Data Protection Policy

1. Who we are and how you can reach us

The responsible party for the processing of personal data on this website is:

HPI Seed Fund GmbH
Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 185

14482 Potsdam
Phone: +49 (0)331 5509 1342
Email: contact(at)hpiseed.de

You may contact us regarding data privacy topics at:

HPI Seed Fund GmbH
Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 185

14482 Potsdam
Phone: +49 (0)331 5509 1342
Email: datenschutz(at)hpiseed.de

2. Which data we do (not) process, for what purpose, how long, and on what legal basis

2.1. Use of our website

When you visit our website, your web browser will tell our web server your IP address to make communication possible.  It may be possible to identify you via your IP address.

Each time you access the Internet offer of the HPI Seed Fund, the following data is stored in the server log files:

  • Name of the retrieved file
  • Date and time of retrieval
  • Volume of data transferred
  • Notification of whether the retrieval was successful
  • IP address (in abbreviated form so that you are not identifiable)
  • The web address from which the file was accessed (referrer URL)
  • Information about the operating system and browser (user agent string)

You remain anonymous to us when you visit our website. This anonymous data is evaluated for statistical puposes only.

2.2. Data processing in connection with general contact

If you call us or send us a message, we need your email address, your postal address or your telephone number to provide you an answer. Instead of your name, you may use a pseudonym. We will only use this information, as well as date and time of your contact, to process your request. Your data will not be passed on to third parties by us, but only used internally by the department that is responsible for your concern. We will delete your data as soon as it is no longer needed for this purpose. As a rule, this is three months after your last contact with us. If you should have any questions, please notify us again within this three month period. The legal basis for the processing of data are Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letters b and f GDPR. The legitimate interests in processing on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter f GDPR is to fulfill your request.

Exceptions: We are required to store business and commercial letters and other tax-relevant documents in order to fulfill the commercial and tax law archiving obligations. We will delete these documents by the 31st of March of the seventh calender year following their creation and, in the case of accounting receipts, the eleventh calender year following their creation. Our accounting department has access to these data. The legal basis for the tax law retention is Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter c GDPR in connection with §§ 147 AO, 257 HGB.

2.3. Data processing in connection with job applications

We understand that job applications contain sensitive personal information.

When you apply to us, we process the information we receive from you in the context of the application process. This includes the letter of application, CV, certificates, written correspondence and information received by telephone and in person. Besides your contact information, we attach particular importance to your educational background, working experience and abilities. Without this information we will be unable to regularly determine your suitability for the position and therefore we will be unable to consider your application.

Your data will initially be processed for the application procedure alone. If your application is successful, it will be used as part of your personal file and for the purpose of implementing and terminating your employment relationship, whereby it will then be deleted in accordance with the rules applicable to personal files. If we are currently unable to offer you employment, your data will be processed up to six months after the sending the refusal in order to protect ourselves against possible legal claims, in particular against any alleged discrimination claim in the application process. Insofar, as you are entitled to receive reimbursements or any other tax-related business transaction exists (e.g., a meal invitation), the corresponding accounting documents for the fulfillment of commercial and tax-related retention obligations are saved up to 31 March of the eleventh calender year after payment. In the case of commercial and business letters and other tax-related documents, these are saved up to the seventh calender year after their creation. Initially our human resource department has access to your documents but also, as necessary, the department of the job you applied for, the legal department, and the accounting department. 

The legal basis of the data processing in the application process and as part of the personal file are § 26 para. 1 sent. 1 GDPR und Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter b GDPR, and insofar as you have given your consent—for example by sending information that is not required for the application procedure―Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter a GDPR. The legal basis of data processing after refusal is Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter f GDPR.The legal basis for the commercial and tax law retention is Art. 6 para.1 subpara. 1 letter c GDPR in conjunction with §§ 147 AO, 257 HGB. Legitimate interest in processing on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter f GDPR is the defense against legal claims. The legal basis for the fulfillment of the statuatory rights of the Works Council is Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter c GDPR in conjunction with § 80 BetrVG (German Works Council Constitution Act), § 26 para. 1 sent. 1 last clause BDSG (Federal Data Protection Act).

As a rule, we do not require any special categories of personal data for the application in terms of Art. 9 GDPR, such as health data or information about your ethical origin. We ask you at the outset not to provide us with any such information. If such information is particularly relevant to the application, we will process it along with your other application data. This might, for example, concern information about severe disability, which you provide voluntarily and which we are then required to process in fulfillment of our specific obligation with respect to the severely disabled. In this case, the processing serves in exercising the rights or in fulfillment of legal responsibilities arising from labor law, social security law, and social protection. The legal basis of data processing is Art. 9 para. 2 letter b GDPR, §§ 26 para. 3 BDSG (Federal Data Protection Act), 164 SGB (Code of Social Law) IX.

