Our mentors, partners and sponsors are the key to your success.

Successful entrepreneurs, investors and passionate individuals. Our mentors/enablers/door openers are the key to the success of Accelerator Frankfurt. They are chosen carefully, we have worked with them over the years and have a personal relationship with all of them. They are our extended family and we have a common goal to make passionate, hardworking entrepreneurs successful. They are part of the selection process and help startups get access to capital and POCs

Lead Mentors / Enablers:

Andreas Bublitz
Partner at R+S TREUHAND
Andreas is owner of R+S Treuhand, a tax advising firm in Frankfurt with long standing clients and also startups.
Andreas Niessl
Senior Financial Consultant at econsus
Andreas is an independent advisor for financial institutions, with expertise in derivatives, structured finance, product management and business development.
Andrew Groom
Founder, Business Angel, and Idea Harvester
Andrew owns a private family office investment vehicle concentrating on opportunities in early stage blockchain technology, FinTech and PropTech Start Ups – Pre-seed, Seed and up to Series-A funding
Armin Schon
CEO at ClearCut Medical Ltd
Armin is a German national, living in Israel for over twenty years. Armin has a long history with building companies and scaling them internationally.
Arne Laarveld
Partner at Capitalmind
Arne is heading the FinTech Sector at Capitalmind, a corporate financial advisory firm. Arne has 20 years of experience in capital markets and M&A transactions.
Asaf Ulmansky
Senior Associate at Leadging Edge Consultants
Asaf brings an abundant experience in financing of startups from the Israeli startup ecosystem. Asaf has been part of a micro VC and understands the equity structuring needs from both sides of the table.
Axel Apfelbacher
CFA, Digital Banking Strategist & Co-Author The FinTechBook
Axel is a digital banking strategist with a liking for disruptive business models. He has been focusing on the development of FinTech models and technology since 2011, having lead projects in major banks accross Europe.
Carsten Priebs
Carsten is an international IT executive with 25 years of experience in leading position. He co-founded a software company, directed organizations of up to 200 people and managed annual budgets of up to $160m. He is a recognized expert in digitalization and has been successful in global environments and different industries. Currently, he is the CIO/CDO at Randstad Germany.
Christian Eck
Institutional Solutions at BNP Paribas
Christian is an expert in capital markets with 18 years experience in consulting and B2B sales. He built and managed capital market businesses at major investment banks and served as general manager for a financial technology company. He works extensively with banks and insurance companies regarding their distribution strategies, product structuring, regulatory requirements and digitalization. He acts as advisor and mentor for FinTech and InsureTech startups.
Christoph Endter
Senior-Partner at Vates Invest GmbH
Christoph is a serial entrepreneur, combining digital financial solutions with the real world. Christoph gives strong motivation to founders, helping them open heavy doors between investors, suppliers and customers.
Dany Goldstein
Executive Chairman Silvernet
Dany is a pioneer who built a start-up in the eighties when there was not even a tech sector that specialised in finance. He is a veteran in Treasury Management Advisory with deep client relationships and he never stops innovating.
Dieter Büttenbender
Advisor for Various Ventures
Dieter has been supporting startups from the pre-seed phase to exit for almost two decades. He is supporting startups, SMEs and corporates in the commercialization of innovations in work fields like FinTech, Blockchain, AI, AR, Mobility, Social media, IoT and Industry 4.0.
Doron Cohen
CEO Covercy and Chairman at Leverate
Doron is a FinTech entrepreneur who focuses on Payments and Investments. He is Co-Founder of Leverate, a leading retail FX technology provider and the CEO of Covercy, a fast growing SME cross-border payment startup.
Dr Christopher Oster
CEO / Co-Founder Clark.de
Christopher is a hands-on entrepreneur and strategic leader with a proven track record in different industries and a focus on FinTech, online marketplaces and e-commerce.
Dr Gesine von der Groeben
Partner bei Beiten Burkhardt Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Gesine is partner at Beiten Burkhardt’s international business law. She advises young startups in the FinTech sector and is active with various incubator and accelerator programs, including universities and jury positions.
Dr Jacob Mendel
Head of Cybersecurity Study at Tel-Aviv University
Jacob is a serial cybersecurity entrepreneur. He has been the CEO and Co-Founder of SCsquare Ltd., where he founded a business enabler for advanced cybersecurity technologies. He holds 16 approved patents in the area of cybersecurity.
Dr Matthias Hirtschulz
Senior Manager at d-fine GmbH
Matthias is a physicist by education, residing in Berlin and very active with major projects in Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies. Matthias has vast ICO (Initial Coin Offering) experiences having been involved in major ICOs in Germany.
Eckhard Ortwein
Founder and Managing Partner 4-Ventures GmbH
Eckhard is a serial entrepreneur with vast experience in Fintech startups and exits. He sits as a digital advisor to major banks and currently he founded his latest startup called Lean Case.
Eeva Grannenfelt
Managing Partner Grannenfelt Finance Oy
Eeva is founder at Grannenfelt Finance which helps growth stage companies secure financing and structure their venture debt. Eeva has vast experience in corporate lending and alternative investment.
Emanuel Avner
Chairman at optiQGain, €100m exit at Checkpoint (Lacoon Mobile Security)
Emanuel is a Business Angel and serial entrepreneur based in Tel Aviv. Manuel was formerly CFO of Orange Israel and brings experience in finance and operations for startups as well as growth companies. He is currently co-founder and COO in Cycuro, a cybersecurity startup for the automotive sector.
Erik Podzuweit
Founder Scalable Capital
Eric brings an investment banking background having been an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs. He is currently CEO at Scalable Capital, Germany’s most known Robo-Advisor.
Garan Goodman
Chief Marketing Officer at Fiware
Garan is a serial entrepreneur and formerly managing director at Wayra, the strategic venture arm of Telefonica. He brings long experience in working with various startups helping them secure financing and marketing their products effectively.
Ishay Tenster
CEO at IniTech-digital products
Ishay is an innovation and chatbots expert with passion in blockchain. He is involved in ICOs as an advisor. He has a special interest in VR and FinTech.
Jaakko Salminen
Chairman, Finnish Business Angels‘ Network
Jaako is an angel investor with a passion in helping startups and other growth companies succeed. He has experience in leading business units and professionals, and managing international accounts at international corporations.
Jochen Biedermann
Senior Advisor, Frankfurt Main Finance
Frankfurt Main Finance is the voice of the financial centre. Among the more than 50 members of the association founded in 2008 by numerous prominent financial players with links to the financial centre, including banks, stock exchanges, FinTechs, brokers, consulting firms, law firms and providers of transaction services.
Karan Dehghani
Developer & Founder, CodeDoor and Little Rock Venture Capital
Karan, founded an e-commerce startup 1998, which was acquired by Metro AG in 2001. In the following years, Karan built or helped building companies in various sectors. His main skills are company building and programming.
