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.