3. Voluntary provision of your data

You are not required to provide personal information to us. However, by not providing us with certain information (for example, how to contact you if you would like an answer from us), it is possible that we will be unable to complete your request. 

4. Recipients of your data

Generally, your personal data remains within our area of responsibility, except in special cases (e.g., co-operative events), in which we will then explicitly inform you to whom your data will be sent. If compelling circumstances arise, it may be necessary to pass on your data to external consultants, for example to lawyers in the case of legal disputes (legal basis Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter f GDPR; purpose and legitimate interest: the exercising, defending or asserting of legal rights). Our administrators have the possibility to access data processed by our IT department, if this should be necessary. In certain cases, we may need to disclose your personal information to third parties so that you can receive the service you want; this means to vicarious agents, for example banks and other payment service providers or to postal service providers. In certain areas, such as web hosting and email hosting, we use specialized service providers. These providers are strictly bound by our instructions through an agreement on commissioned data processing and may not process the data for their own purposes. If in special cases (e.g., co-operative events with partners outside of the EU), your data will be transferred to third countries, we will inform you of this and, if required, also separately about the legal basis and level of data protection.

5. Automated decision-making, profiling

Your data will not be used for automated decision-making or profiling.

6. Your rights

Under the relevant legal requirements, you have the right to receive information about your data, the right to have such data corrected or deleted, the right to the restriction of processing, the right to object to processing, and the right to data tranferability. In particular, you have the right to object to the processing of your data for advertising purposes at any time without incurring costs other than the transmission costs, according to the rates of your provider (e.g., the costs of an email=usually none). This applies, for example, if you have registered for an event and do not wish  to be informed about similar events. If the data processing is based on consent, you have the right to revoke your consent at any time without this affecting the legality of the processing being carried out on the basis of consent to revocation or processing on any other legal basis. If you want to exercise these rights, you can simply write to datenschutz(at)hpiseed.de or click on the unsubscribe link in any email newsletter to unsubscribe. If we call you, you can also communicate this to us directly.

You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about our processing of your personal data, for example to the supervisory authority whom we answer to: Die Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und für das Recht auf Akteneinsicht, Stahnsdorfer Damm 77, 14532 Kleinmachnow, Tel: +49 (0)33203 356-0, Fax: +49 (0)33203 356-49, Email: poststelle(at)lda.brandenburg.de.

If you have questions or requests regarding data protection, you can contact us at any time. Your contact is: datenschutz(at)hpiseed.de

7. Your right to object to data processing

Insofar as the processing of your personal data is based on Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter e or f GDPR, you have the right to object to processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR. If your objection is made for reasons arising from your particular situation, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or for the establishment, exercise of defence against legal claims. If your opposition is directed against direct marketing, including profiling, insofar as it is connected with such direct mail, we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes.

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VISENSE provides a data-driven system solution that revolutionizes the detection and analysis of machine errors in production lines. We make this possible by equipping industrial machines with the necessary hardware to record error events in production through video data. The video data is then enriched with sensor information and AI-driven data analysis. This allows machine experts to monitor machine performance at any time and analyze failure causes faster. Through our VISENSE Incident Management Platform, relevant stakeholders around the machine can monitor machine performance, troubleshoot causes faster, share insights and exploit them. This makes a significant contribution to digitalizing and simplifying diverse work processes around the industrial plant.

VISENSE emerged from a joint design thinking project of students from the Business Innovation and IT-Systems-Engineering departments of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the University of St.Gallen (HSG) in collaboration with the BMW Group. VISENSE 2020 was founded by Marvin Thilele (HPI Alumni), Pia Spori (HSG) and Christian Reich (HSG).

Adento

[Former Portfolio Company]

Adento is a tablet-based software solution for dentists. Adento helps dental practices make their patient consultations more professional and makes meeting all legal requirements for documentation easy. By integrating into existing infrastructure and improving process efficiency, Adento frees up time for dentists to focus on what matters most to them: Dental work.

Adento was founded in early 2016 by HPI Alumnus Julien Bergner, Bijan Negahbani and Simon Toennies with the mission to make dental software simpler, faster and more efficient. Adento is being used in dental practices in Berlin, Potsdam and Hamburg since June 2016.

