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 XPRENEURS

I have worked with startups for over 20 years, but also have a long corporate background in the telecommunications industry and lots of experiences as business angel myself. I teach in leading entrepreneurship programs such as TUM EMBA and CDTM and I am author of a recent book on "Startup Financing".

I mostly focus on the areas of fundraising, business model, sales and value creation for customers. These are the areas in which my background as investor and corporate decision maker gives me a good understanding of the processes from both sides. I also like to connect promising startups to my professional network.

Andreas Jesda Jügelt

Venture Architect

Sharing the experience and network I gained in over a decade working as a project manager in the automotive industry, in digital marketing with global brands, and co-founding multiple start-ups, is what I love. Since 2018 at UnternehmerTUM I led start-up programs and coached tech ventures, which received over €5.0 million in grants or equity.

I am pushing start-ups by focusing on data-driven decision making, crucial team dynamics and early-stage financing success factors. Together we identify critical market-entry and growth strategies and validate underlying hypothesis in rapid iterations, which includes intros to fellow entrepreneurs and investors to learn from their experience.

Robert Kitson: Venture Consultant & PM at XPRENEURS
Robert Kitson: Venture Consultant & Project Manager

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 startups 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.

Tobias Kuhl

Venture Architect & Head of Operations

Used to study Business Innovation at University of St. Gallen, working in Strategy and Business Development at EOS, an industrial 3D-Printing company, founded the 3D-Printing Cluster and thereby came to UTUM, where I am responsible for the Startup competition WECONOMY and for all 3D-Printing related activities. Since 2019 I am part of XPRENEURS.

I support the teams mainly in the fields of B2B Sales, Collaborations with Corporates, Vision and Strategy Development, Market Development, Advanced Manufacturing and also Mindfulness

Tobias Kuhl: Head of Operations
Moritz Mangold: Venture Architect & PM

Moritz Mangold

Venture Consultant & Project Manager

During my studies in Mechanical Engineering at TUM, I have worked both in big cooperations and rising high tech startups. After having co-founded an agricultural robotics company and supported a company builder as a freelancer, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I've a passion for early-stage projects.

I’m especially driven to support early-stage ventures by critically challenging their ideas, helping them to build a great product and finding product-market fit. With my hands-on & get stuff done mentality, I love to help entrepreneurs on their journey from a vague idea to building scalable high tech companies.

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.

Barbara Mehner: Venture Architect & PM
Michaela Reimann: Team & Event Manager

Michaela Reimann

Team & Event Manager

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.

Bastian Rieder

Head of Performance Marketing

Before joining XPRENEURS in February 2017, I had a own small startup: an online advertising network with its focus on the tourism industry. This has evolved from my role as head of online marketing at an advertising agency. While working there I earned my Marketing MBA at Steinbeis-Hochschule School of Management and Innovation (Steinbeis-SMI).

On the one hand, I am responsible for marketing XPRENEURS: spreading the word about our incubator on social media and other channels to draw the attention of new ambitious teams to us.
On the other hand, I can help the teams with all marketing-related questions: strategy, channels, wording, Target groups, tools, etc.

Bastian Rieder: Head of Performance Marketing

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

Application for Batch #9 is now open! Apply here and be part of XPRENEURS!

Deadline: February 7, 2021