Kevin Baxpehler
Founder & Managing Partner of Remagine Ventures
Kevin is the founder of an early-stage venture capital fund focused on investments in Israel. Previously he led ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s investment office in Israel. Kevin founded several companies and worked on Wall Street for Gerson Lehrman Group and Credit Suisse.
Klaus Steinkamp
Head of Business Development and Sales Cashcloud SA
Klaus focusses on Business Development of B2B and B2C revenue streams. He works in the converging markets of content – devices – networks with experience in FinTech, Mobile, Commerce, Entertainment and Content Industries (Music, Games, Publishing).
Magnus Höfer
International C-Level Executive, Consultant and Advisor
Magnus is a C-level Executive with a proven track record in growing revenues and market share as well as driving P&L performance. He created and executed strategies for sustained growth while fostering innovation and agile business practices.
Marco Fischer
Digitale Kommunikation durch webthinking® Die Firma GmbH
Marco Fischer, founder and managing director of strategy consulting and project agency „die firma“, is the originator of the holistic brand management model „webthinking®“, with which companies master the way to the Digital Leader.
Michael Mellinghoff
Managing Director bei TechFluence (Mentor Level39)
Michael is an ex-banker, who knows both sides of the bridge from practical experiences. Michael is well known in London’s FinTech scene and joined first the FinTech Forum initiative as a mentor. Michael has special focus on the InvestTech vertical and Robo-advisory.
Michael Mizrahi
Managing Director of Azrieli College of Engineering Startup Accelerator
Michael is an entrepreneur and professor at the Azrieli College of Engineering in Jerusalem. In addition to running the accelerator, Michael connects and advises VCs in early stage investment opportunities. Michael has been a key advisor to the program at Accelertor Frankfurt.
Mirjam Puetz
Head of Disruptive & Strategic ProgramsChief Digital Office Deutsche Bank
Mirjam is the the Head of 'Disruptive & Strategic Programs‘ within the Chief Digital Office @Deutsche Bank – a kind of R&D department. Her task is to challenge the prevailing business model, to search beyond banking solutions and to develop a long-term vision of a banking model in the digital world.
Nimrod Kramer
Co-Founder, VP Product at The Elegant Monkeys Ltd.
Nimrod Kramer – Co-Founder at TEM which is creating a technology that enables translation of human emotions and mental states into the digital world. Nimrod is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship, coffee and table-tennis. In the past, he helped startups building strong, long- lasting teams, creating products that people love and fundraising- How to be „Investable“?
Noel Zeh
Founder at LITTLEROCK GmbH and Investor at Reimann Investors
Noel is a hands-on serial-entrepreneur and worked as a blue ocean strategic advisor to startups going abroad. He has a great deal of intuition in partnering with teams to achieve brilliant outputs and business strategies. Noel is mainly focusing on FinTec, Logistics, Agratec and SaaS ventures.
Peter Hopwood
Global Keynote Public Speaking & Pitch Performance Coach
Peter is a Communicator & Connector, essentially, traveling the world to help people tell stronger stories. He helps professionals, companies and entrepreneurs bring more value to their messages, gain investment and persuade with impact – when it matters.
Reuven Ulmansky
Partner at Wadi Ventures, Professor in Entrepreneurship Ben-Gurion University
Reuven is a co-founding partner at Wadi Ventures, the first micro VC fund in Israel and the most active one in 2014. Reuven is a veteran of the elite 8200 technology intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Force, a graduate in aeronautical engineering, and a professor of entrepreneurship, strategy and technology innovation.
Riitta Mynttinen
Professional Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Board
Riitta is an accomplished international Executive, Business Director, Senior Advisor and Non Executive Director engaged in the delivery of strategic, enterprise-wide transformation, operational improvement projects and business performance turnaround. In addition, Riitta is a business angel and a startup mentor.
Robert Mangelmann
Senior Strategy Consultant and Transformation Coach at die firma . experience
Robert is a Strategy Consultant and Transformation Coach at die firma . experience design, supporting companies in various industries to find new ways of communicating, working and doing business. Before his current position, he worked 15+ years at Deutsche Bank creating digital solutions and innovations and leading several projects.
Sönke Reimers
Managing Director, DFV, Deutsche Fachverlag GmbH
Sönke brings vast experience from the publishing and media sector. He has a strong marketing background and worked for leading publishing houses throughout his career. Sönke has established a strong network base and is helping startup companies within his field of expertise.
Steffen Seeger
Entrepreneur I Investor I Consultant
Steffen is an experienced equity investor focusing on the IndustrialTech and FinTech sectors in Germany and internationally. He is the founder of Fidor Bank AG, which was aqcuired in 2016. Currently he is the founder and chariman of a startup focusing on business automation solutions.
Susanne Chishti
CEO at FINTECH Circle, Chairman FINTECH Circle Innovate, Co-Editor The FINTECH (Mentor Level39)
Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities. Susanne is recognised in the European Digital Financial Services as one of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. Susanne is an award-winning Entrepreneur and Investor with strong FINTECH expertise.
Tatjana Wild
FinTech Partner Tiburon Unternehmensaufbau GmbH
Tatjana brings years of international strategic consulting experience. She was VP at HypoVereinsbank (Unicredit) and interim board member in the banking sector. Her network and experience as a Venture Capitalist is valuable to any startup she mentors.
Thomas Claussen
Investor, Coach and Management Consultant
Thomas is an advisor to corporations and start-ups for the implementation and change management of new business ideas. His assets are 20 years of Accenture and over 13 years of being a founder, investor and general manager for start-ups. Currently, he supports several young companies as a mentor.
Vuyiswa M’Cwabeni
Chief of Staff of Execuitive Board Office, Products and Innovation at SAP
Insightful, solutions-driven professional offering 15+ years of documented achievements spanning corporate, product and innovation strategy, and project management. Believer in creating beautiful software that provides a first class user experience. Inspired by the power of assembling talented, self-directed teams, and passionately committed to delivering.
Werner Giove
IT consultant and Social Media marketing entrepreneur at Adversum
Werner is an IT consultant with years of experience helping German DAX companies on software development projects. Additionally, he is a social media entrepreneur with a passion to sports. His focus is helping B2C startups with their marketing and social media strategies.
Yony Golan
Co-Founder at Jakore, Inc.
Yony specializes in finance and marketing strategy with great knowledge on the startup ecosystems. Prior to founding Jakore, Yony held several positions in VC funding and banking. Yony has great cultural and interpersonal skills and brings his experience to mentor others with an innovative approach that encourages and enables attainment of goals.