[Former Portfolio Company]

Lana Labs GmbH developed LANA, the first software for the automated targeted/actual comparison of business processes. LANA makes it possible to quickly localize fact-based savings and optimization potential and to discover any compliance deviations. The process analytics technology supports companies in implementing a continuous improvement strategy of their processes.

LANA is based on the most current technology in process mining research. The software builds on innovative process mining algorithms and uses state-of-the-art Big Data technologies to handle even the largest data sets.

Lana Labs GmbH was founded in April 2016 by Karina Buschsieweke and two HPI alumni, Dr. Thomas Baier und Dr. Rami-Habib Eid-Sabbagh, who received their doctorates in the Business Process Technology Group under the direction of Prof. Weske.

[Former Portfolio Company]

NeXenio GmbH offers IT services as well as product development and the operation of IT applications and services in the area of cloud storage, real-time collaboration, social media analytics, and data mining. NeXenio presents a cloud solution with nexboard that combines design thinking with global collaboration and provides a unique opportunity for a shared work experience. From what started with simple post-its and went on to become integrated video transmission, neXboard facilitates the smooth interaction between, for example, product development and consulting.

NeXenio specializes in development and co-innovation in the area of high security. Together with the German Federal Printing Office (Bundesdruckerei), neXenio developed a secure cloud storage that splits all encrypted files into separate “puzzle pieces.” This innovation opens up a completely new way for companies to store their confidential data in the cloud. Additionally, neXenio specializes in scalable systems and Big Data analysis — for instance the requirement analysis of millions of social media posts.

The two founders of neXenio, Patrick Hennig und Philipp Berger, began their research work at the HPI Chair of Internet Technologies and Systems led by Prof. Christoph Meinel.

craftdrive GmbH develops koppla, the first cross-company and cross-process communication platform for the construction sector. On craftdrive information like order specifications, time tracking, reference photos and deficiency records can be exchanged in and between construction companies in real time. Using add-on modules and a marketplace approach, construction companies can customize its use according to their individual requirements.

craftdrive uses state-of-the-art technologies (e.g. GraphQL, Serverless Architecture, Flutter) to address the challenges of the conservative construction sector through process innovation. With an extremely scalable architecture, we can react quickly to constantly changing requirements.

craftdrive was founded in April 2020 by Marco Trippler, Jerome Lange and HPI alumnus Lasse Steffen, who completed his Bachelor’s degree in „IT Systems Engineering“ at HPI in spring 2020.

craftdrive GmbH develops koppla, the first cross-company and cross-process communication platform for the construction sector. On craftdrive information like order specifications, time tracking, reference photos and deficiency records can be exchanged in and between construction companies in real time. Using add-on modules and a marketplace approach, construction companies can customize its use according to their individual requirements.

craftdrive uses state-of-the-art technologies (e.g. GraphQL, Serverless Architecture, Flutter) to address the challenges of the conservative construction sector through process innovation. With an extremely scalable architecture, we can react quickly to constantly changing requirements.

craftdrive was founded in April 2020 by Marco Trippler, Jerome Lange and HPI alumnus Lasse Steffen, who completed his Bachelor’s degree in „IT Systems Engineering“ at HPI in spring 2020.

Industrial Analytics is an industrial IoT B2B vertical company with the aim to support the German industry and machine operators with digitalization. The core product are cross-linked machines and new data driven services in order to increase availability and reduce OPEX. The benefit of improved machine monitoring is not only a reduced maintenance cost through predictive maintenance but also through improved efficiency and increased flexibility as well as the prevention of unplanned downtime.

The technology is covering the whole chain from sensor to analytics (fog computing). With an edge device even sensitive data on vibrations and like structure-borne sound are detected and preprocessed. The reliability of the machine monitoring is significantly improved by the use of physical models (digital twin).

Industrial Analytics was founded in November 2017. The founders are six people who for several years worked together at a renowned manufacturer of turbomachines and AI expert Prof. Dr. Tobias Friedrich from HPI, Chair for Algorithm Engineering.

kern is aiming to build the full-stack for data-centric AI. Their first product is a development tool used by data scientists and subject matter experts to scale data labeling, a task which transforms unstructured, raw data like emails or texts into AI training data. With their application, kern reduces the effort of doing so from months to few days or even hours, while improving the data quality. Ultimately, this significantly improves the quality of AI models, while shortening the dev cycle.

