, the company has its headquarters in Berlin and offices in Paris, London, New York, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Cape Town and Munich. DCMN counts more than 90 digital brands in its portfolio including Jimdo, eToro, Real, Secret Escapes, Holidaycheck, Com2Us, Tado, Gameloft, Outfittery and Glossybox.
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Since 1964, Egon Zehnder has been at the forefront of defining great leadership in the face of changing economic conditions, emerging opportunities and evolving business goals. Never has this been more relevant than in times when the world’s leading corporations are aiming to leverage entirely new digital opportunities. With more than 400 consultants in 69 offices and 41 countries around the globe, we work closely with public and private corporations, family-owned enterprises, start-ups and non-profit and government agencies, providing CEO and Board Search, succession planning and leadership services to help master digital transformation with the best people and the right organizational structures.
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The finanzen Group is the leading provider of marketplace technology for insurance & finance leads, operating currently in 4 European countries. We connect lead providers (price comparison websites, financial products websites) to lead buyers (independent brokers, agents, financial advisers and insurers). finanzen offers a broad product range and benefits from growing ROPO (Research Online / Purchase Offline) market.
Index Ventures is an international venture capital firm that backs the best and most ambitious entrepreneurs in Europe, the US and Israel, across all company stages, from seed to venture to growth. These leaders are building truly transformative companies that are reshaping the world around us, including Adyen, BlaBlaCar, Dropbox, Deliveroo, Dubsmash, King, Squarespace, Sonos, SoundCloud and Supercell – among many others. Find out more about the Index family at www.indexventures.com and @indexventures.
Kreditech Group’s mission is to improve financial freedom for the underbanked by the use of technology. Combining non-traditional data sources and machine learning, the Company provides access to better credit and convenient digital banking services. The product offerings include consumer loans, a digital wallet / payment product and a personal finance manager designed to help customers manage their credit score and plan their spending. Kreditech also offers a “credit as a service” model, allowing partners to integrate its credit products as payment method at the point of sale. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Kreditech has processed almost three million loan applications and through its subsidiaries in five countries extended 750,000 consumer loans. The company is led by CEO and Co-Founder Alexander Graubner-Müller and is financially backed by world-class investors including J.C. Flowers, Peter Thiel, and the Worldbank’s IFC.
PIABO is the leading Public Relations agency for the digital industry in Europe. PIABO has chronicled a successful track record of exponential growth scenarios with clients like Facebook, LinkedIn, Tinder, Evernote, Techstars, Yelp, GitHub, Stripe and also many European tech heavyweights like consumer electronics brand NOKIA from Paris. The core business of PIABO is to assist entrepreneurs and businesses to actively recognize potentials, identify and achieve growth targets, and ultimately own the market. The Berlin-based agency is a business performance amplifier in its function as the next-generation PR engine for the international digital industry. Founder and CEO Tilo Bonow and his team have created exceptional performance with their approach, which applies market savvy, resources and relationships to drive the success of their clients in national and global arenas. Their brand of premium PR features full-service and outstanding marketing campaigns as well as strategic social media management and content marketing.
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The Polish Development Fund (PFR) is a financial group which offers instruments supporting the development of companies, local governments and individuals, and invests in sustainable social development and national economic growth. The mission of PFR as a Polish promotional financial institution is to implement programmes enhancing the long-term investment and economic potential and supporting equal opportunities and environmental protection. For more information visit the web www.pfr.pl/en
PFR Ventures is a professional institutional investor operating in the formula of fund of funds (FoF), investing in independent VC funds. Five of our FoF are dedicated to innovative SMEs at various stages of development starting from pre-seed and seed stage, through early stage and up to growth and expansion. PFR Ventures has more than $600 million in assets under management and is the largest institutional investor in the CEE region. To find out more visit www.pfrventures.pl/en/
Smartfrog is a tech company focused on the “Internet of Things”, which is about making everyday objects more intelligent and connected to the internet, enabling the user to access them from anywhere at any time. We want the latest technologies to be affordable and user-friendly, so that our everyday lives become more comfortable, more efficient and more secure. Smartfrog has a disruptive freemium and paid subscription IoT approach enabling customers worldwide to use its SaaS services. Smartfrog has IoT users in over 155 countries.
Taledo is a curated recruiting platform connecting the top 10% of candidates with top companies in the digital ecosystem. We focus on candidates in Sales, Marketing, HR and Operations. Candidates can sign up for free in a few clicks, and are put in touch with one of our Talent Managers. Talent Managers guide candidates throughout the complete application process - from initial contact with recruiters to signing the contract and beyond. Employers get access to curated candidates via a dedicated Account Manager and to the current talent pool via our platform, thus expediting the recruiting process. Taledo was founded in 2015 by Berlin-based entrepreneurs with experience at BCG, Google, Rocket Internet and HitFox and is now serving clients ranging from DAX corporations to early stage startups.
The Official Board is a membership site that maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive database directories of global corporate organizational charts.
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Why Tenerife? is the economic development brand of Tenerife, the biggest of the 7 Canary Islands, with the objective to attract investments to the island taking advantage of its attractive economic and fiscal regime (e.g. Corporate Tax of 4%, modern infrastructures, startup and acceleration programs, excellent passengers, goods and data connectivity, etc.).