Strategic Partners:


AtoBe is the first-of-its-kind accelerator that focuses solely on Engineering and Technology and offers state-of-the-art equipment to realize the dreams of early-stage startups into reality‬‫.‬
‪AtoBe Start-Up Accelerator provides the training and tools to facilitate innovation by connecting technological know-how with entrepreneurial spirit, thus connecting the dots in the process to propel entrepreneurs forward and bringing their ideas to actual fruition.‬
‪The components of this 6 months accelerator include all the physical elements for developing tech companies, including labs, office space and equipment, meeting rooms, communication systems, etc. Additionally, each team is provided with mentors from various sectors – technology, business, law, and more. Through lectures, pitching practice, and group discussions, the mentors help ready the teams for interaction with potential investors, regulators and anyone else they may encounter along the way.‬

Designed for those who want to disrupt the world with cutting edge technology, Deep Work is a powerful new process for product design. As creative technologists, they get the technical experts designing products, which they then prototype and test. Cutting out the shallow work of design agencies and software consultants to get you to product-market fit, fast.

We help companies to better understand what drives people. And to take full advantage of the digital future. Bridging the gap between consultancy and agency services, we work with our clients to deliver pioneering projects. Our team develops gripping stories, smart services and compelling brand experiences that have been highly awarded. But what we love most is inspiring our clients to connect deeply with their target groups by delivering sustainable benefits.

We are an international full-service law firm which advises FinTech companies, established banks and financial service providers on all major legal issues of business development. Taylor Wessing is one of the leading law firms in Europe in the field of venture capital. We advise on start-ups, first-time participations, follow-up funding rounds and exit arrangement.

Through the advances in digitisation, the financial sector is having to deal with a multitude of regulatory requirements, which present major challenges. Our FinTech-team has extensive expertise in all relevant areas of law to provide expert advice on these challenges. Our legal experts combine a practice-oriented consulting approach with comprehensive industry know-how and the necessary creativity.