[Former Portfolio Company]

STOMT develops a holistic approach for gathering, managing and automating customer feedback. By simplifying the whole process for those who are supposed to give feedback as well as the recipient, 10X more data and feedback is collected while costs for processing are reduced. Thereby, STOMT creates anonymous user profiles which are converted into real users on STOMT.com over time. Those additional customer relationships can be used to win back lost customers, to up-sell and to reduce the companies churn-rate.

STOMT makes use of knowledge and lessons learned from EWOM-research (needs of modern users) as well as advertising (priming). An own standard for feedback has been developed to create a brand for feedback as well as for gaining computational advantages. Through Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, STOMT learns the language of each company’s community and the company’s behaviour and is thereby aiming for automating the customer dialog.

The vision is to be the global standard for customer wishes and feedback.

STOMT was founded in August 2016 by Philipp Zentner and HPI-student Max Klenk.

[Former Portfolio Company]

Synfioo is a cloud service that predicts and visualizes disturbances in supply chains in real-time. In logistics, small disruptions in the supply chain can cost millions.  Synfioo makes it possible to warn shippers, drivers, and transport planners at an early stage about any disturbance and their consequences. Complementing any existing systems, Synfioo accordingly enables automated transport planning. This result means significant savings for any logistic company.

Synfioo GmbH was founded in October 2015 by three HPI alumni. Dr. Anne Baumgrass, Dr. Andreas Meyer, and Marian Pufahl, staff at Prof. Weske’s chair, were lead researchers in methods for real-time processing and the prediction of disruptions in the supply chain. The creation of Synfioo resulted from these activities and feedback from the logistics industry. Since March 2016, Synfioo has been in operation at its first customer Jan de Rijk Logistics, one of the leading providers of logistics services in Europe.

Cinuru Research offers the cinema loyalty app Cinuru for moviegoers and based on that a data driven CRM solution for the movie industry. The Cinuru app combines the benefits of a bonus card with the possibilities of a movie app making cinema personal and digital. Data analysis enables more efficient movie marketing and direct communication between cinema and moviegoer.

Based on the latest research in recommender algorithms Cinuru can segment moviegoer taste, to provide far more precise target group segmentation than traditional approaches which are solely based on demographical data and gives the movie industry valuable insights into their customer’s preferences.

Cinuru Research is an academic spin-off from the HPI and the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. The basis for Cinuru’s algorithms was established in the master thesis about predicting movie success with recommender algorithms by HPI Alumnus Paulo Ruhrländer, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner, Dr. Matthias Uflacker and Martin Boissier. The team of five has experience in data science and app development as well as in movie production and distribution and envisions a digital future for the movie industry.

Gemedico GmbH develops the first teleradiology software as a service. The entire process and the associated documentation are covered. The aim is to eliminate the currently used analog technology and the associated additional effort. Gemedico GmbH relies on a high-security data center for its services and would like to achieve high availability through its modular infrastructure. The teleradiologists are supported by artificial intelligence in the preparation of their findings in order to achieve a high level of precision even at night.

Gemedico GmbH was founded in June 2019 by Nils Blaumer and the IT systems engineering student.

David Matuschek. 

Auratikum is a SaaS solution that enables scientists funnel thoughts into intellectual innovation by providing a structured and repeatable end-to-end process for academic writing, which is influenced by Niklas Luhmanns ‘Zettelkasten’ method. Thereby making the use of different tools for reference management, note taking, writing etc. obsolete.

On one hand the product guides inexperienced undergraduate students through the process of writing their first scientific papers. On the other hand it also provides powerful tools for professional researchers to capture their knowledge in one central location which allows them to publish their research more efficiently. 

Auratikum was founded by Björn Wagner, David Eickhoff and Richard Ottinger in 2018. David and Björn are alumnis of the Hasso Plattner Institut and founded a IT-Service company before starting Auratikum. Richard is a PhD Candidate in Catholic Theology at the University of Osnabrück, where he specializes in the field of media ethics.

[Former Portfolio Company]

TalentSpace is a curated recruiting marketplace that connects jobseekers directly and efficiently with current employees at their dream companies, thereby enabling them to get personalized insights, guidance and support throughout the recruiting process.

On TalentSpace machine-learning algorithms are being used to match job seekers with current employees, based on their personal and professional backgrounds.

TalentSpace was founded in August 2017 by Marco Eylert, Jason Reich and HPI alumnus Markus Dücker.

