The XPRENEURS Team

The XPRENEURS core team combines a far range of experiences - from beeing an investor to founding companies themselves to longstanding experiences in sales, marketing, finance, accounting, HR and more.

Our passion is to support the founders with everything we have: Our knowlegde, our experiences and our network.

 
Martin Giese: Managing Director XPRENEURS

Martin Giese

Managing Director

I have worked with start-ups for over 20 years. Also, I have a long corporate background in the telecommunications industry, and lots of experience as business angel myself. I teach in leading entrepreneurship programs such as TUM EMBA and CDTM, and am author of two books on start-up funding and on B2B sales for start-ups.

At XPRENEURS, I mostly focus on the areas of fundraising, business model, sales and value creation for customers. Through my background as investor and corporate decision-maker, I am able to share an understanding of the processes from both sides. I am also happy to connect promising start-ups to my professional network.

Robert Kitson

Venture Consultant & Project Manager

After studying Business & Russian, I managed various sales territories for a luxury brand & developed new business opportunities as an intrapreneur. Later, I spent many years helping Fortune 500 companies develop their own intrapreneurs, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, to build their first business as the Director of the Founder Institute in Munich.

My main focus lies in helping our start-ups find their product-market fit by testing their assumptions and refining their business models. With my background in B2B sales and investor relations, I support the teams to formulate and structure their sales strategies and connect them to potential first customers and investors from my network.

Robert Kitson: Venture Consultant & PM at XPRENEURS
Dr. Barbara Mehner: Venture Architect & Project Manager

Barbara Mehner

Venture Architect & Project Manager

After studying psychology and working as consultant in HR and change management, I did my PhD in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and conducted numerous pre-incubation projects for tech-start-ups. I enabled scientists at CERN and the German Aerospace Center to find new business opportunities and develop market entry strategies for their technologies.

I love to support founders in their transition from an academic setting into the start-up-world, helping them to understand their customers and gather market evidence in order to develop feasible business models. As a psychologist, I can guide teams through internal processes and challenges.

Christine Heuwing

Venture Consultant & Program Manager

I have longstanding start-up experience in the fields of strategy, marketing, successful development of concepts, product launches and establishment in their markets.

At XPRENEURS, I support startups based on my digital experience in social media strategy, e-commerce, and integrated marketing, as well as my skills in cross-functional team leadership, and how to be highly effective in organization and implementation. I'm a passionate networker, always happy to make an intro. 

Christine Heuwing: Venture Consultant & Program Manager
Alan Armstrong: Venture Consultant & Program Manager

Alan Armstrong

Venture Consultant & Project Manager

I'm focused on education and coaching of early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in all fields with a focus on Urban Mobility and MedTech.

Michaela Reimann

Team & Event Manager 
(currently on Maternity Leave)

After my studies in business administration and marketing I worked for an innovation center near Frankfurt/Rhein Main. Thereby, I supported startups with their marketing strategy, organized events with different formats and set up a coworking space.

I support the startups with their marketing plan and activities. In addition, at UnternehmerTUM and XPRENEURS we organize and participate in a lot of events. Therefore, I try to built the connection between the startup (pitches) and event organizations to foster the public appearance of the teams.

Michaela Reimann: Team & Event Manager
Rike Brand: Marketing & Community Manager

Rike Brand

Marketing & Community Manager

As a cultural anthropologist by training with a Master's in Public Policy and a personal passion for all things written, today I combine my diverse interests in marketing and community management at XPRENEURS. Before joining the team in late 2020, I co-founded two tech start-ups in Munich and worked as a freelance editor and writer.

I support the startups with my expertise in early-stage funding and preparing marketing materials. As a successful crowdfunder, I am happy to share advice on crowdbuilding and campaign design.

You are a start-up and want to be part of XPRENEURS?


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