Voize is the digital voice assistant for medical documentation. Every day caregivers and nurses spend over 2.5 hours on medical documentation. We help them finish it in minutes:

Caregivers can speak the documentation freely into a smartphone and the voize AI automatically generates structured documentation records. We transfer these documentation records into their existing electronic health record system (EHR). In this way, voize can reduce the amount of work involved in documentation and put the people in need of care in the foreground. voize makes everyday care easier, improves the quality of documentation and allows care facilities to position themselves as attractive employers.

voize was founded in February 2020 by the three HPI IT-Systems Engineering students Erik Ziegler, Marcel Schmidberger, and Fabio Schmidberger.

Carmino provides a solution for consumer and businesses that automatically tracks and analyzes data from mobility behavior.

Use cases are 1. Sustainability reporting for enterprises which need data about employee commute, 2. Driving employee engagement in sustainability with an eco employee benefit, 3. Carbon management tool for consumers who want to take climate action. 

Carmino was founded in March 2020 by Tobias Waitschies, Nick Jokič and HPI alumnus Philipp Hommelsheim.

ThinkSono have created the world’s first software to diagnose ‚deep vein thrombosis‘ (DVT) at the point of care. DVT is caused by a blood clot in the leg and is responsible for 800,000 deaths in Europe and USA. It’s the number one preventable cause of death in hospitals and costs Europe €3 Billion and the US $15.5 Billion.

Foad Al-Noor and Sven Mischkewitz met during the six-month Entrepreneurship First Program in London and founded ThinkSono in November 2016.

Sven is a Software Engineering graduate from Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Germany. Before founding ThinkSono, he worked on annotation tools for brain cells on projects for the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research. He focused on the field of Human-Computer-Interaction during his studies. Sven practices traditional Okinawan Karate for over 15 years earning himself two black belts.

Fouad has a masters in Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology from the University of Southampton and worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London before joining Entrepreneur First. He wrote his thesis on paper-based medical diagnostics using image processing. Being a multilingual, he was born in Iraq, is a Norwegian national and lived in England for over 10 years.

Datarade’s mission is to organize the universe of external data and make it easily accessible to organizations across the globe. Datarade’s platform empowers companies and data professionals to easily discover, compare, and connect with more than 1,500+ data providers across 80+ data categories. Enterprises – with hundreds of external data sources – use Datarade to track and optimize their external data spend, usage, and compliance. On the other side, the platform enables data providers to reach potential data customers and build trusted data partnerships.

Datarade was founded in Berlin in 2018 by Thani Shamsi, Florian Rösler, and Richard Hoffmann. The company is backed by High-Tech-Gründerfonds (HTGF), SAP.iO Foundry powered by Techstars Accelerator, and the Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) Seed Fund.

[Former Portfolio Company]

The Feram GmbH develops Feram, a service that finds programming errors in source code and proposes fixes.

Usually, the correction of such errors not just takes a lot of efforts and time, but errors can also introduce severe security vulnerabilities into a software and thereby cause massive damage for a company. By continuously monitoring all changes of a software Feram can can already detect errors during the development cycle and propose highly relevant improvements to developers.

The Feram GmbH was founded by the HPI alumni Adrian Sieber and Benjamin Karran in February 2017 after they had won the 4. HPI Business Plan Competition in fall 2016.

Tolga Buz

Investment Associate

Tolga has joined HPI Seed in October 2020 and is an expert in Data Science, Machine Learning, and Digital Entrepreneurship. His role at HPI Seed is focused on coaching and supporting our portfolio startups as well as preparing new teams for financing.

Tolga has studied Industrial Engineering at TU Berlin (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and has completed an additional Double Degree in Data Science und Entrepreneurship (M.Sc.) at EIT Digital Master School, including abroad studies in Istanbul and Madrid. He has focused on topics like B2C technology acceptance, project management, data science and machine learning.

During his studies, he has spent significant time with entrepreneurship and gained work experience in multiple startups in Berlin, initially in sales and operations, afterwards as data scientist and machine learning engineer. Afterwards, he has worked in management consulting for multiple years as an expert in data science and machine learning.

Frank Pawlitschek

Managing Director

Frank became part of the HPI Seed Fund management in October 2020. He is also Director of the School of Entrepreneurship at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam following the goal of supporting a new entrepreneurship in Europe through outstanding startups from the digital university environment.

Previously, Frank founded the successful Berlin-based company ubitricity in 2008, which develops solutions for charging and smart grid integration of electric cars to limit climate change, e.g. by charging at street lamps, and was acquired by Shell in 2021. Frank’s entrepreneurial spirit was sparked as a high school and college student by numerous stays in Sillicon Valley, where as a software developer he was fascinated by the open and inspiring startup ecosystem.

Before founding his own company, Frank first completed a legal education in Mainz, Frankfurt, San Francisco and Auckland (New Zealand), which he finished with a doctorate and an international master’s degree. He then worked for several years as a lawyer in leading international and national law firms, where he advised large and medium-sized companies, primarily in the high-tech sector. Since 2018, Frank Pawlitschek has been president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network (BEN). In addition, he is frequently involved as a mentor for young founders.

Annalena Lorson

Investment Associate

Annalena completed her studies in International Management (M.Sc.) at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft and gained her first experiences in the start-up industry through study projects, an internship abroad and her work as a student assistant.

After her studies, she joined Urban Sports GmbH – Europe’s leading provider of sports flat rates – as Corporate Account Manager. There she was responsible for onboarding and the support of business cooperation with a focus on Berlin start-ups and the region of Southern Germany.

Since November 2020 Annalena has been working as a investment associate at the HPI Seed Fund.

Maximilian Mense

Investment Associate
Maximilian studied law at the Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster and completed his studies with the first state examination. During his studies he worked for several start-ups and was, among other things, self-employed in the event sector.

After his studies he focused on the innovation area of legal-tech and worked as Head of Business Development for one of the leading German providers in the field of document automation, where he was responsible for sales and strategy issues in particular.

He is pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of legal tech at the University of Leipzig and researches on the digital potential of European company law.

Since December 2019 Maximilian has been an Investment Associate at the HPI Seed Fund, where he advises various teams and prepares Pre-Seed and Seedrounds.

Helena Sternkopf

Investment Associate

Helena studied International Business Management (B.A.) and Business Informatics (M. Sc.) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law with stations in Mexico, France and Cuba. During her master studies she completed the Basic and Advanced Track at the HPI School of Design Thinking and did research on data literacy in NGOs in cooperation with the Open Knowledge Foundation. After graduating, she worked as a service designer and project manager in a Berlin-based digital agency and a digital education start-up. As part of this, she developed products and programs on Open Data, Sustainable Development and Artificial Intelligence.

Since June 2021, Helena is part of the HPI E-School and is doing her PhD at the Chair of Design Thinking and Innovation Research at the intersection of Sustainable Development and Digital Innovation.

Rebecca Lepadus

Executive Assistant

Rebecca studied art history in Jena and Lyon and museum management in Berlin. During her studies, she worked at the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, where she organized the Global Social Intrapreneurship Summit, among other things.

Inspired by innovative approaches and new event formats, she was subsequently responsible for the organization and implementation of various challenging workshops on an international level at the HPI Academy.

Since January 2021, Rebecca supports Dr. Frank Pawlitschek and the HPI Seed Fund in numerous organizational and administrative matters. She keeps all the threads together in the background (finance, HR, Corpoorate Housekeeping) und she is mainly responsible for the organizational support of the co-working space.

Robin Staszek

Managing Director

Robin Staszek has been Senior Manager Direct Investments for the Hasso Plattner Foundation since May 2019.

With his passion for innovation and advancing business models he enjoys to back entrepreneurial activity in all its facets and create strong network effects throughout the entire portfolio.

After graduating as M.Sc. in International Finance, he gathered several years of experience as a financial analyst with various major German companies.

Dr. Jens Schmidt-Sceery

Venture Partner

Jens started at the HPI Seed Fund as a Venture partner in 2021. He is a partner at Cowen Europe AG, a leading international Investment Bank where he focuses on M&A and Equity Financing in the Software sector. He has dedicated his career to working with startups and software companies on achieving their fullest potential through precise positioning and financing. He is particularly passionate supporting young startups in meeting the critical challenges of early growth.

Prior to working at Cowen he worked as an investment manager at Hasso Plattner Ventures and was the personal advisor of the president of the German Institut for Economic Research (DIW).

Jens holds a Ph.D. from the Europa-Universität Viadrina in economics with a focus on applied econometrics and statistics. He studied at the Freie Univesität of Berlin and the Tel Aviv University and was a research fellow at Georgetown University.

Flinkit offers building material traders a new type of sales channel. With our Chat&Shop software, tradesmen can order via chat interface in a matter of seconds. Flinkit thus digitises the trade with materials around the construction site – an industry that traditionally still works with telephone and fax. Flinkit was founded in 2020 by a team of tech and industry experts. Lars Blumberg, CTO and co-founder of Flinkit, is a graduate of HPI.